'World's best beer' selling in US for first and last time
A rare Belgian beer called Westvleteren XII - often called the best beer in the world - has made its US debut, although it may not be sold there for long.
The beer - produced by Trappist monks at the abbey of Saint Sixtus in the Belgian countryside - is normally only available for purchase through hard-to-get reservations.
The monks decided to sell their beer outside the monastery for one time after the abbey went through a round of expensive renovations, the Huffington Post reported.
Westvleteren Brewery spokesman Mark Bode told NPR that he believed "it will be the last [time]" the beer would be sold in this manner.
"They say, 'We are monks, we don't want to be too commercial. We needed some money to help us buy the new abbey and that's it,' Back to normal again," he said.
Since December 12, a limited number of stores have started selling "bricks" of the beer - a gift box with six 11.2-ounce bottles and two glasses - for 84.99 dollars.