Monday, January 13, 2014

Spencer Trappist Ale to Debut; Beers Come from First Trappist Brewery Outside of Europe

A brewery in Central Massachusetts is launching a brand new beer that should be arriving in stores this week--and this is not just any kind of brewery.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Saint Joseph's Abby in Spencer is getting ready to debut Spencer Trappist Ale, with its brewing facility being one of only nine Trappist breweries in the entire world, and the only one in the United States (or any country outside of Europe, for that matter). According to the article, Spencer Trappist Ale is made using Belgian yeast that has a connection to Trappist breweries from the middle of the 20th century. Dan Kenary of Harpoon helped advise the monks early on in the process, while one monk brewed with the folks behind Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project and two others went to Belgium to help gain knowledge in developing the recipe for the beer.

[January 20 update: Based on a number of Twitter posts from a variety of beer and liquor stores, Spencer Trappist Ale is now available. (Call ahead, as it looks like at least some shops have limited quantities.)]

The Globe article mentions that the monks plan to brew 4,000 barrels of ale--or the equivalent of 1.3 million 11.2-ounce bottles--at the facility in 2014, with production being upped to 10,000 barrels in five years. (The brewery has the capacity to put out up to 40,000 barrels per year.)

To learn more about Spencer Trappist Ale and the brewery, please go to the link below: