Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Beer Buddies

Valerie Taylor and Madees Khoury, both 24, in the brewery founded by Madees's father and uncle in the West Bank town of Taybeh in 1994, the year of the Oslo accords. An exceptionally tasty lager made from German and Polish hops, Taybeh isn't available in the U.S. because it's made without preservatives, which makes shipping complicated, and because it ships with a label that says "Palestine," ditto. If you want to learn more about the Middle East's only microbrewery, do a Google or Facebook search for "Taybeh Beer." While Taybeh is the West Bank's only 100% Christian town, Madees and her family also make a non-alcoholic brew that is gaining ground with abstemious Muslims.

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