It began, like all movements, with a vision. It has spread through social media and began to shape the perception of the more traditional news sources. It even changes the way wine lovers understand craft brewing.
Once each month a group of thirsty pilgrims visits a craft brewery in Southern California. Together we enjoy great conversation and great brews. We tell each other our stories, and inspire each other. We learn about the traditions and practicalities of brewing well. Each month I invite a local organization to tell their story about what they do in their community.
Together, we are recognizing the connection between craft brewing and monastic life. We are restoring the way people appreciate great craft brewers, and taking time to understand and celebrate the complexities of brewing well.
The implications are clear: my Brewery Pilgrimage does not merely visit craft breweries to drink great beer. We are building a movement!
There is still time for you to become part of the movement. If you are in Southern California, you can:
Join us! The schedule for this year is on my website, and I post notices each month. This month we will vist The Bruery in Placenetia.
Even if you do not join the pilgrimage this year, you can visit fine craft breweries near you and let me know which places I should be sure to visit next year. I would appreciate your help as I research the locations for next year.
There are excellent craft brewers following the tradition of Benedictine brewing around the world. Sample your local brews, and let me know which one I might need to come sample myself.
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