Most expensive / valuable beer you have see

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  1. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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    I bought two 2008s marked at $50 each last year. I paid less with my nice guy discount...
    Opened one this summer...its was great me, you missed nothing....
    You can buy way better beers for $50
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  2. teorn88

    teorn88 Initiate (146) Jun 5, 2010 United Kingdom (England)
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    That would be the €180 Cantillon LH12 at Moeder Lambic Fontainas.
  3. beerborn

    beerborn Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Georgia

    2010 WWS $19
    2010 KBS $22
    2012 Voodoo Donut $40

    Not the highest per say but probably the highest inflation for a beer I've seen
  4. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,670) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    I'm not sure that the foregoing is even responsive to OP's point. However, since it was raised....

    Let's see.....

    Ford / Ferrari?
    Chevy / Maserati?
    Camry / SL550?

    Oh! Now I get it! Sierra Nevada Pale Ale / Cantillon Blaeber! Makes perfect sense!
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  5. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    There is an inherent difference between "expensive" and "valuable". Take one of the lottery BA DL's, and you pay what, 50 bucks for it? Not nearly as expensive as a shelf Utopia, but it may very well be a more valuable beer.
  6. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    That guy must be a real tool
  7. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    The most expensive beer (MSRP, not black market value, charity sales, or marked up by a store) I've seen:


    Brewdog - The End of History
    £700.00. 11 Bottles total. Custom taxidermy packaging made from roadkill.

    For that kinda money, I better be getting the one in a tophat:
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  8. huysmans

    huysmans Disciple (351) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    I saw a Sink the Bismark for $125. Tall price to pay for a polarizing beer you might love or might hate. I would love to try it though.
  9. DJButters

    DJButters Aspirant (288) Jun 23, 2010 California

    Just drank a 2007 - flat. The 2006 I had though was quite good.
  10. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,653) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    It was over $200 this year in Indiana.
  11. WotanMitUns

    WotanMitUns Initiate (145) Dec 20, 2012 Alaska

    Saw a shot of Utopias for 12 bucks yesterday, that seemed pretty pricey
  12. boilermakerbrew

    boilermakerbrew Meyvn (1,293) Aug 13, 2010 Indiana
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    Other than Utopias, I've seen that XyuXyu beer on the shelf for $55 and some '02 and '03 Stone VE for $45 and $50.
  13. PetieP

    PetieP Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I must admit, Ive been keeping up on multiple sets of Bruery's 12 Beers of Christmas in hopes of making a small fortune on the entire set in 2019 or shortly thereafter. Mind you, not a dozen sets, just one extra.

    I understand the sentiment, but there are different angles to all "collecting" hobbies. It's hard to ignore the possibility of a return down the line. It almost crosses the line into "entitlement" territory. Kind of like, "I worked hard to acquire these, kept them in the proper conditions, and had the wherewithal to pick up an extra set other than the sets i got for myself to enjoy. Why not try and make a chunk of my money back?"

    Let me say, however, that I'm not doing it with the mindset of this payoff being a necessity. If there is no market, I will gladly enjoy the extra set of bottles. Just, it would be nice to make a bit of money, while also hooking up another BA, or outside hobbyist, with a set of bottles they would otherwise have no way of acquiring themselves, let alone storing properly for 12 years.

    Not a habit of mine, just a one-off interest in scoring a windfall to further progress my beer hobby.
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  14. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,882) Oct 19, 2010 California

    I remember a Cantillon Festbeer made with gooseberrys sold on Ebay about a year back for approximately $1650. That's the highest I've seen.
  15. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Highest in price I have technically seen was the End of History as that retailed for 500 pounds.

    Highest in rarity were Soleil du Minuit and 1999 Framboos (numbers 2 and 4 on the white whale list :stuck_out_tongue:)
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  16. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    At a small local liquor store the employee busted out a Utopias 10th Anniversary, and it had a price tag of 230.99. It was neat to see the bottle, but I'd never pay that. haha!
  17. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (525) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    I was just going to mention Allsopp's Arctic Ale. No idea what it was worth, but I got to taste some from the 1870's.
  18. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    Assuming that's a 2 oz. shot that's way under MSRP and a hell of a deal. Most places that offer Utopias by the shot charge upwards of $20 for a 2 oz. pour.
  19. sjverla

    sjverla Devotee (490) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    Dirty Horse at Ebenezer's Belgian Beer Fest was $10/oz. if you won the chance to buy a pour.
  20. WotanMitUns

    WotanMitUns Initiate (145) Dec 20, 2012 Alaska

    Well damn, maybe I should have gotten it.
  21. Dope

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

    Ouch, that sucks.

  22. POTABLE83

    POTABLE83 Devotee (407) Jun 21, 2012 New York
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  23. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (359) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Biggest I paid was $104.99 for a Bismarck. But I've seen a whole lot higher online for all kinds of things.
  24. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (296) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    Who the hell raped you that hard for a Rogue Voodoo Donut??? Jesus that shit was like $15 here, and it sat on shelves for a while.

    Whoever did that owes you the goddamn common courtesy of a reach-around at least.
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  25. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Savant (912) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    3 Floyd's last month had their Barrel Aged Baller Stout (I think it's called Murda'd Stout?) for $50 a bomber. I splurged for the barrel aged Alpha Klaus once and felt retarded spending $35.
  26. fhyden

    fhyden Initiate (176) Sep 4, 2012 Florida
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    Wait. What? It's still on the shelves here. You know it's a great beer when the the distributor requires to you order a minimum of five cases.
  27. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    I bought two bottles of MoaS for $35.99 each. My girlfriend was shocked but she's cool so she didn't try to talk me out of it or give me shit for it. But that's my limit. I will never pay more than that for a single bottle unless I'm splitting it with someone. I don't care if it's DLD and it's $40 for each of the different variations. It's just too much.
  28. Rau71

    Rau71 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2011 California
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    You mean imagination land? He doesn't have a brwery and he has brewed stuff here in the US which was still over-priced and under-whelming.
  29. beerborn

    beerborn Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Georgia

    I didn't buy any of the beers for those prices..because I would demand the reach around
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  30. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Outside of ridiculous online prices, probably $200 for Utopias. I've seen some Italian beers on shelves for $50-60, and Scaldis Prestige de Nuits sells for around $45.
  31. SwarthmoreBev1

    SwarthmoreBev1 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Case of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, we have for $200.00 a case. We also have Victory's Oak Horizontal for $175.49.
  32. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    Xyauyu, and I want to see it on shelves. Anywhere.
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  33. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    A store by my house a few years ago had some of the copper, for around $53. I haven't seen it since, however.
  34. shyhenry

    shyhenry Initiate (158) Oct 11, 2010 Minnesota
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    I'm aware of how Mikkeller's organized.

    I'm pointing out that Mikkeller ultimately has little say in what price their beer sells for to consumers. Also, if someone drinks a product that isn't fresh, it's really the fault of the distributor and/or the shop that's selling the beer. After all, beer's fresh when it leaves the brewery. Saying that Mikkeller sells overly-expensive, stale beer strikes me as simplistic statement that ignores most of the participants in the chain between brewer and customer.

    If you don't like Mikkeller's beer, then that's a completely separate issue. To each his own. The guy's prolific. He doesn't get it right every time, sure, but I think some of his stuff is absolutely fantastic.
  35. bgramer

    bgramer Initiate (174) Feb 10, 2006 Washington

    I wouldn't pay $67 for a flat beer either.
  36. ChrisPro

    ChrisPro Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2009 Illinois

    Unless it was a flat Cherry Adam magnum
  37. CapeCodHopHead

    CapeCodHopHead Initiate (142) Nov 6, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I have a bottle of Sam Adams Utopia limited 2009 edition #12421, what's it worth?
  38. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    $160... the idiots near me are trying to get $299 for it!
  39. Dannywhitewash

    Dannywhitewash Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Ohio

  40. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    It's not worth anything. It's a forgery. The real beer is called Utopias.
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