Saturday, August 10, 2013

World's Greatest Beer...?

I used to drink beer...a LOT of beer! Before that, I drank whisky. Beer, though, is the topic today!

Most beer drinkers are fairly particular about their brand, and I was no exception. Like many, I had a certain brand loyalty. Now if that loyalty was toward this next type of beer, it just might have been well deserved!

The Best Beer In The World

Beers are extremely difficult to rank. One’s superiority to another is largely a matter of taste. However, when it comes to naming the absolute best beer in the whole world, beer lovers are in complete agreement. This honorable drink is called Westvleteren 12. It is a 10.2 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) Trappist beer that has been in production since 1940.

Westvleteren 12 is a dark beer with a refined, chocolate-like taste that is said to be unrivaled by any other beer. It is instantly recognizable by its distinct yellow cap and complete lack of any labels. Usually, it is only available by driving to the monastery that makes it (located deep in the countryside of Belgium) and buying it straight from the monks, which often involves waiting patiently in a line of cars that can extend for miles. However, the monks are fully aware of the superiority of their product and are willing to use its reputation to their benefit on occasion. When their monastery needed a new roof in 2012, they briefly exported Westvleteren 12 to various countries with prices ranging between $75 and $85 for a six-pack and two tasting glasses.

It sold out in minutes.

Goes to show how strong the effects of "Supply and Demand" can really be. It would be interesting to taste this stuff, just because of all the hype! Unfortunately, I can't afford it...and I quit drinking beer a long time ago!

How about coffee outside this morning? Maybe it will be a little cooler today!


Chickenmom said...

Wow! Way too expensive for my taste! I like an ice cold Molson ale every once in a while though! After all the darn rain we've had, coffee on the patio sounds good - I'll bring crumb buns and butter for all.

Gorges Smythe said...

I doubt if I drink a beer every five years now, so I guess I'll pass.

Sissy said...

Dollars per sip! I don't think I would ever be tempted. Beer is not my cup of tea; just give me a good down-to-earth homebrewed cup of coffee or a slurp from my SPLISH SPLASH mountain spring :) ha ha :)

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I have a cheap US beer once in awhile, can't afford most of it now and forget about buying wine.

JO said...

I never could acquire a taste for beer and at those prices I never will. So I will just stick with coffee or ice tea and be happy!

Chickenmom sure knows how to get my attention. See you all on the patio.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Probably the reason it is so costly is that you can't get it anywhere all the time! Seems like a great marketing idea to me.

Thanks for bringing the buns and for dropping by today!

Hey Gorges...
I'll have to go along with you on that!

Thanks for the visit!

Hey Sissy...
Sounds like a good plan to me! Spring water sure does sound good!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Sunnybrook...
Cheap beer used to be normal for me, but now it's coffee and tea!

At least I can afford that...for now!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
Probably a good thing you never developed the taste!

Phyllis sure knows how to fatten us up, doesn't she?

Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by this morning!

2 Tramps said...

Oregon is a craft beer brewing haven. I have recently found I enjoy a nice chocolate stout now and then, so I would surely like the beer you shared with us. I could never spend that much money on beer but thanks for educating us about fine brew!!

Dragon said...

Guinness Extra Stout if I'm having a taste. I'm limited to one after the liver crapped out on me.