Germany Monasteries Brewing for Own Consumption Only?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by ThirstyWarrior, Apr 18, 2013.

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  1. ThirstyWarrior

    ThirstyWarrior Initiate (0) May 9, 2012 Arizona

    Does anyone know of monasteries in Germany, or anywhere else for that matter, that brew their own beer not to sell, but just for their own consumption?
  2. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    Monasteries being very secretive and close knit communities we'd probably never know. There are 3 monasteries around here selling beer that I'm aware of, Plankstetten (contract brewed at the Riedenburger Brauhaus), Weltenburg (they basically brew for their own beer garden and all beer you see on shelves is brewed by Bischhofshof Regensburg) and Mallersdorf.
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  3. ThirstyWarrior

    ThirstyWarrior Initiate (0) May 9, 2012 Arizona

    I'm sure it won't be an easy question to answer for that very reason, but doesn't the possibility exist?
  4. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Aspirant (298) Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    It was my understanding that some of the Weltenburg beers are brewed at the monastery and then trucked to Regensburg for bottling.
  5. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (182) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Beer is so cheap in Germany that there would be no point unless they were brewing as a commercial venture to finance the monastery.
  6. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,931) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Unless... they were making something so good that they didn't want anyone else to know! :wink:

    Not very Christian that, I suppose. :grinning:
  7. ThirstyWarrior

    ThirstyWarrior Initiate (0) May 9, 2012 Arizona

    I was thinking that small batch brewing would be in keeping with the monastic tradition of being self sufficient. I bet if we unlock enough heavy wooden doors, we just might find something interesting.
  8. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (182) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    You unlock the heavy wooden door.

    The heavy wooden door is open.

    To the east you can see:
    Some barrels

    What now?
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  9. einhorn

    einhorn Aspirant (293) Nov 3, 2005 California
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    Enter said room. Ask for a window seat, a pretzel and a beer. Be assertive and swift.
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  10. ThirstyWarrior

    ThirstyWarrior Initiate (0) May 9, 2012 Arizona

    Or polite and swift!
  11. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,128) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Explain that you are a weary traveler without any money and needing shelter for the night. You haven't eaten for two days and also ask if it would also be possible to share the evening repast, including the Abbey beer, in exchange for a day or two's work in the fields alongside the monks.
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  12. ThirstyWarrior

    ThirstyWarrior Initiate (0) May 9, 2012 Arizona

    I would go for that in a heartbeat.
  13. LBerges

    LBerges Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2010 Germany

    I am quite sure there are no monasteries that make beer for own consumption only.
    Also because selling beer was always part of their business.
    And there are only very few monasteries where beer is made by monks and sold to public (like Mallersdorf).
    Some have the brewery inside the monastery but it is run by some else (like Reutberg).
    And some sold their name for mass production elsewhere (like Weltenburg, Scheyern)
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  14. Bierman9

    Bierman9 Poo-Bah (4,199) Dec 20, 2001 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Thank you, Sir. May I please have another?
  15. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (390) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    So then I'm the only nerd who was going to respond with "Cast Magic Missile at barrels"? :flushed:
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  16. Erzengel

    Erzengel Aspirant (290) Sep 8, 2008 Germany
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    To Scheyern: The mass-production sold in Germany comes as far as I know from Tucher in Nürnberg, but they also brew their own beer, selling it with different labels at the brewery itself: - and these beers are really great!!

    And with Weltenburg it is a bit different - it is stated on the label where the beer is brewed - and the brewery Bischofshof in Regensburg, where the majority of the bottled-beer is brewed, is owned by the catholic church (diocese Regensburg). So mass-production ± yes, but not as commercial like Tucher etc.
  17. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2005 Germany

    I have never seen an Asam Bock NOT brewed in the monastery itself, I have never seen a Hell brewed there, Most of the Barok Dunkel is also by Bischhofshof but it's stated on the back label of the bottle all the time where it's brewed and bottled.
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