One of the world´s oldest beers to be reproduced
One of the world´s oldest preserved beers has been analyzed in order to recreate the original recipe for reproduction. The Stallhagen brewery of Åland will produce the beer that will be launched in 2014.
Five bottles of beer were salvaged from an old shipwreck, discovered in the summer of 2010 in the Åland archipelago. The cargo also contained numerous bottles of unique old champagne. The schooner is believed to have sunk in the 1840´s, but the origin and the exact age of the wreck are still being investigated. All the finds belong to the Government of Åland, an autonomous region of Finland.
The beer bottles, preserved on the seabed at a depth of 50 meters for about 170 years, have been studied by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Based on their scientific research a new version of the old beer will be created by the Stallhagen brewery of Åland.
- First of all, we are happy to establish cooperation with a local company. We are also pleased to have reached an agreement with Stallhagen guaranteeing that part of the financial surplus generated by the sale of each beer bottle will go to charitable causes. The Government of Åland has decided that the surplus will go to marine archaeological work and environmental measures for improving the quality of aquatic environment, says Johan Ehn, Minister for Culture at the Åland Government.
For the local craft beer brewery Stallhagen the decision presents an opportunity to reach new markets.
- We are extremely honored and enthusiastic to have been given the opportunity to reproduce one of the world´s oldest beers. There is an increasing global demand for special ales and we believe that recreating this historic beer will be of great interest to beer drinkers worldwide, says Stallhagen CEO Jan Wennström.
Stallhagen is developing the recipe and production planned to start later this year, with the aim to launch a new version of the famous shipwreck beer early June 2014.
Read more about one of the world´s oldest beers and champagne. Here are some pictures of the beer bottles.