Brewed by The Monks of St. Joseph's Abbey

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Spencer is the first and only certified Trappist beer made in the United States.

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In 1997 the eight Trappist breweries (all in Europe) came together to form the International Trappist Association, a non-profit that protects the Trappist name by establishing rules for monasteries seeking certification and the privilege of using the “Authentic Trappist Product” logo.

The three cardinal rules for certification are:
  1. Products which carry this label are produced within the walls of the monastery or in the vicinity of the monastery.
  2. The monastic community determines the policies and provides the means of production. The whole process of production must be in accordance with the business practices proper to a monastic way of life.
  3. The profits are primarily intended to provide for the needs of the monastic community and for outreach to disadvantaged communities, groups and individuals.

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History of the Monastery

From Normandy to North America—explore our history, from the establishment of our Order and our early beginnings, to the building and settlement of the monastery in Spencer, MA.

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Our Glass

The Spencer glass was designed, through the collaborative efforts of the monks, Libbey Glass, and other expert consultants, to be the perfect vehicle for enjoying our Trappist Ale.

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Sustainable Practices

To keep the monastery as valuable to future generations as it is to us, we have incorporated a number of sustainability features into the design, construction, and operation of the brewery.

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