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    Rare beer available in US for short time

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/201...re-beer-in-u-s

    The 12th day of the 12th month of 2012 is not a day of deliverance but of delivery for devout American fans of Westvleteren 12, brewed by the reclusive Belgian monks at St. Sixtus Abbey.

    The celebrated beer — often called the best in the world — is usually only available for sale at the abbey, located in the Belgian countryside. But starting Wednesday, buyers in the U.S. and other countries can purchase the beer at select retailers for $84.99 for six bottles.

    Why this sudden blessing for beer lovers? The abbey happened to need an expensive renovation recently. But its 21 monks live an austere life — which means, among other things, that they purposely lack cash reserves. So the monks reluctantly made the decision to export small amounts of the precious nectar overseas for the first time.

    And, says Mark Bode, the longtime spokesman for the Westvleteren Brewery, "I think it will be the last." Bode is one of very few people privy to the monks' views, as no visitors are allowed inside the abbey.

    "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,' " Bode explains. "Back to normal again."
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    On December 12, 2012 (12.12.12) the Westvleteren XII “Brick” (gift packs) will be available for sale in the US for the first time. Below is a list of retail locations where these Bricks will be for sale. Each Brick contains six 33cl bottles of Westvleteren 12º beer and two special tasting glasses. This is a special one-time only release. It might sell out right away on December 12th. No advance reservations are accepted via this website. This list is only to help make the search easier for those that wish to purchase a Westvleteren XII Brick. Suggested Retail Price is $85.00 per Brick.

    ALABAMA
    Hop City, Birmingham
    Piggly Wiggly, Homewood
    The Nook, Huntsville
    ARIZONA
    Total Wine, Gilbert
    Total Wine (Arrowhead Gateway), Glendale
    Total Wine, Goodyear
    Total Wine (Desert Ridge), Phoenix
    Total Wine (Camelback Rd), Phoenix
    Total Wine, Scottsdale
    Total Wine, Tempe
    Total Wine (The Corner), Tucson
    Total Wine (Park Place Mall), Tucson
    CALIFORNIA
    Total Wine, Brea
    Hi Times Wine Cellar, Costa Mesa
    Davis Beer Shoppe, Davis
    Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido
    Total Wine, Folsom
    Total Wine, Huntington Beach
    Total Wine, Laguna Hills
    Stearns, Long Beach
    Total Wine, Northbridge
    Trappist Provisions, Oakland
    Bruery Provisions, Orange
    Total Wine, Rancho Cuacamonga
    Total Wine, Redondo Beach
    K&L Wines, Redwood City/Los Angeles
    Total Wine, Roseville
    Pangaea, Sacramento
    Total Wine, Sacramento
    Best Damn Bottle Shop, San Diego
    Bine & Vine, San Diego
    City Beer Store, San Francisco
    Healthy Spirits, San Francisco
    Ales Unlimited, San Francisco
    Total Wine, Tustin
    Total Wine, Thousand Oaks
    Øl Beercafe, Walnut Creek
    COLORADO
    Liquor Mart, Boulder
    Coaltrain Wine and Spirits, Colorado Springs
    Argonaut Liquor, Denver
    Wilbur’s Total Beverage, Fort Collins
    DELAWARE
    Total Wine, Claymont
    Total Wine, Milltown
    FLORIDA
    Total Wine, Boca Raton
    Total Wine, Boynton Beach
    Total Wine, Clearwater
    Total Wine, Fort Lauderdale
    Total Wine, Fort Myers
    Total Wine, Jasksonville
    Total Wine, Miami
    Total Wine, North Miami
    Total Wine, Naples
    Total Wine (Colonial Plaza), Orlando
    Total Wine (Millenia Plaza), Orlando
    Total Wine, Palm Beach Gardens
    Total Wine, Pembroke Pines
    Total Wine, Plantation
    Total Wine, St. Petersburg
    Total Wine, Sarasota
    Total Wine, Stuart
    Total Wine, Tampa
    Total Wine, Village of Wellington
    ILLINOIS
    Binny’s, Bloomington
    Friar Tucks, Bloomington
    Binny’s (Downers Grove), Chicago
    Binny’s (Marcey), Chicago
    INDIANA
    Keg Liquors, Clarksville
    Crown Liquors, Indianapolis
    Village Liquors, West Lafayette
    IOWA
    Benz Beverage Depot, Cedar Rapids
    Royal Mile, Des Moines
    Schera’s Algerian American Restaurant, Elkader
    John’s Grocery, Iowa City
    KENTUCKY
    The Party Source, Bellevue (Cincinnati)
    Wino’s Depot, Bowling Green
    The Beer Trappe, Lexington
    Louisville Beer Store, Louisville
    Sergio’s World Beers, Louisville
    Roof Brothers, Paducah
    LOUISIANA
    Whole Foods, Baton Rouge
    Aquistapace’s Grocery, Covington
    Whole Foods (Veterans), Metarie
    Stein’s Deli, New Orleans
    Whole Foods (Arabella Station), New Orleans
    MARYLAND
    Corridor Fine Wine, Laurel
    Beltway Fine Wine, Towson
    MASSACHUSETTS
    Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont (Boston)
    Provisions, Northampton
    Redstone Liquors, Stoneham
    Julio’s, Westborough
    MINNESOTA
    Heritage Liquor, Minneapolis
    Andy’s Liquor, Rochester
    West Side Liquors, St. Cloud
    MISSOURI
    tbd
    NEVADA
    Total Wine, Henderson
    Total Wine, Las Vegas
    Total Wine, Reno
    NEW YORK
    DeCicco’s, Ardsley
    DeCicco’s, Brewster
    Breukelen Bier Merchants, Brooklyn
    Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn
    Beer Street, Brooklyn
    Beer Table Pantry, Manhattan
    The Cannibal, Manhattan
    City Swiggers, Manhattan
    Good Beer, Manhattan
    New Beer Distributors, Manhattan
    Top Hops, Manhattan
    Whole Foods Bowery, Manhattan
    DeCicco’s, Pelham
    NORTH CAROLINA
    Total Wine, Cary
    Total Wine (Park Towne Village), Charlotte
    Total Wine (Grand Promenade Phase II),Charlotte
    Total Wine (Promenade on Providence), Charlotte
    Total Wine, Durham
    Total Wine (Battleground Square), Greensboro
    Total Wine (Oakwood Square), Greensboro
    Total Wine, Huntersville
    Total Wine (Brier Creek), Raleigh
    Total Wine (Triangle Plaza), Raleigh
    Total Wine (Six Forks Road), Raleigh
    Total Wine, Winston-Salem
    OHIO
    Lizardville, Bedford Heights (Cleveland)
    Jungle Jim’s, Cincinnati
    Belmont Party Supply, Dayton
    Lizardville, Rocky River (Cleveland)
    Anderson’s, Maumee (Toledo)
    Vintage Estates, Youngstown
    OREGON
    Corvallis Beer Supply, Corvallis
    Market of Choice, Corvallis
    Bier Stein, Eugene
    Market of Choice, Eugene
    16 Tons Beer & Wine, Eugene
    Belmont Station, Portland
    Beer Monger, Portland
    Saraveza, Portland
    Hop & Vine, Portland
    John’s Market, Portland
    Market of Choice, Portland
    Market of Choice, West Linn
    SOUTH CAROLINA
    Total Wine, Charleston
    Total Wine, Columbia
    Total Wine, Greenville
    VERMONT
    Hunger Mountain Co-Op, Montpellier
    Beverage Warehouse, Winooski (Burlington)

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    And wouldnt you know...it's not available in Oklahoma!

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    it's here in ohio but no where near me...closest is 2+ hrs away

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    Originally Posted by Filthy View Post
    And wouldnt you know...it's not available in Oklahoma!
    whodathunk?

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    Missouri tbd? WTF is that? Let us know where to find it in St Louis, damn it!

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    The best beer is already available in the us!
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    Originally Posted by Filthy View Post
    And wouldnt you know...it's not available in Oklahoma!
    What's your point? It's not available in more than half of the states.

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    A buddy of mjne was just telling me about this, hes got a co-worker in Birmingham that's gonna try and get him some.

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    Surprised Texas doesn't get any
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    Originally Posted by Julz View Post
    Surprised Texas doesn't get any
    that was surprising...you'd think if a Piggly Wiggly in Alabama got some a shop or two in texas would as well...i wonder who's distributing

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    Originally Posted by ArbySooner View Post
    What's your point? It's not available in more than half of the states.

    That it would be at a minimum a 6-8 hour drive to a location that offered this beverage for sale. Therefore being somewhat of an inconvienance. I'm not sure what more you're looking for.

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    Wonder how similar it is to Chimay which is also brewed by Belgian monks. I heard the piece on NPR on the way in this morning. They said the only real knock critics give it is that it's too sweet for some palates.

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    Originally Posted by Julz View Post
    Wonder how similar it is to Chimay which is also brewed by Belgian monks. I heard the piece on NPR on the way in this morning. They said the only real knock critics give it is that it's too sweet for some palates.
    i'd like to try it but at that price and with the driving distance it's not really a smart decision...i have had some beer from a German monastery that was formed in like 1005 AD and it was pretty amazing

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    It can't be that prestigious because a piggly wiggly is selling it in Alabama.

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    Originally Posted by Filthy View Post
    And wouldnt you know...it's not available in Oklahoma!
    Jesus doesn't want us drink beer made by his servants. Or at least that is what state republicans think.

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    Originally Posted by Julz View Post
    Wonder how similar it is to Chimay which is also brewed by Belgian monks. I heard the piece on NPR on the way in this morning. They said the only real knock critics give it is that it's too sweet for some palates.
    I've always assumed it's in the same relative ballpark, but I haven't had it so I can't say for sure. And at $85 for six, I don't think I'll be finding out.

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    Would be interesting to try.


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    if i was closer i'd buy some and part it out but not close enough

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    It's beer. Okay? And at 15$ bucks a bottle it better do more than get you buzzed.

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    If you are in Jenks Friday night the BierGarten Winterfest will have some.
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/487186991325397/

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    Originally Posted by Bk2X View Post
    Would be interesting to try.

    Nothing quite like enjoying a bottle of absurdly expensive beer whilst standing on a ladder in your garage.
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    Originally Posted by beech View Post
    The best beer is already available in the us!
    the Beast, in high school this was the only beer...well that and Keystone Light...
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    Originally Posted by Bk2X View Post
    Would be interesting to try.

    There's a lot going on in the photo. Wonder what's in the hanging trash bag.

    Also, Chimay is brewed AT a Trappist monastery, specifically Scourmont Abbey, but not actually BY monks. They do make a version that is supposed to be only FOR the monks, the Doree, but that's about the closest you get to the Westvleteren.

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    Originally Posted by keefsmangledfingers View Post
    There's a lot going on in the photo. Wonder what's in the hanging trash bag.
    It looks as if the bag is hanging, yet ths bottom portion is sitting in a deep fryer. Doesn't seem logical...but this is ther internet..so anything goes.

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    Originally Posted by beech View Post
    The best beer is already available in the us!
    i had a buddy whose dad worked for Old Style. I drank a river of that piss.

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    Originally Posted by Filthy View Post
    It looks as if the bag is hanging, yet ths bottom portion is sitting in a deep fryer. Doesn't seem logical...but this is ther internet..so anything goes.
    That's a decomposing body. The container below is to catch any seepage.
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    Originally Posted by Filthy View Post
    It looks as if the bag is hanging, yet ths bottom portion is sitting in a deep fryer. Doesn't seem logical...but this is ther internet..so anything goes.
    While this is not my picture. The homebrewers here would know that is a kettle with a bag full of grains that were steeped.

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    I didn't even see the pot below. Looks nasty still. The homebrewers I run with don't make it look that bad.
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    Originally Posted by OnlyOneOklahoma View Post
    Jesus doesn't want us drink beer made by his servants. Or at least that is what state republicans think.

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    Actually the beer lobby are trying just as hard if not harder than the Christians "high point beer" off the grocery store shelves.

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    Originally Posted by Julz View Post
    Wonder how similar it is to Chimay which is also brewed by Belgian monks. I heard the piece on NPR on the way in this morning. They said the only real knock critics give it is that it's too sweet for some palates.

    I bet you'd be closer if you looked at the St. Bernadus abt 12. In fact i bet youd find it nearly identical. The recipe is actually from the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus, but got rebranded once the Trappist monasteries decided to be called a "Trappistenbier", a beer had to brewed inside the monastery walls. This was after a 30 year licensing agreement was severed by the monks.












    Ironically enough.... The st banardus still uses the original Westvleteren recipe with Westvleteren yeast. While the Westy now uses Westmalle’s yeast. So is the Westy still a Westy?
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    I put in a request from a friend for this like a month ago when I first heard about it. Anyways, I may have a lead on some if anyone is interested?

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    Originally Posted by ChpThril View Post
    I put in a request from a friend for this like a month ago when I first heard about it. Anyways, I may have a lead on some if anyone is interested?
    Are you charging a premium?

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    Well dammit I guess I'm gonna have to go get some beers at the liquor store now. This is making me thirsty!

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    Originally Posted by ChpThril View Post
    I put in a request from a friend for this like a month ago when I first heard about it. Anyways, I may have a lead on some if anyone is interested?
    Sent you a PM

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    i called the Boulder and Denver stores yesterday morning. they both sold out in 8 minutes. damn.

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    Originally Posted by ChpThril View Post
    I bet you'd be closer if you looked at the St. Bernadus abt 12. In fact i bet youd find it nearly identical. The recipe is actually from the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus, but got rebranded once the Trappist monasteries decided to be called a "Trappistenbier", a beer had to brewed inside the monastery walls. This was after a 30 year licensing agreement was severed by the monks.












    Ironically enough.... The st banardus still uses the original Westvleteren recipe with Westvleteren yeast. While the Westy now uses Westmalle’s yeast. So is the Westy still a Westy?
    I love that beer, if I am in OKC I stop in and drink one.

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    Originally Posted by beech View Post
    The best beer is already available in the us!
    YOU DESERVE TO DIE!

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    Originally Posted by ChpThril View Post
    I bet you'd be closer if you looked at the St. Bernadus abt 12. In fact i bet youd find it nearly identical. The recipe is actually from the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus, but got rebranded once the Trappist monasteries decided to be called a "Trappistenbier", a beer had to brewed inside the monastery walls. This was after a 30 year licensing agreement was severed by the monks.












    Ironically enough.... The st banardus still uses the original Westvleteren recipe with Westvleteren yeast. While the Westy now uses Westmalle’s yeast. So is the Westy still a Westy?
    Love that stuff.

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    My aunt lives in Vegas. I called the Vegas and Henderson stores and they both sold out within an hour of it going on sale. Damn I would have liked to get my hands on some.

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    Originally Posted by OnlyOneOklahoma View Post
    Jesus doesn't want us drink beer made by his servants. Or at least that is what state republicans think.

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    The problem isn't the Baptists, its the liquor store cartel err lobby.

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    Rare beer available in US for short time

    Ill pass on that unless its price more reasonably. No beer worth that much money. This beer needs to be kicked off its pedestal.

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