The $18,000 Bottle of Beer

Hindenburg Lowenbrau BeerWhen the Hindenburg airship went down, taking the lives of 38 people and injuring another 60 on May 6th, 1937 much was lost. The Hinderburg, carrying 97 passengers on board, was destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey.

Fire Chief Leroy Smith of the Matawan Fire department in NJ came across a fire-damaged bottle of Lowenbrau Beer and took it from the wreck site.

This week, that bottle of beer went to auction and fetched the sum of £9,400, but “with buyer’s premium, the bottle will cost the purchaser £10,810,” or around $18,000 USD. That price gives it the world record for the most expensive bottle of beer ever sold. A $400 bottle of limited edition Carlsberg previously held the record.

Who needs Pabst when you can buy Hindenburg?



  • michael November 18, 2009 @ 3:37pm

    cool! i was gonna post this last week too until i saw the auction was for saturday, so i didnt wanna post prematurely.

    where is your source for this? sorry.

  • Liz November 18, 2009 @ 3:48pm

    Hey Michael! Thanks for the comment – I originally read about it on Draft Magazine’s site and also found some info on the Brookstone Beer Bulletin and some other sites. Hope that helps!

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