UPDATE 5 February:
From the the chant monks, the beer monks of Norcia…
This week, the first major shipment of Birra Nursia left the walls of the monastery and of Norcia and began its long journey to the United States. If you have already placed an order for Birra Nursia, your beer is on its way.
Imagine the journey the beer must take, out of the foothills of the Sibillini mountains, across the Atlantic and over highways and byways of America’s heartland just to reach your door. A great deal of love and prayer went in to the production of this beer. Be assured that each bottle was produced by the monks themselves. The monks are proud that Birra Nursia is a monastic product from start to finish.
___ ORIGINAL Jan 29, 2016 ___
Did you know that the last entry in the famous Lewis & Short Latin Dictionary, zythum, is a word for beer?
Last October I was at a benefit in NYC for the Benedictine Monks in Norcia, Italy. They have revived a monastic presence in the place of St. Benedict’s birth and they have started a brewery. At that event, I received a couple bottles of their exquisite beer, one of which I still have. I’ve been saving it.
However, I may just crack it open now, because their superb beer will be soon available to you in these USA. You can order it at birranursia.com.
And, what’s more, you can subscribe as part of their Brewmonks’ Club to have beer regularly sent to you.
May I make a suggestion? After signing up for your own membership, how about getting a membership for the priest or priests at your local parish? A subscription or two might help Father get a men’s club going, such as the one at the parish where I help on weekends, the monthly Pints and Pipes meeting. As G.K. Chesterton said, “In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together.” Our Pints and Pipes usually also involves another P, such as Pizza, or in the summer months, Pistols – before the Pints, of course. As Chesterton also wrote in Orthodoxy, “We should thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them.” And, we should enjoy these activities in the right order. But I digress…
A 1 year subscription has two options: 1 case of 12 bottles or 1 half-case of 6. They also send a case of their glasses. I have two. Like the monks, they are not delicate. They both survived travel in my suitcase.
Drinking your potables from the properly shaped glass can make a difference in your perception of the flavors. Yes, it’s true.
Also, the bottles are large format, 750ml. There is a blonde and a dark. Descriptions HERE. They are both great. I’ve had both, both in events for the monks in these USA and also in Italy. Once, I was with a pilgrimage group which went to Norcia. The monks put out for us their beer along with local sausages and cheeses, etc. It was magnificent.
Just for fun, a few pics from that visit. First, a tour of their brewery.
I was informed that they have a new glass for the Brewmonk’s Club.