Orval Trappist Brewery
You see, Orval is Justin's favorite beer. I had to discover this at cette point. But we could only find them in bars for the most part. We can find them in grocery stores, but they sell out oh so quickly and we're left with only empty cases every time we've been.One day, it was a Sunday, the weather was completely braggy. We had heard the brewery had nice grounds. Let's do it. Let's go to Orval. So, we went to Orval. We wandered the grounds. There's a big pond out front with ducks in the clear, clear water that they use as the source for making their beer. Farm animals, including my favorite baby sheep grazed. We went in and wandered the old, old, old abbey ruins that date back to 1070 when the Orval Abbey was originally founded, then destroyed during the French revolution. In the background of the ruins stands the new Abbey built in 1926.The brewery was created in 1931 in order to finance the construction of the new Abbey, and (this is our favorite) the same architect who designed the Abbey, Henry Vaes, also designed the distinctive bottle that the Orval beer is sold in. The visitor center, included in the visit to the Abbey ruins, has an awesome exhibit of how the beer is made. The tour includes Orval memorabilia in addition to these space pods where we get to watch videos of the various stages of the brewing processes, including the in-bottle fermentation and monks riding bikes (new bucket list item - see monk riding bike).At the end of the tour, Justin got his two cases of Orval beer (one is nearly gone) and I had one happy husband.