One beer sold for $503,300 on eBay

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This is a very rare beer. Probably doesn't taste good anymore though.

This is a very rare beer. Probably doesn't taste good anymore though.

A bottle of Allsopp’s Artic Ale sold for $503,300 on eBay.  If the beer is authentic, it may be the oldest beer in the world.  The beer is from an 1852 Artic expedition to search for the lost explorer Sir John Franklin.  We’re not sure how good of an idea it is to take beer on a rescue mission to the Artic, but it was 1852.  DWI (Dog-sledding While Intoxicated) was not known to be illegal at the time.

The bottle appears to be museum quality.  The bottles of artic brew were made for Sir Edward Belcher by Samuel Allsopp.  Belcher required a beer that could be “taken to sub-zero temperatures, and would provide some nutritional value”.  It isn’t clear if the beer made the grade for Belcher’s requirements. The beer was reportedly taken on the Artic expedition and then to back to England.


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DJ Spiess

DJ Spiess

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I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!