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.

Benedictine Brewing

Monastic brewer inspects the hops