Saturday, September 4, 2010

  Oldest beer - world record set by a 200-year-old beer
  Aland Islands, Finland -- Divers salvaged a handful of beer bottles from a shipwreck believed to be about 200 years old - which sets
the new world record for the Oldest beer

 Photo: Divers have discovered beer believed to be over 200 years old on a shipwreck in the Baltic sea. AP photo ( enlarge photo )

   "We believe these are by far the world's oldest bottles of beer," Rainer Juslin, a spokesman for the local government of Aaland, said in a statement.

   The beer bottles were unearthed from a shipwreck believed to be about 200 years old -- as divers were recovering bottles of what is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne, discovered in July.

   Until now, the title for the oldest drinkable beer ever to have been found was some Ratcliff Ale brewed in 1869, discovered in the vaults of the Worthington White Shield Brewery in Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, in 2006, the Sonomat said.

  "This is much likely the world's oldest beer . We can now say that we have both the world's oldest champagne and the world's oldest beer bottles in our possession," Rainer Juslin of Aland's provincial government told the Stockholm News.

   The cold temperature and darkness on the sea have optimized the storage, and pressure in the bottles has prevented any salt water getting in through the corks, the News said.

   All the cargo on the ship -- including the beer and champagne -- is believed to have been transported sometime between 1800 and 1830, according to Juslin. He said the wreck was about 50 meters deep (roughly 164 feet) in between the Aland island chain and Finland.

   The cargo was aboard a ship believed to be heading from Copenhagen, Denmark, to St Petersburg, Russia. It could have possibly been sent by France's King Louis XVI to the Russian Imperial Court.

   Aaland, a semi-autonomous province of Finland, legally owns the contents of the wreck, but has yet to determine what to do with the beer.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

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