[Editor’s note: Updated post with a few corrections]
“In the spirit of a centuries-old monastic tradition, the monks of Mount Angel Abbey will begin brewing artisan beer this summer,” says the facebook page for the Benedictine Brewery, opening soon in Oregon. Oregonians are now closer than ever than getting our own local “abbey” brewery. The monks at Mt. Angel’s abbey are getting ready to release their brew in bottles this year and already have a website, facebook page, and some sweet branded merchandise. They are even so hip they made it onto the local evening news.
The Benedictine Brewery has some pretty sweet glassware for sale, but it will cost you a pretty penny ($49 for 2 mugs or 4 pint glasses, $59 for 2 snifters). Remember, though, it all goes to a bunch of dudes devoted to celibacy. Hats are more reasonably priced for $15.
The Benedictine Brewery has worked up labels and pilot batches for styles like Saison, Porter and Amber Ales, even consulting with Alex Ganum of Upright Brewing among others. Perhaps not coincidentally, Upright sources some of its hops from Mt. Angel, where the monks will also grow their own.