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What Makes this the World's Most Expensive Beer?

What Makes this the World's Most Expensive Beer?

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

You’ve made it - it’s Friday! You may already have plans to meet up with a few friends and grab a few beers tonight, but are you prepared to drop a couple thousand dollars on it?

If you answered yes to that question, Storm Brewing's Owner James Walton may have just the beer for you in its new Glacial Mammoth Extinction, now being touted as one of the world’s most expensive beer.


The Glacial Mammoth Extinction is what the brewery is calling the first beer of its kind—the result of freezing a strong sour beer to -30C in two stages over a one month period. The sweet alcoholic liquid this process creates is then separated from the extinct ice glacier that was left in the tank, then aged in French oak barrels for two years until it is ready. With an alcohol content of 25% ABV, the final product is a rich, complex, and viscous 100% malt beverage that resembles Port more than beer, according to Storm Brewing.


The beer is so exclusive, in fact, that only ten bottles were designed. Each are made of hand blown glass by Terminal City Glass Co-op’s Brad Turner, and are adorned with “prehistoric mammoth” ivory pendants made by local sculptor Richard Marcus. Storm Brewing dates the ivory used for these pendants back to 35,000 years ago.

Storm Brewing HeadquartersCan’t quite afford the $1,000 price tag? Along with the ancient mammoth tusk adorned full-sized bottles, smaller tastes of the beer were released on Saturday, December 5th at 10:00am at the brewery. The company is still offering 500ml growler fills for $40, and 1L growler fills for $80, and will even let you bring your own 500ml & 1L bottles for fills.

The only problem I foresee? Imagine after trying Glacial Mammoth Extinction, having to go back to beer that DOESN’T come with prehistoric memorabilia.

Only one question remains—how well will it pair with cheese? 

Storm Brewing

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