But, for two wet and wild days every October, Taybeh Brewery becomes an unparalleled epicenter of modern religious and cultural worth. Here, thousands of lederhosen-clad, keffiyeh-wearing, and beer-loving tourists join curious Palestinians and brave Israelis for the world’s only Occupied Oktoberfest. Politics are put on a rare hold, and glasses are raised for a different, if less divine pilgrimage: beer sampling in the Holy Land.
The village of Taybeh, population 2,000, is a far cry from the holiest site in the West Bank. A sleepy hilltop village encircled by magnificent olive groves, Taybeh boasts just one biblical reference and a handful of crumbling historic sites—a paltry offering compared to neighboring Jerusalem, just 20 kilometers and several military checkpoints southwest.