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Mass. monks first in U.S. to brew authentic Trappist beer
CBS News ^ | 1/16/2014 | Staff

Posted on 01/16/2014 12:14:59 PM PST by mgstarr

SPENCER, Mass. -- For more than a century, Catholic Cistercian monks known as Trappists have been brewing and selling what many beer lovers consider some of the best in the world. Eight monasteries - six in Belgium and one each in Holland and Austria - produce the only beer recognized by the International Trappist Association as authentic Trappist beer.

And starting Thursday, the 63 brothers of St. Joseph's Abbey - about an hour's drive west of Boston - will join them, selling the first Trappist beer brewed outside Europe.

Their ambitious venture was hardly met with enthusiasm by their exacting Trappist brothers in Europe.

After all, for nearly 60 years the monks in Spencer, Mass., had been selling jams and jellies to help support their community. Now they were interested in the real family business: beer.

The journey from jams to beer started almost five years ago when St. Joseph's sent two monks on a fact-finding mission to the Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Within hours, their European brothers were alarmed to learn of the inquiries.

"The original skepticism was because we were outside of Europe ... and Americans," said Father Isaac Keeley, the bald, jovial former potter who has been at St. Joseph's for 35 years and now directs the brewing. "And the fear we would go too big too fast."

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1 posted on 01/16/2014 12:14:59 PM PST by mgstarr
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To: mgstarr
their European brothers were alarmed to learn of the inquiries

Sounds like how the French winos felt about California making wines.

2 posted on 01/16/2014 12:17:50 PM PST by AU72
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To: AU72; mgstarr

Amazing how capitalism is the one thing that sustains so many. These monks make their own jams and other things and now they’re going to start brewing beer.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 12:23:54 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: mgstarr

What’s next... MONK MOONSHINERS!!!!??!!??

Need to try some of this.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 12:28:03 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: mgstarr

Spencer isn’t all that far from where I live. Same County. Gonna have to git me some a dat brewhaha..


5 posted on 01/16/2014 12:29:43 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: mgstarr

I wonder too...did the original recipe from German Trappist monasteries have to conform to the Reinheitsgebot? Have they changed that recipe after 1993 when it was replaced?


6 posted on 01/16/2014 12:35:32 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: AU72
Guess they didn't want to share the market. How uncharitable and un-monkish of them.
7 posted on 01/16/2014 12:37:37 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: mgstarr

I’m shocked there are still monks, especially in Belgium and Massachusetts.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 12:44:31 PM PST by Defiant (Obama is The Bard of Canard.)
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To: mgstarr
Return of the Church Ale?
9 posted on 01/16/2014 12:57:25 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: NFHale

A new reality show is born!


10 posted on 01/16/2014 1:07:48 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: OneWingedShark

The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World

http://www.amazon.com/The-Search-God-Guinness-Biography/dp/B004AYDAWM


11 posted on 01/16/2014 1:09:41 PM PST by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Defiant
I went to a high school run by Benedictine Monks. They have over thirty monks both brothers and priests. They are a thriving community and MOST conservative strict orders are also doing well. It is generally those orders that have been infiltrated by the homosexuals like some of the local diocesan seminaries and the Jesuits for example.
12 posted on 01/16/2014 1:12:44 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: mgstarr

I don’t know about the rest of this stuff but that Chimay Blue label is the best (ale) beer I ever had. It’s great.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 1:14:07 PM PST by Licensed-To-Carry (Hey Obama! It's all your fault now, you own it.)
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To: mgstarr

Finally, some good news out of Massachusetts!


14 posted on 01/16/2014 1:14:46 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: mgstarr

I went there on retreat several times many years ago, when I was in college and graduate school at Harvard. I was very favorably impressed by the Masses there. I haven’t been back there since, but I haven’t heard anything negative about them.

As for monks and capitalism, it was various orders of monks during the middle ages who were primarily responsible for the scientific and technological advancement of Europe. And they were particularly advanced in such things as agriculture, viniculture, water mills, millstones, and the like. Plus preserving the classical past and educating the aristocracy.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 1:23:42 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Licensed-To-Carry

I second that. Blue label Chimay is an amazing beer.


16 posted on 01/16/2014 1:27:49 PM PST by Crooked Constituent
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To: mgstarr

Come to the Dark Side, everyone. We have beer.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 1:27:59 PM PST by RichInOC (2013-14 Tiber Swim Team)
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To: mgstarr

I do not care much for continental European beer - it is either skunky (”Heineken” etc) or too sweet - most Belgian beers.


18 posted on 01/16/2014 1:31:31 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: AU72

This is gross, but when I lived in Alaska there were some priests or monks north of Anchorage that made milk wine. That was back in the ‘70s. Sounds nasty.


19 posted on 01/16/2014 1:48:36 PM PST by MayflowerMadam ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it's free." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: NFHale
What’s next... MONK MOONSHINERS!!!!??!!??

Hmmmmmmmm, you might have hit on something there. First Duck Dynasty now Monk Moonshiners!.......

20 posted on 01/16/2014 1:52:36 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: mgstarr

Sounds ”tempting,” but I think I’ll just stick with my recently discovered favorite...Yuengling beer. America’s Oldest Brewery. Still family owned & operated :)


21 posted on 01/16/2014 2:03:29 PM PST by ResisTyr ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God " ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: mgstarr

I’m waiting for the brothers to buy Budweiser and teach them to make good beer.


22 posted on 01/16/2014 2:11:06 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Jim from C-Town; Hot Tabasco

Royalties over here... Remember where you heard it first!!!! I want a paycheck outta this!!!!

Ha!


23 posted on 01/16/2014 2:49:47 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Steve_Seattle

I agree. I find Chimay ale undrinkable.


24 posted on 01/16/2014 6:44:19 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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25 posted on 01/16/2014 6:50:50 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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