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150-year-old shipwreck beer returns to Scotland

Believed to be one of the oldest British beers in existence, the ancient brew was discovered by Australian diver Jim Anderson off the coast of Melbourne in the 1970s, close to where the ill-fated clipper, The Light of The Age, run aground in 1868 on a voyage from Liverpool.

The bottle of stout, produced in Glasgow by Tennent’s brewery, has now returned to Scotland, becoming a key attraction in The Tennent’s Story, a new £1m visitor centre experience.

“To think that this is possibly the oldest bottle of beer in Scotland is something I find difficult to comprehend,” said Anderson, a member of the Geelong Skindivers Club in Australia.

“It has been on the other side of the world for so long, and now it’s home again 150 years later. It’s lovely to think that something I found is such a significant part of Scottish history. I’m thrilled to bits to see it here.

“The world was a very different place when it started out on its journey from Wellpark to Geelong. Melbourne was only a small town. Both it and Geelong, where I was born, were only just over 30 years old.

“This little bottle is a reminder of the historic connection between Australia and Scotland, too. I hope people enjoy seeing it and think about those days and the distance it travelled before I found it. It has come home and brought me with it.”


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