Right now you have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to try what is called one of the best beers in the world, but it is not cheap and it is not going to be too easy to find.
For years the monks of the St. Sixtus Monastery in Belgium have brewed a very limited quantity of a beer they call Westvleteren 12. Normally the beer is only available at the monastery itself, and you have to call ahead and reserve it (if you are lucky enough to get through on the phone). The monastery needed some renovations, though, so they’ve released just enough of the beer in the US to pay for the updates to the building.
Is that packaging great, or what? Westvleteren costs $85 for a six pack, and there is a very limited supply of it. You can find a list of U.S. retailers that are carrying the beer here, and you can read more about the story here. Thanks to my friend Karl for passing this along to me.
Will you be tracking down a case of Westvleteren to try out? If so, let us know what you think of it!