Chimay releases Spéciale Cent Cinquante
Chimay Brewery ("Bières de Chimay") is a beer brewery in Chimay, southern Hainaut, Belgium. The brewery is located in the Scourmont Abbey, a Trappist monastery, and is one of the seven breweries worldwide that produce Trappist beer.
They make three widely distributed ales: Chimay Rouge, Chimay Bleue, and Chimay Blanche; and they make one patersbierexclusively for the monks. The monastery also makes four varieties of cheese. The brewery was founded inside Scourmont Abbey, in the Belgian municipality of Chimay in 1862. The brewery produces three widely distributed ales and a patersbier exclusively for the monks; they are known as Trappist beers because they are made in a Trappist monastery. It was the first brewery to use the Trappist Ale designation on its labels.
As with all other Trappist breweries, the beer is sold only for financial support of the monastery and good causes. The brewery business pays rent for use of the property within the abbey, which is used to support the monastic community. The majority of the profit from the sale of the beer is distributed to charities and for community development around the region. As of 2007, sales figures for Chimay products exceeded $50 million per year.
The water for the beers is drawn from a well located inside the monastery walls. The filtered solids from the beer mash are recycled into livestock feed which is given to the same cows that produce the milk for Chimay cheeses.
Now back to the 150 year anniversary. This beer is rare. How rare? Well its the first new beer to leave the brewery in nearly 50 years. That alone makes it a worth while beer to try. But wait, there's more! Though Chimay is world renowned and highly treasured here in the states, this brew will only see 6 states and Puerto Rico. That's it. At that, only 300-500 cases are slated per state. To top it off, NJ has already ran out of its 500 cases. So if you see this beer, grab it up, it won't last long.
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