Brussels, Belgium, Jun 3, 2021 / 05:15 am
For the first time in 200 years, beer is being brewed at a historic Catholic abbey in Belgium.
The Grimbergen Abbey Brewery opened on May 27 at Grimbergen Abbey near the Belgian capital, Brussels.
The Norbertine monastery, founded in 1128, was forced to abandon beer-making when the abbey was dissolved following the French Revolution.
The abbey’s Latin motto is “Ardet nec consumitur” (Burned but not destroyed), in reference to its survival despite three devastating fires. The canons regular adopted the phoenix as a symbol of rebirth in the abbey’s coat of arms.