From Pews to Brews Country Monks Brewing Beer in Arkansas
October is known as a beer-drinking month due to the fact there are so many Octoberfest celebrations going on across the country. But did you know that there is an abbey in Arkansas where Benedictine monks make their own beer?
The historic Subiaco Abbey is home to Country Monks Brewing, where monks serve up some tasty beers, monk sauce, and something called Abbey Brittle along with other merchandise for purchase.
The monastery was founded over 100 years ago and began privately brewing its own beer in the early 1920s. In 2017, Country Monks Brewing was founded by Brother Sabastian who went from teaching to brewing.
Most recently, Brother Sebastian traveled to Alabama to deliver beer for a reunion and to his parents who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. He had a special beer made just for them named Wedding Wheat using an old wedding photo that included the iconic fat monk.
Pale Ale, Amber Amber, Stout, Monastic Wheat, and a limited supply of Irish Red are all available. in cans while Pale Ale, Amber Amber, Stout, Peanut Butter Stout, and Irish Red are available by TAP.
The brewery is open on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at last report. Country Monks Brewing is one of three breweries located in the area.
I know it sounds rather strange for religious Benedictine monks to be selling beer from a monastery but people travel from all over the country to this beautiful mountainside abbey in northern Arkansas.
While I haven't been to the brewery yet, I have been to the monastery, the drive is absolutely beautiful taking you through lots of rolling hills, countryside, and mountain valleys. I encourage when you get to the abbey take the time to sit on the grass overlooking the river valley below and you will get a sense of peace just being there. If you are lucky you just might hear the world-renowned mystifying Gregorian monk chant.
About Country Monks Brewing
Monks who follow the ancient Benedictine way of life, which includes brewing beer. Beer is only available once a week in the TAP room on the grounds of the Abbey. The money made goes to caring for the elder monastic monks in their health center and for $10,000 in financial aid for the students of Subiaco Academy.
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