Divers steal 700 litres of beer left to ferment in sunken ship off the coast of Argentina

A team of divers in Argentina stole 700 litres of artisanal beer that had been left by three local Argentinian breweries to age underwater off the Argentinian coast.

The beer containers were attached to a sunken ship.

According to the Daily Mail, the wreckage was a Soviet-era fishing vessel, Kronomether, which found its way to the Argentinian coast after being abandoned, following the end of the USSR in the 90s.

The experimental underwater storage of the beer was a combined venture of three local breweries: Heller, La Paloma, and Baum in Mar del Plata, who had teamed up with a diving school. However, the shocking theft of the limited-edition beer has left the owners heartbroken.

Speaking to Irish Times, Carlos Brelles, who runs the Thalassa Diving School in Mar del Plata, said that as soon as he learned of the theft, he started crying.

The report further mentioned that Brelles and the brewery owners have no clue over how the beer heist took place. The brewery owners asked prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into this theft that has destroyed what could have been a one of its kind alcoholic drink.

According to Daily Mail, the idea of submerging the beer barrels underwater for fermentation was the brainchild of one of the owners of Heller Brewery, Eduardo Ricardo, who had heard about similar projects elsewhere.

If the barrels not been stolen, the brewery owners would have retrieved the fermented alcohol from the seabed and later blended it with another drink before being bottled up and sold.