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An online, rare beer auction starts on Friday

By William Brand
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 at 8:48 pm in Uncategorized.

J.W. Lees Harvest  Vintage 1987Will the day come when fine beer trades like great wine? How about right now. Liquid Solutions a spirits, beer, wine and cider retailer with a mail order business is beginning an online beer austion starting Friday noon Pacific Time. The uction closes at 7 p.m. PDT on April 28.

The first two lots offered are: 1. A 1987 bottle of J.W,. Lees Harvest Ale. J.W. Lees is a Manchester, England brewer. Startig bid is $9.95. At that price I’d snap it up. Regular 2006 and 2007 Harvest sells for about $8. I wrote about this beer a couple of weeks ago (Tasted a couple of vintages — the one offered for sale is the first. They were absolutely incredible, especially the one aged in Calvados barrels. Read about the beer here,

Lot 2 is three bottles of 1996 Orval. Starting bid is $19.95. Hmmm. A 1996 would be bone dry with a leathery “horse blanket” nose from the wild yeast used in the secondary fermentation in the bottle. It would be an entirel different creature than fresh Orval. I wrote about Orval in detail. You can find that column here.

To register and bid online, go to Liquid Solutions. By the way, Liquid Solutions has a physical address and phone number: 275 Beavercreek Rd #C149 Oregon City, Oregon 97045, 503-496-1942

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  • hamachi

    I’ll be watching this with interest. wonder what they’ll go for?