Ancient populations strongly believed that alcoholic beverages were, to some extent, godly. Brewing and religion go hand-in-hand in the life of Sister Doris Engelhard, a 65-year-old Franciscan nun in the Mallersdorf Abbey in Germany. Doris is the last remaining nun in Europe who’s also an active brewmaster, The Atlantic reports.
Sister Doris arrived in Mallersdorf (Bavaria) in 1961 to attend a school run by the abbey; since her mother was ill, the nuns at the abbey took care of her. Five years later, she started studying the art of brewing under the apprenticeship of a sister that had been brewing beer since 1931. By 1969, she had become a certified brewmaster (and a certified nun).
Doris took the reins of a place with a rich brewing tradition: the beer produced in Mallersdorf has been renowned since the 12th century, when the Benedectine monks started brewing beer as a safer alternative to unclean water both for themselves and for the pilgrims. Mallersdorf Abbey now has a modern brewery complete with two large copper boilers, cooling pans, and a storage cellar. With each season comes a different beer: maibock, doppelbock, dark zoigl, and a coppery lager.
Sister Doris has nothing but words of praise for beer. She tells The Atlantic, “Beer is the purest of all alcoholic beverages. … It is a very healthy drink, as long as you do not pour it down senselessly.” What’s moderation for sister Doris, though? She recommends a daily dose of 1.5 liters for men and three-fourths of a liter for women. Personally, she’s quite happy to indulge in a daily pint.
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