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Massachusetts monks make money making beer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a never before seen combination: Trappist monks bottling some brew.

A group of monks at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts needed some extra cash, so they decided to start brewing their own beer at the abbey.

The beer, which they are calling "Spencer Trappist Ale", is the first brewery staffed by Trappist monks in the U.S.

The monks say they bottle 6,000 bottles of beer every hour, and change into regular clothes to do it.

"The brewing process as we do it, is not terribly labor intensive," said one of the monks. "It goes along with a pretty quiet, meditative way. It's the kind of work monks like doing. It took me about a year to get the courage to say, why don't we brew this. So I'm very invested in beer."

The monks have already been making their own jams and jellies at the monastery for more than 60 years.

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