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The Most Expensive Beer Ever (Hint: It’s Not Utopias)



A bottle of Lowenbrau that survived the legendary Hindenburg airship crash is poised to earn the honors of the most expensive bottle of beer ever.

According to ABC News:

A singed bottle of beer recovered from the ashes of the Hindenburg disaster is expected to fetch $4,000 to $8,000 at auction this weekend — the highest price ever for a bottle of beer.
Though most of the 62-year-old suds remain in the bottle, auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the contents of the Lowenbrau bottle, discovered by a New Jersey firefighter in 1937 at the site of the airship’s historic disaster, are undrinkable.
“It is the most valuable bottle of beer ever sold,” said Aldridge of the British auction house Henry Aldridge & Sons. “But you wouldn’t like to drink it, let me put it that way. It would taste putrid.”

Question: If an airship crashes in 1937, a bottle of beer survives the crash, and you auction the bottle of beer in 2009, how is that bottle of beer 62 years old?

Answer: It isn’t. My guess is that this adds to the beer’s mystery, making it much more valuable. For example, when I celebrated my 150th birthday last week, I enjoyed a magnum of 2015 Napa cabernet, also known as the “Robocop Vintage”. Now, if my theory is correct, you are so impressed that you feel an irresistible urge to subscribe to Mutineer Magazine. Am I right?


  1. Neal | Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Haha, nice catch. Maybe the giant hydrogen explosion sent the bottle 10 years into the future?

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