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Behind the centuries-old stone walls of a Benedictine monastery in northern France, monks are busy bringing a long-lost tradition back to life.Now the beer – sold to help restore the monastery cloisters – is flowing steadily and receiving high marks in the craft beer market.Monastic brewing in France enjoyed a heyday during the Middle Ages, but nearly disappeared after the revolution when many religious orders were dissolved.Some monks and nuns returned to private life, many eventually marrying, but others fled the country, taking their beer recipes with them.In recent memory France's only abbey beer brewed onsite by monks was that of the Sept-Fons abbey in central France, which stopped production in 1935 .
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