Anyway, the whole end of the Mayan calendar is coming up this week and will tie into 2 beer events that I hope we all live to see.
First of all, I'd be nervous about this, because the monks of the Abbaye Sint Sixtus are releasing its beer geek Holy Grail, Westvleteren XII, for the first time EVER for sale outside the monastery itself. They SAY it's to finance repairs to the abbey, but the apocalyptic timing seems TOO coincidental. Anyway, this one time only situation has apparently been a bit of a challenge for the distributors, since the monks insisted that the 6 pack (plus 2 tasting glasses) cost no more than $84.99 for the consumer, and that the boxes not be broken up and sold individually. Here are the retailers in Louisiana who will have them on 12/12/12:
Whole Foods, Baton Rouge
Aquistapace’s Grocery, Covington
Whole Foods (Veterans), Metarie
Stein’s Deli, New Orleans
Whole Foods (Arabella Station), New Orleans
The second 12/12/12 event this week is, of course, the final chapter in Stone's Vertical Epic series. Stone's been putting beers out since 2002 with 2/2/02 and been going up a numeral every year since, Since this is the last one of an almost 11 year project, it's being celebrated by Stone, of course, as well as The Avenue Pub. Apparently they have the 9/9/09. 10/10/10, and 11/11/11 on tap now (and available as growler fills) and on Tuesday night they will tap 5/5/05, 6/6/06, 7/7/07, and 8/8/08 and right after midnight will start pouring the 12/12/12. Should be fun! (speaking of a fun vertical tasting, it looks like the Pub has 2008 (in bottles), 2009, and 2012 versions of Anchor Christmas Ale as well.)
Also, if the world does end this week, I'm pleased that I enjoyed the hell out of myself at both Zwanze Day (and Eve) AND the Irish Channel Stout release party at Finn McCool's. Two very different events, but both with lots of great beer and great people. I REGRET NOTHING!
See y'all on the flip side! And lemme know if you have any Westys you don't need or would like to share.