Tutankhamun Ale holds the record for the most expensive single bottle of beer ever sold. The first bottle of this brew went for $7,686. The brewery found in the corner of the said temple is believed to have been built by King Akhenaton who is King Tutankhamen’s father. This is also the place where King Akhenaton queen, Nefertiti worshiped. Brewed in a Cambridge laboratory from a recipe discovered in the Queen Nefertiti’s Temple of the Sun in Egypt, it was developed by archaeologists from Cambridge University’s Egypt Exploration, and Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. The beer is named after the queen’s stepson, more commonly known as King Tut.
They uncovered an ancient kitchen in the Sun Temple of Queen Nefertiti, a relation by marriage of King Tut. They examined the dregs in the ancient brewing jars, deciphered hieroglyphics, and excavated at least 10 brewing rooms. They only produced enough ingredients to make 1,000 bottles of “Tutankhamun Ale”. The first bottle went for an outrageous price of $7,686, but the rest were sold for about $76, although at an auction at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, some were willing to pay more than $500.
Utopias – it just sounds pricey. This beer is brewed by the Boston Beer Company, using the brand name of Samuel Adam’s Utopias. It costs around $100 per bottle (24 oz) or about $67 per pint and is sold in copper bottles resembling the copper brewing kettles which were used by brewers for hundreds of years. However, online wine and beer shops and even eBay have marked up the price to almost $500 dollars. Utopias is not only one of the most expensive beers, it is also one of the strongest commercially available beers. It was recently beat by BrewDogs Tactical Nuclear Penguin, a 32% double cask matured uber-imperial stout. But, I digress. Utopias is 25% alcohol by volume and is made from Bavarian hops of Saaz, Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfruh and Tettnang Tettnanger.
Carlsberg Vintage No.1 – $395 per bottle
The Carlsberg Group, a brewing company founded in 1847 and named after founder J. C. Jacobson’s son Carl, is best known for their light-bodied lager, Carlsberg Pilsner (also known as Carlsberg Beer or Carlsberg Hof). Recently, however, Carlsberg introduced another beer guaranteed to be on the most expensive beer lists for a long time to come. The beer comes with a custom print by Danish artist Frans Kannik, depicting fables of Sif (who was married to the Nordic god Thor). If you’re a label peeler, take it home, frame it and you’ll have an instant, limited edition artwork for your wall.
Vintage No. 1 is sold at three different restaurants in Copenhagen costing 2,008 Danish kroner. The 10.5 proof beer’s introduction is meant to capitalize on the growing luxury market in Denmark, as the country’s population of 5.4 million people includes 16 billionaires. Wo. Only 600 bottles of the beer were made and each bottle holds four-fifths of a pint.
A year ago, Carlsberg's Jacobsen Brew House in Copenhagen Denmark raised the bar for brewing again, by launching the second brew in its Vintage trilogy in April 2009. Vintage No. 2 is sold for the price of over $300 a bottle, and only 600 bottles of this exclusive beer were brewed. Vintage No. 2 is one of the world's most expensive beers, and is created together with the controversial Chilean born artist Marco Evaristti. Vintage No. 2 has been matured in J.C. Jacobsen’s original crypt-like cellar from 1847 where it has been stored in French oak casks for 100 days. The beer has a jet-black colour and espresso-like foam and reveals flavors of vanilla and mocha. Vintage No. 2 is perfect pairing for oysters, shellfish, cheese, chocolate and crème brûlée.
Vieille Bon Secours tops the list of the world’s most expensive beer, costing around £700 (equivalent to around $1,000) per bottle or about £39 (equivalent to around $78) per pint. It can only be found in a bar called the Bierdrome in London. The bottle alone is so heavy it takes two people to pour and it serves up to 50 people.The 12-litre bottle of Vieille Bon Secours ale has been stored for the last 10 years and has an alcoholic volume of 8 % alcohol by volume. The beer has been described as having a complex taste with citric, caramel and toffee flavours with an undertone of liquorice and aniseed. The ale is a brewed by Belgian firm Caulier since 1995 and is originates from the country's Walloon region.
Perhaps these breweries have targeted those that can no longer spend $2500 on a bottle of champagne, but will happily downgrade to a $200-400 bottle of beer. Or, perhaps they simply prefer the finer things in life. Or, maybe they want to appeal to the beer afficionado?
Whatever their reasons, I'm just glad they introduced the world to these rare brewed beauties.