For generations, men have drunk different kinds of beer that enticed their taste buds, but have you ever asked yourself what are the world’s most expensive beers? How far would you go in purchasing that precious taste that people have loved throughout the ages?
Here is a list of the most expensive beers that will make a big dent in your wallet.
1. Space Barley by Sapporo
Japanese brewery Sapporo and Russian scientists came together in 2006 to brew this beer that is out of this world! The seeds of the barley from which the beer was made were kept in the International Space Station for five months. While it was all a part of research to study the possibility of self-sustenance in space, Sapporo went ahead and brewed the barley to make this beer called Space Barley. A six pack is priced at $110 – We think it would taste heavenly, no?
2. Ambassador Reserve by Crown
The land which gave us Fosters is the land where one of the most expensive beers is brewed. Crown Ambassador Reserve lager is usually priced at $90 for a full bottle – although some bottles have been auctioned off at prices as high as $800. It usually sells on eBay at $200-300. It is aged for a year in French oak barrels, and Crown has sold four batches till now since 2008, with each batch having 8000 bottles. With costs like wine, packaged like champagne and taste like beer – this is one heady drink, mate!
3. CANTILLON LOERIK 1998
The Cantillon Loerik 1998 was a one-off production, which makes the 10-year-old aged beer rare. A bottle sold for US$2,583 at Skinner Auctions in April 2014. It still holds the record as the priciest bottle of beer ever sold by the auction house. 5% ABV
4. BREWDOG THE END OF HISTORY
Only 12 bottles were ever made, and each is stuffed into taxidermied roadkill; seven stoats, four squirrels, and one hare, to be exact. At 110 proof, The End of History boasts a crazy high ABV of 55%! That’s higher than most other types of spirits. The blond Belgian ale was mixed with nettles and juniper berries from the Scottish highlands and then freeze distilled many times to achieve its potent ABV.
5. Schorschbräu’s Schorschbock 57
Just 36 bottles of this epic beer exist in the world, and it’s brewer – Georg Tscheuschner – claims it is the strongest beer in the world, with an ABV of 57.5 percent. Unfortunately, ratebeer.com only gave it a 20 out of 100 on its website.
6. Carlsberg’s Jacobsen Vintage
Each of these bottles has an expiration date of 2059, so you’ve just got 43 years to get a flavor!
7. Brewdog’s The End Of History
The End of History will be released as an exclusive beer for our Equity for Punks USA shareholders who invest more than $20,000. It is a beer that pushes the limits of what brewing can do, what beer is, and sees it collide with art along the way.
It’s the third strongest and second most expensive beer in the world, and all the bottles are made from taxidermied roadkill. What else do you need to get your appetite up? All you need is 765 dollars to blow.
8. Tutankhamun Ale
It is accepted that beer was first produced by the Sumerians somewhere around 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. Evidence from the “Hymn to Ninkasi,” written around 3,800 years ago, suggests that a twice-baked bread – or “happier,” made from barley, roasted barley, malted barley and honey – was used as a source of fermentable. This was mashed along with pale malt, and dates were also used.
How much will you shell out for a bottle of beer that’s as exotic as it gets? Well, the first bottle of the jewel developed by Cambridge researchers and Scottish breweries was sold at $7,686! It all started when the researchers, on an Egyptian expedition unearthed Queen Nefertiti’s own royal brewery. With an electron microscope, traces of ancient beer residue was found and the over 3 millennium-old recipes quantified. So the 1000 bottles brewed after that was a royal drink. Prices later went down to $75 for a 500ml a bottle
9. NAIL BREWING ANTARCTIC NAIL ALE
In 2010 John did a one-off brew called Antarctic Nail Ale which was brewed for and in conjunction with the Sea Shepherd Conversation Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protecting the world’s oceans.
Antarctic Nail Ale was based on our flagship Nail Ale, a classic Australian style pale ale, and brewed using a huge iceberg flown in from the Antarctic. It was melted in Tasmania before being brought to Perth to be used in the brew.
Concocted by Nail Brewing in Perth, Australia, this beer was brewed using Antarctic ice. The ice was harvested from Antarctica, melted in Tasmania, and flown to Perth for brewing. Here’s the kicker: all profits went to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Only 30 bottles were made. 10% ABV
10. Blue Ribbon 1844 by Pabst
Fancy an ale made in China? We kid you not. Although Pabst is an American company, the Chinese Pabst upgraded the US Blue Ribbon to Blue Ribbon 1844 with German caramel malts, matured in uncharred American whiskey barrels – and a heck of a beautiful glass bottle! Priced at $44 for 720ml, this is 44 times more expensive that Pabst beers in the USA.