I’ve been kicking around ideas for brewing a Belgian Strong Ale for a while. I’ve done a few experiments with different styles, light and dark, bigger or smaller. Some have been good, some have been bad. I’ve been taking my time settling on something because I think Codger slots nicely into the complex, malty sweet, and boozy category. Monk is a little bit different.
I immediate thought I would call this beer “Monk” in a nod to the history of monastic brewing in Europe. I am a kung fu practitioner, however, and a monk is something different to me. I decided to add a little ginger bite to this beer, and to have our artist design an appropriate character to pay homage to my spiritual ancestors.