Most people who care about beer care about what goes into the beer. But one man in Florida is very concerned about the occupation and religious leanings of those making it. Optometrist and angry beer drinker Henry Vazquez recently filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev because Leffe beer is not actually brewed in an abbey by monks (as the label art led him to believe), but instead made in a Belgian brewery by laymen.
Though we can’t take back the countless Leffes that Vazquez may have drunk under false pretenses, we can help him and others to make informed purchasing decisions in the future. Here, five Trappist beers that are brewed by real, literally honest-to-God monks.
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Made by the monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Massachusetts, Spencer is the first Trappist beer brewed outside of Europe. Aside from the original Spencer Trappist Ale (approved personally by a panel of the American monks’ European brethren), the brewery also produces a lightly spiced holiday ale, an imperial stout and there’s even an IPA. (This is an American brewery, after all.)