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Cause for Mirth: The Return of Abbey Brewing to the United States
Crisis Magazine ^ | 5/6/13 | R. Jared Staudt

Posted on 05/08/2013 5:50:35 AM PDT by marshmallow

Beer is another one of those testimonies to how the Catholic Church built European civilization. It is true that brewing was widely practiced in the ancient world, but the process was very primitive, even as simple as soaking a loaf of bread in water. Modern brewing practices grew up within Benedictine monasteries, where beer provided good sustenance, sanitary drink, and probably some mirth (at least for the pilgrims). The monks even created a special brew to sustain Lenten fasts, the double bock, classically seen in Paulaner’s Salvator (“The Savior”; look for St. Francis Paola on the Paulener label).

The French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, so destructive of Catholic culture generally, led to the decline of monastic brewing (and monasteries in general), secularizing the most famous of them. Some remnants remain, as seen in the Belgian Trappist beers (the most famous of which is Chimay) and Weltenburger, the second oldest brewery in the world (c. 1050), still run by Weltenburger Abbey. European founded monasteries in the United States continued the art of brewing, though prohibition brought about the demise of this practice. St. Vincent Archabbey, for instance, had a large and successful brewery founded in 1855.

But what good news, monastic brewing is entering a period of revival in the United States! Several initiatives around the country show that monasteries and independent breweries cooperating with monasteries are reviving interest in abbey style beers. This is a great sign for the renewal of Catholic culture in the United States. It will help bring monastic culture to the culture more broadly and hopefully will spark interest among Catholics in monastic history and its brewing culture.

The first example of an abbey beer, that is, a beer affiliated with an abbey, in the United States in recent times is........

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1 posted on 05/08/2013 5:50:35 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
I think the most exciting example of the revival of monastic brewing can be found at the Abbey of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico. While the abbey initially contracted out their brewing, they now have established a brewery on site and are growing their own local subspecies of hops, neomexicanus. The Abbey Beverage Company, owned and operated by the abbey, oversees production of their abbey style beers: Monks Ale, Wit, Dubbel, and Tripel (the latter two are also distributed in reserve bottles as well).

Monks ale is very good.

2 posted on 05/08/2013 6:02:27 AM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: marshmallow

The most important thread of the week!

Big Trappist Ale fan here.


3 posted on 05/08/2013 6:06:39 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: marshmallow; quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; ...

Ping to the Homebrewers and Winemakers List


4 posted on 05/08/2013 6:10:32 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: marshmallow

Beer brewed in the monasteries in Europe is the best.


5 posted on 05/08/2013 7:05:03 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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Reconstruction of the 800 year old Chapter House of the Cistercian monastery in Ovila, Spain, in progress at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California

One of the ales produced as a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewery and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. Proceeds from sales of the ale assist in reconstruction of the Chapter House.

6 posted on 05/09/2013 6:56:25 PM PDT by concentric circles
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