A taste of Victoriana

A 140-year-old bottle of beer brewed for an arctic expedition is to be auctioned after being found in garage. _83393291_bottlecollageThe beer – Allsopp’s Arctic Ale – was brewed in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, for an expedition led by Sir George Nares in 1875. The unopened bottle was discovered in a box in a garage in Gobowen, Shropshire, but auctioneers said it was a mystery as to how it got there.

The bottle is expected to fetch up to £600 but reached £3300. Auctioneers Trevanion and Dean, in Whitchurch, described it as “very special” and how right they were.

Aaron Dean, a partner at the auctioneers, said: “The beer was brewed for an expedition to the north pole which, unfortunately, didn’t get there.

“It was made to a certain recipe, so it lasted, and it was slightly medicinal.

“It went all the way to Portsmouth and it was loaded on to the ship as cargo, to go out with the HMS Alert and HMS Discovery.

“Unfortunately, the expedition didn’t quite make it to the north pole, so it came all the way back again.”

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