Israeli Beer Lovers Foaming Over Rising Brew Tax

Proposed levy threatens dozens of microbreweries just as local industry is getting off the ground.

With the beer-less days of Passover just past and the sweltering get-me-a-cold-drink summer months up ahead, it seemed a perfect time for Israeli beer lovers to gather. And so they did − coming together at a beer festival in Jaffa recently to celebrate the art of the homeland brew, compare hops and yeast notes, talk barley − and also complain about that buzzkill of a subject: taxes.