Craft beer enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a taste of Israel when the Alexander Brewery participates in the third annual National Capital Craft Beer Festival next month.
The Israeli company, founded in 2008, will be one of 30 local and international breweries showcasing their best at the Ottawa festival. Alexander Brewery, named for its location near Nahal Alexander, operates in Emek Hefer, less than an hour from Tel Aviv.
Two of its international award-winning beers, Alexander Black and Alexander Green, will be showcased at the festival.
“This will give [people] a taste from our larger portfolio of excellent craft beer,” said brewery founder Ori Sagy.
The craft beer company has already gained international acclaim, with its English-style porter winning first place in the 2013 European Beer Star Competition. Within the past year alone, Alexander Brewery has also won the gold medal at competitions in Munich and Denver.
Despite all the accolades, Sagy said he is most proud of his ability “to offer Israelis excellent Israeli beer, as [good as] the best beers in Europe or North America. We get great feedback every day.”
The former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) pilot decided to pursue his passion in a big way after retiring from the IDF. A Frank Zappa quote adorns the wall of the brewery and is the motto on its website: “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”
Another of Sagy’s philosophies is that “beer is a drink that brings people together.” With that in mind, he actively seeks Palestinian partnerships.
“Maybe through common interest about living and loving beer we can promote peace for Israel and Palestine,” he said.
Alexander Brewery plans to continue expanding in Israel and to export its beers to countries like Canada.
The National Capital Craft Beer Festival takes place August 15 to 17 at Ottawa City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza. Visit www.nationalcapitalcraftbeerfestival.ca for more information.