Beer and alcohol in Yemen

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Alcohol was sold openly in southern Yemen during the British occupation and, later, under Marxist rule. The famous Seera beer was produced by the National Brewing Company in Aden - the only legal brewery in the whole of the Arabian peninsula.

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Following the unification of north and south Yemen in 1990, the brewery began to attract the attention of strict Muslims and there was talk of closing it during Ramadan or turning it over to full-time vinegar production. The brewery was destroyed by northern troops entering Aden at the end of the 1994 war and has not been rebuilt.

LIQUOR AND WINE

Yemenis in conformance with the Koran do not imbibe any alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic beverages are available only at the Sheraton Hotels, and is expensive.