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Most expensive / valuable beer you have see

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by rvajohn, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. rvajohn

    rvajohn Savant (330) Virginia Nov 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    So with limited releases, people aging bottles, and the fact some beers are only available regionally, what are some crazy prices you have seen for such beers? Any kind of cellared beer that has gone up in value exponentially after "x" amount of years?
  2. rvajohn

    rvajohn Savant (330) Virginia Nov 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    ...seen. not sure how to edit my original post.
  3. A place near me has some fruet still sitting on the shelf for $40
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  4. Dope

    Dope Advocate (670) Massachusetts Oct 5, 2010 Verified

    Well, Utopias is a good start. $160 this year.

    Unless you're talking Ebay prices, which are just a little inflated...

  5. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Champion (890) Ohio May 29, 2005 Verified

    Moeder Lambic has had some memorable prices. 250 euros for Millenium Gueuze in 2010.
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  6. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Advocate (595) Florida May 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 6 pack sells for $7.99, but it's invaluable. I'd take it over any ridiculous $200 bottle of Blaeber any day.
  7. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (490) Arizona Dec 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Saw an older vintage of Utopias priced at $600. I'm guessing that will sit there for a while.
  8. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    If you don't include the ridiculously expensive rarities like Allsop's Arctic Ale I don't think you'll find anything that tops the 2 bottles of HOTD Dave that sold for over $2,000 each last November.
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  9. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Savant (300) Oregon Nov 21, 2012

    2008 Lost Abbey Angel's Share - $67.00. I wanted to buy it so bad, and I have a history of buying plenty of beer on impulse, but I just couldn't justify that much.
  10. mynie

    mynie Champion (790) Massachusetts Jun 22, 2004 Beer Trader

    Mikkeller charges a dollar an ounce for stale, middling beer.
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  11. CityofBals

    CityofBals Savant (480) Illinois Sep 12, 2012

    595 Kroner for a bottle of Loerik was pretty steep.
  12. yikes. That isn't a beer i will be trying anytime soon.
  13. Not to mention it's most likely flat. The store should tack on a additional $10 for carbonation insurance on that one.
  14. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Advocate (695) Minnesota Jan 11, 2011 Verified

    Funny that you made the same spelling error as this guy: http://www.newlifeauctions.com/allsopp.html
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  15. rvajohn

    rvajohn Savant (330) Virginia Nov 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    So what made that HOTD so pricey?
  16. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Initiate (0) Illinois Feb 19, 2009

    It's the most desired and non-acquirable beer on the planet.
  17. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Aficionado (220) Massachusetts Dec 6, 2012 Verified

    Probably the Atomic Penguin (~$90-95) and Sam Adams Utopia (~$180-200).
  18. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Massachusetts Jan 24, 2011

    Would you really want to try it? At that price, unless the glass of beer gives you a full-on hallucinatory orgasm, it probably wasn't worth the $.
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  19. If someone gave me a free taste sure. I could start planning a trip to belgium to visit breweries with 2000 big ones!
  20. My buddy bought a bottle of drie fonteinen J&J blue for $100 on Zwanze day this year
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  21. wvsabbath

    wvsabbath Advocate (580) West Virginia Apr 29, 2010 Beer Trader

    Just seen a bottle of Barrel Aged Old Ruffian going for 42.99$
    2009 bottle of kbs for 20$
    2010 120 minute for 25$
  22. stealth

    stealth Champion (765) Minnesota Dec 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    Are we talking store prices only, or private online sales? I terribly desire a bottle of RR's Deviation, and have seen it listed online for 225-250$. Wish I had the ammo to trade for it.

    That being said, the craft beer hobby is weird in that, unlike other hobbies, if you have $$ you can get what you want - that doesn't seem to be exactly the case with craft beer - at least the rare, limited, and vintage stuff. I can't exactly go out and buy a bottle of Rodenbach Alexander, although I would in a heart beat if I saw one for sale, yanno? Sorry for the off-tangent ramble. lol.
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  23. time4lunch

    time4lunch Aficionado (230) New Hampshire Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    I believe I read about this and it was a charity auction. Corrrect me if im wrong
  24. rvajohn

    rvajohn Savant (330) Virginia Nov 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    All this being said, are people buying up certain beers as an investment? Is anyone buying certain beers right now hoping to get a nice return on them down the road? This is a curiosity thing. I don't have, money, time, space or desire to buy beer and sit on them to make $X
  25. Utopias for sure. $175 at stores near me as we speak. I will say this though, I got to sample it at Beervana back in October and it was awesome. I was expecting the hype train, driven by foolish engineers, to crash into the "Mount Let-Down." But it didn't it was amazing.

    With that said.....$175 is steep. As good as it is, I wouldn't pull the trigger. Additionally, big props to Beervana who let me get a sample of that just for the price of the ticket to the fest (which was otherwise already awesome).
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  26. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Initiate (0) Illinois Feb 19, 2009

    What I hear is the same guy bought both bottles of Hair of the Dog Dave, and will be drinking them with friends and other BA's.

    Holding onto beer hoping it accrues monetary value is against the spirit of the hobby, IMO.
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  27. jrcmlc

    jrcmlc Savant (325) Illinois Aug 8, 2011 Beer Trader

    I ACTUALLY BOUGHT a new anniversary utopias from halftime for $249. I got a $25 gift certificate and they gave $50 to charity I think, so it was alright by me, as nobody near me has any allocation for it. That tops my most expensive single ever bought. :-/
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  28. rvajohn

    rvajohn Savant (330) Virginia Nov 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    I agree and hate to think enthusiast would buy up beer to do that. I'd have to imagine that there are those out there that do it.
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  29. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

    If anyone here is buying beer as speculation or an investment, then I have some land on Mars that I'd like to sell you.
  30. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011 Verified

    I can't imagine spending hundreds on a beer... would take all enjoyment out of it. The most expensive I bought was the mikkeller weasel beer geek brunch. Something like $15 for a tiny bottle was outrageous enough!
  31. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Advocate (665) Mississippi Feb 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Helped drink a 5 Squared at our Christmas tasting and I drank a Drie Fontain Hommage at the Deliruim Cafe in Brussels.
  32. calcnerd

    calcnerd Savant (460) Pennsylvania Oct 26, 2009

    Brewdog The End of History...they're somewhere around $800 and come with a taxidermy squirrel lol
  33. Stone's 02-02-02 - Sellers market, and that is if you can even find one. I saw the unopened set 02 through 011 last year for $990. The 02 alone was $350.
  34. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Advocate (550) Oregon Aug 17, 2005 Beer Trader

    You're right. It was a charity auction held during his anniversary dock sale back in November. All the money went to a group that trains guide dogs for blind people.
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  35. psykosis

    psykosis Savant (425) Indiana May 21, 2009 Beer Trader

    Utopia probably.

    Of more standard beers, I think Bolt Cutter at $25 was the highest around here (northern MI).
  36. time4lunch

    time4lunch Aficionado (230) New Hampshire Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Thank god! For a minute i thought somevody would pay that for a glass full. We all love beer of all kinds but WOW! The cause was ligit though more power to him..
  37. Stoutish

    Stoutish Zealot (90) California Jan 1, 2013

    Stone Vertical Epic 02-02-02 listed right now on Craiglist (Inland-Empire, CA) for 500-800 a bottle. I think.there is an empty VE 02-02-02 going for around 150. I recently purchased a Magnum of the 12-12-12 for about 90 bucks. Going to cellar that one.

    ROBSTARR Savant (425) Michigan Aug 31, 2009 Beer Trader

    Theres a lot of beers out there that go for what people are willing to pay for it like Wooden Hell going for $500, the Barrel aged Dark Lords go for $200-$500 on ebay sometimes and I even seen one listed for a $1000 once. I tried to buy a bottle of Midnight Sun M once but it went over a $1000 and I just couldn't see spending that kinda cash for a beer. Even some of the earlier Bruery stuff goes for like $400-$700, its just who wants the bottles bad enough to pay out the ass for them.
  39. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Initiate (0) Illinois Feb 19, 2009

    Assuming Dave wouldn't sell for $2200 if the proceeds went towards the "Line Alan Sprints' pocket" fund.

    It just happens that Alan is a generous dude.
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