Royally Brewed: Would You Spend Thousands of Dollars for a Rare Bottle of Beer on eBay?
In the past, beer has always been considered the working man's beverage. It wasn't fancy, it was fairly inexpensive, and was extremley accessible. As the craft beer scene grows, beer is becoming seriously chic. So much so that it's spawning black tie events, priate beer-of-the-month clubs, curated menus, and even a black market.
At New York’s Blind Tiger bar one late afternoon last March, a slight, unsmiling young man in a dark windbreaker ordered several pints of beer from the bar, transferred them one by one to a canteen, then slipped away. “He’s going straight home to resell that on eBay,” muttered a patron standing nearby. The perishable beer in question was brewed by Shaun Hill at Hill Farmstead brewery in Vermont, which is currently rated the sixth best brewery in the world by the users of RateBeer.