Why do the monks brew

"By this we will recognize that they are truly monks, if they live by the work of their hands, like our fathers and the apostles."

(Rule of Saint Benedict, 48.8)

Nourish the body without harming the soul.

 

Beer allows the working monks to regain their strength.

Rule of Saint Benedict - Chapter 53.

 

"I was your guest and you received me ..."

Ensure one's subsistence in a sometimes difficult social context ...