A beer in time of conflict, a beer of peace...but is it any good?
According to the unofficial laws of how to be “hip,” if you are a youthful fashion-conscious Israeli who wants to keep informed of the latest trends, this summer you will be listening to the Black-Eyed Peas, wearing Crocs shoes, and drinking Palestinian manufactured Taybeh Beer. A widely circulated Tel Aviv newspaper recently listed the hottest items of summer 2006, and the Palestinian beverage was high up on the list. Casting the everlasting Israeli-Palestinian conflict aside, many Israelis have taken a keen liking to this Palestinian drink, manufactured in a small brewery near Ramallah.It would be nice if beer of peace were a beer of goodness, too. This can be the case as Chateau Musar has proven. And apparently one draw for this beer in challenging circumstances is that it is considered by some to be very good...though the one review at the Beer Advocate would beg to differ. The small brewery has a website as well as an interesting importer and charitable foundation in the UK. If anyone knows more, let us know.