Brewery: Mount Saint Bernard Abbey
Lettering: Brother Anselm Baker

Origin: Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, Leicestershire, England
Style: Trappist Ale
ABV: 7.4%


“ Cistercians esteem the value of simplicity. Simplicity doesn’t stand for a thing done simply, or cheaply, but rather represents a distillation of complexity. It is about processing and ordering a rich, varied reality in such a way that the result seems self-evident: ‘This is how it has to be!’.”

Tynt Meadow is the fruit of the quiet, focussed work of the Cistercian brotherhood at the Mount Saint Bernard Abbey. It’s a beautiful beer, moulded in the finest Trappist traditions - rich, dark and strong but with a typical malty English characteristic. 

If you have time I’d recommend reading this piece written by the monks about their work and their lives and approach to brewing. Tynt Meadow is a result of the abbey looking to secure another source of income when their traditional dairy farm struggled to compete with modern agricultural practice. Brewing was a form of work that involved many, that required patience and nurture and built upon centuries of Trappist tradition. It’s a beautifully written anecdote to the screaming and shouting of 21st century consumerism.

Likewise the packaging here offers pause for thought - plenty of white space, uncoated stock, gentle inked blackletter and a subtle die-cut of the abbey’s silhouette and the rolling hills of the meadow. A welcome break from the garish colour pallettes, neurotically busy illustrations and obtuse visual references that have become so desperately commonplace in the craft beer market. 

A project by Richard Heap
A graphic designer from Stockport, England