A 140-Year-Old Bottle of Beer Found in a Garage Sold at Auction for $935

What would you do if you came across a 140-year-old bottle of beer?

This is another bottle of Allsopp's Arctic Ale from 1852.

A 140-year-old bottle of beer was found in a garage in Gobowen — a town in Shropshire, England.

The unopened bottle was auctioned on June 13 for £600, which is about $935. But it’s still a mystery as to how the bottle ended up in the garage.

The Allsopp’s Arctic Ale was brewed in Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire in 1875 for Sir George Nares, a Welsh naval officer who embarked on an expedition to the Arctic, according to auctioneer Aaron Dean.

“It went all the way to Portsmouth and it was loaded on to the ship as cargo, to go out with the HMS Alert and HMS Discovery,” Dean told the BBC. "Unfortunately, the expedition didn't quite make it to the North Pole, so it came all the way back again."

Nares’s expedition faced several challenges that ultimately put an end to their expedition. His crew suffered from scurvy and did not have the proper equipment.


The beer has yet to be tasted, but Dean said a similar bottle was described as “sweet tasting with a hint of tobacco.”