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The Brewery at Strelsov Abbey [Kindle Edition]

Evan Rail

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Book Description

In the heart of Europe, an ancient monastery has suffered a terrible tragedy: a sudden storm has destroyed the roof of the abbey's historic chapel. Desperate to raise funds, Brother Robert and the last remaining monks of the abby decide to begin brewing an authentic monastery beer, hoping that the sales of the beer will pay for much-needed repairs. But what is an authentic monastery beer?



A longer-than-average short story, THE BREWERY AT STRELSOV ABBEY is 8,500 words long, or about 25 paperback pages. It is included in TRIPLEBOCK: THREE BEER STORIES.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H53KRNU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #903,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Evan Rail is the author of Good Beer Guide Prague and the Czech Republic and a contributor on travel, food and drink for The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur, and Imbibe, among other publications. His reporting has been included in numerous anthologies, including the Best Food Writing and Travelers' Tales series, while his poems have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Prague.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "If you want to write the truth, write fiction" 13 Jan. 2014
By J. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read a couple of Evan Rail's essays (quite good, by the way), seeing his name on a work of fiction piqued my interest. Fiction and nonfiction are two very different animals and expertise in one genre is no guarantee that an author can write well in the other. Fortunately, Mr. Rail can, although I suspect that this work of fiction may be closer to a true story than meets the eye.

The Strelsov Abbey's membership had dwindled to only seven monks, all of advanced age. Their operating funds were meager, so how could they raise the money needed urgently to repair their storm-damaged church? Just when it seemed hopeless, a generous businessman offered a deal they couldn't refuse: money to repair the church and to build a brewery at the abbey, with some of the profits from the beer sales going to repay the businessman's loan. Was the businessman's involvement on the up-and-up? And if it was, would the monks have second thoughts about the deal if they were not able to remain true to themselves?

It's an intriguing story about a religious order trying to maintain their ties to the past while looking ahead to the future, and balancing the demands of both. A key part of the story involves a travel writer who visits the abbey to write the story of their brewery. The author is also a travel writer who frequently writes about beer, which makes me think there may be more than a little fact mingled with his fiction. And it all makes for a very readable story.
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