Zen Monastery Brewery


The Zen nuns & Zen monks have brewed the Zen Monastery Beer Urban, Vitus & Orell since 2021. In the early Middle Ages, the art of brewing was developed especially in the monasteries of Europe. Zen Monastery Brewery builds on this tradition and carries it on.

Klosterbräu Urban - Dark

The Klosterbräu Urban is in the testing phase.

Klosterbräu Vitus - Light

The Klosterbräu Vitus is in the testing phase.

Klosterbräu Orell - Wheat Beer

The Klosterbräu Orell is in the testing phase.

Zen Monastery Beer Urban & Vitus & Orell


Takuan & Kimchi are an important ingredient in the temple kitchen of the Zen Academy. Since the fermented vegetables have a high nutrient content and are excellent storage, they are important for the winter stock. Since Zen nuns & Zen monks have very little personal property, they depend on the support of the population, among other things in the diet. The takuan & kimchi stocks are a good safeguard against food shortages.


Takuan is a japanese style pickled radish. The first step in the traditional process of making takuan is to hang a radish in the sun for a few weeks until it becomes dehydrated and flexible. Next, the redish is placed in a pickling crock and covered with a mix of salt, bran, optionally sugar, perhaps chilli pepper and/or dried persimmon peels. A weight is then placed on top of the crock, and the redish is allowed to pickle for several months. The finished takuan is usually yellow in color and quite pungent.


Kimchi is a traditional korean side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage and radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlic and ginger. Kimchi is placed in a earthenware or a container, covered, and pressed down, and let ferment at room temperature for a day or two.


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MedicineStone - Zen Monastery Brewery
c/o Honora Zen Kloster
Ussbergstrasse 26
8864 Reichenburg

Phone: +41 78 408 10 89

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Zen Monastery Beer Urban & Vitus & Orell

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