"Oh," you'd say to your arriving well-meaning guests. "Maybe leave those beers in the fridge."
You'd then lead them back to the high-rolling action in the backyard -- the beer you are serving is no light domestic beer. It might not raise any eyebrows when you mention that this brew is made from water that was once ice, but it might if you share that it was purchased for $1,850.
That's because that ice you were talking about? It's from Antarctica.
Antarctic Nail Ale, brewed in Australia, is actually sold on a donation basis for Sea Shepherd, a marine conservation organization. Nail Ale brewer John Stallwood says that largely explains the steep price, with a reserve set at $800.
"Breweries are always looking for something unique to do," says Stallwood, whose brother obtained the ice from Antarctica. "I think most people who have Antarctic won't drink it, as the cause is more special than what is in the bottle."
Stallwood added that there are only two bottles left anyway, so he recommends the Clout Stout, an imperial stout going for a buzz-killing $106 per bottle.