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10 breweries that are still making beer, centuries later

By: Josh Lew on April 24, 2014, 10:53 a.m.
Rochefort Brewery, Belgium

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Rochefort Brewery, Belgium

Located inside the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy in its namesake town of Rochefort, this unique producer made its first beer in 1595. This is the quintessential Trappist brewery; about 15 monks work to produce enough beer to support the monastery and the charitable causes that they champion. 

All three of Rochefort's beers are quite strong, with the alcohol content ranging from 7.5 percent to 11.3 percent. These brews also age very well and can be stored in a beer cellar for several years without losing their quality. Though you can tour the town and see the abbey, the brewery is closed to the public, and the exact brewing methods are a closely guarded secret only known by the monks who work there.