A shipwreck off the coast of Finland may hold the key to beer fanatics enjoying a brew which was created over 170 years ago.
The 2010 discovery of the ship, believed to have sunk in the 1840s, also included the world’s oldest champagne considered drinkable, which has since been auctioned off.
Researchers analyzed two bottles of beer, which they admitted ‘had not stood the test of time well’ but retained a pale golden color and could originally have had hints of rose, almond and cloves.
‘Based on the chemical analysis we made of the beer and with help from a master brewer it would be possible to try to make beer that would resemble it as much as possible,’ Annika Wilhelmson from VTT technical research center of Finland said.
The name of the sunken vessel is still unknown, as is its destination.
It has been speculated that the cargo was bound for the Russian Tsar’s court in St Petersburg.
When it was unearthed, officials stated they believed the beer was the oldest in the world.
‘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 in 2010.
The enviable haul was found intact on the seabed at a depth of 50 meters.
‘The constant temperature and light levels have provided optimal conditions for storage, and the pressure in the bottles has prevented any seawater from seeping in through the corks,’ the statement said.
The discovery also consisted of the world’s oldest champagne of the labels Veuve Clicquot, Juglar and Heidsieck.
A total of 145 bottles of champagne were salvaged.
A bottle of shipwrecked Veuve Clicquot sold for $43,630, surpassing the world auction record.