Dutch brewery ‘t Koelschip (The Refrigerated Ship or maybe The Coolship) today announced the release of a new “world’s strongest beer.” In a nod to the last world’s strongest beer, The End of History from Brewdog, they have named their beer Start the Future.
Word is already all over the internet (thanks in part to an “accidental” posting earlier this week), Scotland’s Brewdog has scored a definitive point in their high-alcohol brawl with Germany’s Schorschbräu. The End of History is what they are calling this new super-strength creation and it comes in at 55% ABV. At least the packaging is interesting.
Having seen their 31% Tactical Nuclear Penguin shot down by Schorschbräu’s 40% eisbock Schorschbock 40 and suffering the additional humiliation of Schorschbräu’s email offer to sell Brewdog the secret to achieving such stratospheric alcohol levels, the boys at Scotland’s Brewdog announced that their retaliation would be swift and severe. They have come back with a new WORLD’S STRONGEST BEER, a 41% IPA called Sink the Bismark that is reported to be brimming with American hops. Not known for subtlety, they have announced their triumph in this video from their blog.
I have no further verification of this, but I just read an article about an even stronger beer that is going to be released soon. Schorschbräu Schorschbock 40%. It’s an Eisbock from Germany. The company claims another beer at 31%, which already had Utopias beat. I’ve never heard of this particular brewery. Some additional investigation seems warranted.
I was thinking though that these new world record beers don’t seem as impressive to me as Utopia. Using the “ice” method of distillation seems like cheating. Sam Adams actually ferments Utopias to 27%. Oh well…
Sam Adams Utopias, long the strongest beer in the world at 27% ABV, has been knocked off of that throne. Scotland’s Brewdog has announced the release of Tactical Nuclear Penguin, a 32% ABV barrel-aged, iced, imperial stout.
To make this beer they brewed a 10% ABV Imperial Stout and aged that in barrels for eighteen months. This aged beer was then taken to an ice cream factory where it was frozen. The water content of beer freezes at a lower temperature than everything else, allowing them to run off a concentrated version of the original beer. After a couple of freeze/runoff cycles they ended up with Tactical Nuclear Penguin. The website claims that the year and a half of aging has left them with a super-strong beer that is nonetheless smooth and drinkable (in small amounts and from a snifter of course).
They are only releasing 500 330ml bottles, so don’t count on seeing it in your local liquor store. The first 250 bottle will sell for £30 ($50). The remaining 250 bottles will sell for £250 ($412) and will include shares in the Brewdog company through their Equity for Punks program. And you thought Utopias was expensive.