World’s strongest beer is launched at 65% abv

23rd October, 2012 by Andy Young

A Scottish brewery is aiming for a spot in the Guinness World Records book after producing the world’s strongest beer.

Brewmeister Brewery co-founder Lewis Shand with a bottle of ArmageddonBrewmeister’s Armageddon beer has an incredible 65% abv.

The brewery, which began production earlier this year with a local pale ale, is situated about 25 miles outside Aberdeen, on the estate of Kincardine Castle.

John MacKenzie, who runs the brewery with Lewis Shand, said: “The beer has a viscous quality to it, due to the special freeze fermentation method we use to produce such a high alcoholic beer.”

This process involves cooling the beer to zero degrees during the brewing process; as the water freezes the alcohol does not and then the ice that forms is removed, leaving a very strong beer.

Shand said: “The phrase ‘delivers a punch’ doesn’t quite cut it. ‘Delivers a supersonic charged explosion and conveys the taster to drunkville’ is probably more appropriate. It really is a powerful beer.”

The beer will be launched at the Inverness Beer Festival on 3 November where it will sell for £5 a 35ml nip. The brewers recommend drinking it in small quantities, rather like a brandy.

Shand added: “Lots of people drink half pints with a spirit, but now they can have our beer with their normal pint instead.”

Armageddon is the latest beer in a long-running battle to take the title of world’s strongest beer. Three years ago BrewDog kicked off the battle with their Tactical Nuclear Penguin, which was a 32% abv beer.

This started a tit-for-tat exchange with German brewers, Schorschbräu, and these two breweries created a number of beers, each with a stronger abv than the last.

Then in 2010 Dutch brewer Koelschip put out its “Start the Future” beer, which had a 60% abv. That stayed as the strongest beer until the boys from Aberdeen came along with Armageddon.

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7 Responses to “World’s strongest beer is launched at 65% abv”

  1. Iain frae' Riccall says:

    “Michty me” as Oor Wullie might have said. More seriously, if the recommended measure is 35ml, and it’s a 330ml bottle, will the remaining beer actually keep “rather like a brandy?”

    • Dan says:

      Some of the high ABV beers do actually keep well after opening. Not indefinitely like a brandy, but they should be fine for days or weeks much like a fine port wine.

  2. Al Underwood says:

    Another reason why life is good. This is one I can’t wait to try.

  3. Mr. Tour says:

    While I consider this a worthwhile achievement, I personally don’t consider a beer that has over 20% abv a beer. I like to be able to drink a few pints and not pass out!

  4. Finsareit says:

    How. Do. I. Get. Some!?!????

  5. Joe says:

    If it requires freeze-distillation, than it is, by definition, not a beer. Sorry.

    • Max Hutsell says:

      Exactly. At 60% ABV a drinker can enjoy cask strength or barrel proof whiskies far more than this monstrosity.

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