When aiming for good beer, you should always expect to spend a bit more than for a regular six-pack, but some beers out there go for really outrageous prices. Just to get things into perspective for your upcoming beer shopping session, here’s a short list of the world’s most expensive beers. This should show you just what overspending on beer looks like. Are these beers worth every penny? Well, take a look at the list and decide for yourself…
1. Allsopp’s Arctic Ale – $503,000/ 22 oz bottle
As far as vintage beer goes, this is the top of the hill. Brewed back in 1875 for a British expedition in the Arctic, this bottle of Allsopp’s Arctic Ale was found many years later in a box in the garage in Gobowen, Shropshire. As it held a seal that clearly stated “Arctic Expedition 1875”, the bottle was put up on eBay and sold for $304.
However, this low price was due to the seller’s spelling mishap. He allegedly wrote “Allsop’s Arctic Ale” and sold it for only a few hundred bucks. The lucky buyer was well aware of the bottle’s true worth and resold the small treasure for a whopping $503,000. His intelligent purchase was almost like winning some big American lottery for him, as he got quite the fortune for it.
2. Nail Brewing’s Antarctic Pale Ale – Nail Ale: $1,800/ 500 ml bottle
Nail Ale is a very special type of pale ale as it was brewed using actual Antarctic ice. But since the brewery is located all the way in Perth, Australia, the ice was harvested from Antarctica initially, then transported to Tasmania to be melted, and finally flown to Perth for the brewing process.
Nail Brewing only made 30 bottles of Antarctic Pale Ale and just to make its story even more fabulous (if possible), they donated all the profits to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. So not only would you be getting a one of a kind type of beer, but you would also be contributing to a very good cause.
3. Brewdog – The End of History – $765/ 350 ml Bottle
This is one of the oddest beers on our list, as each bottle of the 12 that were made comes in very peculiar packaging. It is made of taxidermied roadkill and the collection features four squirrels, one hare, and seven stoats. As for the beer, it really rises to its name of The End of History because it has an ABV of 55%! It’s a blonde Belgian ale mixed with juniper berries and nettles from the Scottish Highlands. To make this beer so strong, it was frozen and distilled several times, leaving a seriously boozy and un-beer-like flavor.
4. The Lost Abbey Cable Car Kriek – $923/ 750 ml bottle
This American beauty is a delightful wild ale from California’s Lost Abbey. It has an ABV of 7% and a scrumptious golden color. It is considered the most expensive bottle of beer produced on American soil, as it was sold for a whopping $923 at Skinner Auctions. Seems like it’s worth the price tag too – the beer scores a perfect 100 on US beer rating site, RateBeer.
5. Carlsberg Jacobsen Vintage – $400/ 375 ml bottle
Between 2008 and 2010, Carlsberg brewed a very special type of beer that was matured in French and Swedish oak barrels for up to six months before it was bottled. They only made 600 bottles of this special variety each year and according to the lucky few who have gotten to taste this Nordic delight, the central flavors are vanilla and cocoa, but the aftertaste hints of “tar and rope”. The Carlsberg Jacobsen Vintage collection comes with an ABV of 10.5%, which makes it just the right amount of strong.
Whether or not you will ever get to taste these special brands of beer remains to be seen, but each of them brings something truly unique, which makes them all worth your consideration. Until then, there is plenty of good beer that you can try out that will be significantly closer to your price range.
So tell us, what’s the most you’ve ever paid for a beer? Or the most you would ever pay?