What is Trappist Beer?
In Belgium, monks began brewing beer in the 8th century as a way of supporting themselves. Many of the monastic beers are now produced by corporations even though they may carry the name “Abbey” or have a monk on the label. However, there are a handful that have maintained their traditions of the past. These are the Trappist breweries and they are thought to produce some of the best beer in the world. In order to carry the “Trappist” label, a brewery has to meet the following criteria:
- The beer must be brewed within a Trappist monastery, either by the monks or under their supervision.
- The brewery takes a back seat to the monastery’s main mission.
- The brewery is a non profit. Any income goes to support the monks and to maintain the buildings and grounds. Whatever’s left over, is donated to charities that help the poor.
Come celebrate the great beer tradition of Belgium on Friday from 7-9 pm, as we enjoy Trappist beers from Orval, Rochefort, and Westmalle. Glassware, give aways and more!