Every good drinker has made that desperate dig into the back of the fridge searching for any remaining bottles that might have gotten lost in the shuffle. Sometimes, you might even come across a brew whose freshness is in question. But I doubt you ever found something 125 years old – partly because modern refrigerators weren’t quite invented yet.
Back in November, amateur scuba diver and treasure hunter Jon Crouse discovered a bottle of beer at the bottom of Halifax Harbor. The corked brew seemed well sealed, leaving the obvious adventure-seeker to wonder if it might even still be drinkable.
After consulting with bar owner Christopher Reynolds and expert in fermentation research Andrew MacIntosh—two good professional groups to consult for pretty much any problem you may have—Crouse and company decided the beer, marked with a cork from “A. Keith & Son Brewery,” was probably about 125 years old. Even better news came this week when they decided it was also safe to taste.