My Uncle, The Monk

 Uncle Rob and Palmer in Belgium.

Uncle Rob and Palmer in Belgium.

Munkle Brewing Co. was inspired by my uncle and best friend, Robertson Carr Donehue. The youngest son of my grandfather, the late J. Douglas Donehue, “Uncle Rob” and I were born only three months apart. We grew up together, and I have always felt very fortunate to call him my friend, brother and Munkle.

Rob started brewing beer during his time at St. Gregory’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Three Rivers Michigan. While exploring his various roles in the community, one of which was as the cook, early in 2005 he discovered a good amount of old brewing equipment in the basement of the kitchen building.

After joining some of the local home brew clubs in Three Rivers, and with the blessing of the abbot and the other monks, Rob set out to master the time honored monastic tradition of brewing beer. A year or so later while on vacation here in Charleston, Rob started to teach me what he had been learning. I, too, felt the call, to say the least. Whenever and however I could, I would brew with him, on my own, and with whoever wanted to brew with me.

 

Brewing world class beer for friends, family, and strangers.

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To say that we love beer does not even begin to scratch the surface of this passion that we share. Here at Munkle, we have sampled beer from all over the world, old world and new, but it is the old stuff that has really inspired us. We gravitate towards mostly Belgian and German styles, specifically Trappist and other monastic brews.

While Rob has since moved on from the monastery in Three Rivers, I really began to feel like I could live in and be a part of the brewing world for the rest of my life, so that is what I have set out to do.

Munkle Brewing co. will be a fun, loving, friendly, environment for all to enjoy. We will brew world class beer for our family and friends and for strangers who hopefully will become family and friends. Hospitality, fun, and great beer will be our motto. Charleston S.C. is our home, and we look forward to sharing it (and Munkle) with the world.