In an effort to craft new and exciting beer products, breweries sometimes go extreme lengths.
Like the three Argentinian breweries who, according to the New York Times, teamed up with a diving school, on what has to be a first of its kind, experiment in deep-water beer aging, only to see that project fall victim to underwater theft.
And we’re not talking a few bottles here…t was 185 gallons of beer, in two separate kegs that disappeared in a beer crime that straddles the line between Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione, James Bond and Butch Cassidy…
According to Uproxx, the beer’s concept was as fascinating as the crime…
“The breweries decided to make a dark ale between 11-12 percent alcohol by volume, barrel it and then put it underwater tied to a ship called the Kronomether, a Soviet-era ship that sank in 2014 and became a popular recreational diving spot. The brewers worked for more than a year to get permits amid a pandemic to put seven barrels of beer underwater on November 22.”
It was a heartbreaking crime Carlos Brelles, who runs the Thalassa Diving School in Mar del Plata, told Daniel Politi who broke the amazing story at the Times.
“I started crying. Three or four people without morals destroyed the work of so many people who put in so much effort.” “No one had ever done this before,” said Juan Pablo Vincent, 43, the master brewer at Baum brewery, who was involved in the effort, added.
As with a lot of things that happen deep below the ocean, no one know when the theft occurred, but a criminal investigation has been opened and sabotage is not being ruled out.
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