KATZRIN, Israel (JTA) – David Zibell is busy testing the alcohol level of the liquid flowing out of his outdoor copper still. Then, touching his head to ensure his kippah is in place, he heads inside to carefully place labels on the whiskey bottles lined up inside his distillery.
The small warehouse in an industrial zone in the Golan Heights town of Katzrin may not look like much from the outside, where his makeshift whiskey still is essentially a large metal pot connected to a blue plastic garbage pail. But Zibell – a bearded, bespectacled Canadian who made aliyah in 2014 – is the first person to bottle and sell whiskey in Israel, where it hit the market earlier this month. [Read more…]