12th Abbey Brewing Co. - The Tradition Continues...
The tradition of brewing beer has been a naturally perfect fit in Ireland for over 5000 years. The
unique mild climate and soft weather of our fair island have allowed our fertile soil to produce truly
excellent barely since the dawn of Irish agriculture. Irish ale, known at the time as Coirm, was
principally brewed in monasteries, which were the cornerstones of Irish brewing for many
centuries. Even Saint Patrick himself had a priest, named Mescan, who worked as his personal
brewer. It is suggested that, at the time, beer was preferred to water and that up to a gallon of beer
per person would have been consumed daily!
The 12th Century was the golden age of monasticism in Ireland. The monks of the dominant
Cistercian Order were known in Ireland for their impressive, picturesque abbeys as well as their
orderly approach to balancing their religious obligations with their domestic responsibilities as
farmers and brewers. Cistercian monastic life was characterized by a devotion to hard manual
labor and self sufficiency, pioneering many of the ecological farming ideals which are still in
During this period, the 12th Century Bective Abbey was founded as Beatitude Dei , which in Latin
translates as the "Blessedness of God". This Cistercian abbey is situated on the banks of the
spectacular Boyne River in County Meath, where the white-robed founding monks sustainably
farmed over 4000 acres of land and certainly brewed their own beer.
At 12th Abbey Brewing we are proud to continue the tradition of brewing quality beer on these
very same banks of the Boyne. Our handcrafted beers are based on hard work using the finest
natural ingredients. In other words, like our Cistercian predecessors, nothing but the best will do:
naturally filtered spring water, the highest quality hops and only locally sourced Irish base malts.
And so the tradition continues……
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