961 Beer began during the dark days of the July 2006 siege on Lebanon. Tired with the lack of quality beer in Lebanon, Mazen Hajjar and his friends started to brew beer in his very own kitchen. The first batches were brewed in 20 liter kettles. Granted that war and blockades are not the ideal conditions to start a company, alongside everyone telling them they were mad to even consider it, they went ahead with it anyway. They decided that brewing a good beer for a great country was what they wanted to do the most.
When 961 Beer officially began brewing they were one of the smallest breweries in the world, and the only microbrewery in the entire Middle Eastern region (which 961 Beer still is). The very first batches were brewed in 20 liter kettles. Although 961 Beer now brews nearly 2 million liters per year, they still insist upon making beer using the very same principles: traditional techniques, quality ingredients and love.
There is no wrong or right way to brew beer. There is the artisanal way, and the industrial way…. 961 Beer chose the artisanal approach.
We believe in brewing the absolute best beer we possibly can, and having fun while doing it, because life is too short to drink bad beer.