10 Most Expensive Beers in the World

#10 Samuel Adams Utopias: US $150 per 750ml ($0.20/ml)

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Samuel Adams’ Utopias is released every two years, aged in sherry, brandy, cognac, bourbon, and scotch casks for up to 18 years. Each batch also contains a touch of maple syrup. Utopias is brewed in the traditional way and barrel-aged. The aged, noncarbonated liquid resembles sherry or cognac more than it does a bottle of beer. It is apparently best served at room temperature. Each batch of Utopias is bottled in numbered, ceramic decanters. 28% ABV

#9 Brewdog Sink The Bismarck: US$80 per 375ml ($0.21/ml)

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Before the below Schorschbräu Schorschbock 57 made its mark, Brewdog presented the world with Sink The Bismarck. Named after Nazi Germany's largest battleship, it was Brewdog's attack on Schorschbräu (which at the time held the record for strongest beer with the Schorschbock 40%). Sink The Bismarck was freeze-distilled four times, has four times as many hops as a conventional beer, and is four times as bitter. 41% ABV

#8 Schorschbräu Schorschbock 57: US$275 per 330ml ($0.83/ml)

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When it was first released back in 2011, Schorschbock 57 was the strongest beer in the world, with an ABV of 57.5%. Apparently a higher proof beer would violate Germany’s 500-year-old Beer Purity Law or “Reinheitsgebot”. The beer is reportedly smoky and nutty, with hints of raisins and, obviously, alcohol. Only 36 bottles were produced.

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#7 Carlsberg Jacobsen Vintage: US$400 per 375ml ($1.07/ml)

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Only 600 bottles each year were produced during the three years Carlsberg brewed this variety, from 2008 to 2010. The beer was matured in Swedish and French oak barrels for six months before being bottled. Folks who have had the privilege to sample it, claim that it tastes like vanilla and cocoa with hints of peaty "tar and rope". Each bottle has an expiration date of 2059 so there’s still a chance to get your hands on one. 10.5% ABV

#6 The Lost Abbey Cable Car Kriek: US$923 per 750ml ($1.23/ml)

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With very similar statistics to the De Cam/Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze 1998, The Lost Abbey Cable Car Kriek is an American wild ale from California’s Lost abbey. To date, it is the most expensive bottle of American-produced beer ever sold at Skinner Auctions. 7% ABV

#5 De Cam/Drie Fonteinen Millennium Geuze 1998: US$923 per 750ml ($1.23/ml)

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This rare Belgian  beauty is the result of a collaboration between brewers De Cam and Drie Fonteinen. It was bottled in 1998 to be enjoyed during the millennium celebration. A bottle was purchased at Skinner Auctions for US$923. 7% ABV

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#4 BrewDog The End of History: US$765 per 350ml bottle ($2.19/ml)

Only 12 bottles were ever made, and each is stuffed into taxidermied roadkill; seven stoats, four squirrels, and one hare, to be exact. At 110 proof, The End of History boasts a crazy high ABV of 55%! That’s higher than most other types of spirits. The blond Belgian ale was mixed with nettles and juniper berries from the Scottish highlands and then freeze distilled multiple times to achieve its potent ABV.

#3 Cantillon Loerik 1998: US$2,583 per 750ml bottle ($3.44/ml)

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The Cantillon Loerik 1998 was a one-off production, which makes the 10-year-old aged beer extremely rare. A bottle sold for US$2,583 at Skinner Auctions in April 2014. It still holds the record as the most expensive bottle of beer ever sold by the auction house. 5% ABV

#2 Nail Brewing Antarctic Nail Ale: US$1,800 per 500ml bottle ($3.60/ml)

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Concocted by Nail Brewing in Perth, Australia, this beer was brewed using Antarctic ice. The ice was harvested from Antarctica, melted in Tasmania, and flown to Perth for brewing. Here’s the kicker: all profits went to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Only 30 bottles were made. 10% ABV

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#1 Allsopp’s Arctic Ale: US$503,300

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This bottle of beer was brewed in 1875 for an Antarctic expedition; so we’re guessing that it isn’t really safe to drink. It was first sold on eBay for a meager US$304, because the original seller listed the name of the bottle as “Allsop’s”, with the ‘p’ missing at the end. Eight weeks after the sale, the bottle was back on eBay. This time Allsopp's was spelled correctly. It received 157 bids from 56 unique bidders and closed with a mind-boggling winning bid of US$503,300!

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