57.eight P.c ABV Collab Beer Ends Decade-Lengthy Brewery Struggle

In 2008, German brewer Schorschbräu fired the primary shot in what turned an epic beer conflict. The preliminary volley? A 31 % ABV beer often known as 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 following couple years, the rival breweries went tit for tat within the low 40s. However in 2010, the Scots escalated this beer conflict 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. Critically. From brewer to taxidermist.

BrewDog End of History served in a taxidermy squirrel.
Nope, we weren’t kidding concerning the taxidermy. Shutterstock

As you attempt to endlessly erase that image out of your thoughts, we’ll let that Schorschbräu finally 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 part of forces to collaboratively brew the “world’s strongest beer.”

The Collaboration

Brewed within the Schorschbräu facility in Germany, the Scots despatched over a barrel of their 26 % ABV Demise 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 compelled the brewers to work collectively over Zoom.

Regardless of the obstacles, the brewers have been capable of accomplish the objective and prime their earlier ABV information with a 57.eight % beer, Strength in Numbers. Unsurprisingly, bottles of the “world’s strongest beer” collaboration offered out in lower than 24 hours.

The Schorschbräu/BrewDog beer conflict has been lengthy, robust and at occasions, flat-out unusual, however this 57.eight % ABV collaboration marks the profitable and peaceable conclusion. Apparently, there actually is Power in Numbers.

As for a way the world’s strongest beer really tastes? This Youtube beer reviewer provides us a digital taster.


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