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The Monks Who Brew Beer

Updated: Mar 2, 2019



Join us as we travel to the beautiful and secluded Monastery of Christ in the Desert to sit down with Berkeley Merchant, brewer & manager at Abbey Brewing Co.—makers of Monk's Ale and other fine beers that are carrying the tradition of monastic brewing into the 21st century. Our conversation is a deep dive into the history and significance of that tradition, the story of New Mexican hops (which they cultivate), and the origins of the monastery itself, with enough beautiful desert imagery and wild horses to keep the non-beer nerd interested.

Follow the links for more information on the brewery (like where to find Monk’s Ale) and the monastery (including how to stay there!).

A big THANK YOU to Berkeley Merchant and all the brothers of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert for being so generous with their time and allowing us to film.

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