It`s easy to get lost in the waste sea of beers these days, everyday there is a new edition from one of the thousands of microbreweries being put on the store shelfs.
Almost every brewery these days issues a special-edition batch that fetches a serious premium. Just how expensive can these brews get? These six wallet busters shows us that beer can be really, really expensive!
1. SAMUEL ADAMS UTOPIA
Country of origin: United States
Style: American Strong Ale
Price: $150 for 750 ml ($ .20 per ml)
To create Utopias, the brewers at Sam Adams used traditional brewing ingredients including all four types of Noble hops, which add a slightly earthy, herbal taste. The spiciness of the hops really comes alive. In fact, Utopias MMII has even been described by some as almost “fiery” — a fitting description for the strongest beer in history. Beyond the special brand of hops, Utopias features ingredients that truly set it apart from other varieties of beer. Utopias MMII contains caramel and Vienna malts for its rich amber color and several different types of yeast including a variety found in champagne. $150 a bottle and it’s limited to 3000 bottles, which look like copper brew kettles.
2. BREWDOG’S SINK THE BISMARCK!
Country of origin: Scotland
Style: Quadruple IPA
Price: $80 for 375 ml ($ .21 per ml)
Sink the Bismarck is a quadruple IPA that contains four times the hops, four times the bitterness and frozen four times to create at a staggering 41% ABV.
This is IPA amplified, the most evocative style of the craft beer resistance with the volume cranked off the scale. Kettle hopped, dry hopped then freeze hopped for a deep fruit, resinous and spicy aroma. A full out attack on your taste-buds ensues as the incredibly smooth liquid delivers a crescendo of malt, sweet honey, hop oils and a torpedo of hop bitterness which lasts and lasts.
3. SCHORSCHBRÄU’S SCHORSCHBOCK 57
Country of origin: Germany
Price: $275 / 330 ml ($ .83 per ml)
Released in 2011, Schorschbock 57 claims to be the strongest beer in the world. According to Master brewer Georg Tscheuschner, a higher proof beer would violate Germany’s 500-year-old Beer Purity Law. Schorschbräu only made 36 bottles, and each carries a price tag of €200. Tasters say the 115 proof bock is smoky and nutty, with hints of raisins and, obviously, alcohol. The folks at ratebeer.com gave it a paltry 20/100
4. CARLSBERG’S JACOBSEN VINTAGE NO. 1
Country of origin: Denmark
Style: Barley wine
Price: $400 / 375 ml ($1.06 per ml)
Only 600 bottles have been brewed and in a very short time the expensive brew has become a hot topic among international beer connoisseurs and journalists alike.
Vintage No.1 has, as the only contemporary beer, been matured in J.C. Jacobsen’s original crypt-like cellar from 1847, for six months in new Swedish and new French oak barrels. “The project started as a wild idea and a wish to create a new type of beer that had never been seen before. During the ageing process in new barrels, lots of chemical processes take place. Not all reactions are known but they taste wonderful”, says Jens Eiken, Head Brewer at Jacobsen.
Each bottle of Jacobsen Vintage No. 1 is labelled with an original hand stilled lithographic print made by the Danish artist Frans Kannik. The prints depict fables of Sif. Sif was married to the Nordic god Thor, who was often used by Carls Jacobsen as a symbol of strength.
5. BREWDOG’S THE END OF HISTORY
Country of origin: Scotland
Style: Blond Belgian Ale
Price: $765 / 330 ml ($2.31 per ml)
The End of History: The name derives from the famous work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama, this is to beer what democracy is to history. Fukuyama defined history as the evolution of the political system and traced this through the ages until we got the Western Democratic paradigm. For Fukuyama this was the end point of man’s political evolution and consequently the end of history. The beer is the last high abv beer we are going to brew, the end point of our research into how far the can push the boundaries of extreme brewing, the end of beer.
This blond Belgian ale is infused with nettles from the Scottish Highlands and Fresh juniper berries. Only 12 bottles have been made and each comes with its own certificate and is presented in a stuffed stoat or grey squirrel. The striking packaging was created by a very talented taxidermist and all the animals used were road kill. This release is a limited run of 11 bottles, 7 stoats and 4 grey squirrels. Each ones comes with its own certificate of authenticity.
6. NAIL BREWING`S ANTARTIC NAIL ALE
Country of origin: Australia
Style: Pale Ale
Price: $1,850 / 500 ml (highest winning bid at auction) ($3.70 per ml)
This limited release beer was created by John Stallwood, the owner of Nail Brewing. Stallwood’s brother-in-law is part of the crew on board a Sea Sheperd ship, and recently visited an iceberg floating in the waters off Antarctica. He collected some of the ice there and flew it back to Tasmania, where it was melted and then passed on to Stallwood to use in the beer. The result was a 30-bottle run of Antarctic Nail Ale. A beer you could feel good about drinking, 100% of the profits from an auction of this refreshing pale ale went to the Sea Shepherds to aid in protecting the world’s marine life.
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