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THE BEER’S THE THING

THE MONK’S CELLAR’S ANDY KLEIN WAXES POETIC ABOUT HIS LIFE’S WORK WORDS ALIA CRUZ • PHOTOS DILLON FLOWERS

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he Monk’s Cellar Brewery and Public House in Downtown Roseville has been bringing a taste of Belgium to the West Coast for more than five years. It all started when owner Andy Klein became acquainted with the beer culture of Europe during trips abroad when he was in high school and college. He quickly learned that beer was not meant to be mindlessly chugged, but to be enjoyed in the same way the Belgians do: one sip at a time. While kids his age were drinking to get drunk, he was drinking to take his taste buds on an adventure. The impression the Belgians left on him was lasting: “It would be amazing to see people sitting there for hours sipping beers and socializing,” Klein says. “It was so different than what I was used to seeing. I gained an appreciation for not only the actual taste of beer, but the beer culture.”

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Fast forward to today. Klein is now a well-seasoned brewer with more than 25 years of brewing experience under his belt and more than 80 medals to prove it. As the owner of The Monk’s Cellar, his goal has been to bring the flavors and culture of Belgium’s storied beer history to his community. The Monk’s Cellar has a nice lineup of both in-house and guest taps, as well as a full bar and food that complements it well. We interviewed Andy to dive deeper into his beer background and to get his rare opinion on the state of the beer scene in our area over the last few decades. He graduated from the UC Davis Brewers Program in the early ‘90s and brewed at Sacramento Brewing Company, which was one of the region’s first beer meccas. Aside from visiting The Monk’s Cellar, you can try Klein’s brews at this year’s Art of Beer, or at a store near you later in the year when he expands his business to include the sale of cans.

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