(Belchertown, MA) – Months of rumors and speculation have finally come to a head with the first report on the Westvleteren XII nationwide release coming out on Monday afternoon.
According to Jacksonville.com:
Total Wine & More at St. Johns Town Center is getting some, and will put it on sale – first-come, first-served – on Dec. 12 for $84.99 a six-pack, including two glasses. There’s a limit of one six-pack per customer. Reservations won’t be taken, you have to show up to purchase the beer. The store opens at 9 a.m. Dec. 12.
BeerPulse has also learned that December 12th is the launch date for all Total Wine & More locations nationwide. Total Wine & More will be the exclusive carrier in some of the states in which that chain has locations established. The store will have the beer available for sale in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, California.
As for other states, details are still murky.
May June, Shelton Brothers held The Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts, and conducted an exclusive limited release through a nearby shop, Julio’s Liquors. It also sold for the suggested retail price of $84.99 there.
A lot has change since news about the U.S. originally broke last year. The original target for a nationwide release was this past April. Manneken Brussels Imports was also supposed to be handling importing duties along with Shelton Brothers but is no longer part of the arrangement.
The brewers at the Sint-Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren have taken on extra shifts in order to produce more of the beer for this one-time offering. The additional production and first-time exportation are being used as a way to raise money for restoration of the abbey.
Shelton Brothers and Total Wine & More did not reply to a request for comment by Monday night when this story was published.