I was surprised to see Spencer Trappist Ale on the shelf of a local bottle shop recently. I knew we had an American Trappist brewery, but was not aware they were brewing enough to distribute from Spencer, MA to NC. The brewery planned to make 4,000 barrels in 2014 and planned to ramp up to 10,000 barrels by 2019. While that may sound like quite a bit of beer, most breweries with 10K barrels or less find the best market is to stay local and NC is not quite local to MA. I’m glad they brewed enough to send the 6.5% ABV Blonde ale to my local store. It was a tasty brew, citrusy and bitter with a dry finish. The cost of admission was on the high side though at $4+ per bottle which may explain the wide distribution. At a $2-3 price point it could become an everyday beer, but once you crest that $4 price point for an 11.2 ounce bottle it becomes more of an investment and less approachable. If I can snag a pint at a watering hole I might gopher it, but I doubt my fridge will be filled with Spencer at their current price point. If you see it, get some, you won’t be disappointed in the beer if you like a nice Belgian Blonde.