Food & Drink

Good things brewing

There are many great things about living in Istanbul. The beer selection, however, isn’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong the national mass market brand ranks well above any old pilsner — but is it fit for a sultan?

That’s why I’m excited to tell you that Istanbul is within weeks of seeing its first fully independent craft brewing company, ready to create custom batches from 30 liters to 1000 liters. Want a flowery Belgian brew? A porter stout? An I.P.A. (India Pale Ale). We’ll soon have the expertise on hand to deliver. Whether you’re a restaurant seeking to make a signature beer, or an enthusiast seeking to mark a one-of-a kind occasion, there will soon be a choice. For some this may not be especially exciting news, but to me it signals that Istanbul really is becoming an international city again, open to a variety of tastes and experiences. In my opinion, that’s always cause for celebration. I’ll be keeping you posted on any new developments. Cheers.