A small spiritual community in Victoria, British Columbia is paying its bills partly with the help of a centuries-old tradition – monastic brewing.
Since summer 2016, the Emmaus Community, a joint ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada, has been crafting traditional Belgian abbey-style beer.
Co-prior, Rev Rob Crosby-Shearer says making these drinks is only a small part of what the Emmaus Community does and the output is tiny, but it serves a double role of helping the community build relationships with local people and supplementing its income.
The Emmaus Community gives the beer away, because it’s not licensed to sell it.
Donations are accepted and while it’s difficult to pinpoint what proportion of the donations received by the community have been spurred by offerings of beer, the figure could be as high as five thousand dollars a year.