Spencer Trappist Festive Lager
America’s only Trappist brewery is now in the state of Georgia. Massachusett’s based Spencer Trappist has signed a new distribution deal with Atlanta Beverage and Eagle Rock to bring their (currently one offering) to the state.
Of the 180 Trappist monasteries in the world, only 9 are also breweries. Those 9 are Chimay, Rochefort, Orval, Achel, Westmalle, Westvleteren, Koningshoeven, Stift Engelzell, and now Spencer. The International Trappist Organization recognizes these breweries as Trappist, and each carry the Trappist logo on their bottles. None are in the United States. Until now.
The Saint Joseph Abbey added the brewery, under the advisement of Chimay.
Spencer has just one offering right now, Spencer Trappist Ale, a Belgian-style pale ale, packaged in 11.2oz bottles.
The offering is now available in the state of Georgia, as of the first week of December. Georgia is the brewery’s 7th state of distribution.
The second offering from the world’s 8th Trappist brewery – Stift Engelszell, has arrived. The follow up to Gregorious, a Belgian strong dark ale, Benno is a farmhouse ale. This hazy, slightly spicy, slightly funky, brew features a touch of honey to sweeten the taste.
One of the most talked about beer releases in America in 2012 is upon us. Westvleteren XII, considered by some to be the #1 on planet earth will be released on U.S. soil for one time only. The Trappist quadrupel is usually only available at the monastery in Westvleteren, Belgium. The abbey is in such need of repair, that production of the world’s most sought after beer had to be increased to raise the funds for the repairs.
Westvleteren XII available for sale in a 6 pack with 2 glasses for $84.99. All proceeds benefit the Abbey. Total Wine has announced this release will occur on 12.12.12, and available at Total Wine in the following states: Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, California and Nevada.
Those hoping for a shot at the Chimay SpÃ©ciale Cent Cinquante, you may be disappointed. The trappist brewery made just 12,500 cases for the entire world, and the United States got just 2,500 cases. What states got them? Virginia, Florida, California, Kansas, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Puerto Rico.
SpÃ©ciale Cent Cinquante means “150” in French and celebrates Chimay’s 150 anniversary. This release is the first new beer to leave the brewery in 46 years. Hunterdon Distributors in New Jersey has already sold out of the 500 cases they were allocated.
Bad news for some Chimay fans out there.
Until now there were a mere seven true Trappist breweries in the world – i.e. brewed by Trappist monks. The 8th (based in Austria) has now produced their first beer. Gregorius has officially been bottled, named for the former Abbot of Stift Engelzell. Some sleuthing found the below from the Trappist Association newsletter:
The Trappist monastery of Stift Engelszell is located in Engelhartszell, in the northern part of Upper Austria, on the Danube, in a valley with wooded hills. This monastery has been a member of the International Trappist Association (ITA) since 2008. In 2009 the ITA granted Stift Engelszell the right to use the “Authentic Trappist Product” label on its Trappist liqueurs. Today the Trappist community is launching a dark Trappist beer, the “Gregorius” (9.7% ABV).
Gregorius is one of two beers coming this month fromt the new Trappist brewery. [BelgianBeerTravels]
To celebrate teh 150 years spent at the Abbey Of Scourmont, the Chimay Trappist brewery has developed this exceptional anniversary beer brewed specially for the occasion.
Availability: 750 ml bottles, Corked & Caged
Arrival: September, 2012. Limited to 12,500 cases world wide. 2500 Stateside.