But in recent years, the simple monks of Saint Joseph’s Abbey have quietly set about building one of the biggest breweries in the state and the first Trappist brewery on American soil. Their sleek 36,000-square-foot brewery — modeled after multimillion-dollar facilities in Europe— has already made its first commercial batches of Belgian-style ale, which will go on sale next week.
I’m ridiculously excited about this. These monks are opening the first Trappist brewery in America! There are a handful of Trappist breweries in Europe, and they brew some of the highest rated beer in the world. Hope I can pick up a pack when they release their first batch next week.