After traveling for about two months, I’ve realized just how spoiled I am in New York City. The craft beer scene is incredible in the Big Apple and I can go out every night to drink something new. I spent the majority of my trip in the Middle East, where I discovered that bars are sometimes hard to find and so is quality alcohol. Sipping tea with mint and smoking waterpipe at a cafe is common. However, while traveling in Amman, Jordan, I went to a local bar popular amongst expats and locals who partake in alcohol. Here, I tasted Carakale, a delicious craft beer from Jordan’s first microbrewery.
Carakale is “bringing the tradition of beer back to its roots in Mesopotamia where beer was discovered over 7 centuries ago.” This new microbrewery is certainly putting Jordan on the map because the “Man Behind the Beer,” Yazan Kardsheh, sources top quality raw ingredients. Karadsheh returned home to Jordan after spending years working in the beer scene in Colorado and enrolling in the Master of Brewing program at the University of California, Davis.The name Carakale is a tribute to the rare species of cat, Caracal, which can be found from Jordan down through the Rift Valley into Africa. Karadsheh has come long way since his first job cleaning kegs and returned to Jordan in 2009 to build Carakale from the ground up. The microbrewery is located in the hills of Jordan’s Fuhais Canyon, and distributes to numerous bars throughout the country. The majority of the bars I went to in Jordan always carried Carakale’s flagship beer, the Blonde Ale. This straw-gold Blonde Ale is a perfect introduction into the world of ale, and starts off with a hint of toasted malt character followed by a hint of bitterness and a clean finish. The Blond Ale is especially delicious paired with peanuts, which are always served at bars in Jordan. Other craft beers in the Carakale repertoire include the Winter Ale, Whiskey Ale, Pale Ale and Mocha Stout. If you find yourself traveling in Jordan, sipping on a Carakale Blonde Ale will not disappoint. I’m looking forward to seeing how this brewery will impact the craft beer scene in the Middle East and beyond. Cheers to Yazan Kardsheh for turning his passion for craft beer into a reality!
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