Level: beginner / winemakers
*or for any lover of drink or adventure!
3-day retreat: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
16:30: Gathering at the brewery for coffee and light
17:00-21:00: 1st Lecture + 1st distillation
22:00.: Dispersal at the guest’s hotels.
09:00: Breakfast at the brewery.
09:30-13:30: 2nd lecture + 2nd distillation.
14:30-17:00: Free time.
17:00-19:00: 3rd lecture + 3rd distillation.
19:00: Welcoming of the Sabbath (Kabbalat
Shabbat) + Dinner.
10:00-11:00: Breakfast buffet.
11:00-13:00: Guided tour of the village of Gush Halav.
13:00: Festive luncheon and delivery of Graduation
The brewery and Visitors’ center of Nadim Issa’s family, from the Maronite-Christians whose community had been displaced from the village Bar’am – sits at the heart of a village in the Upper Galilee literally called ‘block of milk’ (Gush Halav). The brewery of Danz lazes between the remains of an ancient synagogue and picturesque local churches, here the Zefat Regional College invites you to an Arak-making course filled with the adventure of the ages!
Thursday, 1st days: Hello to Arrak:
Where had it all begun? The workshop opens the door to the authentic world of an aromatic alcoholic beverage, the taste and background of which had not changed for a thousand years! (yes – not even its price). At the Danz Brewery in the village of Gush Halav, Mr. Nadim Issa, will teach us all the secrets associated with Arak making – liquor sources, production methods, acquaintance with materials, distillation facilities, and finally – how to make the drink ourselves!
Our first day will end with a delicious meal by Issa’s wife, Munira, and some drinks are to be expected.
Friday – 2nd day: Refine your knowledge of Arrak before the Sabbath:
The second day of the seminar will open with a glass or two of Arak, and breakfast of course, and will continue down the valley toward the secrets of arak-making, from the practical and theoretical views, besides making our second and third distillations. In between, we will get to know the history of this aromatic beverage, its sources, methods of how to increase its anise (licorice) taste and of course every little detail of how to prepare it domestically.
We will then greet the Sabbath with a festive dinner and a sweeping musical performance by George Samoan, with a tankard of arak ready at hand.
Saturday – 3nd day: And How about a Graduation Certificate?
After a hearty breakfast and a guided tour of the brewery and the alleys of the village of Gush Halav, we are back at the class board to record a few last secrets, with which to go back to civilization with our purely own made glory – a bottle of Arak, and a graduation certificate from the Zefat Regional College. All that is left us to do is purchase a home distillery and start exploring producing the drink at home. Good Luck!