David Gelles of FT.com has an interesting article on the partnership between Sierra Nevada and the New Clairvaux monastery. The partnership will produce several abbey style beers during this year. All will be released under the label Ovila. The first in the series is a classic Dubbel and is already out. The next release is a Farmhouse Saison to be released in June. Finally, there is a Quad released in November. The money generated from the sales will help the monks restore a 12th century Spanish chapter house. From the article:
But there was another motive for the deal. The monks needed funds to restore an architectural relic – one with a truly bizarre provenance. Stone by stone, they are rebuilding a 12th-century Spanish chapter house that found its way to California via the estate of William Randolph Hearst.