Despite a price tag of $85 per six-pack, the beer sold out in a day, often only hours after its release.
Meanwhile Cistercian monks in Northern California are working to reconstruct the Chapter House of Ovila, a 16th century Spanish Trappist monastery, the stones of which were imported to the U.S. by William Randolph Hearst but never rebuilt. Needing to raise millions to reconstruct the monastery, the monks partnered with craft brewer Sierra Nevada for a line of ales inspired by Belgian Trappist monks. Fittingly, the brews are named Ovila Abbey. Over the last 12 years Sierra Nevada and the monks have raised $7 million dollars, with another $2 million needed to finish the project.
Beer Drinker of the Year: Think you know beer? Here is your shot to prove it. The Wynkoop Brewery, Denver's oldest brewpub, is collecting "resumes" for its 2013 Beer Drinker of the Year contest. The prize? Free beer for life at Wynkoop Brewing Company and $250 of beer at their local brewpub or beer bar. Resumes should detail the entrant's beer philosophy, passion for beer and 2012 beer experiences. But hurry — the deadline is almost here.
Beer Festival at Sea: Earlier this year Royal Caribbean announced it would be expanding the beer selection on its cruise ships. Now Celebrity Cruise Line is taking things one step further by offering a "California Beer Festival at Sea." Organized by Cruise Specialists and offered in association with the California Beer Festival, the nine-night cruise will take place on the Celebrity Solstice and depart from Ensenada, Mexico, on May 6 with stops in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Astoria, Vancouver and Seattle. According to USA Today, passengers on the cruise "will be able take a home-brewing lesson, attend craft beer tasting parties and a four-course craft beer pairing luncheon, and go on optional brewery tours."