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Aussie Cricket Writer Charged $99,983 For Manchester Beer

Cricket writer Peter Lalor, who is over in England covering The Ashes for The Australian newspaper, knows a fair few things about beer.

He compiles an annual list of Australia's best craft brews, and also once wrote the definitive can-by-can account of former cricketer David Boon's mythical 52-beer binge-drink-a-thon on the plane to England for The Ashes.

But Lalor's most remarkable beer moment might just have happened this week when he was charged 55 thousands pounds -- which translates to A$99,983.64 -- for a beer at Manchester hotel the Malmaison.

This is real. This actually happened.

It all started when Lalor stopped by the hotel to visit friends, and requested a nice British beer.

This wasn't as easy as it sounds. Modern service standards, eh?

Anyway, he got his beer, but there was a problem. A big one. A very, very big one.

Yes, somehow, he was charged an exorbitant amount for his brew, whose tasting notes state it is:

"Rich in character and long on refreshment. Solid gold in colour, strongly aromatic, with hints of fresh citrus. The distinctive light malt and fresh floral flavours combine with the zesty citric hop to deliver a mouth-watering adventure."

So hey, it sounds like a nice drop and all, but maybe not quite a $99,983.64 drop.

To rub froth into the wound, Lalor also copped a $2,499.59 transaction fee. Neither it nor the original mistake has yet been refunded.

As Lalor pointed out, there's something not quite right with the financial system when a transaction that large just goes through.

But the ultimate twist in this tale?

The transaction should never have happened in the first place because the beer in question is not even English. It's Scottish!