Back in 2016, our beer archaeologist Travis Rupp (@thebeerarchaeologist ) presented at the World Brewing Congress about his research into the brewing techniques of ancient cultures, which led to our Ales of Antiquities series. In attendance that day were several Italian monks, themselves brewers, who were delighted by Travis's research. The monks invited Travis to visit their monastery to learn the tradition of monastic brewing.
Flash Forward to summer 2017, when Travis took the monks up on their offer to visit. In the intervening months since their initial invitation, a huge earthquake hit the town of Nursia, Umbria; the monastery, which had already been rebuilt three times in its long history, had collapsed. This restricted access to the brewery for several months. However, when Travis arrived, the monks were finally allowed back into their home where they showed him the monastic brewing tradition. They also shared their best beer with him, a special brew reserved for guests of the monastery, called a Celia beer.
The two newest Ales of Antiquity were inspired by this trip and centuries of monastic brewing. Benedictus, now on tap, is a Celia-style beer: the very best the monks have to offer, which is reserved solely for honored guests of the monastery (or in our guests, honored guests of our brewery - that's you!) Nursia, arriving in our taproom in a few weeks, is the monks' own beer, a low-alcohol beverage to sustain them through long days. Come visit us to try our homage to monastic brewing!
Our next Ales of Antiquity dinner is on January 10. Tickets are available now!
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