Spencer Brewery, run by the monks at Saint Joseph’s Abbey, a Trappist monastery, in Spencer, Massachusetts launched in early 2014 producing just 1 beer, Spencer Trappist Ale. Since that time, I’ve been working on ways to get my hands on some of the work of the only official Trappist Brewery¬†outside of Europe since they only distribute in Massachusetts. Thankfully, some kind friends shared their loot with me so that I would be able to write about it for the blog.

On Easter Sunday, I opened¬†my very first Spencer Trappist Ale. It was delicious! Has all the qualities of a typical Trappist ale: yeasty, dry and lightly hopped. It’s cloudy color draws you in and it maintain foam as you pour. It was definitely wonderful for its style. If you can get your hands on some, please do so! It’s worth it!

I just made plans with friends to visit Boston in mid-July and I’ve reached out to the brewery in hopes of making a visit! I’ll keep you guys posted. In the meantime, if any of you know a monk at Saint Joseph’s Abbey, please let me know so I can sync up with them. I would be forever grateful.

For more information on the Abbey & the Brewery, watch the video below. It is a beautiful ‘Day in the Life’ look at these wonderful servants of the Church. I did a browse of the Abbey’s website and noticed they have a retreat center for lay people. This is now on my to-do list!


A day in the life of a monk at St. Joseph’s Abbey from Spencer Brewery

St. Joseph’s Abbey is a Trappist monastery in Spencer, MA. St. Joseph’s is home to the first American Trappist brewery. To support themselves and offer charitable assistance to others, the monks produce and sell Spencer Trappist Ale. This is a day in their life.