World's oldest drinkable beer found in shipwreck
September 3rd, 2010
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First there was the discovery of dozens of bottles of 200-year-old Champagne, but now salvage divers have recovered what they believe to be the world's oldest beer, taking advertisers' notion of 'drinkability' to another level.

Though the effort to lift the reserve of Champagne had just ended, researchers uncovered a small collection of bottled beer on Wednesday from the same shipwreck south of the autonomous Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea.

"At the moment, we believe that these are by far the world's oldest bottles of beer," Rainer Juslin, permanent secretary of the island's ministry of education, science and culture, told CNN on Friday via telephone from Mariehamn, the capital of the Aland Islands.

"It seems that we have not only salvaged the oldest Champagne in the world, but also the oldest still drinkable beer. The culture in the beer is still living."

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  1. coorslight

    i wonder if there's any nachos floating around down there too.

    September 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
    • Jerv@coorsllight

      LMFAO! I know this is an old post but god that was funny!

      December 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  2. ancient one

    these bottles are priceless ... very old and the company that made each of them dont exist any longer ...

    September 4, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  3. Richie Rich

    Ill pay $723,852.13 for a bottle of the bubbly !!!

    September 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
  4. Barney

    *belch* tHiS StuFf IS AwSomE !!!

    September 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  5. pizza guy

    mmmmmmmm beer

    September 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  6. MOCaseA

    I'd drink it. But they'll probably lift it, test it to make sure it's not toxic to humans, then sell it for $5000 a bottle. To expensive for my tastes.

    September 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |
    • Hideyoshi

      If this proves to be everything that minister says it is, you'd probably be lucky to get a glass of this stuff for $5000. For a bottle, you'd probably want to tack on an extra zero at the end, bare minimum.

      September 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
    • Hideyoshi

      One thing I'll add: I'm just saying $50,000 would be a floor. I could easily see this stuff being sold at an auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars for each bottle, assuming it doesn't go into some sort of museum.

      September 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
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