Monks Brew Beer to Keep Abbey Open
For more than 60 years, the Trappist monks at St. Joseph’s Abbey had relied on jams and jellies to support their monastery and community work in Spencer, Mass. But a few years ago, they realized the “expense line was rising at a faster rate than our income,” said Friar Issac.
So in the spirit of their heritage (Trappist monks have been brewing beer in Europe for centuries), the monks at St. Joseph decided to start a brewery. Spencer Brewery opened its doors earlier this year as the first Trappist brewery outside of Europe.