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7 World's Most Expensive Beers

Updated on June 7, 2012

Beer is one of the oldest drinks known to man and it is one of the most common drinks when it comes to socializing. There is probably not one country where people don't drink beer. We have heard of some common names such as Carlsberg, Heineken, Guinness and so on. However, have you ever tried to find out what are some of the world's most expensive beers? Here is a list of some of the most expensive beers available in the world.

1. Tutankhamun Ale

This beer has an interesting history. The recipe for this beer was discovered during an excavation in Queen Nefertiti's Temple of Sun – Egypt. Excavations found the existence of breweries in the Sun Temple. This recipe was brought and prepared in Cambridge University's laboratory. The beer is named after Nefertiti's supposed stepson, the famous emperor Tutankhamun. The first bottle of this beer was sold at a whopping $7,686. But now the beer may be purchased for $52 a bottle.

2. Crown Ambassador

Crown Ambassador is an expensive beer manufactured by Fosters, the Australian beer manufacturer. It is a limited edition beer manufactured by the company. Only 8000 bottles of this beer are available in the market. The idea of bringing out this beer was in fact to promote and boost the image of the company’s lager beer, Crown. A bottle of Crown Ambassador cost $91 and can cost even up to $800 in auctions.

3. Samuel Adams Utopias

This is another vintage beer that is quite expensive. It held the Guinness World Record for being the strongest beer. This is because it has 25% alcohol (or 50 proof). The beer is brewed with a blend of high-quality hops and sold in a special copper plated kettle. The beer offers a unique flavor due to addition of vanilla, oak or caramel during its production. The beer must be served at room temperature. There are only 8000 bottles of this vintage beer and each bottle costs $100.

4. Carlsberg Vintage 3

Carlsberg is one of the most popular and commonly available lager beers. It is hard to relate such a popular low cost beer with the word “expensive”. In 2008, the company introduced a premium beer, Vintage 1. Vintage 3 is the third in the trilogy and was launched in 2010. Since its launch, it is considered one of the world's most expensive beers. A bottle of this beer costs $348. It is tapped by hand while its label is designed by Kasper Bonnen and two other artists from the Radiant Copenhagen project.

5. Antarctic Nail Ale

This premium ale comes from the Australian Nail brewing company. The company is known for its craft beer for nearly a decade. The limited edition Antarctic Nail Ale sold out for a record-breaking price of $800 in an auction. The specialty of this ale is that it is brewed by actual Antarctic ice brought back by the crew of Sea Shepherd, the controversial eco-warriors. This was to support the cause of the fight against whale hunting in the Antarctic sanctuary. There were only 30 bottles of this ale produced, and they fetched really hefty prices.

6. La Vieille Bon Secours

This is probably the world’s most expensive beer costing £39 for a pint. This beer is available in London’s bar called Bierdrome. The beer was originally brewed by a Belgian firm Caulier in 1995. It has its origins in the country’s Walloon region. The beer is known to have a complex taste with various flavors such as caramel, citric and toffee with an undertone of aniseed and liquorice. Only few bars and restaurants are known to have stocked it.

7. Brewdog's “End of History”

If you have a soft corner for dead animals,, stay away from this beer. This expensive beer can shock you in quite a few ways. Firstly, it has a high alcoholic content of 55 percent (110 proof). It is infused with nettles and fresh Juniper berries. The beer comes from the Scottish brewery Brewdog and there are only eleven bottles of it. The second shocking thing about this beer is its price. It can easily cost you about $765 per bottle. The third most shocking thing is that the bottle is encased in the carcasses of squirrels or weasels. There are seven weasels and four grey squirrels, all eleven being roadkill.

So, which one of these world’s most expensive beers would you like to savor?


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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      tastiger04: Thanks a lot for the comment :)

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Yikes, I hope someday I am lucky enough to have a bottle of $52 beer!! Interesting hub! :)

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      Jan 5 years ago

      This is amazing stuff. I'm not a beer drinker but my husband drinks beer, and it's usually very dark belgium beer. He dislikes the light stuff and will drink it only on the weekends and social events (more on the latter and less on the former)

      The one that is the crown ambassador looks delicious at a good, reasonably affordable 91 dollars a bottle. Hey - compared to the others, that's the cheapest. :D

      His precious few collection sits on our dining room glass cabinet, untouched. One day, I asked him, 'honey, these beers are expired' .....he didn't have the heart to touch them.

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      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      Amethystraven: I would definitely like to know more about it.

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      You can make your own beer at home, if your finances will let you do that. There are all kinds of beer kits. Maybe you'll get a beer kit as a gift someday. Anyway, I wish you luck on getting to try them :-)

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      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      Wesman Todd Shaw and Angela Brummer: I am sure you can afford one after saving up some. After all, it is once in a lifetime you taste them :)

      Michael: Thanks a lot. I would like to know the brand of that Scottish beer which you tasted. Might want to give it a try once :)

      InTuneWithCooking: I am aware of your love for beer. Cheers for that :)

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      InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia

      Mmmmm, Beer :-S Great hub, makes me thirsty!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I don't think this would fit in my budget at all.... lol!

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      Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      What a top hub karthikkash! Really interesting. I recently saw a Scottish beer at $60 a 330ml bottle (40% alcohol!) and thought that was suprising. I just didn't know that special beers could be that expensive. Well done in sharing this with us! Cheers Michael

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Well I'd love to try them all!!! I love beer, but with my's unlikely :)