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100-year-old bottle of beer found in church

By T.K. Randall
March 22, 2014 · Comment icon 12 comments



St Piran's Cross. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Tony Atkin
The beverage was discovered at St Piran's Oratory, one of the UK's oldest places of Christian workship.
The beer was unearthed during an archaeological excavation of the oratory ruins which date back to the 6th century. Legend has it that St Piran was thrown in to the ocean with a millstone around his neck by the king of Ireland but miraculously survived by floating all the way to Cornwall.

A St Austell Brewery spokesman believes that the beer found at the site, which was described as being in 'immaculate condition', likely dates back to around 1910. Controversially the bottle even has a swastika logo on the cap, a feature thought to be common at the time.
Archaeologists believe that the beer was accidentally left in the sand by a worker involved in a project to protect the oratory by encasing it in concrete over 100 years ago.

It is highly unlikely however than anyone is likely to try drinking any of it.

Source: BBC News | Comments (12)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by moonshadow60 9 years ago
That has to be one skunky bottle of beer.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jeremiah65 9 years ago
that just sounds nasty
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hawkin 9 years ago
I wonder if it will have value to it because of it's age and still sealed? Interesting to see if they put one on it.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Leonardo 9 years ago
Apologies in advance... "One hundred year-old bottle of beer in the church, One hundred year-old bottle of beer. If it was discovered just one year before There'd be a ninety-nine year-old bottle of beer in the church! Ninety-nine year-old bottle of beer in the church. ninety-nine year-old bottle of beer..." ...and so on ad nauseum. You're welcome for the eerwurm.
Comment icon #7 Posted by JustTerri 9 years ago
Wow.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ancient astronaut 9 years ago
**** Yeah!!!!!!! Let's Drink it!!!!!
Comment icon #9 Posted by taniwha 9 years ago
The St Austell Brewery... http://www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall/uncovered/stories/nov2003/beer.shtml
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hobbit Feet 9 years ago
Leonardo beat me to it. I was going to say "it must've been the last bottle of beer on the wall".
Comment icon #11 Posted by maximusnow 9 years ago
I dont always drink beer, but when I do, I drink St Pirans Holy Water. Remembeer: stay thirsty friends. Maximus
Comment icon #12 Posted by theotherguy 9 years ago
...in...the...church...One-year-old bottle...of beer in...the...church...One-year-old...bottle...of beer...If it wasss discoverrred...just one year befororore...There'd be a fresh bottle...of beerrrr...in......the............churssshhhh... zzzzzzzzz......


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