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Friday, September 03, 2010

200-Year-Old Beer

Man, what I wouldn't give for a sip of one of these little darlins: 200-year-old beer found amid bottles of champagne in a shipwreck south of the autonomous Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea:
The newest find came as divers unearthed bottles separate from the earlier champagne find. While lifting a few to the surface, one exploded from pressure. A dark fluid seeped from the broken bottle, which they realized was beer.

All the cargo on the ship -- including the beer and champagne -- is believed to have been transported sometime between 1800 and 1830, according to Juslin. He said the wreck was about 50 meters deep (roughly 164 feet) in between the Aland island chain and Finland.

The cargo was aboard a ship believed to be heading from Copenhagen, Denmark, to St Petersburg, Russia.
Imperial stout? Baltic porter? What myths might it shatter, what posts my Martyn Cornell mine from this discovery? This is a story worth watching...

3 comments:

timgray said...

If the price is anywhere near the price of the champagne also found, a sip would still be above my pay grade.

B said...

You may as well call it angel tears because it would have to taste amazing. Then again, could years in the sea destroy the flavor and make it taste like Natty Ice? Dear god I hope not

Ilya Feynberg said...

@Timgray

How much is the price on the Champagne? If I pool the life savings from beer bloggers from around the world...we just might be able to swing it! ;)

Ilya

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