Neri Zilber (Israel, 2011-2013) profiles an arak distillery for The Daily Beast that sources ingredients, and inspiration, from throughout the Levant. “To sum up: Israeli grapes and Syrian anise (via Jordan) all come together in a factory situated in a Christian Arab town in Western Galilee, under the name of an ancient Jewish fortress, where a Lebanese Maronite proceeded to put, as he called it, his ‘magic touch’ on the proceedings,” he writes.

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