In the two-plus years since it instituted the Legendary Series, Lakewood Brewing Co. has played upon the inspiration of various apparitions and mythological characters, but the most recent release is devoted to a saint.
At first glance, the idea of adding coffee beans to a Belgian-style tripel might not seem like the most amicable marriage of flavors, but as they say, things aren't always what they seem. Craft brewing is all about experimentation, and with consumers constantly seeking out new tastes it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to see brewers trying out all manner of unusual ingredients.
When first established in 2006, the Abbey Brewing Company of Abiquiu, N.M. operated the only monastic brewery in the United States on the grounds of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert. Although not certified as a Trappist brewery due to their production line being located outside of the monastery walls, Abbey Brewing's line of Belgian-style brews includes what might be thought of as the Trappist trio. That is, they produce an enkel/single, a dubbel and a tripel, otherwise known in this case as Monks' Ale, Monks' Dubbel and Monks' Tripel.
Brasserie Saint James is one of the younger breweries that I’ve covered, only having opened their brewpub to the public in October 2012. Starting a few years earlier in 2008 as St. James Infirmary, its focus was bringing previously unavailable beers from all around the world to the Reno, Nev. market.