Monastic brewer inspects the hops
OCTOBER (CONDE NAST)
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.