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Leuven Innovation Festival 2019: David Cohen, CEO of Dancing Camel Brewery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Beer is a window into local culture, says David Cohen, CEO of Dancing Camel Brewery, Tel Aviv, Israel. “Innovation means to brew Israeli beer that highlights and spotlights Israeli fruits, herbs, spices.”

Cohen moved to Israel from the US to found Dancing Camel, which began operating in 2005. It’s Israel’s oldest craft brewery, he says. Now, he estimates the number of fellow craft brewers to be about 20-25, with some additional gypsy brewers.

Cohen started homebrewing 30 years ago in New York, where he “discovered was how complex beer really is and how much each beer reflects the unique cultures, climates and tastes of different civilizations”, he writes on the brewery’s website.

Cohen brought to the Leuven Innovation Beer Festival:

  • Olde Papa, Strong Ale brewed with date honey, 7,5% is named after theTalmudic sage Rav Papa (c. 300-375 AD), founder of the Taludic Academy of Neresh and brewer of “Sudni”, a beer brewed with date honey. The Talmudic discussions of his beers also include one of the oldest known references to brewing with hops.
  • Gordon Beach Blond, Blond Ale brewed with nana and rosemary, 4.9%. a blond brewed with local mint and rosemary.
  • Doc’s Green Leaf Party, American-style IPA, 6.8%. A classic American-style IPA, brewed with West Coast and Australian hops, and a touch of Israeli date honey.
  • Leche del Diablo, Chili Pepper Belgian-style Wit, 5% . Brewed with unmalted Israeli wheat and shatta – an Israeli chili pepper.
  • My Funny Levantine, Stout brewed with Aniseed, 5% alc.vol. The aniseed melds with coffee, dark chocolate and licorice flavours.

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Dancing Camel Brewing

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Leuven Innovation Festival 2019: David Cohen, CEO of Dancing Camel Brewery, Tel Aviv, Israel

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