Journey Indiana – Ale Mary – St. Benedict’s Brew Works


[ BELLS TOLLING ]>>AS BENEDICTINE WOMEN, OUR CALL IS TO SEEK GOD TOGETHER IN COMMUNITY, IN PRAYER, AND IN WORK. ♪>>THE BENEDICTINE ORDER, THEIR ORA AND LABORA, WHICH IS PRAY AND WORK. WE PRAY, WORK AND BREW. ♪>>THE MONASTERY, WE WERE FOUNDED HERE IN 1867. NOW NUMBER ABOUT 130 SISTERS.>>IN EUROPE, BECAUSE THEY WANTED THE MONASTERIES TO BE SORT OF SELF-SUFFICIENT. BREWERIES WERE AN EVERY DAY FACT OF LIFE. THE SISTERS OPERATED A GIRLS PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR DECADES. IT CLOSED AROUND 2000, 2001. I WILL THOUGHT IT WOULD BE KIND OF A LONG SHOT, BUT WE APPROACHED THE SISTERS AND KIND OF PRESENTED A PROPOSAL.>>WE HAD A BUILDING THAT WAS AVAILABLE, THAT WAS NO LONGER BEING USED, AND AFTER SOME CONSIDERATION BY THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, WE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND LEASE THE BUILDING TO HIM FOR THE PURPOSES OF ESTABLISHING THAT SMALL CRAFT BREWERY.>>THE REST KIND OF FELL INTO PLACE AND WE OPENED IN OCTOBER OF 2015.>>IT’S REALLY BEEN A WONDERFUL PARTNERSHIP. HOSPITALITY IS A MAJOR CHARISM OF BENEDICTINE LIFE. IN FACT, PILGRIMS AND TRAVELERS WOULD FIND REFUGE IN MONASTERIES WHEN THEY WERE TRAVELING THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND THEY WERE SAFE PLACES TO COME AND BENEDICT WOULD TELL HIS FOLLOWERS THAT WE SHOULD RECEIVE EVERY GUEST WHO COMES TO THE MONETARY AS IF WE WERE RECEIVING CHRIST HIMSELF.>>WE’RE IN THE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS HERE, PRESENTING OUR BEERS TO FOLKS, LOCAL, AS WELL AS VISITORS FROM OUTSIDE THE AREA. AND IT REALLY GIVES THE SISTERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH FOLKS WHO OTHERWISE WOULD NOT VISIT HERE.>>THE HOSPITALITY THAT IS OFFERED, THE BREWERY IS — IT FITS RIGHT IN WITH OUR WHOLE CALL.>>WE GET LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO COME HERE. THEY KNOW MORE ABOUT BEER THAN THEY DO MONASTERIES.>>THEY USUALLY ASK QUESTIONS. WHAT ABOUT THE SISTERS? WHAT ABOUT THE MONASTERIES? WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? AND SOMETIMES THEY COME UP HERE FOR A TOUR AFTER INITIALLY GOING TO THE BREWERY. BREWING BEER HAS OFTEN BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH MONASTERIES IN EUROPE, PARTICULARLY CISTERCIANS, WHICH IS A BRANCH OF BENEDICTINES, BUT MAINLY AT MEN’S MONASTERIES. AS FAR AS WE ARE AWARE, THIS IS THE ONLY MONASTERY OF WOMEN THAT HAS A BREWERY LOCATED ON ITS GROUNDS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.>>THE NUMBER ONE QUESTION THAT PEOPLE ASK IS IF THE NUNS DO ANY BREWING HERE. THEY DON’T.>>THE SISTERS DO NOT MAKE THE BEER.>>THEY HELP US TASTE. SOMETIMES WHEN WE’RE BUSY, WE WILL GET A SISTER WHO WILL JUST STEP UP BEHIND THE SINK AND START WASHING GLASSWARE. THEIR PRAYERS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO US TOO, SO WE DON’T UNDERVALUE THOSE OR ANYTHING. WE TRY TO BE A LITTLE PLAYFUL AND WHIMSICAL, BUT RESPECTFUL.>>OUR BLONDE ALE IS CALLED SISTER BETTY BLONDE.>>WE NAMED THAT BEER AFTER HER.>>AND WE HAVE THE AN I.P., WE CALL IT THE GOOD HABIT.>>THERE’S SANCTIMONIOUS STOUT. THERE’S PRIORIOUS PORTER.>>AND ONE OF OUR I.P.s, RAISING LAZARUS AND THAT REFERS TO JOHN’S GOSPEL OF JESUS RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD. I THINK WE PICKED THAT JUST BECAUSE THAT WAS THE GOSPEL READING OF THE WEEKEND WHEN WE KICKED OFF THE BEER. SO WE DON’T PROSELYTIZE OR HAND OUT SMALL LITTLE BIBLES. WE ARE HAPPY TO EXPLAIN THE CONNECTIONS TO OUR BEERS.>>THE PRIMARY FOCUS FOR OUR BREWING HAS BEEN BELGIAN ABBEY STYLES AND BELGIAN TRIPLES AND QUADS.>>WE PROBABLY BREWED WELL OVER 50 OR 60 BEERS. SOME OF THEM ARE THE YEAR-ROUND STAPLES. SOME ARE SEASONALS.>>WE USUALLY HAVE A PRETTY GOOD ROTATING SELECTION, THE BLONDE AND ALE. WE HAVE PIZZA AND PRETZELS AND FRIED CHICKEN. ♪>>THE GROUNDS OF THE MONASTERY ARE ALWAYS OPEN FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO WALK AROUND, TO ENJOY BEAUTIFUL SCENES EVERY TIME OF THE YEAR.>>THE ARCHITECTURE HERE AT THE SISTERS IS — IT’S REALLY — I MEAN, IT’S STUNNING. WE ARE CERTAINLY IN LOVE WITH OUR AREA. FERDINAND IS SUCH A UNIQUE COMMUNITY, AND THE PEOPLE ARE JUST EXTREMELY FRIENDLY AND VERY WELCOMING AND SUPPORTING OF US. TO KNOW YOU WALK A LITTLE BIT IN THE FOOTSTEPS OR THE TRADITION OR THE SHADOW MAYBE OF THOSE FAMOUS MONASTERIES AND THEIR BREWERIES, IT’S INSPIRING.>>I FEEL LIKE THE CRAFT BREWERY

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