Westvleteren Is Headed Stateside


I almost can’t believe I’m typing this: For the first time ever, Westvleteren brewery will be shipping its beer to the United States. If you don’t understand why this is big news, don’t worry, I’ll explain. These beers, brewed by Trappist monks in Westvleteren, Belgium, are some of the most coveted on Earth — either because they taste like liquid awesome or because scarcity has driven up demand. Until now, they’ve only been (officially) sold at the brewery itself. You know, in Belgium.

I’ve tried the stuff, and I stand resolutely in the “tastes like liquid awesome” camp. That’s why I’m psyched that in April 2012, nearly 8,000 “gift packs” of  Westvleteren beer will be imported and placed on U.S. shelves. Head over to BrewBound for more information. I’m too excited to be bothered with the details.

My excitement, however, may not last. This shipment seems extremely small considering how many U.S. beer geeks would gladly trample their friends and loved ones to purchase Westy beer without paying outrageous grey market shipping costs. And, because Arizona rarely gets anything good, I doubt any of my local liquor stores will be on the distribution lists. It’s a disheartening thought — but it won’t stop me from keeping my eyes open come April.

8 Responses to “Westvleteren Is Headed Stateside”
  1. Ben says:

    Maybe your friends and lived ones might be able to get you some for Christmas … if you haven’t trampled them all.

  2. Damn, that is good news. I got to try a bottle with the yellow cap, I believe, and it was amazing.

    I think you’re right though, they will still be very hard to come by

  3. Fil says:

    Sounds like a trip to SoCal may be in order, you know, entitlement central-west, who get everything good first? I bet they’ll get some . .

  4. Deb Miller says:

    Wow! Remind me to stay out of your way in April!

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