Different orders

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In the Christian tradition, religious orders are associations of men or women who endeavor to follow Christ in an evangelical life. Members are bound publicly, or sometimes in private, by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in order to lead a consecrated life.

The main monastic or mendicant orders have all been in charge of breweries or at least a source of inspiration for brewers, and have left such deep traces that we still find many references to their beers in our time. Some monasteries are still brewing today.