Jordan’s first microbrewery, Carakale aims not only to bring greater variety to the local beer market, but also to put Jordan on the map in the international beer scene. Founded by a native of the Christian village Fuheis, the brewery offers several varieties in hopes of enlivening a formerly drab craft beer scene.
A recent addition to the landscape, the brewery nevertheless claims an ancient heritage: the first evidence of brewing dates to 7,000 years ago, in another part of Mesopotamia. While the Jordan Valley is in a different arc of the fertile crescent, wheat has been grown here for millennia as well, and the brewers see their craft as a revival of part of the region’s history.
The brewery’s location above a wadi running into the Dead Sea is a reminder of how the local ecology can affect businesses: much of the groundwater in this and similar wadis is polluted, and a supply of good water is necessary to create good beer. The beer’s name also recalls the area’s nature: “Carakale” is a portmanteau of “caracal,” a wildcat native to the region but now rare and endangered, and “ale.”