The Pavo Brewery in Zichron Yaakov is one of Israel’s leading micro-breweries. Founded in 2010, Pavo was one of a number of new micro-breweries to open in Israel in what has been a surge of openings over the past few years. Set on the outskirts of the quaint town of Zichron Yaakov, in a beautiful location on the edge of Mount Carmel, Pavo opens its doors to visitors who are welcomed to tour the brewery and taste the beers, and of course, enjoy them in its beer garden, bar, or restaurant!
The beautiful building housing the Pavo Brewery
The Pavo Brewery, like many of the recently opened micro-breweries in Israel, is becoming a popular place for Israelis and tourists alike to visit and relax. The brewery is located in a beautiful building dating back over 100 years and protected. As a result, the brewery equipment has been specially adapted to fit into its unique setting giving the brewery even more character. The tour of the brewery takes visitors through the whole beer making process, introducing and explaining the processes and machinery used to create Pavo’s range of five fine beers. It’s really interesting and of course, tours include a tasting of Pavo’s blends!
Above the brewery is Pavo’s bar and restaurant which not only serves amazing food (and of course beer), but also provides a stunning view across the land of Israel, with views stretching as far as the Mediterranean Sea and Coastal Plain to the west, Mount Carmel and the city of Haifa and the Alona Valley and towns of the Wadi Ara region stretching into the Galilee to the east. Pavo is an incredible place to experience the real Israel – seemingly crazy industrial pursuits, and understand the country’s geography and beauty.
Pavo’s brewing equipment
In the summer months (starting after the Passover holiday), Pavo has a beautiful German-style beer garden which provides hours of relaxation for Israelis who travel from far and wide to enjoy the beer, the scenery, the company and the barbecues.
A visit to the Pavo Brewery is a visit not only to a brewery but to an insight into the ‘real’ Israeli lifestyle. It is fascinating whether you are a beer lover or not, and is highly recommended! The town of Zichron Yaakov is in itself a beautiful attraction and it makes a lot of sense to combine a visit to the two.
Visiting the Pavo Brewery
The bar at the brewery
The Pavo Brewery is open Sunday to Friday (closed for Shabbat), reopening on Saturday evening after Shabbat.
Tours are available Sundays to Thursdays 10:00 to 18:00, and Friday until 12:00.
The bar and restaurant are open Tuesdays to Thursdays, 09:30 to 24:00, Fridays, 11:00 – until Shabbat starts, and on Saturday evening after Shabbat.
Brewery Tour Prices
Tours of the brewery cost 30 NIS per person which includes the tour (lasting about 45 minutes) and the beer tasting.
For a group of 10 or more, price is 25 NIS per person and for 20 or more, price is 20 NIS per person.
If travelling by bus, head to the center of Zichron Ya’akov, walk along the main street, HaNadiv (away from the coast – eastwards), you’ll come out near the Carmel Winery Visitor Center, turn left and then right into Ma’ale HaRishonim and you’ll find the brewery.
The nearest train station is Binyamina from where the easiest way to get to the brewery is by taxi.
If driving, from Tel Aviv, take Road 2 north to the Zichron Ya’akov Interchange Zichron Ya’akov or from Haifa, south to the Zichron Ya’akov Interchange. Take Road 70 inland for about 2km and turn right onto Road 4 (heading south). The first interchange you’ll come to on Road 4 is the Zichron Ya’akov Interchange, turn left here and at the roundabout make a right. Continue up the hill on Sderot Nili, continuing as the road becomes HaHalutsim. After about 1km, you’ll come to another roundabout, here turn left onto HaKovshim, go straight over two roundabouts, at the third roundabout take the second exit onto HaDagan, and at the next roundabout, again take the second exit, onto Jabotinsky. Follow Jabotinsky until the end where you will meet HaNadiv. Turn right, then at the end of the road, left, and then right into Ma’ale HaRishonim. Pass the Carmel Winery and you’ve arrived at Pavo! You deserve a beer now, right!