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.
Some time ago I reported that Germany’s Shorschbräu was about to release Shorschbock 40%, knocking Brewdog’sTactical Nuclear Penguin off the throne as worlds strongest beer. Well that day has apparently arrived. A new highest alcohol beer has been born. A post on the Schorschbräu website dated December 2009 translates:
A historic month with a further, barely imaginable beer record!
We at Schorschbräu don’t accept upward boundaries. Therefore we have now set a new beer record with an astonishing 40% ABV.
This announcement is reinforced by the boast at the top of the page, “Our current record: 40%. And no end in sight.”
As proof that they have achieved new heights of booziness, Schorschbräu has provided a link to laboratory results from BLB GmbH Brau-Labor und Beratung dated November 9, 2009 showing an alcohol by volume percentage of 39.44.
Congratulations to Schorschbräu! Although I am starting to find this quest for the world’s strongest beer only slightly less silly than the AB-InBev/Miller competition for the lowest calorie beer.
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…