Breweries are working and researching hard to make interesting beers these days, and now it seems crooks are going to equally amazing lengths to steal the brews for themselves in Argentina. According to a report, a wild beer heist went down in the last month that involved beer aging inside a sunken ship, and no one knows who is responsible for the beer heist.
According to the New York Times, the heist occurred in Argentina, where 185 gallons of beer were stolen as it was aging 66 feet underwater inside a sunken ship.
The owners of the three breweries in Mar del Plata, which had teamed up with a diving school for what they described as a first-of-its-kind monthslong experiment in deep-water beermaking, were left mystified, and heartbroken, upon discovering on Tuesday that the barrels were gone.
“I started crying,” said Carlos Brelles, who runs the Thalassa Diving School in Mar del Plata, a coastal city five miles from the sunken ship. “Three or four people without morals destroyed the work of so many people who put in so much effort.”
Mr. Brelles and the brewery owners said they have no clues that could shed light on the disappearance of the barrels, but they haven’t ruled out an act of sabotage. They asked prosecutors to open a criminal investigation.
The idea for the beer is just as interesting as the crime: the breweries chose to make a dark ale between 11-12 percent alcohol by volume, barrel it and then put it underwater tied to a ship called the Kronomether, a Soviet-era ship that sank in 2014 and became a famous recreational diving spot. In speaking with divers, and reading about other beers that were aged underwater, Brelles and other brewers worked for more than a year to get licenses amid a pandemic to put 7 barrels of beer underwater on November 22.
The thing is beer is likely useless now: the plan was to connect the aged liquid with another beer to make about 2,000 bottles of beer named after the ship it was aged in. Unless the people who stole the beer know how to make this beer, it’s undrinkable as it. And those who went to get the beer fear it was damaged just for the sake of exhausting a fun experiment.
“If they stole it for their own consumption, they’re going to have to throw it away,” said Mr. Vincent. “It was a lukewarm, gasless liquor that would be very difficult to drink.”
Mr. Vincent said he suspects vandals broke the barrels loose.
“I think they broke everything so the barrels would drift away,” said Mr. Brelles. “It was malice for malice’s sake.”
[via The New York Times]