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Recovering centuries-old bubbly in Baltic Sea, divers also find bottles of 'drinkable' beer

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Divers who found what's believed to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne say they have also discovered two-centuries-old bottles of beer at a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea.

Bjorn Haggblom, a spokesman for the researchers, says they found a handful of beer bottles this week while salvaging champagne discovered near the Aland Islands in July.

He said researchers who tried drops of the dark, foamy liquid liked the taste of it.

Swedish beer expert Goran Winbergh questioned whether it would still be drinkable because beer is perishable.

The shipwreck is believed to be from the early 19th century. Haggblom said the oldest drinkable beer previously recorded dates from 1869.