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Australian man charged $67,689 for a beer at a hotel bar


Australian man charged $67,689 for a beer at a hotel bar (Taveesaksri/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Australian journalist Peter Lalor has been writing about beer for over 25 years, but he recently got the enjoy one of the world’s most expensive brews after a mixup at a hotel bar in Manchester, England.

“See this beer? That is the most expensive beer in history,” Lalor wrote on Twitter with a photo of a beer from Scottish brewery Caledonian. “I paid $99,983.64 (Australian) for it in the Malmaison Hotel, Manchester the other night. Seriously.”

The $99,983.64 Australian comes out to about $67,689 American.

Lalor explained the snafu over several other tweets.

“I asked a young barman if he had anything that was not an American craft beer or Eurolager,” he wrote. “I wanted something a little British.”

The bartender, however, was new, and wasn’t completely familiar with the establishment’s offerings. After discussing the selections available with the senior bar attendant, Lalor decided on the fateful ale.

“Anyway, I didn’t have my reading glasses when she presented me with a bill for the beer and when she had some problems with the machine I didn’t think much of it, but it was eventually resolved, I said I didn’t want a receipt and she went to leave.”

Lalor asked how much the beer was, though.

“She checked, covered her mouth, started to giggle and refused to tell me, saying only there had been a mistake and she would fix it.”

The manager of the hotel was brought in after the situation became less humorous and “went about attempting a refund.” However, the charge went through.

“Then came the call from home,” he wrote. “The sum of $99,983.64 had been removed from our account. And, there’d been a transaction fee of $2,499.59 to add to the pain.”

Lalor said the transaction fee was refunded but he was still waiting on the larger amount.

“We always benchmark our bar prices and acknowledge this was a tad on the steep side,” the Malmaison hotel chain said in a statement to CNN. “We hope we can invite Peter back for another drink soon. The next one is definitely on the house!”