The world’s oldest beer is a drop called The Wreck Survivors Ale. Now James Squire has resurrected the 220 year-old beer in partnership with the Australian Wine Research Institute and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery of Launceston.

The ale is made from the remains of yeast found in a bottle that was onboard Australia’s oldest merchant shipwreck the ‘Sydney Cove’. It came unstuck on Preservation Island north of Tasmania in 1797.

To mark the occasion James Squire is calling for Aussie adventure seekers to take part in the Great Australian Survivors’ Trek. The trip will follow the footsteps of those who survived the 18th century wreck. Remarkably 17 survivors set out on foot from Bass Strait to Sydney, but only three survived to share the location of the shipwreck.

The trek will begin at Ninety Mile Beach in Victoria and then retrace the route via Cape Howe, Moruya, Ulladulla and Jervis Bay leaving a commemorative James Squire plaque before finishing in Port Jackson, Sydney.

To apply for a spot click here. 

The Wreck Survivors Ale is an Imperial Porter and carefully aged in rum barrels, the 750ml glass bottle is dipped in wax and placed inside a collectable gift box. There will be just 5,000 exclusive bottles available at Dan Murphy’s national from the 26th of, so a great Fathers Day gift.