By Barnaby Lane /
September 06, 2019
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Think the beer in in your local bar is pricey?

Think again, says the Australian sports journalist who was mistakenly charged nearly $100,000 for a glass of the stuff at an English hotel.

Peter Lalor, a cricket reporter who was visiting England to cover the Ashes cricket series, was staying at the Malmaison hotel in Manchester when a barmaid accidentally got him to pay the eye-watering sum for his bottle of Deuchers IPA.

"See this beer? That is the most expensive beer in history." Lalor tweeted alongside a photo after realizing how much he'd been charged. "I paid $99,983.64 for it in the Malmaison Hotel, Manchester the other night. Seriously."

He continued: "I didn't have my reading glasses when [the barmaid] presented me with a bill for the beer and when she had some problems with the machine I didn't think much of it, but it was eventually resolved, I said I didn't want a receipt and she went to leave.

"Something, however, made me ask 'how much did I just pay for that beer'. She checked, covered her mouth, started to giggle and refused to tell me, saying only there had been a mistake and she would fix it."

Lalor said the barmaid "kept giggling" before eventually fetching her manager, who insisted a refund would be arranged.

He went on to say he had still not been given his money back, and that he was told by Visa he would have to wait nine working days before the money was put back into his account.

Lalor also revealed he was charged a transaction fee of $2,499.59 to add insult to injury.

Visa told the BBC they are working to resolve the the error, but ultimately the responsibility lies with the card holder's bank.

There was one silver lining for Lalor however: his beer didn't disappoint.

"It's a good beer," he said. "The original version of it won a heap of awards, including the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain, but if you are thinking that no beer is worth the best part of $100,000, then I am inclined to agree with you."