The Brewing Monks

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The Brewing Monks

The Brewing Monks is an ongoing project here at I think about beer. The goal is to catalog all the active monasteries in the world that are brewing and selling beer to the public.  Many abbeys brew beer for their own use on something akin to a home brewing situation, but cataloging those would be next to impossible since monasteries are, by their nature, secretive and fairly off the grid.  There are also a lot of breweries operating on the grounds of former monasteries with a brewing tradition that use that heritage as part of their brewery’s image.

In Belgium, there are a whole host of Abbey beers that are brewed at secular breweries using the name of an extinct abbey with a brewing tradition.  While these abbey beers do conform to rules and donate some money to the church for the right to use Abbey’s name, they aren’t active monasteries that are actively brewing.  In some cases, there is an active monastery but the beer is brewed in secular brewery using the monastery’s name.

Belgium is home to most of these Abbey beers as well as the home of 6 of the 10 Trappist Monasteries currently brewing beer.  Germany still has many active monasteries brewing beer, mostly of the Benedictine order.  There are still others in the United States, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

If you know about any Monasteries that are commercially making beer, please let me know via the Contact Me link here or at the top of the page. (As I find more, I’ll add them into the series).

The Brewing Monks

The Brewing Monks: A Brief History of the Trappist Order and Monastic Brewing

The Brewing Monks: The Trappist Breweries (Part 1)

The Brewing Monks: The Trappist Breweries (Part 2)

The Brewing Monks: The Trappist Breweries (Part 3)

The Brewing Monks: The 11th Trappist – Tre Fontane

The Brewing Monks: Almost Trappist

The Brewing Monks: The Benedictine Breweries (Part 1)

The Brewing Monks: The Benedictine Breweries (Part 2)

The Brewing Monks: The Franciscans

The Brewing Monks: A Potential 12th Trappist Brewery Begins the Process in Spain

The Brewing Monks: The Brewing Nun – Sister Doris Engelhard

Other Monastic Beer News and Information

Save the Tridaine – Read about the potential destruction of the ancient well Rochefort uses to brew its beers and sign the petition to save it.

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