The "historical" trappist breweries.

The Abbey of Engelszell (Austria)

In the village of Engelhartszell, in High Austria, is the abbey of Engelszell.  The minimal information available tells us that this unique Austrian Trappist abbey was founded in 1293, with beer brewed beginning about 1590.

Trappist monks from the abbey of Oelenberg in Alsace arrived at Engelszell around 1926, and renewed the ancestral brewing activity, brewing until 1932.  When the brewery ceased operations, the brewing equipment was transferred to the brewery Niklas in Wesenufer.  The monastery, with its Rococo church, now has a community of only eight monks.

Production figures are as follows:  in 1728, 660 measures (buckets); from 1795 to 1797, 4.868 measures (buckets); in 1907, approximately 3.000 hl, and from 1926 to 1927, +/- 6.855 hl.

With the exception of a coaster and a few labels, all very difficult to find, apparently almost no advertising material was produced for this brewery.

It must be known that, since 2009, the abbey was considering starting a new brewery. (updated information : as of february 2012, 7th, the brewery is now finished and beer is now produced again at the monastery). For further information, please read the official press release from the abbey.

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