The origin is the combination of both the Rocky Mountains (Mountain) and the Belgian (Monk) influence. People who love the Rocky Mountains, and mountains in general, are adventurous and like to go out and DO things, instead of talking about them. They don't need someone to tell them where to go find adventures or new experiences, they go out and find/create them themselves. That's why people live here, to be surrounded by an amazing landscape that invites adventure and visceral experience.
The monastic Belgian tradition of brewing is the same way – they might create beers that may roughly fall into certain style categories, but they don't necessarily have those styles in mind when they go to brew a beer. They have a feel/inspiration for what type of beer they want to brew, and draw a lot of inspiration from their surroundings. This inspiration is both spiritual, but also very physical, similar to those that love the mountains. A lot of the Belgian beers utilize wild and/or brewers yeast that is native to a particular region – this immersion into an environment that fits their beer is the same way people who love the mountains immerse themselves in their chosen environment. So ultimately they're not constrained by others' dictations of style. They don't need someone to tell them what beers they should brew, they just go out and create what they want to create, what moves them.
For the Mountain Monk brewing company, both of these lifestyles are parallel, and inspire how we approach our beers. We also feel these lifestyles imply, and want our beer to reflect, a certain level of "enlightenment", because if you're doing what moves you, not talking about it, and not following what others may consider the right direction to go in, then we feel that you have definitely reached a level of enlightenment that makes you a leader. We have tossed around some taglines to convey this to our customers:
Enlightenment Through Beer
Brewed to Enlighten