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  1. Meet Europe’s Last Brewmaster Nun

    God may be glorified in beer, says 65-year-old Sister Doris Engelhard, a Franciscan nun who brews 80,000 gallons a year. Religion and beer have long been intertwined: medieval monks brewed it as an alternative to unclean water. Sister Doris’ Mallersdorf Abbey has a proud monastic brewing tradition dating to the twelfth century, becoming a nun-run brewery in 1881. She sees her two vocations as perfectly aligned and insists – happily for anyone faithful to an evening brew – that “beer is the purest of all alcoholic beverages.” 

    The Atlantic

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