On Friday, March 26th, Venerini Academy will have its first-ever VA Virtual Beer Tasting event, an evening when we can come together to  support our students and school while enjoying the Trappist beers of the Spencer Brewery made by the monks who call St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA their home.

The Trappist Beers of Spencer Brewery

Each guest at the event will receive a 4-pack of Spencer Brewery Trappist beers for the tasting and a special glass made to drink and enjoy this type of beer. Then, Fr. Isaac Keeley, the Director of Spencer Brewery, will lead us all through a full tasting and explain what makes Trappist beers - and in particular those of Spencer Brewery - so special.

The event details are below, as well as the button to order tickets.  Ticket sales will begin on Thursday, February 11th and continue through Friday, March 12th (or until we sell the 50-ticket maximum for this event, whichever comes first).  All proceeds from this event will benefit Venerini Academy, our students and their education.  This is going to be a great evening and we hope you can join us!  




DATE:  Friday, March 23, 2021

TIME:  7:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M.

WHERE:  Virtual Event (via Zoom)

PICK-UP:  Beer and glasses will be available for pick-up at Venerini in the two-weeks prior to the event. Date(s) TBD. All guests will receive these details as soon as they're scheduled.


*You must be at least 21-years-old to buy tickets or participate.

COST:  $60.00/ea.  (ONLY 50-tickets will be available for this event.)


  • 4-pack of Trappist beers from Spencer Brewery for the tasting 
  • One (1) Trappist Pilsner glass - made especially to drink the beers we will be enjoying
  • A one-hour, fully interactive and thorough tasting led by Fr. Isaac Keeley, the director of the brewery
    • Fr. Isaac has a wealth of information about Trappist beers, how they are made, the brewery and Abbey in Spencer, MA, and the monks who make it.  
    • He will welcome any questions you may have as well!

Tickets are on sale now through Friday, March 12th or until we sell out (whichever happens first).  All proceeds from this event will be used to benefit our students and their education.


If you have any questions, please EMAIL the Advancement Office or call (508) 753-3210.

About St. Joseph's Abbey (Spencer, Massachusetts):

St. Joseph's Abbey is a monastery of the Catholic Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), popularly known as the "Trappists", located in Spencer, Massachusetts.

The Abbey was founded in 1950 by Belgian and French Trappist monks from the Monastery of Our Lady of the Valley in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, which had burned to the ground. In the rustic hills of central New England, they established a new home in which to follow an age-old contemplative way of life.

The monastery became known internationally as the origin of the Centering Prayer movement in modern Catholicism and Christianity, whose leading proponents were monks at the monastery: Fr. William Meninger, Fr. M. Basil Pennington and Fr. Thomas Keating.

Work has always been greatly esteemed in the Cistercian tradition, since it gives the monks the opportunity to follow in Christ' footsteps and share in His Divine work of creation and restoration. The monks participate in three major industries which provide for their livelihood and for the care of the poor. Since the 1950s, they have produced Trappist Preserves, their popular line of 30 flavors of jams and jellies. Since 1949, The Holy Rood Guild has created beautiful, finely-tailored liturgical vestments to enhance the dignity of the Sacred Liturgy. In 2014, with the advice and assistance of their brother Trappists in Belgium, the monks founded Spencer Brewery, producing the first and only certified Trappist beer made in the United States.