Monks from the Mount Saint Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire in the UK have recently become the first recognised Trappist brewers in the country
They are one of only 12 monasteries in the world to have the Trappist seal of approval. Their beer, called Tynt Meadow is named after the meadow where the abbey is situated.
According to reports, the monks began brewing beer after they closed down their dairy farm when it stopped being economically viable.
The beer will be on sale from the end of the month and can be purchased from the monks at the abbey and local beer shops.
What is Trappist beer?
According to the International Trappist Association:
- The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, either by the monks themselves or under their supervision.
- The brewery must be of secondary importance within the monastery and it should follow the business practices proper to a monastic way of life
- The brewery is not intended to be a profit-making venture. The income covers the living expenses of the monks and the maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Whatever remains is donated to charity for social work and to help persons in need.