Holy Happy Hour
Monastery brewhouses have been in Europe since the Middle Ages—and now they've finally made their way to Italy.
Belgium’s Trappists have brewed beer for centuries. Now Italy’s monks are praying for similar success.
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.