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B for Bacchus

31 EpisodesProduced by Farrah BerrouWebsite

Wine stories from the Fertile Crescent.


23. LEVANT - Arak & mountains are like salt & pepper

Over Zoom, Farrah speaks to Joseph and Marwan El Asmar about arak. Joseph, calling in from South Lebanon's Jezzine, is the author of The Milk of Lions, a book about the history of alcohol in the Middle East. Meanwhile, his son Marwan is based in NYC and continues his father's research on arak now that the book has been published. 

The second half of the episode includes snippets from listeners across the world as they share their thoughts, memories, and tips on the aniseed-flavored drink of the Levant. 

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