Oregon’s first Abbey brewery is inching closer to becoming a reality with the release of “Black Habit Dark Ale” from the Benedictine Brewery of Mt. Angel, Oregon. While actual brewing operations at the monastery have been pushed back to early 2015 an opportunity to produce one of their recipes at a local Portland brewery and sell the bottles at this weekends Mount Angel Abbey Festival allows them to sneak in a first release for 2014.
Available this Saturday June 28th at the 8th Annual Mount Angel Abbey Festival of Arts & Wine the first beer is named Black Habit after the monks attire and the label reads:
Consisting of tunic, scapular, hood and cincture, a monk’s attire is called a habit. Among Benedictines, they are traditionally black, signifying the monk has died to this world. Whether over the body or in the bottle, the black habit reminds all of us of our higher purpose.
Though the first batch is brewed at Coalition the “Black Habit Dark Ale” is the monks creation and is available by the case of twelve 22oz bottles for $84 at the festival by ticket holders or at the Abbey itself the day of the fest without tickets. Black Habit is 7.8% Abv and thus might be a worthy beer to add to your cellar or rare beer collection if you can make it to Mount Angel this weekend. I plan a visit with the monks soon to try various pilot batches and versions of their beers ahead of the delivery on their delayed brewhouse. Stay tuned to this space for an update on the brewery operations as well as more on the monks brewing philosophy, style and inspiration. Also check out our previous post on Benedictine Abbey Brewery for backstory.