Beer in Mandate Palestine Series – Summary/Index

Recently, I completed a series on beer and brewing during the British Mandate of Palestine (1923-1948). To my knowledge, nothing similar had been written earlier, and the writing fills a sizeable gap.*

For a vue d’ensemble, these are the posts in order of appearance:

1. Touring a Brewery in the Holy Land, 1944 (British journalist’s tour of Palestine Brewery Ltd; origins of the brewery)

2. Imported Beer in Mandate Palestine, Part I (“Syrian”, German, Cypriot, Italian, and U.S. beers)

3. Imported Beer in Mandate Palestine, Part II (the special connection of H.M. Armed Forces and beer)

4. Imported Beer in Mandate Palestine, Part III (beer and the Armed Forces in Palestine, Barclay Perkins’ Sparkling Beer)

5. Imported Beer in Mandate Palestine, Part IV (George Younger’s Scottish beers, founding of Cabeer Brewery)

6. Imported Beer in Mandate Palestine, Part V (Heineken at the Levant Fair, Amstel Bier, influence of lager on ale imports)

7. Imported Beer in Mandate Palestine, Part VI (Whitbread’s ales in 1930s Palestine, emerging “keg” beers)

8. Imported Beer in Mandate Palestine, Part VII (Whitbread marketing for army canteens and expatriates, the Tankard award)

9. Imported Beer in Mandate Palestine, Part VIII (other Scottish beers: McEwan’s, William Younger’s, Tennent’s Lager, also Czech Pilsner Urquell)

10. Imported Beer in Mandate Palestine, Part IX (arrival of Australian Forces 1940, beers consumed by them, Australian “Beer Inquiry”)

11. The Levant Brewery Ltd., Mandate Palestine (founding of Levant Brewery early 1940s)

12. National Brewery, Netanya (Part I) (Coda to above posts. Brewery founded 1952 in modern Israel reflecting also 1930s traditions)

  1. [Added December 13, 2020]. National Brewery, Netanya (Part II). Photos included or linked that expand on Part I.

In addition, I did three posts not related to Mandate Palestine as such but indirectly deriving from the research:

  1.  Phases of a Business Career (efforts of Barclay Perkins’ J.L. Loughnan to assist emigration to New Zealand of a German Jewish refugee)

  2. The Blue Nile Brewery (1956-1983) (J.L. Loughnan’s role in establishing a Barclay Perkins affiliate brewery in Khartoum, Republic of Sudan)

  3. A U.K. “Keg Beer” in 1936 (an apparent early “keg beer” from Whitbread in 1930s Palestine)


*My researches were limited mainly to sources in English, with some in French. Archival sources, or any related studies, in Hebrew or Arabic may add more.



2 thoughts on “Beer in Mandate Palestine Series – Summary/Index”

  1. Gary,
    I read your series on middle east brewing. I think it is gives a good picture of the beginnings of modern brewing in remote locations. I didn’t fully digest many of the details, but all add to a good overview. There was always a tension between cost and quality. I thought the Khartoum project seemed especially exotic.

    The investment by the Hertzberg brewing interests into Palestine also was interesting. The strategy of dismantling of a brewery for reinstallation in another location has been used more recently. The General/Lucky/Falstaff brewery in Vancouver, WA, was shipped to China in the mid-80’s. It’s capacity might have been about 0.5M US barrels.

    Thanks for your work.

    • Thank you Arnold. All appreciated including the additional information about transferring brewing equipment to new locations. It has happened many times in brewing history and there is an odd satisfaction in it, to know a brew continues the DNA so to speak of antecedent, historical beers.


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