Would you pay $1,000 for a single bottle of beer? What if that bottle was really, really beautiful? One Canadian brewer is hoping you say yes. According to the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver’s Storm Brewing is selling 10 one-liter bottles of its Glacial Mammoth Extinction beer for $1,000 CAD a pop (though technically, thanks to the strength of the American dollar, that works out to about $738 USD).
The beer itself is 25 percent alcohol by volume, which is very high for a beer (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is 5.6% ABV and Budweiser is 5%). It is made by subjecting the brewery’s Imperial Flanders Sour Ale to minus-30 degree Celsius temperatures. Brewer James Walton explains: “Mostly you are freezing out water … and then what is left is sugars, flavours and alcohol.” The result is a beer that tastes “more like a port.”
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The bottle itself is responsible for most of the hefty price point. Designed by artist Richard Marcus, each of the glass bottles are affixed with a real mammoth tusk pendant. The tusks came from a mining operation in the Yukon years ago and the ivory is technically legal.
While the Glacial Mammoth Extinction beer is the most expensive one to be sold in Canada, it isn’t the priciest brew in the world. Here are some of the more pricier beers sold: Belgian Brewers De Cam and Drie Fonteinen bottled a beer (750 ml) in 1998 that sold for $923 this past June. Scottish brewery Brew Dog also produced 11 bottles of of its The End of History beer. Each 12-ounce bottle, which was 55 percent ABV, sold for $765. Both of these look cheap compared to the $2,000 bottles of Dave beer by Portland’s Hair of the Dog. And earlier this year, someone forked over $5,131 for a 22oz bottle of beer—Allsopp’s Arctic Ale—brewed for an 1875 Antarctic expedition.
[via Vancouver Sun]