Mi­cro­brew­ery of the north

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In June 2014 Jamil Had­dad launched Colonel craft beer in his mi­cro­brew­ery, tucked away in the coastal town of Ba­troun. He is set­ting him­self apart within Le­banon’s beer world, driven more by ide­al­ism rather than huge prof­its, as he fol­lows what’s been a life long pas­sion.

Had­dad’s fam­ily has lived in Ba­troun for gen­er­a­tions. Grow­ing up he brewed liquor and beer with his dad and years later fine-tuned the process by at­tend­ing brew­ery cour­ses in the UK and Ger­many. Af­ter a decade work­ing within mar­ket­ing, he packed it all in for the love of beer and cre­ated the North’s first mi­cro­brew­ery.

On walk­ing into the brew­ery yard there’s no in­dus­try noise, no loud ma­chines, just calm ac­com­pa­nied by the breeze of the sea. At only 31, Had­dad is some­thing of a young en­tre­pre­neur and his at­ten­tion to de­tail is ob­vi­ous in the unique struc­ture of the brew­ery, de­signed by in­te­rior ar­chi­tect Nadim Sioufi. The build­ing is made from re­cy­cled wood planks, eco board pan­els and re­cy­cled plas­tic bags. The pro­duc­tion of Colonel is a small-scale op­er­a­tion and Had­dad wears many hats. Not only in charge of brew­ing, he also over­saw the devel­op­ment of the build­ing which rose from the ground in just five months. Brew­ing days start at dawn and end at sun­set. And, since the brew­ery dou­bles as a beer gar­den with a can­teen he takes care of cus­tomers into the evening.

"I re­al­ized that to be ef­fi­cient I have to do many things at once," says Had­dad, with a smile. Brew­ing is a la­bor-in­ten­sive prod­uct that re­quires pa­tience, which Had­dad cer­tainly seems to have lots of. The Colonel lager pours light, with a soft head and makes a very wel­come ad­di­tion to the lo­cal beer mar­ket. And his brew­ery is well on its way to be­com­ing the hub of Ba­troun. Open daily from 6pm. Bayadir Street, Ba­troun, 06 743543 Face­book: Colonel­beer; colonel­beer.com

Photo cour­tesy of Roland Ragi

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