Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Can we make this an Alcohol thread?
No, we're talking about beer here, which while alcoholic, is not exactly the same as other kinds of alcohols, especially some of the finer beers suggested here
We can even keep it Churchical..
The way I understand it, Medieval European monasteries had become quite the vinifiers as a result of collecting the necessary grapes and flour for Holy Communion. The monks themselves developed a good craft for wine making and subsequently also developed good taste for their own consumption. As it would come to turn out over some years, it is a bit easier to come by excesses of flour than grapes/wine, and so the monks had to switch to making beer with the wheat because they couldn't dip into the Communion wine supply. In switching to beer, the monks went from being the best winemakers in Europe to the best brewers, and no Abbey ales are the finest craft beers around. I also understand that beer was acceptable for fast days, like chocolate, which helped it gain popularity because its basically a liquid bread. Also, beers and wine are safer to drink and store then the potable water of many places, but of course, these remained alcoholic so you can imagine that life in that past was a bit more easygoing.