A brief history of beer: Episode 6, Trappist ale

Courtesy of homebrewersassociation.org

The fall

Trappist monks were brewing and selling their beers undisturbed until 1800s when French revolution paused Trappist ale production . Monasteries were burned and looted and monks were forced to abandon their breweries. Then, Trappist monks moved to Belgium and resumed their monastic life and beer production as a mean to finance and restore their monasteries.

Trappist beers today

Today Trappist beers are regulated and protected from the International Trappist Association (ITA). According to ITA, in order for a beer to be called a Trappist, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Operations of the brewery must come second to the religious pursuits of the monastery and should be conducted in a way that aligns with monastic life.
  • Profits from the beer should be used only to sustain the monastery and its residents, with any excess used to help the needs of the community — but breweries may not make profits.
This mark certifies that a Trappist beer is original

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