Monastery brewhouses have been in Europe since the Middle Ages—and now they've finally made their way to Italy. 

By Christine Quinlan
Updated: May 24, 2017
Courtesy Birra Nursia

Belgium’s Trappists have brewed beer for centuries. Now Italy’s monks are praying for similar success.

Birra Nursia

To help support their 10th-century Umbrian monastery, the Benedictines started producing a refreshing blonde ale and a Belgian-style “strong” ale. Now they’re shipping to the US. $15 for 750 ml; birranursia.com.

Tre Fontane Abbey

Cistercian monks set up a microbrewery inside their ancient Roman abbey last year. They make Italy’s first Trappist-certified beer, using eucalyptus from trees on the grounds. $14 for 750 ml; holyart.com.

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