Palestine Beer

Today in 1988, Palestine unilaterally declared their independence.


Palestine Breweries

Palestine Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%


  • Full Name: State of Palestine
  • Location: Within Israel, on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
  • Government Type: The Palestinian Authority is an administrative organization established to govern parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, following the Oslo Accords in 1994
  • Language: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Religion(s): Sunni Muslim, Jewish, Christian
  • Capital: Gaza City
  • Population: West Bank: 2,514,845, Gaza Strip: 1,604,238
  • Area: 5,641 sq km
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Delaware
  • National Food: Palestinian Cuisine
  • National Symbols: Palestine Sunbird, Olive Tree
  • Affiliations: UN, Arab League
  • Independence: Unilaterally declared, November 15, 1988, currently recognized by 131 UN nations


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 16 [Note: Legal in most cities]
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 1


  • How to Say “Beer”: beereh (biræ)/ جعة / شراب من الشعير / جعة / المزر شراب نوع من الجعة / بيرة
  • How to Order a Beer: Waheed beera, meen fadleek
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Bismilah / Fi schettak or Fisehatak (“to your health”) / في صحتك
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: N/A
  • Wine: N/A
  • Spirits: N/A
  • Other: N/A

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: N/A
  • Unrecorded: N/A
  • Total: N/A
  • Beer: N/A

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: N/A
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: N/A
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Sales Restrictions: N/A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N/A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A

Prohibition: None


Taybeh Beer Update

A couple of days ago, I posted a video from Palestine’s only brewery, Taybeh Beer, founded in 1993 by Nadim Khoury, who learned to homebrew while living in Boston. I admit that I wondered how the beer tastes, so I was delighted to hear from fellow beer blogger David Turley, who writes Musings Over A Pint. Turley had an opportunity to try the beer during a trip with his family to Jerusalem last August. He recently posted his impressions of the beer and stories from his pilgrimage in Taybeh, A Beer Without A Country. Give it a read, it definitely helps round out the story. Thanks for your insights David.

A postcard from Taybeh (courtesy of David Turley).

Taybeh: Palestine’s Only Brewery

Palestine has exactly one brewery, Taybeh Beer, founded in 1993 by Nadim Khoury, who learned to homebrew while living in Boston. He returned to his native Palestine after the “Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians in 1993, one of the approximately 12,000 Palestinian families who returned to the region to help kickstart the emerging Palestinian economy.” Since then business has grown, and is beer is imported to Germany and the UK, and they’re working on the U.S., but according to the video so far we won’t allow them to import because we don’t recognize Palestine as a separate nation. So much for supporting peace in the Middle East. At any rate, the video below gives a nice overview of the brewery.