With tax season finally coming to a close, by now you've gotten everything squared away with the IRS and are just waiting for your tax return in the form of—hopefully—a big, fat check. Now that you've paid your dues to Uncle Sam, take some money and splurge on yourself with a case of your favorite beer or, if you're really feeling flush with cash, check out this list of some of the world's most expensive beers.
From the more well known Sam Adams Utopias to the ultra rare Vielle Bon Secours, only available at one London restaurant, the beers on this list range from the readily available to nearly impossible to find. If you can get your hands on some brews on this list, you will not be disappointed. So go ahead and treat yourself - you've earned it.
Westvleteren Brewery - Trappist Westvletern 12
If you buy this beer directly from the Westvleteren Brewery, which is located inside the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren, you can pick up a crate of 24 beers for €39, or about $50. But that's if you can get your hands on this small-batched produced, extremely popular, and highly rated Quadrupel ale (BeerAdvocate gives it a perfect score of 100). In live and online auctions, a six-pack of the rich, dark, and somewhat fruity Westvletern 12 has gone for anywhere from $85 to $625.
@SamuelAdamsBeer | 27% ABV
At $150 for a 24 ounce bottle, Samuel Adams' Utopias is packaged in copper bottles shaped like old copper brewing kettles. Brewed with four noble hop varieties, Utopias is matured in scotch, cognac and port barrels for the better part of a year. For this high a price tag, be sure to take your time and savor the dense malt and woody flavors, although with an ABV of 27%, taking your time with Utopias probably won't be too difficult.
First produced in 2008 by the Jacobsen Brewhouse, an upscale brand owner by the Danish Carlsberg Group, only 600 bottles of the Jacobsen Vintage No. 1 were ever produced. One 12 ounce bottle was set to sell for DDK2008 (about $350) when it was first released, but if you can manage to find a bottle of this innovatively designed and carefully brewed and aged barley wine, chances are the price has only increased since.
Caulier - Vielle Bon Secours
Generally touted as the world's most expensive beer, a bottle of the Vielle Bon Secours comes in at £500 (about $750) or £39 a pint (roughly $60). But don't expect to find this one just anywhere, the ultra-rare beer—which is noted for having citric tart flavors mixed with malty fruitiness balanced with distinct hoppy-bitterness and spicy liquorice—is only available in London's Belgo Bierodrome restaurant, and only in very limited supply.
@BrewDog | 55% ABV
Though only 12 bottles of this explosively alcoholic beer were ever produced (extreme freezing techniques were used to get such a high ABV), at $765 a bottle, Brewdog's The End of History can't be neglected for the list. Each bottle of this (very) limited edition beer was adorned with a real, taxidermied stoat or grey squirrel and included a certificate of authenticity. An extreme beer in every sense.