The Japanese sent barley into space, then brought it back to brew beer. No one can doubt their commitment to drinking. To drink beer from the final frontier will only run you back around 110 bucks a six pack, or $18 a bottle. One small sip for man, one giant swig for mankind.
Yeah, you're reading that right. Pabst Blue Ribbon has produced a special run of beer that is available exclusively in China for 44 dollars a bottle. China is reportedly bracing itself for an influx of hipsters as we speak.
When it was originally released, Tactical Nuclear Penguin was considered to be the strongest beer ever with an ABV of 32%. A bottle will run you about 50 dollars today, but be warned, this one's not for the faint of heart as it's said to sport an almost medicinal taste.
Consistently ranked as one of the best beers in the world, the Trappist Westvletern XII is also one of the rarest, as it is brewed by monks in a remote abbey in Belgium. Only 126,000 gallons of the stuff is brewed a year, and bottles can go for up to 50 dollars on the Internet (though it retails for about $2 a bottle in person).
Tutankhamun Ale comes to us straight from Ancient Egypt. During an archaeological dig, an ancient brewery was discovered with traces of beer inside. These traces were analyzed and the recipe was deciphered and then recreated, resulting in the brewing of beer from a more than 3,000-year-old recipe. Each bottle goes for about 75 dollars.
This is a quadruple IPA, which means it's bitter beyond all understanding (just like me). I assume you've got to have no taste buds left to want to drink it, but there's a surprisingly large market for people who like drinking things that taste like dirt. They'll have to shell out 80 bucks for a bottle, but will enjoy a potent 41% ABV.
Spending a year inside French oak barrels makes this Australian beer quite valuable. Sporting a robust 9.6% ABV, this one might sneak up on you, so we don't recommend drinking it right out of its fancy champagne-style bottle. It retails for around 90 dollars.
Truffles are a delicacy that seem to increase the price of everything they touch...and beer is no different. The Moody Tongue Brewing Company has added it to a pilsner, and it goes for about 120 dollars a bottle, seemingly to prove that craft beer aficionados will pay for anything. Even crazier, those fortunate enough to have the opportunity to buy it had to win a lottery to do so.
Samuel Adams first rolled the Utopia line out in 2002. Since then, they've popped up every couple of years, with the run limited to about 15,000 bottles each time. A bottle will cost you around 200 dollars for 24 ounces. The beer is said to be excellent, with a sweet but rich taste that is much closer to a wine than a beer.
Created in 2011, the Schorschbräu Schorschbock 57 is one of the strongest beers of all time and is 110 proof. It is so intense that it apparently comes to close to violating the Reinheitsgebot, the nearly 500-year-old law that governs the purity of German beer. It costs around 275 dollars a bottle, but is extremely rare, with production limited to under 40 bottles.
Launched in 2008, the Carlsberg Jacobsen Vintage series was limited to 600 bottles. The stuff is said to taste like vanilla and caramel (among other things) and an artist was specially commissioned to create the bottle's label. It'll set you back $400 for 12 oz.
Hailing from Scotland, the aptly named "End of History" will surely knock out anyone who tries to down one, with its staggering 55% ABV and a taste that's been described as "leathery." Each bottle is embedded inside a stuffed animal put together by a taxidermist for this specific purpose (which they claim all died in roadside accidents). If you've got a spare 765 dollars lying around, this is the beer for you.
We all enjoy ice cold beer, but the Antarctic Nail Ale takes it to the max. To create this beer, ice was chiseled off an iceberg in Antarctica, then shipped to a brewery in Australia and worked into the batch of beer. Only 30 bottles of the stuff were manufactured, and they went up at auction with the proceeds going toward preserving marine life. One bottle went for around $1800. That may seem like a lot, but it's for a good cause: drinking beer.
Only available in a single bar in London known as the Bierdrome, the Vielle Bon Secours is one of the most expensive beers on the planet, running anywhere from 750 to a thousand dollars. It's said to taste slightly of licorice, which seems like kind of a letdown. Rumors abound that the beer in question might not actually exist, which officially makes it legendary.
With 19 years of aging and a ABV of 29%, "Dave" is one of the rarest beers in existence and is said to be the most expensive. A recent auction saw bottles of the stuff going for around 2,000 dollars, and it sold out within a couple of hours. "Dave" is said to get better with age, and those lucky enough to have a bottle are said to taste it every year looking for changes and developments, making them the ultimate beer snobs. Bottoms up, Dave.