SPENCER, Mass. — The new brew from St. Joseph’s Abbey has been highly rated by beer aficionados, earning praise at such venues as RateBeer.com.
“Spencer Trappist Ale” made its commercial debut earlier this year as part of Spencer Brewery; it is the first certified Trappist beer made outside of Europe.
The certification comes from the International Trappist Association, a group started by the eight Trappist breweries in Europe in 1997 to safeguard the “Trappist” name and establish standards for monastic communities to follow.
So how did these monks get into the beer-making business?
The story started in 2009.
Father Isaac (the Trappists prefer to be known by only...READ MORE