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Trappist monks carry on brewing tradition

Trappists live by the rule of St. Benedict which says “for then are they monks in truth, if they live by the work of their hands.” So all Trappist monasteries survive not by asking for donations, but producing goods that they sell. Of the nearly 170 Trappist monasteries worldwide, only seven produce beer. The best-known Trappist beer in America is probably Chimay.