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State By State Westvleteren XII Release List

Westy gift packs are officially available across 22 states today – December 12, 2012. Below is the complete list of locations. You’ll note Georgia is not on this list, as Total Wine released this on December 1st.


Hop City, Birmingham
Piggly Wiggly, Homeland
The Nook, Huntsville


Total Wine, Gilbert
Total Wine (Arrowhead Gateway), Glendale
Total Wine, Goodyear
Total Wine (Desert Ridge), Phoenix
Total Wine (Camelback Rd), Phoenix
Total Wine, Scottsdale
Total Wine, Tempe
Total Wine (The Corner), Tucson
Total Wine (Park Place Mall), Tucson


Total Wine, Brea
Hi Times Wine Cellar, Costa Mesa
Davis Beer Shoppe, Davis
Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido
Total Wine, Folsom
Total Wine, Huntington Beach
Total Wine, Laguna Hills
Stearns, Long Beach
Total Wine, Northbridge
Trappist Provisions, Oakland
Bruery Provisions, Orange
Total Wine, Rancho Cuacamonga
Total Wine, Redondo Beach
K&L Wines, Redwood City/Los Angeles
Total Wine, Roseville
Pangaea, Sacramento
Total Wine, Sacramento
Best Damn Bottle Shop, San Diego
Bine & Vine, San Diego
City Beer Store, San Francisco
Healthy Spirits, San Francisco
Ales Unlimited, San Francisco
Total Wine, Tustin
Total Wine, Thousand Oaks
Øl Beercafe, Walnut Creek


Liquor Mart, Boulder
Coaltrain Wine and Spirits, Colorado Springs
Argonaut Liquor, Denver
Wilbur’s Total Beverage, Fort Collins


Total Wine, Claymont
Total Wine, Milltown


Total Wine, Boca Raton
Total Wine, Boynton Beach
Total Wine, Clearwater
Total Wine, Fort Lauderdale
Total Wine, Fort Myers
Total Wine, Jasksonville
Total Wine, Miami
Total Wine, North Miami
Total Wine, Naples
Total Wine (Colonial Plaza), Orlando
Total Wine (Millenia Plaza), Orlando
Total Wine, Palm Beach Gardens
Total Wine, Pembroke Pines
Total Wine, Plantation
Total Wine, St. Petersburg
Total Wine, Sarasota
Total Wine, Stuart
Total Wine, Tampa
Total Wine, Village of Wellington


Binny’s, Bloomington
Friar Tucks, Bloomington
Binny’s (Downers Grove), Chicago
Binny’s (Marcey), Chicago


Keg Liquors, Clarksville
Crown Liquors, Indianapolis
Village Liquors, West Lafayette


Benz Beverage Depot, Cedar Rapids
Royal Mile, Des Moines
Schera’s Algerian American Restaurant, Elkader
John’s Grocery, Iowa City


The Party Source, Bellevue (Cincinnati)
Wino’s Depot, Bowling Green
The Beer Trappe, Lexington
Louisville Beer Store, Louisville
Sergio’s World Beers, Louisville
Roof Brothers, Paducah


Whole Foods, Baton Rouge
Aquistapace’s Grocery, Covington
Whole Foods (Veterans), Metarie
Stein’s Deli, New Orleans
Whole Foods (Arabella Station), New Orleans


Corridor Fine Wine, Laurel
Beltway Fine Wine, Towson


Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont (Boston)
Provisions, Northampton
Redstone Liquors, Stoneham
Julio’s, Westborough


Heritage Liquor, Minneapolis
Andy’s Liquor, Rochester
West Side Liquors, St. Cloud




Total Wine, Henderson
Total Wine, Las Vegas
Total Wine, Reno


DeCicco’s, Ardsley
DeCicco’s, Brewster
Breukelen Bier Merchants, Brooklyn
Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn
Beer Street, Brooklyn
Beer Table Pantry, Manhattan
The Cannibal, Manhattan
City Swiggers, Manhattan
Good Beer, Manhattan
New Beer Distributors, Manhattan
Top Hops, Manhattan
Whole Foods Bowery, Manhattan
DeCicco’s, Pelham


Total Wine, Cary
Total Wine (Park Towne Village), Charlotte
Total Wine (Grand Promenade Phase II),Charlotte
Total Wine (Promenade on Providence), Charlotte
Total Wine, Durham
Total Wine (Battleground Square), Greensboro
Total Wine (Oakwood Square), Greensboro
Total Wine, Huntersville
Total Wine (Brier Creek), Raleigh
Total Wine (Triangle Plaza), Raleigh
Total Wine (Six Forks Road), Raleigh
Total Wine, Winston-Salem


Lizardville, Bedford Heights (Cleveland)
Jungle Jim’s, Cincinnati
Belmont Party Supply, Dayton
Lizardville, Rocky River (Cleveland)
Anderson’s, Maumee (Toledo)
Vintage Estates, Youngstown


Corvallis Beer Supply, Corvallis
Market of Choice, Corvallis
Bier Stein, Eugene
Market of Choice, Eugene
16 Tons Beer & Wine, Eugene
Belmont Station, Portland
Beer Monger, Portland
Saraveza, Portland
Hop & Vine, Portland
John’s Market, Portland
Market of Choice, Portland
Market of Choice, West Linn


Total Wine, Charleston
Total Wine, Columbia
Total Wine, Greenville


Hunger Mountain Co-Op, Montpellier
Beverage Warehouse, Winooski (Burlington)

Posted in Westvleteren

Westvleteren XII Hits Total Wine on 12/12/12

One of the most talked about beer releases in America in 2012 is upon us. Westvleteren XII, considered by some to be the #1 on planet earth will be released on U.S. soil for one time only. The Trappist quadrupel is usually only available at the monastery in Westvleteren, Belgium. The abbey is in such need of repair, that production of the world’s most sought after beer had to be increased to raise the funds for the repairs.

Westvleteren XII available for sale in a 6 pack with 2 glasses for $84.99.  All proceeds benefit the Abbey. Total Wine has announced this release will occur on 12.12.12, and available at Total Wine in the following states: Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, California and Nevada.

Style: Quadrupel (Trappist)
Availability: 6 bottle packs w/ 2 glasses. One time release.
Arrival: 12/12/12

10.2% ABV


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Westie XII U.S. Launch Delayed

Westie XII won’t hit nationwide distro until September. This just in from Shelton Brothers:

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 previewed at The Festival, which takes place on June 23rd and 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 aficionados as they continue to wait for the Big Release later in the year.

Looks like panic will be delayed until September.

Posted in Beer News, Westvleteren

Rumor: No Westvleteren 12 Coming To Georgia

One of the highest rated beers in the world: Westvleteren XII is finding it’s way into distribution around the world this year.   The monastery in Belgium needs thousands of dollars in repairs and distributing the beers will help rebuild it.  When you have a beer as rare and so highly touted as Westie XII, it causes a stir.

70,000 boxes of  what has been ranked the #1 beer on planet earth will hit U.S. soil as early as June.  If you consider the number of individuals want this beer in 50 states, you aren’t left with many to share.  Shelton Brothers is one of the importers donating time (and shipping) to bring Westvleteren stateside.  After speaking with Shelton, BSJ has all but confirmed a sad bit of information.  Georgia will not receive XII.  Preliminary numbers put just 15 (assuming box sets) in the state.  That’s barely any product.  Savannah Distributing will apparently pass on bringing Westvleteren into the state.  (With pretty good reason if this is indeed true, you’ll never make anyone happy with such little product.)

Can’t wait to see the markups and eBay sales on this one.  Still waiting on Savannah to confirm this information.

Posted in Beer News, Westvleteren

No Westie 12 For Missouri? UPDATED

Paul Hayden of The Wine & Cheese Place based in St. Louis has done a little research on Westvleteren 12 coming to the state.  The plot thickens.

Since I had not seen the Westvleteren registered in Missouri, I started emailing to find out the story for Missouri.  I talked to Shelton Brothers and found out that they were told that the were  not the distributor for Missouri.  The country was split in half down the Mississippi with the exception of Illinois was added to this side of the country —  the distributor for Missouri for Westvleteren is our Chimay Importer — Manneken-Brussel Imports.   They have not responded to my email, but I talked our distributor for Chimay and they were told that they are not sending any Westvleteren to Missouri???  They are sending it all to the West Coast???


Note: In case you don’t know the back story- Westvleteren 12 or “Westie 12” is considered one of the best beers on planet earth.  Until now, the beer was only available to buy at the monastery.  The monks brew only what is needed to sustain themselves, no more.  Repairs are needed at the abbey, so they are producing more -for sale publicly. For one time only.  It will no doubt be highly sought after.

UPDATE: 3/21 –  I just talked to Lisa at Manneken Imports  and she said they have every intention of coming to Missouri.  They are still waiting to complete the deal with Westvleteren before the can confirm anything.  So at this point things look good  (or at least better).

Posted in Coming Soon, Cool Stuff, Westvleteren

Westie XII Mania Draws Closer

Westvleteren mania is about to hit United States soil. Until this picture was posted by Chris LaPierre,a brewer for Iron Hill – I personally hadn’t seen a real live labeled Westie XII.  Side note, he is currently in Belgium drinking the beer, but that’s pretty much how they will look (plus a back paper Gov’t warning) when they hit the states.


Posted in Brasserie de Rochefort, Chimay, Cool Stuff, Orval Brewery, Westvleteren

Trappist Beers Celebrated With Stamps

There is never  a question that Belgium loves their beer.   The Belgium Post has issued a set of stamps commemorating the who’s who of Trappist beers.  The 6 Belgian monasteries are commemorated are Chimay, Orval, Achel, Rochefort, Westmalle, and Westvleteren. [StampNews]