Look out, folks, there’s a new beer in town!
That’s right – BAZELET – by the Golan Brewery. They make some killer, fresh, handmade, creative, high-end brews. The four varieties are a Pilsner (a light, bitter lager with a honey finish), a Wheat beer (oh so blond, floral, bready-banana – 2nd fermentation happens in the bottle), an Amber Ale (an Irish-German variety, creative blend of 5 different malts – one of the favorites among the group, and again, a 2nd fermentation with added yeast in the bottle), and finally a Double Bock (dark lager, rich, creamy, sweet, made with twice the amount of malt, giving this darling beer an 8.5% alcohol content). Bazelet refers to the basalt soil and rock in the Golan Heights, the resulting water coming through is thus of a high caliber.
All I can say is TRY IT. It rivals the Belgian, German, and Czech imports. It’s available at a lot of the fine wine stores these days, and it’s getting there in terms of top restaurants. It’s just so fresh and the demand is high…you know the story.
I had a chance to go to a private tasting and meet the brewmeister. It’s a bit dim, but here’s a look at all 4 beers:
On a related note, I had a chance to let loose this past week at the Dancing Camel, a small micro-brewery in the center of industrial Tel Aviv. They make a fascinating array of beers, and I was given the full spread (of what they had at the moment on tap – there are a bunch of specials they sometimes make).
Yes, that’s the nutty bartender’s head I tried to cut off. It’s a fun night out, a quiet bar inside a big hanger, and of course, lots of beer to taste. They also have a kosher sandwich menu, and you can actually order this:
Finally, there’s a big beer expo this week, Wednesday and Thursday, at the Nokia Stadium (where Maccabi Tel Aviv play – on Yigal Alon, I believe). If you like beer, this is the place to be!
I’m still plugging away at grad school applications, but I’m breathing, somehow. Have a great week everyone!