In 2008, German brewer Schorschbräu fired the primary shot in what grew to become an epic beer warfare. The preliminary volley? A 31 % ABV beer often called the Schorschbock. On the time, it was the strongest beer on Earth.
The excellence wouldn’t final.
A Scottish brewery, BrewDog, returned fireplace on the Germans with its Tactical Nuclear Penguin––a 32 % imperial stout––solely 11 months later. Undeterred, the Germans went to work on their signature Schorschbock and managed to up the ABV to a whopping 40 %.
For the subsequent couple years, the rival breweries went tit for tat within the low 40s. However in 2010, the Scots escalated this beer warfare to even weirder ranges with Finish of Historical past––a 55 % ABV beer that price upwards of $1,000 a bottle and got here in precise stuffed squirrels. Severely. From brewer to taxidermist.
As you attempt to eternally erase that image out of your thoughts, we’ll let you recognize that Schorschbräu ultimately reclaimed the coveted title with a 57.5 % Schorschbock in 2011.
Since then, Schorschbräu and BrewDog have seemingly agreed to a brewing ceasefire. However this 12 months, the bitter rivals determined to do the unthinkable: be a part of forces to collaboratively brew the “world’s strongest beer.”
Brewed within the Schorschbräu facility in Germany, the Scots despatched over a barrel of their 26 % ABV Loss of life or Glory, which had been aged in a Scotch whiskey cask for 10 years. Whereas the brewing collaboration was speculated to occur in-person, COVID-19 pressured the brewers to work collectively over Zoom.
That is the story of how we made the strongest beer on this planet.
— James Watt (@BrewDogJames) September 17, 2020
Regardless of the obstacles, the brewers had been in a position to accomplish the aim and high their earlier ABV data with a 57.8 % beer, Strength in Numbers. Unsurprisingly, bottles of the “world’s strongest beer” collaboration bought out in lower than 24 hours.
The Schorschbräu/BrewDog beer warfare has been lengthy, robust and at instances, flat-out unusual, however this 57.8 % ABV collaboration marks the profitable and peaceable conclusion. Apparently, there actually is Energy in Numbers.
As for the way the world’s strongest beer really tastes? This Youtube beer reviewer provides us a digital taster.
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