Most expensive / valuable beer you have see

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  1. rvajohn

    rvajohn Initiate (149) Nov 22, 2012 Virginia
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    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 Initiate (149) Nov 22, 2012 Virginia
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    ...seen. not sure how to edit my original post.
  3. clubarsky91

    clubarsky91 Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2012 California

    A place near me has some fruet still sitting on the shelf for $40
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  4. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,384) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

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

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

  5. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Poo-Bah (3,058) May 29, 2005 Ohio
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    Moeder Lambic has had some memorable prices. 250 euros for Millenium Gueuze in 2010.
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  6. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Defender (625) May 29, 2011 Florida
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    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 Devotee (421) Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
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    Saw an older vintage of Utopias priced at $600. I'm guessing that will sit there for a while.
  8. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (297) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    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 Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    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 Poo-Bah (3,516) Jun 22, 2004 Maryland
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    Mikkeller charges a dollar an ounce for stale, middling beer.
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  11. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    595 Kroner for a bottle of Loerik was pretty steep.
  12. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    yikes. That isn't a beer i will be trying anytime soon.
  13. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    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 Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    Funny that you made the same spelling error as this guy:
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  15. rvajohn

    rvajohn Initiate (149) Nov 22, 2012 Virginia
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    So what made that HOTD so pricey?
  16. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012 Massachusetts

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

    Chaney Poo-Bah (2,035) Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

  18. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    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. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    If someone gave me a free taste sure. I could start planning a trip to belgium to visit breweries with 2000 big ones!
  20. pearljam118

    pearljam118 Aspirant (295) Jul 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    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 Meyvn (1,420) Apr 29, 2010 West Virginia
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    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 Zealot (508) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    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 Initiate (175) Aug 10, 2012 New Hampshire
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    I believe I read about this and it was a charity auction. Corrrect me if im wrong
  24. rvajohn

    rvajohn Initiate (149) Nov 22, 2012 Virginia
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    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. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    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. jrcmlc

    jrcmlc Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2011 Illinois
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    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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  27. rvajohn

    rvajohn Initiate (149) Nov 22, 2012 Virginia
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    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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  28. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    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.
  29. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    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!
  30. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Aspirant (286) Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi
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    Helped drink a 5 Squared at our Christmas tasting and I drank a Drie Fontain Hommage at the Deliruim Cafe in Brussels.
  31. calcnerd

    calcnerd Zealot (577) Oct 26, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Brewdog The End of History...they're somewhere around $800 and come with a taxidermy squirrel lol
  32. xensure

    xensure Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2011 Massachusetts

    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.
  33. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (297) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    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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  34. psykosis

    psykosis Aspirant (268) May 21, 2009 Indiana
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    Utopia probably.

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

    time4lunch Initiate (175) Aug 10, 2012 New Hampshire
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    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..
  36. Stoutish

    Stoutish Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2013 California

    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 Disciple (343) Aug 31, 2009 Michigan
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    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.
  38. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
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    Some guy on craigslist trying to sell Boulevard Chocolate Ale for $900.
  39. Slyjoker87

    Slyjoker87 Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2010 Illinois

    I think Rare Bourbon County was priced at $80-100 a few years ago. Thats about the most expensive I've seen.
  40. shyhenry

    shyhenry Initiate (158) Oct 11, 2010 Minnesota
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    Fixed that for you.
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