Bottoms Up: World’s Oldest Beer Retrieved From the Bottom of the Sea

You know how sometimes you come across an old unopened bottle of beer and wonder how long it’s been around for?

People often find it easy to make jokes about this kind of stuff. The more hardened drinkers will then query if it really could still be worth drinking. While most of us don’t fancy the illness to find out, some of us will crack it open and try that fusty, rancid ale. One thing is for sure, though; no matter how old that beer you find is, it’s not the oldest beer in the world to be found.

Nope, that instead belongs to an Australian beer that was found. At over two centuries old, it’s a beer that was found in a shipwreck that was still in one piece. The beer is actually in the process of being brought back to life under the name The Wreck Preservation Ale and will be released I June 2018. It’s part of the James Squire brewery brand and is sure to draw some very interesting comments from beer lovers.

The ship it was found on, the Sydney Cove, was a massive merchant ship that traveled from Port Jackson to India. It was shipwrecked in the late 1790s near Tasmania. Among it was tobacco, rice and a huge amount of booze. The beers remained sealed, though, and the yeast has remained preserved inside due to the cold waters of the Bass Strait.

It’s a truly special find, and one that should quickly become a bit of Australian folklore. The beers were first excavated over to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania. Now, researchers have worked alongside the Australian Wine Research Institute to try and isolate the yeast so that it can be remade.

This is a unique, hybrid strain of beer that is very different modern beer strains. For that reason, it is sure to carry a much different taste. For all beer connoisseurs out there, you should find this is a beer that you should look to try out in the near future. Just don’t expect it to taste like the beer that you know and love so well; this is a tiny bit different!