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Trappist Beer Travels: Inside the Breweries of the Monasteries

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This combination beer journal, history book, and travelogue grants readers rare access inside monastery walls for an in-depth look at the legendary breweries of Trappist monks. Join three American beer writers as they travel the globe, and come to appreciate each abbey with a reverence informed by the brewery directors and monks themselves. Read about the origins of the Tr ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 28th 2017 by Schiffer Publishing
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Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Books about beer and brewing can be a retelling of what a beer lover already knew apart from the history and the ales on offer. This book it a revelation.
Due to it's subject matter; it is packed with church history and monastic life as well as the time to review what only 11 breweries can boast, the production of trappist ales.
The detail and writing is first class, the photographs will appeal to church historians and beer lovers alike in a unique collection of stories how an order of monks beyon
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This a very informative book, it is well structured, each of the 11 abbeys gets their own chapter.  It starts off with an illustration of the abbey, followed by it’s history, then info on the brewing process, then a review of each beer and finally finishing of the chapter is info on planning your trip. Each chapter has at least 20 photos to accompany it, including the all important photo of a freshly poured beer.

What’s missing from the book is a bit of character, nothing on their travels, nothin
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Trappist Beer Travels by Caroline Wallace, Sarah Wood, and Jessica Deahl is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early July.

It's mildly ironic that I'm reading this book after the monumental day that Minnesota has been able to sell beer on a Sunday, but I'm otherwise unfamiliar with Trappist beer beyond my rare run-ins with a bottle of La Trappe or Chimay (which seems to be an already ample starting point). Apart from the obvious point that the title of this book makes - European monasteries cr
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Note - I was able to read an advanced copy of this work courtesy of NetGalley)

Wallace, Wood and Deahl haven’t merely crafted a tale of a beer pilgrimage they took together. Instead, they’ve ended up creating what almost becomes an informative love-letter to the Trappist brewing traditions. The brewers are treated with the utmost respect, with each monastery getting its own chapter, its own personal history told, its own in-depth description of their current brewing operations, and of course an
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a digital advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A few years ago, one of my best friends and her fiancée told me that one of their top bucket list items was to not only drink all the Trappist Ales, but to also visit all the Trappist Monasteries that made these ales. When Trappist Beer Travels came available on NetGalley, I did not hesitate to request it because it made me think of my friends’ quest.

The introduction to the book is blessedly brief – on
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Beer writers and enthusiasts and good friends Caroline Wallace, Sarah Wood, and Jessica Deahl came up with the idea to take a road trip through Europe and North America to visit all the breweries currently making Trappist beer. When they started making plans, there were ten, but by the time they got everything in place, that number became 11. They traveled through Belgium and the Netherlands and even to Massachusetts to gather history and information and take lots of beautiful pictures, and the ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Although I don't drink alcohol anymore, I still love the technical aspects of brewing and distilling. This book is a mash up, no pun intended, of history, location, and brewing in a series of Trappist monasteries by three women beer devotees. I thought the history got boring-- and maybe they didn't need to go to quite so many monasteries, as the stories seemed very similar in a number of them. That said, I found the reviews of the beers and the brewing very interesting. I will have to try them o ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I may confess that I am not a big beer drinker - if any - but the idea of a journey around the world in trappist beers sounds entincing, especially for the history and cultural stories to be told. This beautifully illustrated book by Caroline Wallace is a great inspiration in this respect, as it covers not only the tastes and the ingredients used for creating various trappist beers, but is sharing a lot of tasty, moderately alcohol-infused tales going as far as the Middle Ages. A very interestin ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a combination of history, Trappist beer making, travel and the Rule of Benedict (Work and Pray). The women traveled to 11 Trappist monasteries that make beer to sustain themselves. Each monastery, brewer and brewery was different and interesting but the underlying Benedictine rule was constant. One chapter for each monastery with beautiful photos of each. Unfortunately, the authors did not add much personality to the book so it was a bit "dry." Ha.
The book was quite interesting but I ga
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Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm planning a trip to Belgium soon, and when I was approved to review Trappist Beer Travels, I decided to focus my trip in visiting the breweries mentioned in this book. Being fairly decent beer fan, Trappist beers caught my attention some time ago, but I never truly followed up on the information behind the scenes. This book provides that information, and then some! Gorgeous photos, tips and tricks, beer/brewery information, I'm so excited to try and visit at least one of the monasteries liste ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written and designed book depicting not only the bustling travel of these three women authors, but also the incredible Trappist history from monastery to monastery, and beer to beer! I get the sense that the authors were transformed in writing this book. So was I. I thought this would be a book about my favorite beers, but it ended up changing the way I think about Trappist beer, its brewing history, and God's awesome plan lived out daily by the faithful witness of these monks who ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Part history book, part travel journal, and part guide to drinking Trappist beers. Between the "us" and "we" and the attempt to bridge the past and present I found myself feeling that the narrative voice was a little out of time. It's quite a beautiful book with a textured cover and many photographs of each abbey and its processes.

3.5 stars for really, really trying.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book. Informative and engaging history. I really enjoyed the learning the stories of the 11 Trappist breweries and would recommend this book to any beer lover with an interest in travel and/or history.
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Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting history of the (at the time written) 11 Trappist breweries. The incredible journey these ladies embarked on makes me jealous. The book left me wanting to either make the same journey or start home a robe and scapular😄
Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What exactly is a Trappist beer? Beer nerds likely have a pretty good idea already, but for those that don't, this book answers the question nicely. The writers do a good job of explaining what a Trappist monastery is and why the monks might be interested in brewing beer.

There can be some excitement about these beers because they are highly regarded and available in limited quantities. An aspect of this book that
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beer writers Caroline Wallace,‎ Sarah Wood and‎ Jessica Deahl undertook the enviable task of visiting every Trappist brewery in the world. The result of their work is Trappist Beer Travels, which combines beer history with their travel journal.

Originally beer was brewed for the monks' consumption as it was a reliable way to make water safe and provided calories and nutrients. But brewing evolved into a source of revenue that helped support monastic operations and charitable projects.

Each of the
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After fully reading this in print (rather than the ebook I originally had), I'm upping my rating from 4 to 5 stars. It's a beautiful book - velvet cover, big colour photographs - and I also love the contents. The authors outline each of the 11 certified Trappist breweries around the world from the history of the abbeys through their brewing process to today's monastic life to travel tips for each place, and they focus on the people they meet in each, with each entry reading like a really lovely ...more
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