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article imageBrewery to replicate 200-year-old beer found in shipwreck

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 18, 2013 in World
Stallhagen, a microbrewery in Finland, says it can replicate beer found in a 200-year-old shipwreck. The beer had been found at the bottom of the sea in the summer of 2010. Now Stallhagen wants to bring the ale to market.
In July 2010, divers exploring the Baltic Sea waters near the Aland Islands made a couple of remarkable discoveries while exploring a shipwreck they'd found. Inside the wreck they'd originally found 168 bottles of champagne still in the bottle, declared to be the world's oldest, but then stumbled upon several bottles of beer.
The beer was estimated to be about 200 years old. At the time, it had been declared not only the world's oldest, but the oldest drinkable. Experts estimate the beer was being transported circa 1840 when the ship sank, although some media reports indicate it could have been as early as 1825. They'd also said the beverages were in excellent condition, preserved by a combination of the sea's saltwater, temperature and the dark environment on the seabed.
Now a Finnish microbrewery wants to replicate it and sell it on the market. Finnish scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have been studying the beer, as reported by Digital Journal last spring. Now they have reportedly come up with a formula to replicate the vintage ale.
"There is ever-increasing demand for specialty beer on the international market and we are convinced that our product is going to interest beer enthusiasts around the world," Stallhagen's managing director Jan Wennstroem said in a statement, reported France 24.
It is anticipated production of the classic beer will begin in mid-2014.
While the mysteries behind the beer's making are being unraveled, the name of the ship that had been transporting the beer at the time it was wrecked has still not been able to be identified. Although, it is suspected the two-masted boat is of 19th turn-of-the-century Nordic origin. Researchers believe it may have been traveling from Germany to Finland at the time it sank.
The ship's contents belong to the Aland government. Stallhagen plans to donate a portion of the beer's sales to the governing agency to help finance research on marine archeology and improving water quality.
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