La Trappe Releases First Ever Collaboration Beer

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Ora et Labora brewed with Toronto’s Brunswick Bierworks.

Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven, better known as La Trappe, has produced its first ever collaboration beer Ora et Labora with Brunswick Bierworks. The beer was produced in Toronto as the first of the Brunswick Bierworks Handshake Brews series.

Ora et Labora translates as “Pray and Work”, which is the creed of the Trappist Monks. The beer is a stern 7.5% ABV “New World Double Bock” and was brewed by La Trappe’s brouwmeester Lodewijk Swinkels alongside Brunswick Bierworks master brewer Christian Riemerschmid von der Heide.

La Trappe will donate proceeds from sales to the Kyotera project, its relief effort for the Kyotera Hospital in Uganda.

“The good cause of this collaboration brew is the Kyotera Hospital in Uganda,” said Anthony van Hecke, Export Director for La Trappe. “They need financial help to fight against Aids. Especially women and children who are infected by HIV will benefit from this project. The health care in the district of Rakai needs more medical attention and their specialized team will welcome the proceeds of this collaboration brew to compete against AIDS/HIV in the outskirts of the hospital.”

Hecke continued, “One of the three major rules to be an Authentic Trappist Brewery is to support those in need through financial assistance. We hope this collaboration beer heightens awareness of the important role our Monks fulfill in the community and around the world.”

The collaboration weaves traditional krausen fermentation with a mighty maltbill and a unique blend of Opal, Loral, Mandarina Bavaria and Ontario Newport hops sourced from the Americas and Europe; bridging the two worlds of brewing. The recipe that Lodewijk and Christian have designed is “double bock” in strength. The ingredients and process with re-fermentation is like a wheat double bock – however the fermentation and yeast is like grand cru.

“This project and partnership with La Trappe and Artisanal Imports brings to life all of the things we envisioned when we first opened Brunswick Bierworks,” said Brunswick Bierworks Partner Mike Laba. “Our opportunity to brew with one of the world’s iconic breweries, to work with our friends at Artisanal Imports and to make a positive impact in regions of the world that need it most has made this a truly special experience.  And to top it all off, we think the beer is fantastic.”

About Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven

Founded by Trappist monks in 1884, Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven “La Trappe” has been crafting the finest Trappist ales for over two centuries.

About Brunswick Bierworks

Brunswick Bierworks is dedicated to local and global brewery partners to help produce high-quality, small to medium batch beer for the Canadian and North American markets. Brewery partners receive direct access to national and international markets with fresh product, brewed to exact specifications under the supervision of your brewery’s brewmaster.

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