A shipwrecked beer that is about 170 years old found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea has been salvaged and analyzed and will be reproduced using modern industrial techniques.
The five bottles of beer, which are amongst the oldest preserved beers in the world, were salvaged in 2010 from a shipwreck that is believed to have sunk in the Åland archipelago southwest of Finland in the 1840s. The darkness inside the wreck and the low temperatures found on the seabed 50 m (164 ft) below the surface provided the perfect storage conditions, while the pressure inside the bottles kept the salt water from leaking in through the cork.
All finds from the shipwreck belong to the Government of Åland, an autonomous region of Finland, which has decided that part of the profits from sales of the beer will go to charitable causes. These include marine archeological work and environmental measures to improve the water quality of the seas.
The shipwreck beer is set to go into production later this year with beer connoisseurs able to try it in June 2014.
(Photo: Augusto Mendes, Ålands Landskapsregering)