It’s not uncommon for the world’s most expensive wines to fetch six figures, but how much would you pay for beer?
From the thousand-dollar The Lost Abbey Cable Car Kriek to the hundred-dollar Sapporo Space Barley made from barley that’s spent five months on the International Space Station, if you’re a specialty beer aficionado, no figure is off-limits for your palate.
The world’s most expensive beer
The world’s most expensive beers hail from all corners of the Earth (and beyond) with countries like America, China and Belgium all producing some of the most awarded examples. With most being limited edition releases, be prepared to spend some time searching with an open cheque book.
BrewDog The End of History (Belgian Blond Ale), US$765 for 650ml
This limited-edition beer by BrewDog is one of the company’s iconic high ABV beers. At 55%, The End of History is so potent the makers recommend drinking it in small servings.
The Lost Abbey Cable Car Kriek, US$923 for 750ml
Released in 2011, the American wild ale is no longer being produced by the brewery, making it one of the rarest brews in the world.
3 Floyd’s Barrel-Aged Dark Lord de Muerte, US$50 for 650ml
Aged in bourbon barrels with ancho and guajillo peppers, this Russian imperial stout will truly take your breath away.
Pabst Blue ribbon 1844, US$44 for 750ml
This Chinese-manufactured American pale ale may only be 6% ABV, but it’s bursting with flavour as it is brewed with German caramel malt and American cascade hops.
Sam Adams Utopias, US$199 for 750ml
The craft beer’s most renowned and sought-after extreme barrel-aged beer is unlike any other brews.
The Bruery Papier, US$100 for 750ml
This mouth-watering brew may now be
Sapporo Space Barley, US$110 for a six-pack
Possibly one of the most interesting beers out there, this innovative creation came from Japanese and Russian scientists testing how well barley grew in space in 2006. Fast-forward a few years and Sapporo launched the world’s first space beer.
Carlsberg Jacobsen Vintage No.1, US$400 for 375ml
Following the trend of limited edition beers is this offering from legendary Danish brewery, Carlsberg. This particular beer is considered a barleywine thanks to its strength and complexity derived from superior grade caramel and hops. It’s produced by maturation in Swedish and French oak barrels and aged for six months before being distributed across 600 bottles. What makes it even more elusive is that it was only made available in Denmark.