Dave, the beer, was produced in 1994 by one of Portland’s earlier craft brewers, Alan Sprints, of Hair of the Dog Brewing Company. It’s good, apparently — in 1998, it won first place at a legendary beer festival. It’s really, really alcoholic. And, for a brief time this week, it was on sale again: 12 bottles, for $2,000 apiece …
Beer Served Rare explains what is so fricking great about this beer:
Hair of the Dog Dave is one of the rarest, most sought after beers among the American craft beer landscape. A barleywine coming in at 29% ABV, Dave was produced in 1994 by freezing 300 gallons of the brewery’s flagship Adam beer numerous times, reducing the batch size to less than 100 gallons.
That $2,000 price isn’t unrealistic, either — the market for this beer is so fierce that people have already paid more than that price for a bottle of the stuff. Last year, there was a silent auction for two bottles of Dave. The auction started at $1,400 per bottle, and one of them sold for $2,368.73.
And while it may seem a tad ridiculous to pay $2,000 for a bottle of any alcoholic liquid, we’re happy to call this a win for small and local production. And also for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the recipient of the proceeds from last year’s auction and this year’s sales.
Hair of the Dog Dave Bottles for Sale, Beer Served Rare.