/ 28 March 2023

Beer lovers won’t say cheers to that


If a life of monastic contemplation isn’t something that you would, well, contemplate, you may not have heard about Belgium’s Trappist monks and nuns. They produce beer and use the profits to support their religious community and charities, but their popular enterprises face an uncertain future as fewer people sign up for the non-alcoholic parts of life. In January, Achel beer lost its Trappist status after being taken over by a private entrepreneur. Westmalle, Belgium’s oldest Trappist brewery, is one of 5 remaining in the country, along with Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, and Westvleteren. These aren’t small cutesy undertakings – they are brands you can order via Aussie retailers like Dan Murphy’s… Looking ahead, Philippe Van Assche from Westmalle says there are few signs that people will want to become monks in the future. There’s got to be an easier way to become a notable drinks executive… 

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