In 2010 John did a one-off brew called Antarctic Nail Ale which was brewed for and in conjunction with the Sea Shepherd Conversation Society, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protecting the world’s oceans.
Antarctic Nail Ale was based on our flagship Nail Ale, a classic Australian style pale ale, and brewed using a huge iceberg flown in directly from the Antarctic. It was melted in Tasmania before being brought to Perth to be used in the brew.
A lot of people helped to make this beer possible, in particular John’s brother-in-law Kevin McGinty, a volunteer crew member of the Sea Shepherd at the time. It was Kevin and his team who sourced the iceberg and transported it from the Antarctic to Tasmania and finally, as pure water, to Perth.
Antarctic Nail Ale was released in only 30 individually numbered bottles and all monies from the sale of these bottles went to the Sea Shepherd.
At an auction held in Fremantle one bottle sold for $800. Bottle #2 was sold for $1,850 to Dr Anthony Durrell (pictured below right with “Sea Shepherd” Captain Paul Watson) which, along with making a significant contribution to the Sea Shepherd, made it the most expensive beer in the world.
Sea Shepherd’s Mission Statement:
Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose 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 Australia 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 oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd Australia works to ensure their survival for future generations.