The craft beer scene as we know it started in the UK and U.S. in the 1970s, hit its stride in the 1990s and skyrocketed over the last few years. But in Israel, beer has long played second fiddle to wine. The first official microbrewery, Dancing Camel, didn't even open until 2006. Now, with the launch of several new breweries, bars and beer festivals, Israel seems to be getting serious about its suds.
According to recent claims at JNS.org—a nonprofit wire service covering Jewish and Israeli news—there are now 30 microdistilleries making more than 200 different beers in the country. That's a far cry from the days when, not so long ago, to ask for a beer in Israel meant choosing between one of three options: Maccabi, Goldstar or Nesher.
Among the recent additions to beer culture in Israel: