In December 2013, monks from six Belgian Trappist brewing abbeys gathered in Brussels to sample Spencer Brewery’s beer. A unanimous approval made Spencer the first American brewery to earn the “Authentic Trappist” title.
Brevnovský Pivovar has an annual production of about 2,500 barrels. Most of that is its Pale Lager, but it also makes an Imperial Stout, a Baltic Porter and an IPA, all rarities in lager-loving central Europe. For the moment, however, none of the brewery’s beers are regularly exported out of the Czech Republic.
People in this day and age don’t really know much about the Dark Ages… one of the main reasons this period in European history is referred to as “dark.” For the evolution of beer, however, this era was anything but dark.