Homegrown golden suds

Beer: The cause of and solution to all of life's problems.

beer 224.88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
beer 224.88
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Tempo, Israel's largest brewer, and the Haifa municipality are throwing their annual free Beer Festival on the Student Beach in Haifa on August 20-21. Famed Israeli beers like Goldstar, along with less famed Israeli beers like Maccabi, will make an appearance alongside the equally famed (like a Goldstar) Israeli musicians The Giraffes, Hadag Nachash, Ivri Lider and Beit Habubot. This opportunity may also be used to try more expensive refined beers that tend not to make the cut when you're looking to get as inebriated as possible for the lowest price available. Some excellent ones to sip are the Belgian monastic beer Affligem and Murphy's Irish stout. Both are hearty and require a refined palate to distinguish between bitterness and true layers of flavor. If you don't have the palate for it then, by all means, stick with Goldstar - the most popular beer in the country. It will, of course, be the most heavily promoted brew at the festival anyway. Meat will be served alongside the beer to demonstrate their special relationship. A relationship, it is rumored, that goes beyond they're both being delicious, satisfying and causes of ultimately death by over-consumption. "The festival attracts tens of thousands of lovers and fans of beer every year to the Haifa coast. They come to enjoy quality beer from Israel and around the world and to celebrate with popular musical artists," says Guy Zuckerman, manager of the beer department of Tempo. I can't think of a better way to spend a weekday - reclining on the sand to the rhythm of Hebrew pop with a cold Goldstar in my right hand, a big slab of meat in my left and, all the while, unashamedly boy watching with a smile plastered across my face. The Goldstar Festival opens each night at 7:30 p.m. at Haifa's Student Beach. Entrance is free with special prices on food and drink.