Brewdog, a very young Scottish brewery, has brewed the world’s strongest beer at 32% ABV. I really like Brewdog, mostly because they brew very interesting beers and have very funny labels. You’ll know what I mean if you get your hands of any of their beers, four of which are available at Brewery Creek in Vancouver.
If you are into beer, or even if you’ve read the paper lately, you might have already heard of Tactical Nuclear Penguin, the new 32% ABV beer. What you might know and might find interesting, is how they made it. Turns out they took some of their Paradox Imperial Stout that had already aged in oak barrels for 15 months and froze it at an ice cream factory, periodically draining off the unfrozen liquid. Alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water, meaning the unfrozen liquid was higher and higher in alcohol content each time it was drained. Check out this hilarious video of the process I found on Brewdog’s blog:
The question remains, why would Brewdog try to make the world’s strongest beer? The answer is probably because they could and were curious, which is reason enough for me. Or maybe it was for the attention, which they have received in spades. I, for one, am not sure I’d like Tactical Nuclear Penguin. That isn’t to say I won’t buy some if I can get some. I think I’d probably find it a bit too alcoholic, which is likely considering that I find some 12-15% ABV beers too alcoholic, where 15% is the highest ABV beer I’ve ever tried.