The real bargain of an antique is not the bottle itself, but the experience of owning one.
In a time of constant change, a few pieces can add up to a lasting legacy for an owner.
As a matter of fact, the bottle you’re considering could be your last.
That’s because it may be your very last one.
A study by researchers at the University of Michigan showed that the number of vintage bottles in circulation dropped from 1.6 million in 1999 to 1.1 million in 2015.
It’s the first time that the figure has dropped below 1 million in a decade, and it comes as the craft beer industry is on the cusp of a surge in demand for rare bottles.
While the number is not expected to keep dropping anytime soon, the trend has been gaining steam in recent years.
Many consumers are also buying rare and collectible items for the first of many occasions.
In 2016, for example, the craft brewers Association of American Breweries commissioned a study that found that 40% of beer drinkers have purchased a bottle or bottle cap.
Craft beer drinkers were also finding new ways to appreciate the products they are collecting.
The average bottle sold in 2017 was $5,938.
At a time when many people are finding it hard to get into the craft brewing business, there are still plenty of rare and valuable bottles out there.
And, thanks to craft beer, those bottles are being enjoyed in the name of tradition.