Probably the Most Expensive Lager in the World

It’s the weekend, let’s talk about beer.

Many many years ago, a very young Paul Hogan sold an Australian lager to the UK through a series of TV adverts. These adverts always ended with the slogan “Fosters. The Australian for lager.”

Like this…

The reality though is that if you were to walk into a bar here in Australia and ask for a pint of Fosters, you’d likely be on the tale end of a bit of a blank look. Fosters just isn’t popular here and it’s not even easy to get hold of.

To borrow part of a catchphrase from one of their competitors, “Australians wouldn’t give a XXXX for…..” er, Fosters.

If you want to find out which beers are popular with Australians, read my post:

These days, I believe Fosters is brewed under licence in the UK but at some point in its history it was made by Carlton United Breweries (CUB), who I think at one point owned the Fosters Group but are now themselves now part of the SABMiller Group.

It’s all very confusing and complicated, but the price of beer isn’t and that brings me to what I actually want to show you, which is a…

Jolly expensive beer

CUB brew many beers, one of them is called Crown Lager. Or “crownies” as they are often called here. It’s quite a regular beer, not too expensive, you can pick up a carton of 24 (375 mL) for around $45-$50.

I happen to have a crownie in my fridge right now standing amongst a small selection of other beers, so I can show you what one looks like…

crowniesJust the other day though, I discovered they have a limited edition version of this beer and have done since 2008. It’s described as a luxury beer; yes, it wants to be!

Because this beer costs $95.09 per 750 mL bottle, or, if you prefer, $570.55 for a case of six.

By my maths you are better off buying six singles, you will save yourself one cent. But of course, if you are prepared to pay that kind of money for your beer, I shouldn’t think you’d be too bothered about that.

Yes, very expensive, but interestingly nowhere near the most expensive beer in the world. I found evidence online of something called BrewDog End of History from Scotland which, apparently, costs $765 for a 330 mL bottle.

Gosh!

Anyway, I still haven’t told you the name of the crownies top of the range tipple, which, incidentally, has been limited to just 7000 bottles. So, hurry hurry hurry to secure your bottle before stocks run out. It’s called…

Crown Ambassador Reserve 2013 750mL

What’s it like?

I don’t know, I’d never pay that much money for a beer. So I’ll let these guys tell you about the 2012 vintage which I’m sure is pretty much the same…

Bottoms up, as they say.

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