Turns out that Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey has decided to make its Ultimate Box Set a baker’s dozen. The brewery announced that the suprise 13th beer, inspired by “Message in a Bottle” by the Police, will be available Dec. 1, along with a select number of Ultimate Box Set Collectorâ€™s Editions for purchase by the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“When we began the Box Set releases last January our plan was to release a bonus track and make a number of complete sets available to the general public at the end of the year,” director of brewery operations Tomme Arthur said for a press release. “But as the months progressed we began to worry that the demand was beyond our production levels and we werenâ€™t going to be able to deliver complete sets to both those who reserved them during the year and have some left for the public in December. As a result we opted to make the sets available only to those who reserved them.”
To reserve a complete box set, patrons had to purchase one of the 350 bottles in each monthly Track release. The purchaserâ€™s names were placed in a lottery, 45 were drawn and received the option to purchase a complete box sets at the end of the year.
The Collectorâ€™s Edition Box Sets include all 13 beers released throughout the year, a hand-built and individually numbered Lost Abbey road case, and an album-style book created by Grammy award-winning designer Matt Taylor of Varnish Studio. The book includes detailed descriptions of each Track, album cover art for each beerâ€™s label, â€œliner notesâ€ from Arthur, and a faux The Lost Abbey vinyl record.
Individual bottles of Track 13 and the complete Box Set Collectorâ€™s editions will go on sale in The Lost Abbey tasting room at 10 a.m. Saturday. A total of 350 bottles of Track 13 will be available for purchase and must be consumed in the tasting room.