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USA: Spencer Trappist Ale
/ Spencer Trappist Ale Glass
From Spencer Brewery, USA
SPENCER TRAPPIST ALE GLASS
Pour St. Joseph Abbey's Spencer Trappist Ale into this handsome glass, which was designed, through the collaborative efforts of the monks, Libbey Glass, and other expert consultants, to be the perfect vehicle for enjoying Spencer Trappist Ale.
4-color Spencer logo on one side of glass, 4-color bell logo and fill line on other side. Inside of bowl has an etched nucleation point in the shape of the Spencer bell.
Approximately 7-1/4" H x 3-1/2" diameter (at widest point); 0.33 liter/11.2 oz capacity.
Single glass $8.95
Set of six $48.00!
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St. Joseph's Abbey: Spencer, Massachusetts
St. Joseph's Abbey is a monastery of the Catholic Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), popularly known as the "Trappists", located in Spencer, Massachusetts.
The Abbey was founded in 1950 by Belgian and French Trappist monks from the Monastery of Our Lady of the Valley in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, which had burned to the ground. In the rustic hills of central New England, they established a new home in which to follow an age-old contemplative way of life.
The monastery became known internationally as the origin of the Centering Prayer movement in modern Catholicism and Christianity, whose leading proponents were monks at the monastery: Fr. William Meninger, Fr. M. Basil Pennington and Fr. Thomas Keating.
Work has always been greatly esteemed in the Cistercian tradition, since it gives the monks the opportunity to follow in Christ' footsteps and share in His Divine work of creation and restoration. The monks participate in three major industries which provide for their livelihood and for the care of the poor. Since the 1950s, they have produced Trappist Preserves, their popular line of 30 flavors of jams and jellies. Since 1949, The Holy Rood Guild has created beautiful, finely-tailored liturgical vestments to enhance the dignity of the Sacred Liturgy. In 2014, with the advice and assistance of their brother Trappists in Belgium, the monks founded Spencer Brewery, producing the first and only certified Trappist beer made in the United States.
Spencer Brewery at St. Joseph's Abbey: Spencer, Massachusetts
Spencer Brewery is a project born of tradition and necessity. For over 60 years, the monks at St. Joseph's Abbey have cooked and packed jams and jellies at their monastery under the Trappist Preserves label. This business has supported them, while providing wholesome monastic work and charitable assistance to persons in need. However, looking to the future, they saw a need for an additional enterprise that will support their community and charities in the years to come.
Just a few years ago, one of the brothers expressed interest in brewing and even did some training at a local craft brewery. Over time, his passion for brewing affected some other monks, who recognized that brewing was a very traditional monastic enterprise. Thus, when the time came to re-chart the economic path for the monastery's future, the idea of a brewery gained traction.
With the blessing of the abbot, they embarked upon a two-year data-gathering mission. They visited each Trappist brewery to learn everything they could from their European brothers. Beginning at the Abbey of Westmalle, they slowly made their way around Belgium, staying at the monasteries and making friends, receiving good advice and drinking some of the world's best beer. The final stop of their first trip was the Abbey of Sint Sixtus, brewer of the acclaimed Westvleteren ales. By the end of their second trip and more detailed discussions, they were confident that they had put together a realistic plan for a new brewery. Following monastic tradition, the monks voted and confirmed the project by an overwhelming majority to build America's first Trappist brewery.
Observing Trappist tradition, they named their brewery, and the beer, Spencer after their beloved town of Spencer, Massachusetts.
Write your own review
Apr 23, 2018 | By Harry Z.
Glass arrived in perfect condition, is attractive, and completed my collection of glasses representing the Trappist Monasteries. Thanks.
Jun 19, 2017 | By Gene C.
You MUST have this awesome "chalice". Specially designed for Spencer Trappist Ale, the stem inside the bowl is etched with their signature bell. This serves as the focal point for oxidation, causing the bubbles to emanate and rise from a single concentrated spot. Like smoke rising, the foam spreads evenly across the top of your beer beautifully. Poured correctly straight into the dampened chalice, from ten inches up, the collar will not spill from the top. Plus, these are just handsome glasses.
Jan 6, 2017 | By Marg
Arrived on time in perfect condition!
Spencer Trappist Ale Glass (single)
Spencer Trappist Ale Glass (set of 6)
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