Did you know? Beer is the third most popular drink after water and tea. Beer is one of the world’s oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks. However, studies show that heavy consumption reduces life expectancy by up to 28 years.
That’s why Beer and other alcoholic drinks are banned in some states of India. Some people like to collect old wine, whiskey, beer, etc. For them, this article is essential to read. Here are the top 21 most expensive beers in the world.
The price per bottle is $503,300. This beer bottle was brewed in Staffordshire in 1875 for an expedition to Antarctica led by British explorer Sir George Nares. Almost 140 years later, a case of the beer was found in a garage in Shropshire. The finder placed a beer bottle in an auction at $933, but the price went up.
However, it’s probably not safe to drink 145-year-old beer, but Allsopp’s Arctic Ale makes an amazing collector’s item.
The price per bottle is $2583. Cantillon Loerik was a one-off production of beer aged ten years. It is a gueuze beer made by mixing one-year-old and three-year-old lambic beers. A single bottle sold for $2583 at auction.
The price is $1559 per bottle. Number three on our most expensive beer list is Antarctic Nail. What water could be purer than Antarctic ice water? The Jarrah Jacks Brewery in Pemberton, Western Australia, made just 30 bottles of this beer from water melted from ice collected by the flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The ice was sent by helicopter to Tasmania to be melted, and then the water has transported to Pemberton to make the beer.
The price is $1165 a bottle. A 12-litre bottle of this exceptional Belgian beer was discovered in the basement of London’s Belgo Restaurant in 2009. It sold for the equivalent of US $1165. However, the beer is now available for just $33 a pint.
The price is $924 a bottle. Belgian brewers De Cam and Drie Fonteinen created this luxury beer to celebrate the new millennium in 2000. A bottle of this beer sold several years later at auction for $924.
The price per bottle is $923. This California ale is said to have the flavour of cherries even years after it was bottled. The last known bottle of this American Wild Ale was sold at auction for $923 by Skinner Auctions. Finding a bottle of this fine ale may be difficult, but Lost Abbey has other selections praised for its complex fruit flavours, low acidity, and well-rounded drinkability.
The price is $832 a bottle. This 2010 release from BrewDog Brewery in Scotland is a Belgian ale named after a book written by philosopher Francis Fukuyama. It was brewed with fresh juniper berries and nettles gathered in the highlands of Scotland. BrewDog thought of it as the high-alcohol beer to end all high-alcohol beers, but other beers have been made since with higher alcohol content. Only 11 bottles of this beer were ever produced.
The price is $711 per bottle. A tiny brewery in Muenster, Indiana, named 3 Floyd’s brews this amazing stout in a variety of whiskey barrels with vanilla beans. The result is a thick beer with flavours of bourbon, chocolate, marshmallows, and vanilla; every year’s production is just a little different, keeping fans coming back for more of the limited supply.
The price per bottle is $374. The world-renowned Nomo restaurant in Copenhagen is a leading centre for the study of creating new flavours through fermentation. Their efforts inspired Danish brewer Carlsberg to produce a uniquely flavoured beer they described as “barley wine.”
The price is $324 a bottle. The BrewDog Brewery in Scotland attempted to make a beer with the highest alcohol content of any beer in the world by an ice-brewing process with “four times the alcohol, four times the hops, and four times the flavour.”
The price is $275 a bottle. The Schorschbräu brewery in Germany released just 36 bottles of this intensely flavoured, high-alcohol (57.6% by volume) beer in 2011. It is an Eisbock beer made by freezing off a portion of the water in the beer and removing the ice to concentrate alcohol and flavour.
The price is $239 a bottle. Samuel Adams’ Utopias is the most expensive beer in the United States. The venerable beer is made with Moravian, Vienna, caramel, Bavarian smoked malts, Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, Spalter, Saaz, and Tettnanger hops. Batches are released in even-numbered years after they have been aged in Cognac, Port, and Scotch barrels for 18 months. The limited-edition brew is presented in a ceramic bottle resembling a copper brewing kettle.
The price is $176 a bottle. What would earn the epithet “Tactical Nuclear” for a beer? BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin Beer has the world’s highest content of alcohol by volume for any beer in regular production, 32% (Schorschbock 57 by Schorschbräu has a higher alcohol content, but it was a limited edition.)
The price is $100 a bottle. Just as couples who have been married 25 years celebrate their silver anniversaries and couples who have been married for 50 years celebrate golden anniversaries, a couple who have been married just one year mark a “paper” anniversary. In 2009 The Bruery created a beer to mark its first anniversary called Papier. The $100 per bottle proceeds were donated to charity. It may be possible to find a bottle of this notable beer somewhere in California, but The Bruery continues to produce new beers of even better quality.
The price is $86 a bottle, including shipping. This American beer is boiled for 120 minutes and then fermented with the continuous addition of hops for a full month. More hops are added while it is aged for a second month.
The price is $52 a bottle. In 1990 British archaeologist Barry Kemp discovered a 3,250-year-old recipe in Queen Nefertiti’s brewery in ancient Egypt. Dr Kemp’s team found ten brewing chambers in the remains of the royal brewery under layers of Saharan sand, each containing traces of ancient beer. Analysis of the papyrus scroll and the traces of beer led to teaming up with Scottish brewer Jim Merrington to reproduce the ancient beverage.
The price is $50 per bottle. Dark Lord is a product of 3 Floyds Brewery in Muenster, Indiana. It is brewed with a hefty 15% alcohol by volume using Indian sugar, coffee, and Mexican vanilla. Dark Lord is produced a barrel at a time, each batch aged in a different barrel for a slightly different flavour. Dark Lord is such a locally popular brew that you must be in Muenster, Indiana, to get a bottle, but it would be worth checking out if you ever pass through.
The price is $45 per bottle. This beautifully golden product is a Bière Brut style beer brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels in Buggenhout, Belgium; it is brewed in Belgium but goes through the traditional process of traditional “remuage” (riddling, or mixing with hops) and “dégorgement” (withdrawal from barrels into bottles) in France like a fine wine.
The price is $44 a bottle. In America, we think of Pabst Blue Ribbon as the maker of cans and tallboys filled with inexpensive beer. But in China, Pabst Blue Ribbon 1844 is a luxury item. Pabst Brewery in China takes the familiar recipe used in the United States, adds German caramel malts, and then ages the beer in charred American oak barrels.
The price is $110 per six-pack, equivalent to $17 per can. Sapporo’s Space Barley Beer cost $17 a can, but it was a relative bargain considering one of its ingredients had to be imported from outer space.
In 2006 scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Okayama University in Japan sponsored a series of experiments to see how barley seeds would germinate in zero-gravity conditions. Barley was sent to the Zvezda SOLUT DOS-8 module of the International Space Station, where scientists observed four generations of growth. The fourth generation of extraterrestrial barley was brought back to Earth, and Japanese brewer Sapporo used it to make the world’s first “space beer.”
The price is $15 a bottle, including shipping (from Australia, not from outer space). Last on our most expensive beer list is Vostok Space Beer. An Australian beer inspired by a love of space exploration. As the 4Pines Brewing Company tells the story, they “really loved” space exploration and beer. They knew people at Australian aeronautics company Saber Astronautics who loved space exploration and loved beer, so they created a joint venture that enabled them to create the first beer that could be drunk in outer space.
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