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"Hey. In the Bannered Mare, there's this bottle of Argonian Ale. The good stuff. Get if for me. They won't even know it's gone. Come on..."

Argonian Ale Extraction is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must steal a bottle of Argonian Ale from the Bannered Mare in Whiterun for Brenuin, a beggar of the city.


  1. Steal the Argonian Ale
  2. Give the Argonian Ale to Brenuin


Brenuin will tell the Dragonborn that there is a rare bottle of Argonian Ale in the kitchen of the Bannered Mare and will ask for it to be stolen for him. The ale can be found in the Bannered Mare through the left door inside the house (in the kitchen). It is relatively easy to obtain — there is usually no one in the room, but if there is, it can be carried upstairs and taken there, where there are no witnesses. If the inn owner is a friend, the ale can simply be taken, and it will not be considered stolen. Any nearby characters will not respond with hostility, but some may say, "That was just lying around? Nice find," or something similar.

In return for stealing the Ale for him, Brenuin will give the Dragonborn a Potion of Vigorous Healing which he says he "found" in the Temple.


Argonian Ale Extraction – FreeformWhiterunQuest02
ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 10: Steal the Argonian Ale
  • Objective 20: Give the Argonian Ale to Brenuin
  • Quest complete


  • If you wish to keep the bottle of Argonian Ale for your personal use, it can be stolen from Brenuin after the quest is completed. With a high enough Speech skill, it can also be sold to a shop vendor (or a fence, after progress has been made into the Thieves Guild) then re-bought to negate its stolen status.
  • If you have obtained the Ebony Blade, once you have given Brenuin the bottle you can wait for him to turn around then sneak and kill him. It also helps to give him a coin to ensure his friendship. This simultaneously provides a charge for the blade and (as you are now looting it from his body) it removes the "stolen" tag from the Argonian Ale. At night, inside the arch next to Carlotta Valentia's house is the best place to do this without incurring a bounty if all Whiterun Guards are alive.
  •  360   When handing over the quest, it is possible to time and press the dialogue option again right after the Argonian Ale is removed from inventory and the Potion is added, going through the dialogue a second time and being reawarded a second potion.