Thanks to a crumbling monastery in Belgium, beer drinkers in Ontario are about to get their hands on one of the rarest, most sought-after brews on the planet.
The monastery in question is the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus, in Vleteren, Belgium. The brew in question is Westvleteren 12, a strong, dark ale considered by many aficionados to be the greatest beer in existence.
The monks usually only make their wares available at the Abbey gate, and only to people who promise not to sell it to others (especially for profit). Most of the time, that means it’s all but impossible to find; when restaurants or bars do manage to get their hands on the odd case or two, they’ll often sell it for $50 a bottle or more.
So it was only natural that when the monks realized the early 19th-century Abbey walls and foundation were crumbling beyond repair, they turned to beer for help.
Specifically, they ramped up production and made 163,000 six-packs of their rare brew available to exporters and local sales agents in Belgium, as a way to raise funds to build a new Abbey. (While they’d raised money from community donations and corporate support, there was still a gap, which the beer funds managed to fill). Now 1,404 of those six-packs are arriving at the LCBO in the next two weeks or so, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. (If I were a gambling man, I’d bet on the rare suds hitting the shelves on Dec. 12: The marketing lure of 12/12/12 for Westvleteren 12 is just too great). [Continue]
I'll split it with you. (The cost, and the beer.)
I think it is also about time that we owned chalices too.
What? You mean you don't have one?!
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