A few months ago, I wrote about the expected release of Westvleteren XII in the US this June. Many of you have asked for an update, and unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer.
First came word in early May that Manneken-Brussels Imports would no longer be the distributor west of the Mississippi. That left Shelton Brothers as perhaps the only importer of the Westvleteren XII gift sets.
According to a Shelton Brothers release, the Sint-Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren, Belgium has asked for the public release to be delayed until September. However, Shelton Brothers will actually have some Westvleteren XII to preview to patrons at The Festival, on June 23rd and 24th in Worcester, Massachusetts. Each day, 8 cases will be served, with tastings limited to 1 per person. Also, attendees will be offered the opportunity to purchase their own gift boxes from Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, Massachusetts.
Obviously this is a fantastic opportunity if you are in the northeast and can attend. Hopefully The Festival attendees don’t buy up all of the Westvleteren XII allocated for the rest of the country.
More to come as I hear of it.
Read the official release here.