There’s a new contestant for the title of world’s most expensive beer. On November 3 at the Sea Shepherds auction in Fremantle, the number one bottle of Antarctic Nail Ale Brew was sold for $800. The limited edition beer, of which only thirty bottles were brewed, was created at the Nail Brewing headquarters at Edith Cowan University in Perth.
The beer was brewed with ice brought back from the Antarctica from the Sea Shepherds last campaign. Proceeds went to the Sea Shepard, which fights to stop Japanese whaling ships killing whales in the Antarctic sanctuary. The buyer was the Elliot Syndicate.
Antarctic Nail Ale was based on the company’s Nail Ale, though brewer John Stallwood says it is slightly higher in alcohol and bitterness. Over 90% of beer is water, so the Antarctic Nail Ale could possibly be the world’s oldest and purest beer, said Stallwood.
The previous record holder will be familiar to eXtravaganzi readers as the Scottish brewers who wrapped their End of History ale in stuffed dead animals. Sea Shepherd has bottles #2 to 10 available for purchase.