This beautiful can (from a set of 18) was designed in 1977 by American artist Stephen R. Kidd, whose work has hung in both the White House and the Smithsonian. The buildings were accurately reproduced using period photographs and drawings as a reference. The front of the can shows the modest brewery building in the community of Benedictine monks near Latrobe, PA. In the foreground a pair of monks harvests cabbages in the garden. The scene is one of pastoral serenity, reflecting the cloistered life of the mid-1800s.
The Bennedictine Society
Father Boniface Wimmer from Bavaria, established the first Benedictine community in America, near Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1844. In 1855, the hard-working monks brewed Bavarian Style beer for themselves. Visitors raved about St. Vincent's beer. It was sold by local inkeepers. The Bennedictine Society Brewery grew until 1899 when a local prohibition movement removed the beer from the market.