In 2006, Japanese and Russian scientists tested how well barley could grow in space by growing some in the International Space Station. After 4 years of growing they brought it back to earth, where Japanese brewer Sapporo fermented it into the world’s first space beer.It costs $ 110 for six bottles.
Through the use of science, Dr. Barry Kemp and Dr. Delwen Samual were able to extract the recipe of an ancient brew of Queen Nefertiti’s Royal Brewery in Egypt. In 1990, Researchers then teamed up with Scottish brewer Jim Merrington to recreate the 3,250-year-old recipe. They created 1000 bottles of the beer with the first bottle selling for around $7,686.
Over the years the price dropped down to $75 per bottle.
Sink the Bismarck
Brewdog has been competeing with german brewery Schorschbräu to create the world’s strongest beer. Sink the Bismark was one such attempt for the record,it contains 41 percent alcohol. Not only did Sink the Bismark get the record but it also broke new grounds by becoming the first “quadruple IPA” with quadruple the amount of hops and bitterness.
Price is $80/375ml.
Antarctic Nail Ale
Most likely the most expensive beer in the world. The Antartic Nail Ale is made from dug up ice found on an Antarctic iceberg. Aside from that, 100% of the profits go to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Whale Wars). Only 30 bottles were made and were auctioned off. The first brought in $800.
Price is $800-$1815/500ml.
Samuel Adams’ Utopias
Utopias is America’s most expensive beer and is released every two years by Samuel Adams. Each batch is aged in sherry, brandy, cognac, bourbon, and scotch cask for up to 18 years. With an ABV of 27% it is banned in 13 states.
Price is $150/700ml.
Schorschbräu’s Schorschbock 57
Currently the reigning champ for Alcohol by Volume is Schorschbock 57 with a womping 57.5% ABV. Any higher and the beer would violate Reinheitsgebot, Germany’s 500-year-old beer purity law. Only 36 bottles were made.
Price is $275/330ml.
Carlsberg created “the vintage triology” in 2008. This barley wine is matured in Swedish and French oak barrels for six months and supposedly tastes like vanilla and cocoa, with hints of peaty “tar and rope.”
Price is $400/375ml.
Crown Ambassador Reserve
The Crown Ambassador Reserve is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and sold in a champagne bottle. The brewer has only produced four iterations of the beer since 2008 with each batch limited to 8,000 bottles.
Price is $90/750ml.
End of History
Brewdog’s The End of History is currently the third strongest and second most expensive beer in the world. But that is not the only noteworthy thing about this beer. Each bottle comes with its own coozie made from rodents.There are currently only 12 bottles in existence: seven weasels, four squirrels, and one hare.ABV: 55%.
Price is $765/330ml.
Pabst Blue Ribbon 1844
No one in the United States would spend $44 for a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Many wouldn’t pay over $5. But in China, Pabst Blue Ribbon is all the rave. That is why Pabst created a special brew called PBR 1844 especially for China that sells for $44 a bottle. The beer is supposed to be significantly better too. It is made from German caramel malts, is aged in uncharred American whiskey abrrels, and even comes in a fancy glass bottle. Unfortunately, the beer is only sold in China.