Antarctic Nail Ale



Antarctic Nail Ale Bottle #3 is now on ebay

December 6th, 2010.

Antarctic Nail Ale bottle #3 last night received first bid on ebay. All money to the Sea Shepherd.

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December 3rd, 2010.

Sea Shepherd thanks Nail Brewing

Sea Shepherd sends a special mention of great appreciation for onshore support to the following individuals and businesses: Hayley Radford, Olly Klokhag Rowlett, Liza and Mike Dicks, Brendon Clark and all the team from Clark Australia Group, Macca and all the team at BME Engineering, John and the team from Nail Ale Brewery, Peter Wales and all the team from Kailis Marine, all the team from Eye In The Sky Magazine, and the Perth Chapter of Sea Shepherd - thank you!

Sea Shepherd would also like to extend a big thank you to Fremantle's mayor Brad Pettitt who showed his support in representing Australia's wishes in having the compassion and conviction to stand up to the illegal whalers.


December 3rd, 2010.

Left: Amazing fresh photo of Kaimai Brewing beers in Antarctica. Brewed in New Zealand but enjoyed drinking in the Antarctic. New Zealand brewer Andrew Larsen contacted Nail to say well done to Nail for helping the Sea Shepherd and helping save whales. Andrew's dad enjoys drinking Kaimai beers in the Antarctic.

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December 2nd, 2010.

Antarctic Nail Ale Bottle #3 is now on ebay

Can Dr Anthony Durrell #2 bottle at $1850 be beaten?

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Below: Pioneer Pub Sail and Anchors Matthew Marinich with $1200 bottle #16

Last update: November 22nd.

Below: Captain Paul Watson and Psychiatrist Dr Anthony Durrell (aka Dr Mood) of the "Mood School" purchaser of the $1850 bottle #2 Save the Whales Antarctic Nail Ale.


Last updated 20th November, 2010.

Antarctic Nail Ale bottle #16 sold to pioneer brewery Sail and Anchor for $1200 last night as part of a auction for Novembeer.


Last updated 19th November, 2010.

At tonight's Sea Shepherd event held at Bondi Pavilion on Bondi Beach, the world's most expensive beer price was smashed from $800 set earlier this month, to $1850. With 300 people filling the pavilion, the Sea Shepherd had to turn away supporters. A Doctor purchased the #2 bottle of Antarctic Nail Ale for $1850.

Purchaser of Bottle #2 $1850

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Psychiatrist Dr Anthony Durrell (aka Dr Mood) of the "Mood School" and proud supporter of the Sea Shepherd crew is the winning bidder of the world's most expensive beer !!!

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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Purchaser of bottle #1 $800

Elliot Syndicate -

Antarctic Nail Ale is the new most expensive beer in the world

Latest update: November 4th, 2010. 10:40am

Last night at the Sea Shepherds auction in Fremantle, the number one bottle (of 30) of Antarctic Nail Ale was sold for $800. The unique beer which was brewed with ice brought back from the Antarctica from the Sea Shepherds last campaign. The Sea Shepherd will soon leave on their seventh campaign to stop Japanese killing whales in the Antarctic sanctuary. All proceeds from Antarctic Nail Ale go to the Sea Shepherd.

The previous most expensive beer in the world was a $765 bottle of "The end of History" brewed by Brewdog's. In a high alcohol level beer brewing war earlier this year, Scottish brewery "Brewdog's" brewed eleven bottles of 55% Alc beer sold in animal carcasses.

Nail Brewing Australia's brewer John Stallwood says "It is great to sell the most expensive bottle of beer in the world but it is all about a good cause. It is also good that a beer about saving the whales is now most expensive beer in the world rather than high alcohol beer sold in animal carcasses. I think future beers that sell for over $800 won't just be unique but will also be for good causes.

Antarctic Nail Ale over takes Crown Ambassador Reserve ($90) as Australia's most expensive beer. Nail Brewing's own "Clout Stout" a 10.6% alc Russian Imperial Stout brewed to age was Australia's second most expensive beer at $60 a bottle (only 300). Victoria's Holgate Breweries "Beelzebub's Jewels" and Moo Brews Imperial Stout are also above the $30 a bottle mark.

The bottled beers that sell for over $30 are usually limited numbered, high alcohol specialty beers brewed for aging. Microbreweries small batches enable small brews of really unique beers. They take a lot of time, ingredients and money.

Australia has some of the best breweries in the world. Most of our beers are about 4-5% alcohol and of varying styles. Australian microbreweries struggle to supply standard alcohol beers at competitive prices due to excise. Excise is paid on alcohol strength. The cheapest rate that microbreweries/consumers pay for a standard 4.6% full strength beer is over $1/litre of beer. This is for draught beer and bottled beer is a higher rate.

John Stallwood hopes the message of Antarctic Nail Ale being the most expensive beer in the world, is that the Sea Shepherd is on its seventh campaign to save whales in the Antarctic because no one is stopping the Japanese killing whale for commercial profits in food." John also hopes that the message of high excise to microbreweries in Australian beer (over$1/full strength litre) is stopping small business growth to a growing market, yet struggling industry".

Nail Brewing thanks the Elliot Syndicate for buying the #1 bottle and all the helpers that put Antarctic Nail Ale together. Sea Shepherd has bottle #2 to 10 available if you would like to support the Sea Shepherd.

Thanks to:

Antarctic Nail Ale was brewed by Nail Brewing Australia at Edith Cowan University. Thanks to Captain Paul Watson, The Sea Shepherd, Kevin McGinty, Jeff Hanson, Kim Frost, Brendan O'Sullivan (ECU student and Gage Road Brewer), Hugh Dunn, Clay Millar, Jon Luff (ECU staff), Justin Fox (The Monk Brewery), David Brain (video) , Andrew Burton (Expocopy Graphic designer), Cindy Butcher, John Stallwood (Nail Brewing Australia).

John Stallwood - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mb: 0413 87 2337


Related Antarctic Nail Ale stories:

Possibly the worlds oldest and purest beer and the first Antarctic Pale Ale

All money of Antarctic Nail Ale (only 30 bottles produced) go to the Sea Shepherd.(

While saving whales the crew of the Sea Shepherd voyaged for Antarctic ice.

When the Sea Shepherd landed back in Tasmania, Kevin McGinty transported it back to Western Australia.

Nail Brewing Australia brewed award winning Nail Ale using Antarctic ice. It was brewed using Edith Cowan Universities 600L and 50L brewery to produce a small batch Antarctic Pale Ale. Using Antarctic ice the Australian Pale Ale became the first Antarctic pale Ale.

The 30 bottles of Antarctic Pale Ale will be used to help raise money for the Sea Shepherd. (Video)

(See pictures below)

What do humpback Whales and Antarctic Nail Ale have in common? Antarctic Ice.



Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations


Sea Shepherd + Antarctic Ice + Nail Brewing = ANA logo = Help save the Whales = You

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You can buy Antarctic Nail Ale at Sea Shepherd auction on November 3rd, 2010 – Fremantle – Western Australia

You can auction for Antarctic Nail Ale with Sea Shepherd on Ebay:

More info soon.

Thanks to:

Antarctic Nail Ale was brewed by Nail Brewing Australia at Edith Cowan University. Thanks to Captain Paul Watson, The Sea Shepherd, Kevin McGinty, Jeff Hanson, Kim Frost, Brendan O'Sullivan (ECU student and Gage Road Brewer), Hugh Dunn, Clay Millar, Jon Luff (ECU staff), Justin Fox (The Monk Brewery), David Brain (video) , Andrew Burton (Expocopy Graphic designer), Cindy Butcher, John Stallwood (Nail Brewing Australia).


Above: Antarctic Nail Ale label designed by Andrew Burton (Expo Graphic designer

What is Antarctic Nail Ale?

Beer Style has developed over history from different regions of the world. Nail Ale is a award winning Australian Pale Ale which has been brewed with Antarctic water creating an Antarctic Pale Ale. The Antarctic water could possibly be the purest, oldest water ever brewed to make a beer.

Antarctic Nail Ale is bottle condition with yeast to provide natural carbonation to the beer. The yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle help prevent the beer oxidising over time. Best kept at room temperature in the dark until chilling down for drinking.

I collect empty Australian microbrewery bottles because I like trying the varities of Australian craft beers. I can understand why if you buy this bottle it may never be drunk.

What does Antarctic Nail Ale taste like?

This is a good question. I'll get back to you soon as a group of beer judges will taste it soon.

The original Nail Ale is back to back Gold medal winner at the Australian International Beer Awards 2009 and 2010. The only Australian Pale Ale to win gold in either year. Though based on Nail Ale it is slightly higher alcohol level. Nail Ale = 4.7 and Antarctic Nail Ale is 5.2%.

Tasting notes for Nail Ale:

  • How was Antartic Nail Ale Brewed?
  • Antarctic Nail Ale was brewed at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup.
  • More info soon. Label and other information wil be updated for November 3rd Auction.
  • Contact: John Stallwood MB: 0413 87 2337
  • Media Release will be sent November 3rd, 2010.

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Above: The iceberg where ice was used for Antarctic Nail Ale.

Below: The iceberg from the Seas Shepherd's "Steve Irwin".



Above: The helicopter takes of from the "Steve Irwin" to the iceberg.

Below: Kevin McGinty. Took the ice back to Tasmania before Perth.



Above: Kevin McGinty starts drill hole.

Below: A packaged container of Antarctic ice water.


Above: The ECU 50litre Pilot. Clay Millar, John Stallwood and John Luff.

Below: ECU's Hugh Dunn and Clay Millar.


Above: Hugh Dunn setting fermenter temperature.

Below: Brendan O'Sullivan prepares for bottling.


Below: Cindy labels bottles.


Above: Antarctic Nail Ale sample. Official release November 3rd. Thirty (30) bottles have been individually bottled.