Mar 19, 2013

Salvaged beer to be be made again!!

HMS Victory at Battle of Trafalgar
OK, we all know I love beer, however, I am not completely one dimensional. I have a lot of interests, along with beer, I also love music, camping/hiking and history (among other things). Specifically, I love nautical history. I am fascinated with the age of sail, and British Navel history from around the War of 1812.

While we normally associate the old navy stories with rum, beer was a huge part of daily life on board these vessels. So, it would stand to reason,  that over the coarse of history, thousands of gallons of rum and beer sank to the bottom of the ocean. Never to been seen again, until now!

Bottle of Salvaged Beer

Back in 2010, a wreck from about the 1840's was salvaged off the coast of Finland. The wreck contained 5 bottles of completely intact beer (as well as champagne)!!! Well, all things salvaged off the coast of Finland belong to the Government. What has the government decided to do with these beers? Give them to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to analyze the recipe, then give that recipe to a local brewery ( Stallhagen Brewery ), an allow them to recreate this almost 175 year old beer. The beer is set to go into production later this year, and be available to the public by June of 2014.

Part of the profits from the sale of this beer will go to charities that deal with ocean and environmental issues. No word yet if we will be able to get our hands on this brew here in the states, but I will certainly be keeping an eye out!

You can check out the story in gizmag here...

Until next time my friends
Bottoms Up
The Beer zar

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