Brewery planned at southern Indiana monastery

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FERDINAND, Ind. (AP) — Plans are moving ahead to open a microbrewery on the grounds of a southern Indiana monastery run by a community of Catholic nuns.

A zoning board in the Dubois County town of Ferdinand voted 4-0 this week to give permission for the brewery in a vacant art studio building on the grounds of Monastery Immaculate Conception.

The Herald of Jasper reports brewer Vince Luecke told the board that plans are to have a tasting room and sell beer at the site. He says he and a partner also hope to sell their beer at local restaurants.

Sister Barbara Lynn Schmitz says she sees the microbrewery as an added attraction for the town about 40 miles northeast of Evansville.

Plans are to have the brewery operating by next spring. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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