Is that the footsteps of the Messiah we hear? Ever since Jews have refrained from eating leavened grain on Passover, they have been suffering without beer for the entire seven-day holiday. Modern food technology has created Passover substitutes for almost everything else: rolls, pastries, noodles, even pizza! But beer has remained the forbidden fruit.That is, until this very Passover. Now, Meadan Craft Brewing in Karmiel, a microbrewery specializing in gluten-free beer, has brewed Israel’s (and maybe the world’s) first certified kosher-for-Passover beer.“We are doing our distribution now,” says Bryan Meadan, the owner and brewmaster of Meadan Craft Brewing, “and we hope to be in as many stores as possible before Passover. During Passover, we should be the only beer on the shelves!” Meadan’s beer is kosher for Passover because the fermentation comes not from grain, as it does in almost all other beers, but from date syrup, or silan. The other ingredients, which are the same as in all beers – water, yeast and hops – are not intrinsically forbidden during Passover.