Four years ago, divers in the Baltic discovered 5 bottles of 170-year-old beer on the bottom of the sea floor. Now, a Canadian diver has made a similar find in North American waters: a bottle of beer nearly as old as Canada itself.
This isn’t a bottle of Viking beer that was left behind by Leif
Eirikssen when he journeyed to North America back in the 11th century.
The bottle is about 120 years old, which means it was brewed and bottled
about 18 years after Canada was formally confederated.
It bears the
mark of one of Canada’s oldest and most storied breweries, too. This
particular bottle of beer was brewed in Halifax by Alexander Keith’s,
which was founded in 1820.
His plans are on hold for the time being, however, as the Nova Scotia
government considers his find to be of historical significance. Sean
Wesley McKeane of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage told the CBC
that “the Special Places Protection Act protects all archaeological
sites, known and unknown, both on land in Nova Scotia and in the water.”