For years, Mepkin Abbey eggs were the choice of conscientious consumers in Charleston. The de-beaking of the birds, the killing of male chicks, and the horribly confined cages that factory chickens spend their entire lives in is hardly a secret anymore. How wonderful to have a monastery right up the road, a place where we could imagine monks frolicking in the fields and happy chickens eagerly sharing their daily dropping? Then the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) showed up at the Benedictine Abbey on the Cooper River. According to PETA, the conditions at Mepkin Abbey were not that dissimilar to the factory farms. After a year of constant pressure the monks at Mepkin discontinued egg production. May we suggest they follow Chimay’s lead and brew us some beer? —Stratton Lawrenc