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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:

From left: Pilsner, Wheat, Amber Ale, Double Bock

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).

From the bottom: Gordon Beach (mint and rosemary infused wheat beer), Wheat Beer, Pale Ale, Amber Ale, and a Cherry Vanilla Stout

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:

It's called the "Penis" and comes with a side of mayonnaise.

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!

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