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In the Middle Ages, the main brewers of the day were not handlebar-mustachioed hipsters, but monks. According to the Rule of Saint Benedict, established in the 6th Century, monasteries must earn enough money to be self-sufficient, and monks are duty-bound to offer hospitality to visitors in the form of food, drink, and shelter. At the time, water was as likely to kill you as quench your thirst.

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