Aland islands brewery to make "shipwreck beer"
In this image released on Sept. 2, 2010, by the Alands Provincial Government, bottles of what are claimed to be the world's oldest surviving beer are displayed. / AP Photo/Marcus Lindholm
Local authorities on the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea say a local brewer will begin producing a beer inspired by bottles found in a 19th century shipwreck three years ago.
Five bottles of beer, along with 168 bottles of champagne, were pulled from a submerged schooner that experts believe sank in the 1840s.
Aland authorities say Finnish scientists studied the beer and devised a formula for a recreation that the local Stallhagen brewery will produce.
Stallhagen CEO Jan Wennstrom said in a statement Thursday that he hopes the vintage beer will help the company reach new markets.
Production of the "shipwreck beer" is expected to start in mid-2014.
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