Friday, July 30, 2010

The End of History

From Clay Risen at The Atlantic:
As Jeff Goldberg noted the other day, the Scottish brewery BrewDog recently debuted a 55 percent alcohol-by-volume beer, cheekily naming it The End of History—after Francis Fukuyama's famous book, of course—and declaring it the world's most alcoholic brew. And at $780 a bottle, it's among the world's most expensive. Oh, and it comes stuffed inside a squirrel or stoat. Oh, and the brewery's other beers have names like Punk Monk, Trashy Blonde, and How to Disappear Completely.

Not really something I'd be interested in trying unless it was free... though it's sold out regardless. I don't see how a 55% ABV (110 proof) beer is going to taste like anything other than a grain alcohol with some faint beer undertones... but if you read Risen, their "Tactical Nuclear Penguin" beer at 32% ABV... the beer that apparently started the crazy contest between Scotts and Germans that lead to The End of History... you'll see it is generating some serious buzz (in more ways than one I guess), but at a more reasonable, though still fairly outrageous, $50-60 a bottle. Maybe worth trying, but I'm fairly skeptical.

Also, if you like people with Scottish accents dessed as penguins and talking about "extreme beer making", this video might be for you:

Tactical Nuclear Penguin from BrewDog on Vimeo.