Mass. monks brewing beer like European brothers

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 3:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 3:02 AM

SPENCER, Mass. (AP) — The monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Mass., have long been known for their jams and jellies. Now they're brewing the first Trappist beer to be produced outside the monasteries of Europe.

Spencer Trappist Ale will be sold at first in Massachusetts to help the monks maintain their aging buildings about an hour west of Boston. They hope to eventually distribute the sweet, yeasty golden beer nationally and one day, internationally.

Their European brothers, whose beers are considered some of the best in the world, were skeptical at first and concerned for the reputation of Trappist beer. But they counseled the American monks on brew making and helped get the recipe just right.

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