Rorate Caeli

Norcia monks present their newly produced beer to the Pope


In today's General Audience. Thanks to Dom Benedict, OSB, the subprior, who sent us the link to the image (by Fotografia Felici).

The Benedictine Monks of Nursia (Norcia, Italy) are responsible for one of the best websites of traditional-minded Catholic groups, posting their Lauds and Vespers daily (see our sidebar). May this new venture (Birra Nursia is the name of the product) be a fruitful enterprise for the community.

14 comments:

Knight of Malta said...

I bet it's good, and haven't tried it, but the Trappist beer Chimay remains my favorite!

Bob F. said...

When are they going to start American distribution? Supporting traditional Catholic enterprises by drinking beer sounds like an excellent two for one deal to me.

Whats Up! said...

New Catholic, do you know where I can purchase the Benedictines of Nursia DVD?
Thank you

Francis said...

I wouldn't mind purchasing a case of the Monks beer for myself. Drinking beer and supporting traditional Monks is a two for one deal.

Jon said...

As a Benedictine Oblate myself, I officially pronounce this the coolest Rorate pic ever.

Andrew said...

If you buy Trappist beer (and you should, because its amazing)! Make sure that it has the authentic Trappist product seal on it. A lot of beer companies falsely dress their beers up in monastic packaging to sell their product. Chimay and Orval are two beers that are made by real Catholic monks. Don't forget about Chartreuse liqueur which is made by Carthusians or if you live in New York state, Monk's Bread which is made by the Trappists at Our Lady of the Genesee Abbey, is worth a try! The monks at Gethsemani make amazing cheese and bourbon fudge and the Trappists at St. Joseph's Abbey make awesome jam. I could go on and on! Buying monastic products is perhaps one of the more pleasurable ways you can support monastic life!

Here is a web page about the Trappist logo.

http://www.trappist.be

Here is the web page for Monk's Bread

http://www.monksbread.com/

Bryan said...

For information about the brewery project, contact their development office in the USA: development@osbnorcia.org.

Next week, on the Solemnity of the Assumption, the monks will have a solemn blessing by the Archbishop, during an inauguration and Grand Opening in Norcia.

At that point, they'll begin to sell the beer locally, then throughout Italy. At a later stage, they might be able to export the beer to the USA.

Therefore, in the meantime, it looks like you'll just have to visit the Monks in Norcia to taste the beer! Visit their website: www.osbnorcia.org and www.birranursia.com

thefederalist said...

I visited Norcia in June/July and had the opportunity to have some fine interaction with the monks there. Got a tour of the brewery, but unfortunately, samples weren't yet ready. Fortunately, talented foodies as the Italians are, they are discovering that on a 100-degree day, there's nothing like a cold beer, so this will probably be a welcome addition to Umbrian cuisine.

Those guys are the most joy-filled group of men you can ever hope to meet. And their voices are beautiful!

thefederalist said...

I visited Norcia in June/July and had the opportunity to have some fine interaction with the monks there. Got a tour of the brewery, but unfortunately, samples weren't yet ready. Fortunately, talented foodies as the Italians are, they are discovering that on a 100-degree day, there's nothing like a cold beer, so this will probably be a welcome addition to Umbrian cuisine.

Those guys are the most joy-filled group of men you can ever hope to meet. And their voices are beautiful!

spero said...

Knight of Malta, The first place I ever bought Chimay was from the Norcia gift shop when I visited there in 2005.

Francis said...

Unfortunately here in the people's Republic of Massachusetts we can't order beer (or any alcoholic beverage) over the internet. While it's legal for women to murder their unborn baby no questions asked, or for two homosexuals to "marry" ordering beer or wine online is a no no. Supposedly the Trappist monks in Spencer Ma (Novus Ordo) are in the process of putting a brewery in at the Monastery. Supposedly a Monk from Belgium came over with the recipe and taught them how to make the authentic Chimay. We'll see.

BAQUERO said...

Peace and Good ! May the MERCIFUL LORD always bless these Nurcia monks and also I want to thank you guys for the webs you posted and had to laught with some of your comments, they and the Rorate are absolutely awesome !, Franci's comments is GREAT !, in Christ and Our Immaculate Mother .

- Baquero

FidusetAudax said...

By the time that Trappist beer makes it's way here to Florida it's around $7.00 a bottle. It's a beautiful little present from our Lord on the special occasions I drink it. What a contrast from that other major religion and even some protestant sects that say all alcohol is evil.

andyjourn said...

In 2009, I was travelling in Italy, and at one point found myself in Florence, at the Uffizi gallery

While there, I met two American Benedictine monks from Norcia, who were quite personable. The one on the right of the photo, in my memory, seems to be one of them that I met.

They are a good order experiencing a revival, very much into Catholic tradition.