There is never a question that Belgium loves their beer. The Belgium Post has issued a set of stamps commemorating the who’s who of Trappist beers. The 6 Belgian monasteries are commemorated are Chimay, Orval, Achel, Rochefort, Westmalle, and Westvleteren. [StampNews]
The world will soon indulge in beers from the 8th Trappist brewery. Mont des Cats will being selling the newest offerings June 16th.
Mont des Cats will be based in France, with initial production in Belgium. Chimay, a Trappist brewery themselves helped Mont des Cats create a new recipe & will be assist the friars there as the brewery comes online.
In order to be a Trappist brewery, the beer must be brewed by or under the control of Trappist monks with some of the profits going to good causes.
The existing Trappist breweries are Chimay, Rochefort, Westvleteren, Achel, Orval, Westmalle, & Konigshoeven <FlandersNews>
The Ovila series is a new venture by Sierra Nevada. They will be collaborating with Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California. The series will feature 3 Belgian Abbey style ales, first to be released in March of 2011. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. The monks of the abbey are building a “12th century, early-gothic Cistercian chapter house” on site in Vina.
The monks of the Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux of Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.: Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae), or Trappists.
The site is www.ovila.com More content headed your way soon.
The fire, while under investigation seems to have originated from a temporary generator that was put to use after the brewery experienced electrical problems. It seems the brewery was not extensively damaged, and brewing will resume in about a week.
The aging tanks(vats) were undamaged. All the monks (around 15) were able to get out unharmed. More importantly, there are no founded reports of beer damage!
Rochefort was founded in 1595. Their annual output is 18,000 hectoliters. The brewery is located inside Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-RÃ©my.