Beer connoisseurs are jumping at the opportunity to buy one of the world’s most elusive and revered beers. Why?
That is because, according to ABC News, this is the first (and maybe only) chance they will have to buy this rare beer in the United States.
The beer mentioned is called Westvleteren XII, and it is often referred to as the “world’s best beer” by reviewers and fans.
Westvleteren XII is produced by Trappist monks in Belgium and sold at the abbey of Saint Sixtus in the Belgian countryside.
The beer can usually only be purchased by reservation at the abbey. However, reservations for this beer are not easy to come by.
The abbey, however, found itself in need of money for an expensive renovation. So, in order to come up with the cash needed, the monks reluctantly made the decision to sell the beer outside of the walls of the monastery on a one-time-only basis.
Westvleteren Brewery spokesman Mark Bode said:
“I think it will be the last [time]. They say, ‘We are monks, we don’t want to be too commercial. We needed some money to help us buy the new abbey and that’s it,’ Back to normal again.”
Starting today, a limited amount of the beer is being sold in the U.S. and abroad. A number of stores have been sent “bricks” of the beer. A “brick” contains six bottles and two glasses from the monastery.
The gift box retails for $84.99.
Megan McBrayer, manager at New York City’s Beer Table Pantry, toldABC News:
“The phone has been ringing off the hook.”
She said that her store received 24 cases of the beer and has already sold many of them.
McBrayer said that beer fans love “the whole mystique about it and the rarity of it.”
She continued to praise the beer by saying:
“It consistently rates as one of the best beers in the world. It’s been something that [beer lovers] have wanted for a long time, but it’s been completely unattainable.”
Would you buy a bottle of the “world’s best beer” if you had the chance?