Wednesday, February 19, 2014

America is getting its first Trappist brewery

News from Belgium (via my brother)

An American Trappist Ale could be born with the Cistercian abbey Saint Joseph of Spencer Massachusetts ( The monks of Chimay would be already giving them a hand to work out this invaluable nectar! First, let’s reacquaint ourselves with who the Trappist are. The Cistercian order, parent group of the Trappists, was founded in 1098 in France.
In the 16th century, the order split into two parts. the Cistercian Order, or common observance, and the Cistercians of the Strict Observance, or Trappists. Today, there are nearly 180 strict observing or “Trappist” monasteries active around the world. Now, of those 180 – only 8 are also breweries. (6 in Belgium, 1 in the Netherlands and 1 in Austria) all making “Belgian style Trappist” Those 8 – Chimay (belgium) -Rochefort (belgium) - Orval (belgium) - Achel(Cistercians)(belgium) - Westmalle (belgium) - Westvleteren (belgium) - Koningshoeven (Netherlands) - Stift Engelzell (Austria). The International Trappist Organization recognizes these breweries as Trappist. None are in the United States. Until now. The Saint Joseph Abbey in Spencer Massachusetts is adding a brewery, under the advisement of Chimay.The starting date is unknown. I’ll keep you posted.

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