Shipwreck’s “World’s Oldest Beer” to be Brewed Again in Finland

The “World’s Oldest Beer” to be will soon be brewed again by an Åland brewery in Finland.  In 2010, we posted about the discovery in a shipwreck in the Baltic off Finland’s Åland archipelago which contained what was believed to be several bottles of the worlds oldest champagne and five bottles of the world’s oldest beer.  Both the champagne and the beer are believed to date from the 1780s.  A bottle of the Veuve Clicquot champagne subsequently sold at auction for 30,000 euros ($43,500.)

The beer recovered from the wreck has been analysed by the Technical Research Centre of Finland. The analysis is being used by the Stallhagen brewery to recreate the beer.  The new “shipwreck” brew is expected to hit the shelves in time for summer 2014. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to support “marine archaeological research as well as conservation programmes to improve the quality of the marine environment,” according to Johan Ehn, Culture Minister in the Åland government.

Åland brewery to reproduce shipwreck beer

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4 Responses to Shipwreck’s “World’s Oldest Beer” to be Brewed Again in Finland

  1. Erik Abranson says:

    I hope a portion of the proceeds will also go to to support improving the quality of beer!

  2. Rick Spilman says:

    Erik, the interesting, and as of yet unanswered question, is whether the 170 year old beer was any good in the first place. If not, recreating the beer won’t be doing anyone any favors.

  3. Phil says:

    From Feb, 26, 2013

    Suits: More water, less buzz in Bud

    PHILADELPHIA – Beer lovers across the U.S. have accused Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands, in class-action suits seeking millions in damages.

    The suits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on labels. Budweiser and Michelob each boast of being 5 percent alcohol, while some “light” versions are said to be just over 4 percent.

  4. Phil says:

    Well, its just chemical analysis.
    Once they do that, they got the recipe.
    They have done its before from the residue from old jugs found in Egypt, now a Muslim country.
    Strange in a way, I know.