Antique Beer Keg Given to Boston Beer Co.

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The nearly 100-year-old keg will go on display at the Boston Beer Co. museum

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

A recently discovered, nearly 100-year-old antique beer keg is heading to its rightful owner: Boston Beer Co.

Thanks to the Damon family of an Augusta, Maine, beverage store chain, the keg will go on display at the Boston Beer Co.'s museum, reports the Kennebec Journal. The keg, which has "Boston Beer Co." etched into the side, was purchased by the former owners of Damon's Beverage Mart in 2009. Jim Koch, the founder of Boston Beer Co., said he recognized the keg at a visit to the store, and believed it was similar to the ones his grandfather used to brew. "This is the only one I've ever seen, outside of the one we have at the brewery... It's like finding a unicorn," Koch said. 

The keg is said to be "post-Prohibition, but not by much," and is most likely an empty keg that was never returned to the brewery. This is one piece of brewing history that the world will likely want to see. 

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