Sisters of St. Benedict Offering a Monastic Craft Beer Experience

A local craft brewery and the Sisters of St. Benedict will offer a monastic craft beer experience, “Brewing with the Spirit,” on March 3-4 at St. Benedict’s Brew Works, located on the grounds of Monastery Immaculate Conception at 860 E. 10th St. in Ferdinand.

Brewery owners Vince Luecke and Andy Hedinger will share the history of beer and reflections on Gospel parables about grain, earth, yeast, and water. Participants will sample beers, learn beer terminology, and make craft beer.

Registration begins March 3 at 6 p.m. Eastern time at Benedictine Hospitality Center at Kordes Hall, 841 E. 14th St.  The program begins at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Brew Works. The first evening will be a social and a discussion of beer styles for brewing on the second day. The retreat concludes on March 4 at 7 p.m.

The size of the retreat is limited to 12 people. A similar retreat is also being held earlier, on February 24-25.

Cost is $250, including meals, abundant beer sampling, and one night of lodging at Benedictine Hospitality Center at Kordes Hall. Commuter cost is $175. The program and two nights of lodging is $320. Register by calling 812-367-1411, ext. 2915, by visiting, or by sending an email to For more information on the retreat, contact Vince Luecke at 812-719-2301 or email

Luecke holds a master’s degree in Catholic Thought and Life from Saint Meinrad School of Theology. He is the editor of two newspapers. Andy Hedinger holds a law degree from Indiana University Mauer School of Law. He practices law full time and also owns and operates Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery near St. Meinrad.

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