Hair of the Dog releases a few bottles of Dave a year. In September, the 12 bottles of Dave on sale for $2,000 each sold out within a few hours.Hair of the Dog releases a few bottles of Dave a year. In September, the 12 bottles of Dave on sale for $2,000 each sold out within a few hours.Hair of the Dog Brewery in Portland, Ore., makes a beer so rare, and so sought-after, that it can fetch $2,000 a bottle.Dave is a barleywine — a strong, dark beer with 29 percent alcohol content. It's been aged for 19 years, first in oak barrels and then glass bottles.According to the beer's creator, Alan Sprints, Dave was designed to get people think about beer differently. "There are wines that are so special that there are people willing to pay more than they're really worth," Sprints says. Dave, Sprints says, shows that beers can be just as special. You're paying not just for the taste, but also the novelty.Dave first established its novelty when it won a barleywine competition in 1998. And as it aged, Dave got even better. "When it was young, it was very hot and alcoholic, and almost hard to drink," Sprints tells The Salt. "But now that it's aged it's become soft and lush."