Tactical Nuclear Penguin is the world's strongest beer, or so BrewDog Brewery says. I believe them. Other sources say that Sam Adams Utopias is the strongest, but maybe not everyone knows about TNP yet. Originating in Fraserburgh, Scotland, this massive brew was matured for 18 months in oak casks before spending 21 days in an ice cream factory at -20° Celsius. This allowed the brewers to remove much of the water content of the beer and increase the ABV to a crushing 32%. Yikes! Don't worry though, TFP is meant to be served in small, "spirit sized measures", and it even says so on the bottle. Oh, and do I even need to mention how awesome the name is?
BrewDog managing director James Watt says the beer is about pushing boundaries, taking innovation in beer to a new level. One disbeliever called it a marketing ploy and questioned whey a brewer would produce a beer almost as strong as a whiskey. Here's a good question: Why not? If a distillery can make a spirit that is strong in alcohol content, meant to be mixed, watered down, or served straight up in a small portion, why can't beer? Some people need to learn to be open minded, or else keep their mouths shut.
Tactical Nuclear Penguin is limited to 500 bottles, half going on sale for £30 (about $48) and the rest going for £250 (a little over $400) with a share of the company included. Unfortunately, I doubt I'll have a chance to try this brew, but the effort these guys put into to it and the story behind it is pretty cool. Check out this entertaining (and informative) promotional video that BrewDog put together for Tactical Nuclear Penguin. These guys look like they have a lot of fun brewing their beer.