It’s no secret that Carthusian monks are renowned for producing exquisite liqueurs, including the famous green variety made by the Grand Chartreuse in France.

Now their brother monks in Slovenia are hoping to expand the market for their own unique apéritif.The Charterhouse Monastery in Pleterje, in the foothills of the Gorjanci mountians in Slovenia, has been producing a very special pear brandy for the past 60 years. The clear, crisp spirit with a pear inside the bottle is now available in the UK for the first time.

Pear Brandy
Packaged Pear Brandy at its best.

The nine-strong community, assisted by nine lay workers, makes the brandy using fruit from the monastery’s orchards. “The southern side of the wall surrounding Pleterje Carthusian Monastery is planted with pear trees,” explains Father Frančišek, a monk at the monastery. “When the fruit reaches hazelnut size, bottles are fixed to the trees so that the delicious pears grown and ripen inside the glass. After the pears are picked inside their bottles, the bottles are topped up with four-times distilled pear brandy.”

The Pleterje Charterhouse Monastery was founded in 1403 and is one of twenty-five extant Carthusian monasteries throughout the world. The launch of the Pleterje Charterhouse Pear Brandy with Williams Pear is timed to coincide with the bicentenary of the naming of the Williams pear, which was first cultivated in Chiswick, West London by Richard Williams, a teacher and botanist.

“We thought it would be a nice touch for the Williams pear to be brought back to where it all started,” Father Frančišek explains, “but with a monastic twist for Christmas”. Already available on the bar at the Fox & Anchor on Charterhouse Street in London, a stone’s throw from the London Charterhouse Monastery, the Pleterje Charterhouse Pear Brandy with Williams Pear can now be purchased in a gift box at for an introductory price of GBP 44.99. Due to the labour intensiveness of the production process, stocks are limited to 4,000 bottles for the UK per year.

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UK based Small Beer Keg is all set for the Christmas rush. The company are looking forward to their first Christmas where they plan on taking the small beer kegs into the market on a large scale. The Philips Perfect Draft Beer Machine has been on the UK market for many years now and although most of the ranges of small beer kegs available are stocked in other parts of Europe – the British consumer has often been left with no other option than to buy from abroad.

Philips Small Beer Kegs for Christmas

The company now stock some of the major brands available for use with the Philips Perfect Draft Machine including Stella, Becks, Leffe and Hoegarden. These kegs are in stock and available for next day delivery from their London office.


The company are keen to hire out the machine (if needed) or simply sell the kegs to those people who already have the machines. Over the Christmas period this is looking to be a very popular machine within hundreds of UK house holds.


Additional information and prices etc. are all available from the company directly.

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