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The Westvleteren 12 Wait is Over

So the rumors are true: Binny’s has been selected as one of the few accounts in the country to carry Westvleteren 12, specifically our Bloomington, Downers Grove and Lincoln Park locations.


For those who dont know, Westvleteren is a Trappist Abbey Ale from Belgium. The Abbey of Saint Sixtus makes 3 beers, 6, 8, and 12. The 12 is widely regarded as one of the finest ales in the world. Before this historic release, the only way to get this beer was to make an appointment with the monks and buy the beer direct from the abbey, in person, on the third Saturday of the month.


The abbey decided to release a limited amount of beer to fund restorations to their abbey, and as such asked certain parameters be met in dealing with this release. The first is that these packs not be broken up: They are packs of 6 11.2oz bottles with 2 special glasses. The second is that the price is consistent: $84.99 per pack. Third, we will be releasing this at 9:00am on 12/12/12. It will be a first come, first served with a limit of one set per customer, with absolutely no holds or orders.


If you have any questions, drop a comment right here.


Adam Vavrick is resident beer geek at Binny’s Lincoln Park.

21 thoughts on “The Westvleteren 12 Wait is Over

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  2. How many boxes of Westvleteren are being sold at the Downers Grove location? How early should I get there? This is my Xmas gift from my wife, so I want to make sure I get one. Thanks!

  3. Can’t wait to have some of this again. What does “specifically” mean? Will other stores also have it or do I have to drive to one of the three on Wednesday.

  4. will your three Binny’s stores receive equal allotments of Westvleteren XII? I would like to head to the store Wednesday morning with the best chance of grabbing a six pack.

  5. I’m in Washington state. Is there any way I can order a pack and ship it to either Minnesota or Washington? Please let me know.


  6. D’oh I can’t believe I missed this! I visit the DG store frequently, and it certainly would’ve been worth it to pick one up and get to work late. 😉 Boooooooo…

    1) Any word on how frequently Westvleteren will release their ales in this manner? Or is this more of a “one-off” than anything else?

    2) Was the short notice intentional?


    • Bummer you missed out!

      1) Not frequently. This release was special because of 12/12/12 and because the monks wanted to raise funds.

      2) We’ve known it was in the works for almost a year. Binny’s hasn’t been talking about it because, well, there’s not much to say other than “yep… still going to happen…” But we’ve been fielding requests for it for several months.

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