Virtual Beer Tasting

with Spencer Trappist Brewery

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Father Isaac Keeley, Director of Brewing at Spencer Trappist Brewery in Spencer, MA, joined us for a virtual beer tasting and shared stories about the history of the Spencer and St. Joseph's Abbey, brewing authentic Trappist beer in the United States, and the stories behind three of their flagship beers. 

Featured Beers

Premium Pilsner, 4.7%. Straw colored with a light, creamy head, Spencer Premium Pilsner is an authentic German-style Pilsner. Traditional noble German hops provide herbal notes, a floral nuance, and the classic closing bitterness. Crisp, clean, and refreshing - perfect after a day at work.

Trappist Ale, 6.5%. A full-bodied, golden-hued ale with fruity accents, a dry finish, and light hop bitterness. The beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized, preserving live yeast that naturally carbonates the beer in the bottle and keg and contributes to the beer flavor and aroma.

Monk's Reserve, 10.2%. This Quad is fragrant, robust and full-bodied, mahogany in color and crowned with a dense, tan, frothy head. Its malt-forward profile yields to a warm finish.

If you'd like to taste along as you watch, pick up Spencer Premium Pilsner, Trappist Ale, or Monk's Reserve at your local Craft Beer Cellar or independent beer shop!


As her love for beer grew from a hobby to a profession, Mary has always felt strongly about community-building in craft beer: welcoming people from all backgrounds to the fold, helping everyone find a craft beer they love, and educating all types from craft beer novices to nerds (but she has a particular love for the novices).

In addition to her work in craft beer, Mary is also an accomplished operatic soprano. She has worked professionally as a performer, administrator, and educator in the creative arts for over 15 years.

Her first beer love: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, OH.