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We’ve written before about the aged-beer craze, but this is getting out of hand. This Saturday, the auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son will host the bidding for a bottle of Lowenbrau lager that survived the 1937 crash of the Hindenburg near Lakehurst, New Jersey. The zeppelin was completely destroyed when it caught fire and exploded, killing 36 passengers and crew. From the ashes, a local firefighter pulled six bottles of beer and buried them before investigators closed-off the area. He went back later and dug them up. Today, only two bottles are known to remain—one having been returned to Lowenbrau; the other bound for the auction block. But even if you have the $8,000 that this particular brew is expected to fetch, don’t even think about drinking it: auctioneers say the beer spoiled in 1938 and today would taste “putrid.” Yum! Whatever the Hindenburg beer goes for, it will most certainly take the world record for the most expensive bottle of suds in history, easily displacing the current record holder, a $400-bottle of Carlsberg lager.