Abu Dhabi, once an untapped desert city, sees its first brewery open as UAE relaxes its alcohol laws

In 2018, Chad McGehee opened Side Hustle Brews and Spirits, an Abu Dhabi-branded brewery and distillery. The company initially produced its hoppy India pale ale in the US before importing it to the UAE for sale. However, Abu Dhabi has since overhauled its laws to allow micro and craft breweries, as part of a wider reconsideration of alcohol policies in the Islamic nation. This has led to the success of Side Hustle’s dream of IPAs in Arabia.

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