10. PABST BLUE RIBBON 1844
No seriously, stop laughing. In China, PBR that I used to score for a half a buck a can, is considered up scale. At $44 per bottle, this is a far departure from the PBR we know. 1844 is made from German caramel malts, and is aged in un-charred American whiskey barrels.
9. TUTANKHAMUN ALE
Cambridge archaeologist Dr. Barry Kemp in 1990, found Queen Nefertiti’s Royal Brewery. He found brewing chambers buried beneath the Egyptian sand, though. Each contained traces of ancient beer residue. Dr. Delwen Samuel analyzed the residues to quantify the 3,250-year-old recipe. N Scottish brewer Jim Merrington, made 1000 bottles of the Queen’s brew. The first sold for $7,686, over time the price dropped to $75 per bottle.
8. BREWDOG’S SINK THE BISMARCK
Brewdog calls the beer a “quadruple IPA”: It was freeze-distilled four times, has four times as many hops as a conventional beer, and is four times as bitter. Sink the Bismarck was Brewdog’s attack on Schorschbräu, a German brewery that held the record for strongest beer. The brew briefly stole the record, now belonging to Brewmeisters Snake Venom at 67.5 %.
7. SAMUEL ADAMS’ UTOPIAS
About $150, Samuel Adams’ Utopias is America’s most expensive beer. Released every two years, aged in sherry, brandy, cognac, bourbon, and scotch casks for up to 18 years. Utopias is banned in 13 states due to its high ABV.
6. SCHORSCHBRÄU’S SCHORSCHBOCK 57
Released in 2011, Schorschbock 57 was 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 or Reinheitsgebot. Only 36 bottles were made, and each carries a price tag of €200.
5. CROWN AMBASSADOR RESERVE
An Australian brew Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and packaged in a fancy champagne bottle. Each batch is limited to 8,000 bottles. If you sold all of them, which I am sure they do $720,000. Not too shabby.
4. CARLSBERG’S JACOBSEN VINTAGE
This barley wine is matured in Swedish and French oak barrels for six months. Sold at upscale restaurants in Copenhagen, 600 bottles were made annually from 2008 to 2010. Each bottle boasts an expiration date of 2059, better start saving.
3. TRAPPIST WESTVLETEREN 12
If you buy this beer directly from the Westvleteren Brewery, it about $50. You have a better chance of catching a unicorn than scoring this 100 or 100 point Quadrupel ale.
2. BREWDOG’S THE END OF HISTORY
It was believed that End of History would end the ABV race. At 110 proof costing $765 it is eccentric to say the least. This blond Belgian ale is freeze distilled multiple times to get it to its potent ABV. Only 12 bottles exist, and each is made out of taxidermied roadkill.
1. NAIL BREWING’S ANTARCTIC NAIL ALE
Brewed by Nail Brewing in Perth, Australia, all profits went to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Ice was extracted from Antarctica, melted it in Tasmania, and flew it to Perth for brewing. Only 30 bottles were made, and the first sold for $800 at auction. Hey its for a good cause so drink up, right?