Jay Brooks has saved me the trouble of reporting on the latest bit of high alcohol idiocy, and countless others, including the Canadian Mother Corp and the New York Times, have chimed in on the latest efforts of our good Scottish friends at BrewDog. But enough, please, I beg of you, is enough.
Beer concentrated through repeated freezing is not the product of brewing, but freeze distillation. But that’s not even the point. The point is whether or not the stuff actually tastes good.
I’ve not sampled any of the Schorschbräu efforts, nor have I tasted BrewDog‘s End of History or Sink the Bismark, but I did try Tactical Nuclear Penguin and was singularly unimpressed. And as for Het ‘t Koelship‘s Start the Future, well, I too can make a strong beer by dumping a lot of overproof booze into it.
It’s time to stop this silliness. So far as I’m concerned, the strongest beer that is purely the result of fermentation remains Boston Beer’s Sam Adams Utopias. And what’s more, I actually enjoy drinking it!