Today was a day for the history books. Westvleteren XII, the beer that many evangelists have touted as the “best beer in the world” on various websites, books, and stone tablets, saw its first (and possibly only) release today in the United States.
But it was a one-shot deal, and if you’re not sipping on it now or staring longingly at your unopened bottle like I did my first pair of Air Jordans in junior high, then you ain’t getting it.
The most famous of the eight Trappist Monasteries in the world of beer, Westvleteren has gone to incredible lengths to protect their prized brew, and the only way to get it is to go to the Abbey, itself, or the tasting room across the street. Sales are limited to one order every 60 days per person, per license plate, and phone number.
But the monks needed money for some new construction, and made a limited deal to have it brought into the US today. And I got none. But I do have a picture of me drinking it when we visited the brewery last year, so I’ll have to stare at this and remember its sweet nectars.
And, come to think of it, does anyone know where I can buy some early 90s era Air Jordans?