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Hold on to your schooners, Australia. You can sip a piece of history

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If you have a taste for history and beer, this is the story for you.

Australian brewer James Squire is on a mission to take your palate back a few hundred years.

Their new beer, The Wreck Preservation Ale, uses yeast extracted from a 220-year-old beer bottle that was recovered from the icy waters of Tasmania on Australia’s oldest merchant wreck.

“A book’s got to be written about this one!” Chris Smith says.

Haydon Morgan from James Squire Brewery walks Chris through the beer’s extraordinary tale.

“Take yourself back 220 years. There’s a merchant ship as you mentioned, called Sydney Cove, leaving Kolkata.

“It was going past Tassie and it became shipwrecked.

“It had 30,000 litres of alcohol, some tobacco and pretty much most of that laid down the bottom of the ocean for 220 years.”

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The Wreck Preservation Ale has only been available on tap at select James Squire establishments until now.

In the lead up to Father’s Day, a limited number of collectors edition bottles have hit the shelves.

The ale has been a huge hit so far, with one bottle selling on eBay for over $700.

And Chris can see why when he tastes the piece of history.

Find out how you can get your hands on the special brew HERE

Chris Smith
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