Sisters are doing it for themselves: want some nun-brewed beer?

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Sisters are doing it for themselves: want some nun-brewed beer?

After centuries, Belgian nuns join monks in production to raise funds for abbey renovations

Philip Blenkinsop

When the nuns of Maredret Abbey in Belgium were struggling to scrape together the funds for badly needed renovations, they turned to an occupation that for hundreds of years had been the preserve of monks — beer brewing.

The 20-strong Benedictine community, founded in 1893, decided about five years ago it was time to team up with a brewer with the aim of producing beer infused with some of their history and values, while helping repair their convent’s leaking roofs and cracked walls.

After nearly three years of collaboration with brewer and importer John Martin, Maredret Altus, a 6.8% amber beer using cloves and juniper berries, Maredret Triplus, an 8% blonde incorporating coriander and sage, went on sale in summer...

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