A Finnish microbrewery is set to replicate beer discovered in a nearly 200-year-old shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in 2010.

Stallhagen plans to begin selling the ale next year,describing it as “one of the oldest existing beers in the world,” the New York Daily News reported.

“There is ever-increasing demand for specialty beer on the international market and we are convinced that our product is going to interest beer enthusiasts around the world,” Stallhagen’s managing director Jan Wennstroem said in a statement.

Divers discovered the beer in July 2010,as they salvaged champagne bottles from the wreck,which makes both the champagne and the beer the world’s oldest.

The bottles of beer and champagne were still drinkable,preserved by the slightly salty water,low currents,a constant temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit,pressure from the sea and the total deep sea darkness.

The champagne — some 168 bottles from Veuve Clicquot,Heidsieck and now-defunct Maison Juglar — has since been sold at auctions.

Samples of the beer were analyzed by the Finnish laboratory VTT,which determined its composition.

However,the analysis was not able to determine if the beer was made solely of barley malt or whether it also contained other grains such as wheat.

Experts have not yet been able to determine the origin of the ship,which appears to be a two-masted schooner of Nordic origin,built in the early 1800s.

It is believed to have sunk in the Baltic sometime between 1825 and 1830.


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