Would you bid on a $1,200 bottle of beer?

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    Lot 158, 12-bottle Black Tuesday Variant direct from the cellars of The Bruery, ($600-900).

    - Skinner Inc.

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    Lot 163, Various Cantillon Lambics, including Loerik (Estimates Vary; $2,000-3,000 for Loerik)

    - Skinner Inc.

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    Lot 161, 182, Drie Fonteinen Framboos ($250-400) and Hommage ($400-600)

    - Skinner Inc.

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    Vertical of Anniversary beers direct from the cellars of The Bruery ($300-500, proceeds to benefit The One Fund Boston).

    - Skinner Inc.

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    Lot 175, 12-bottle Goose Island Bourbon County Variant Vertical ($750-1,000).

    - Skinner Inc.

Samuel Adams Millenium ($1,000 to $1,500) and Midnight Sun M ($1,200 to $1,800)

Lot 183, Port Brewing Company Isabelle Proximus ($250-400)

Michael Moser is a Certified Cicerone and auctioneer at Skinner's auction house. Simply speaking, he knows beers.

Moser is the one behind Skinner -- the first brick-and-mortar auction house to sell beers.

Premium wines, we've had. But auction-worthy beer? At first, Skinner's patrons were dumbfounded:

"You know you're standing up there and you kind of switch gears from wine to beer, and you see a lot of puzzled looks from person to person, and eyes widening at the prices we were achieving," says Moser.

"I kind of connected the dots. Actually one of the beers we were offering, Midnight Sun M, was one of the first beers that really caught my eye in the secondary market. I saw someone had bought it for a pretty penny and figured while we're doing wine, why not throw some beer in it?"

And the cost of a single bottle of beer of Midnight Sun M? $1,200-1,800.

According to Moser, auction-ready beers are able to age up to 20 years or more in a bottle. That means bidders raise their paddles for stouts and sours.

But unfortunately for me, not for hops.

About the author

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country.

Samuel Adams Millenium ($1,000 to $1,500) and Midnight Sun M ($1,200 to $1,800)

Lot 183, Port Brewing Company Isabelle Proximus ($250-400)


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