Spencer, MA

Popular Massachusetts brewery just closed up shop

Kristen Walters

A unique brewery in Massachusetts just closed its doors for good after failing to find its footing in the beer marketplace.

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Much to the dismay of many of its fans and loyal customers, the Spencer Brewery, known for its Trappist ales, recently announced that it planned to close up shop for good.

The Brewery was started in 2014 by a group of monks from St. Joseph's Abbey in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The company's website explains how Trappist communities are encouraged to produce and sell goods to the public in order to be self-sustaining.

Prior to the opening of Spencer Brewery, the monks sold religious items. However, the opening of the brewery was a project that many of the monks were enthusiastic about, especially since it honored the long Trappist history of brewing beer that began in Europe.

When the brewery first opened, the monks created traditional, Belgian-style ales, which garnered much local interest initially. However, as time went on and the beer market began to change with craft breweries popping up everywhere, the monk-led brewery struggled to find its footing in the marketplace.

Over the years, the Spencer Brewery struggled to stay relevant by introducing different types and varieties of beers. Still, they were unable to find the right combination of products that would allow them to remain profitable.

Sadly, after much consideration, they made the decision to close up shop earlier this month. So while Spencer beer can still be found in some local shops, they will not be resupplying.

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