Brewing Retreat This Weekend At St. Benedict’s

Ferdinand (NNDC) –  A local craft brewery and the Sisters of St. Benedict are offering a monastic craft beer experience – Brewing With the Spirit – Friday and Saturday at the St. Benedict’s Brew Works, located on the grounds of Monastery Immaculate Conception, 860 East 10th Street 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. Sign-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, the program begins at 7.  The retreat concludes at 7 p.m. Saturday. Retreat size is limited to 12 people. Similar retreats will be held November 3-4, February 16-17, and March 23-24. Cost is $235, which includes meals, abundant beer sampling, and one night of lodging in Kordes Hall at the Benedictine Hospitality Center. Commuter cost is $175. To register, or for more information call 812 367-1411, extension 2915, go to, email, or contact Vince Luecke at 812 719-2301 or email

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