Brewing retreat Oct. 6-7

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A local craft brewery and the Sisters of St. Benedict will offer a monastic craft beer experience, “Brewing with the Spirit,” on October 6-7 at St. Benedict’s Brew Works, located on the grounds of Monastery Immaculate Conception at 860 E. 10th St. 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 October 6 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time at Benedictine Hospitality Center at Kordes Hall, 841 E. 14th St.  The program begins at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Brew Works. The first evening will be a social and a discussion of beer styles for brewing on the second day. The retreat concludes on October 7 at 7 p.m.

The size of the retreat is limited to 12 people. Similar retreats will also be held on November 3-4, February 16-17, and March 23-24.

Cost is $235, including meals, abundant beer sampling, and one night of lodging at Benedictine Hospitality Center at Kordes Hall. Commuter cost is $175. Register by calling 812-367-1411, ext. 2915, by visiting, or by sending an email to For more information on the retreats, contact Vince Luecke at 812-719-2301 or email

Linette Grange of Bloomington, Indiana, who attended the first retreat of this kind last November, said, “It’s unique to learn about beer-making with hands-on experience. The small group makes it comfortable to ask questions and enjoy getting to know the brewers. The Sisters of St. Benedict make you feel so welcome.”

Michael Thomas of Plainfield, Indiana, who attended the same retreat, said, “It was a pleasure to be part of the community as the sisters are very hospitable. Vince and Andy are really great people and are very willing to share their talents. I thoroughly enjoyed the complete experience.”

Luecke holds a master’s degree in Catholic Thought and Life from Saint Meinrad School of Theology. He is the editor of two newspapers. Andy Hedinger holds a law degree from Indiana University Mauer School of Law. He practices law full time and also owns and operates Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery near St. Meinrad.

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