No increase in production of Westmalle beer
Monks producing the Belgian alcoholic beverage want to maintain reasonable working hours; say no to manufacturing more beer.21 August 2008
ANTWERP - Monks at the Westmalle Monastery in Antwerp province have decided not to increase production of their Westmalle Dubbel and Westmalle Tripel beer.
The monks have considered increasing production of the beer, following a rise in demand for the beer in recent years.
The proposal to increase production has been shelved after careful consideration. The monks have decided that production should be kept at present levels as an increase in manufacturing will mean extra shifts and overtime for the monks.
This is something Westmalle Monastery’s Brother Benedict and the members of his order oppose to. "We feel that it's important that everyone can go home at a reasonable hour," he said.
Brother Benedict told the VRT that the brewing equipment would need to be modified if Westmalle were to increase production.
The limited supply of Westmalle beer will mean that the alcoholic beverage is not always available everywhere.
However, the monks say they will try to distribute their beer as fairly as possible.
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]