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Byline: GRAHAM YOUNG Feature Writer @grahamyoung

IT'S known as The Beast - the bottle of beer that is so big it's tricky just to lift it onto the bar.

If you want a tipple, then you have to give five hours' warning to the bar staff.

And you'll have to be prepared to cough up PS315 for the privilege.

Birmingham's most expensive beer has gone on sale at The Post Office Vaults, a cellar bar at the top of New Street.

The Vaults already has eight real ales, six regular changes of guest ale - and a whopping 340 foreign bottled beers.

But it's the blond Belgian beer that's attracting BIG interest.

Little wonder, given that the bottle of St Feuillen Amo 1125 Tripel contains no fewer than nine litres of beer.

That equates to around PS19.90 a pint. You won't be getting a round in.

It's a white, malty and fruity Belgian beer that is 8.5% alcohol by volume.

Barmaid Jess Milton says: "Someone will come and say 'How much is your most expensive beer?' "We tell them it's the St Feuillien and, if they are well off, they buy it.

"You can't drink it straight off, though, you have to give notice. It's important that serve a beer like this at the correct temperature.

"Because the bottle is so big, it would need to be in the right place for five hours to ensure that's the case."

If you don't want to go the whole hog, then you can enjoy St Feuillien in smaller 33cl bottles for a fiver.

But it is not guaranteed to taste the same because it won't have matured in the bottle in the way the larger one does.

The Post Office Vaults is a beerlovers' bar, and many regulars have their own tankards on display.

It's linked to The Wellington on Bennetts Hill and sister pub The Woodman on New Canal Street.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 18, 2016
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