If you had the chance to drink the world's oldest beer, would you try it?

James Squire will be releasing ale made from the yeast of a 220-year-old bottle found on a shipwreck.

In very big beer news, people will now have the opportunity to purchase a bit of history as the world's oldest beer has been turned into a limited edition ale.

James Squire brewers have partnered with the Australian Wine Research Institute and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery of Launceston to use the yeast found in a 220-year-old bottle of beer from Australia's oldest merchant shipwreck, the 'Sydney Cove', which was wrecked on Preservation Island north of Tasmania in 1797. 

Aptly titled, 'The Wreck Survivors’ Ale', the beer has been aged in rum barrells to carefully get it to a point of distribution. With only 5,000 created, the hand-crafted, 750ml glass bottle is the ultimate collector's item - dipped in wax and packaged in a unique gift box containing historical information of the shipwreck survivors’ story.


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The Wreck Survivors’ Ale will be available in Dan Murphy stores from the 26 August 2019. 

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