Affinity, empathy and care for Lebanon’s national animal gave birth to Striped Hyena artisanal distillery. We pride ourselves on being able to call this misunderstood national treasure’s natural habitat our home, with our distillery being boldly located in the sunny fields of the majestic village of Beit Lahia on the slopes of Mount Hermon. The distillery bears the name Striped Hyena in order to raise awareness against hunting this highly-endangered species; therein lies an undying flame of hope that every time someone gets acquainted with this brand, they will remember what it stands for and help protect Lebanon’s identity.
At Striped Hyena, we hope to rekindle patriotism in the heart of the Lebanese by proactively supporting our community through the creation of jobs and the acquisition of 100% Lebanese components for our alcohol. We are tirelessly working with our local farmers on agricultural projects of tremendous scale to deliver home-grown crops of unrivaled quality, thus boosting the agricultural sector while also ensuring that nothing less than perfect enters our distillery. Our products are the embodiment of our unyielding love for this country, and it’s only fair to introduce the world to proper Lebanese alcohol sooner or later; in essence, our products will be redefining the Lebanese spirit one bottle at a time. These products are meant to be enjoyed in an artisanal manner by alcohol connoisseurs near and far, consequently spreading the passion behind Lebanese heritage.
Our products are the incarnation of our deep passion for artisanal spirits and love for this country. Every sip embodies the heart & soul of our work as it delivers the flavorful taste of our naturally-grown elements from the Bekaa Governorate. Our creations are crafted with the utmost care and precision, they also span a multitude of different drinks to suit all kinds of tastes and gatherings; we have Skarya Arak and Arak Jeddo to keep the Sunday gathering tradition alive, we also have different iterations of Skarya Wine for your cozy night in, and last but not least, we have gluten-free Raw Liquor when you want to add some zest to the party.
Our indigenous Skarya Wine, born in our winery at the heart of Lebanon, is so much more than just wine; it is spiritual poetry made to quench the most insatiable of thirsts for new emotions when breathing in that intoxicating wine essence. This wine aims to fulfill Skarya’s vision of redefining the Lebanese spirit, one bottle at a time, by being the first of its kind on the Lebanese wine market to be organically fermented and aged with pure Lebanese toasted oak. Add to the mix the unrivaled combination of handpicked Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, and you’ve got yourself wine done to utter perfection. In order to preserve the uniqueness of this high-caliber product, it will only be available in limited quantities.
Our white wine is one the distant cousins in the Skarya Wine family; if the latter represents spiritual poetry, then the former is a triumphant symphony. Similarly to everything we produce, the white wine is unapologetically Lebanese; it is a blessed mixture of carefully selected white grapes which are indigenous to Lebanon and include Obeidi, Merwah, Foddi, and Meksesseh, among other types. Topping off this mixture is the fermentation with wild yeast, giving it precisely that slight extra edge that it needs. This white wine, like all good symphonies, will have you screaming for an encore
We take pride in the creation of a rather distinguished bottle of liquor. As the name Raw suggests, it is a very bold liquor, unashamed of its true identity; it wants to augment your emotions and understand your true self. The very essence of this liquor is purity, from its taste to the life it brings to your party, and even from its production procedure. It is 100% grape-based liquor, characterized by the absence of additives, sugar, and gluten, which is a combination rather unheard of. The infusion of Raw with natural botanicals maintains the powerful zest it aims to deliver, and its distillation and filtration over 5 times in state-of-the-art active carbon filters, ensure a smooth and honest taste. Raw is for those moments you feel like meeting the truest version of yourself.
Skarya Arak is the Bekaa Valley encapsulated in a bottle as it represents all the hard work and unrelenting drive that went into the creation of this premium and traditional Lebanese drink. Everything about this Arak screams authentic, from the handpicked OBEIDI grapes to the green and aromatic anise, and of course the cherry on top being the four levels of distillation in a copper pot without any artificial additives or methanol. One sip from this bottle will have you questioning what Arak meant to you your entire life, and will reignite your flame of passion for this country as it redefines the Lebanese spirit, one Arak bottle at a time.
Arak Jeddo is not merely Arak, it is a tradition that has lived on for over 15 decades now as it got passed down from generation to generation, as a family heirloom of sorts, in the Khoury family. All Jeddo (Grandfather) ever wanted was to keep the quintessential Lebanese Sunday gatherings alive in his family by ensuring that his descendants would learn the craft of Arak making, so that they can drink their fill even after he’s long gone. Jeddo would have been pleased to know that his legacy lives on to this day in the form of Arak Jeddo, a refined spirit made out of home-grown Bekaa Valley grapes and infused with green anise. This Arak is triple distilled to perfection with one goal in mind, and that is to make Jeddo proud. One glass is enough to send you back in time and have you blissfully gathered with your family in the heart of your favorite Lebanese village.