National Brewery, Netanya. Part II.

My post on July 31, 2020, National Brewery, Netanya, served as coda to a multi-part series on beer and brewing in British Mandate Palestine. I’ve found interesting photos of National Brewery in its earlier years, which emphasize points in the coda, hence this coda to a coda.

The first beer of National Brewery was brewed by a Czech and typical of the European pilsener style that had international prestige in the 1930s. Much of its equipment was fetched half a world away in New York where it last powered the storied Fidelio Brewery in New York.

This image, via Wikipedia Commons shows aging tanks at National Brewery in 1964. They appear to hold 177 hl.



Note the handsome wooden construction, which appears well-maintained. The stray planks on the right are probaably for maintenance. The iron cradles seem venerable, the equipment probably dates not just from a 1930s Fidelio but before Prohibition.

1964 is only a dozen years after National Brewery was founded, on the plain between Netanya and Tel Aviv. The tanks are probably those installed in 1952.

(The piece of wheeled equipment in front of the tanks is not known to me, any ideas? I thought perhaps a carbonating unit).

To see the brewery shortly after construction, this Facebook link contains a rare image. As discussed in press stories I linked in the earlier part, the brewery is mostly one level. In this respect it reflected the future, as newer technology permitted to dispense with the tall designs of earlier that took advantage of gravity.

Nonetheless, there are upper stories, possibly used for storage, or offices, as all production functions (mashing, boiling, fermentation) were apparently on the main floor.

The site outside the main building is crowded with what appears be packaging inventory: cases, probably bottles, and kegs among the stock. In the background some details of topography may be noted.

Finally, this Ebay link shows a colourful label from the brewery that appears to be late 1950s, early 1960s vintage. It is for a “British Shandy”. This is another inheritance of prewar habits, no doubt installed by the British when they ran the show under the Mandate.

It may be too that the tourist market was primary for this beer, as British tourism to Israel started to burgeon in the 1960s.

National Brewery merged, according to numerous sources, with Palestine Brewery and Galilee Brewery in 1973. Incidentally, I found very little on Galilee apart a few labels. There is a modern craft brewery of that name, not connected to the earlier one, to my knowledge.

Today National Brewery is part of Tempo Industries as I mentioned earlier, a publicly-traded integrated drinks company. Tempo is partly owned by Heineken, as confirmed in a recent news story (Times of Israel).

Note re image: Image above was sourced from the link identified and stated in text. All intellectual property therein belongs solely to the lawful owner, as applicable. Used for educational and research and purposes. All feedback welcomed.






1 thought on “National Brewery, Netanya. Part II.”

  1. Chatting with a professional brewer, he said the tank may be a press or filter of some kind, as the top shows (when magnified it’s clearer) a wheel and screw apparatus.

    I’m thinking, with benefit of this insight, that perhaps samples were drawn from each lagering vessel and filtered for lab analysis and tasting.

    Anyway nothing to do with gas injection, it seems, and not a traditional vessel used in brewing itself.


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