Innis & Gunn beer to be kept in time capsule and opened '100 years from now'

Many breweries will attempt to preserve special bottles for posterity by keeping them in vaults or adding them to specialist collections however, Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has taken this a step further by placing one of their limited editions in a time capsule with instructions for it not to be opened until the year 2116.

Published 25th Jul 2016
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Innis & Gunn fans have snapped up almost all of the brewery's newest limited edition, a 7.7% ABV beer named Vintage, leaving only a few hundred left in its online shop and the brand's Beer Kitchen restaurants in Edinburgh and Dundee.

So, in a bid to save a taste of it for future generations, one of the bottles is now being displayed in a sealed transparent enclosure, aptly dubbed 'The Hundred Year Wait',  at Innis & Gunn’s Inveralmond Brewery in Perth, ready to be opened again in a hundred years time.

Picture: Innis & Gunn

Picture: Innis & Gunn

Vintage is a bottle-conditioned strong ale that becomes richer and more complex the longer it is left. Matured in American Bourbon casks, only 8,000 of the 500ml bottles have been produced for sale.

Created with Super Styrian hops, Vintage’s malt profile includes Innis & Gunn Ale Malt, Crystal, Roasted Barley and Raw Wheat. Innis & Gunn brewers describe the beer’s taste profile as “Buttered toast, creamy toffee, a little sharpness from the yeast and a creamy full mouthfeel.”

Although the beer is brewed to be drunk on the day of release, time is on the beer’s side as the yeast contained in the bottle continues to condition the beer beyond its official ‘Best Before’ date.

The absence of food spoilage bacteria in the beer will mean the century old Vintage will be drinkable, with a flavour profile far different from how it tastes today.

Dougal Gunn Sharp, Founder and Master Brewer said: “I’ve been brewing beer for the past 30 years and with each new recipe there’s always something new to learn. This was certainly the case with Vintage which has been a labour of love that takes another giant step in our innovative approach to beer.

“The fact the beer continues to mature and change over time inspired us to preserve it in such a unique way. We want the time capsule to serve as a reminder for us to keep innovating, keep pushing boundaries and keep expanding people’s ideas of what beer can be. Just like Vintage, we’ll continue to get better with time and I just wish I could be there in one hundred years when the brewers open up the capsule and taste the beer. "


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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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