Belgian Nuns [Centuries later] Join Monks in Beer Production

Maredret Abbey in Belgium is a 20-strong Benedictine community, founded in 1893. The Abbey’s nuns, struggling to scrape together the funds for much-needed renovation work, turned to brewing beer.

The Abbey teamed up with a brewer five years ago, in the hopes of producing beer infused with some of their history and values, in order to fix their leaky roofs and cracked walls.

Abbey beers, where a brewer pays royalties to use the Abbey name, are common in Belgium. But until now only monks have been associated with these brews.

The Belgian nuns, in association with brewer and importer John Martin, launched two beers this summer. Maredret Altus is a 6.8% amber beer using cloves and juniper berries, and Maredret Triplus is an 8% blond incorporating coriander and sage.

“It’s good for one’s health. It aids digestion. All the sisters like the beer, we are in Belgium after all,” said Sister Gertrude. Each nun is permitted to enjoy one bottle of beer every Sunday.

“We wanted a beer made from spelt, for which we have great esteem because of its virtues, as well as medicinal plants, since our aim was to make a beer that could improve the health of people. Our project was about respect for human nature, which consists of not eating and drinking just anything. A herbal beer met our goals of helping people with their health very well” says Sister Gertrude.

Spelt is a grain mentioned in texts by Saint Hildegard, a German Benedictine abbess from the 11th century who has inspired the Belgian order. Plants commonly grown in the nuns’ garden are also used.

Production is close to 300,000 bottles per year, according to head distiller and great-grandson of the brewer’s founder, Edward Martin. He predicts that this will rise to around 3 million in a couple of years. The beer has already launched outside of Belgium in Spain and Italy.

Maredret Abbey is just a kilometre from male counterpart Maredsous Abbey, whose beer, made by Duvel, is widely available.

‘All the sisters like the beer, we are in Belgium after all’, said Sister Gertrude

 

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The World’s Most Popular (Googled) Beer

New research data from Maxima Kitchen Equipment has just revealed the most popular beer in the world according to Google.

Corona beer topped the list, with the brew being the most searched beer in 62 out of 188 countries. Heineken came in second place in the world’s most popular beer rankings, as the most Googled beer in 20 countries.

Searches for Corona beer top the rankings in countries including the US, where it receives an average of 42,000 searches every month, Germany, which Googles the beer around 22,000 per month, as well as the UK, Japan and Australia.

Corona, which placed 63rd on the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brands 2020, is also the most searched beer in the country of its origin, Mexico, where it receives around 30,000 searches each month.

Second-placed Heineken is the most searched beer in 20 countries, including Brazil, where it receives 73,000 searches each month, Russia and Egypt.

Beer accounted for some 45% of all alcoholic beverage sales in the US in 2019, which gave it the biggest share of alcohol sales in the country.

A spokesperson for Maxima Kitchen Equipment said of the research: “Beer is one of the world’s favourite drinks, and it’s fascinating to see which brands are attracting the most Google searches around the world. The brands at the top of the list will hope they can convert those searches into sales.”

Beer production worldwide is 1.91 billion hectolitres – the equivalent of 76,000 Olympic swimming pools.

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Colorado’s “Beckenridge Brewery” will be delivering beer by Reindeer this holiday season to 10 lucky winners

Breweries from pole to pole are finding new ways to be creative this year –Colorado’s Beckenridge Brewery has decided to take things one step further to provide a few lucky locals the opportunity to receive their beer by reindeer.

Taking home delivery to the next level this holiday season, the Anheuser-Busch owned brewery is giving 10 Colorado residents the opportunity to receive a mini keg of Christmas Ale right to their front door pulled by Santa’s special helpers. Teaming up with the nearby Moon Deer Ranch, the two soon-to-be iconic companies decided that reindeer could have a huge impact on people’s morale, so what better time than now to put them to work?

The contest, which can be entered by visiting their website: https://www.breckbrew.com/ReinderDeliverySweepstakes

And runs until December 2 with deliveries to the winners in the Denver and Cascade areas taking place on December 5 and December 6, respectively.

In addition to your “reinbeer” delivery—which is at no charge, btw—winners will receive a Christmas Ale t-shirt, Christmas beanie, and a 12-pack of Christmas Ale. You will also receive the bragging rights that come along with having a reindeer pull up to your front door. What better way to end 2020!!

 

 

 

Rochefort Trappist Brewery Resurrects It’s 100-Year-Old Beer Recipe

Belgium’s Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, also known as Brasserie Rochefort, or Rochefort Brewery, has been brewing Trappist ales since 1797. For the first time in more than half a century, the historic brewery is releasing a new beer.

Monks at the abbey started producing a blonde Trappist in 1920 but discontinued production after just three years. One hundred years on, that recipe is being revived in Rochefort’s new “Triple Extra.”

“We had been considering making a new blonde beer for a long time, but now the time was right,” the brewery states.

François Mathy, production manager at Rochefort, said the new 8.1-percent ABV blonde beer was inspired by the monk’s original recipe, but “adapted to modern times.”

Those hoping to get their hands on the blonde Trappist may have to wait sometime. As of publishing, it’s unclear where Triple Extra will be sold and how much has been made. Thankfully, it seems like this one is set to stick around for more than three years.

“We have made the first brew and are surprised by the quality of the beer, which is close to the optimum,” Mathy told local Belgian news. “But we will remain attentive to consumers and make possible adjustments in order to further improve it.”

Women in Wine Talks is thrilled to have Janet Dorozynski, Trade Commissioner for Canadian wine, beer and spirits at Global Affairs Canada speak July 7th 1:00 pm

 

Women in Wine Talks is thrilled to have Janet Dorozynski, Trade Commissioner for Canadian wine, beer and spirits at Global Affairs Canada, the only national government job of its kind in the world speak July 7th at 1:00 pm.

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About this Event

A wonderful and interactive (Zoom Talk) opportunity to hear from Dr. Dorozynski and learn about Global Affairs Canada export initiatives to promote the sale of Canadian wines and spirits around the world.

About Janet Dorozynski, PhD, DipWSET

Janet Dorozynski has had a multi-faceted career working in and with the international and Canadian wine industry for two decades. While living in Brussels and completing her PhD from Concordia University in Montreal, Janet became captivated by all things wine (and beer, spirits, cider, food…) and in 2000, packed in the books and papers to work for Wines of South Africa at their headquarters in Stellenbosch.

Since returning to Canada, she has worked in international business development, marketing, media, government and public relations and as an educator at Niagara and Algonquin Colleges. Janet currently divides her time between her day job as Trade Commissioner for Canadian wine, beer and spirits at Global Affairs Canada, the only national government job of its kind in the world. She works with the Canadian industry on global export initiatives and manages a programme that assists Canadian embassies around the world to purchase and serve Canadian wine, beer and spirits.

Janet is regularly invited to present and moderate at academic and trade conferences, events and masterclasses as a result of her extensive industry knowledge and tasting widely from all regions of Canada. She holds the WSET Diploma, is a WSET certified educator and a Professional Affiliate of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).

On her own time, Janet has been reviewing, writing, traveling to wine regions and judging at competitions in North and South America, Europe and Asia for over twenty years. She is currently a writer and judge at Wine Align, the wine columnist for Luxe Magazine Ottawa, and has written and consulted for The World Atlas of Wine, Gismondi on Wine, Vines Magazine and WineTelevision.com, one of Canada’s earliest online publications and TV series.

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