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.”

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Sites in the Nebo Region:

King Talal Dam

This dam across the country’s second-largest river is a valuable source of irrigation and renewable energy throughout the region.

Iraq al-Amir

Amidst a variety of mysterious historical ruins, take in an impressive demonstration of local craftsmanship and handiwork.

Dead Sea Canyons

Plunge down one of the many stunning canyons cut deep into the countryside surrounding the Dead Sea, passing everything from waterfalls to small farms and eventually arriving at the lowest point on Earth.

Salt

Not to be confused with pepper’s common counterpart, this intriguing city is home to a number of layers of sacred and secular history and legend.

Mt. Nebo

Summit the famed mountain on which Moses is said to have died and take in the views of the surrounding region.