Shelton Bros recently announced that next weekend, Westvleteren 12 beer will be legally available for beer lovers in the US to taste and enjoy (and purchase! read on...) at The Festival. And if you want to attend, we have a discount link available to save on tickets! (link good through June 20th)
Westvleteren 12 has consistently topped the best-in- the world rankings at beeradvocate and ratebeer for many years. Due to its quality and the fact that it is brewed in small quantities and very hard to come by, it is as well the most sought-after beer in the world.
Westvleteren 12 -painstakingly brewed by the Sint-Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren, Belgium- was initially scheduled to debut across the U.S.A this month. For reasons known only to higher powers, the Abbey has requested that the official public release be delayed until September. However, the Abbey has now given its blessing for a small quantity of the beer to be previewd at THE FESTIVAL which takes place on June 23-24th at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Abbey hopes in this modest way to slake the thirst and reward the patience of true beer aficiandos as they continue to wait for the Big Release later in the year.
At each Festival session, eight cases of Wesvleteren 12 will be poured, with samples limited to one per person.
Better yet, all attendees of the Festival will be offered the opportunity to purchase their own Westvleteren XII gift boxes (6 bottles of beer and two commerorative glasses) from Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA, which has generously agreed to join Shelton Brogthers in donating profits from these sales to fund much-needed renovations of the Sint-Sixtus Abbey.
This is an exceedingly small window of opportunity to buy the Abbey's special gift boxes in a relatively calm setting. The boxes will not be available again until general release in September- and never again after. (Wait until September and risk getting caught up in a beer-fueled frenzy.)
The Festival will feature many of the Abbey's Belgian neighbor breweries and dozens of other small brewers from around the world, many of whom we visit and tour during our European Beercations. So if you can't make it to The Festival next weekend, you can still join us for Beercation in October/November when we will visit Westvleteren and enjoy sampling all of their beers at their In de Vrede Cafe!
Hope to be sharing a pint with you soon somewhere in the world...
Ruth & Mike