Every beer fan knows that monks and beer go together—especially if those monks are Trappists. But while some monks brew, others build monumentally beautiful structures out of recycled beer bottles.
In the mid ’80s, Buddhist monks in the Sisaket area of Thailand, near the Cambodian border, were growing tired of the mounting litter in the area. To promote recycling and the cleaning of the landscape, the monks asked everyone in the area to bring them recycled beer bottles that would be used to build a temple complex. Soon green Heineken bottles and brown Chang bottles, a local Thai favorite, started pouring in.