So, ich war nicht untätig, und habe wieder mal fleißig *räusper* an einem Artikel für meine Kolumne geschrieben.
jetzt fällt mir dann aber doch nix mehr ein. Mal gugge…
Which one is the strongest beer in the world?
The quest of brewing the strongest beer has been going on for a long, long time. One of the earliest contenders was the Samichlaus beer („St. Nicholas beer“), first brewed in Switzerland by the now defunct Hürlimann brewery. It is still produced today, in Austria rather than in Switzerland, by the Schloss Eggenberg brewery.
The Samichlaus beer has an alcohol content of 14%.
Then, a couple of years ago, in 2002, the Boston Beer Company came out with their Sam Adams Utopias beer. It originally had 21% alcohol by volume, but subsequent Utopias went up to 27% over time.
In 2009 a bottle of Utopias, which looks like a copper brewing kettle, went for the modest sum of 150 US-Dollar.
In 2008 Georg Tscheuschner, owner of the Schorschbräu brewery in Bavaria, discovered his passion for strong beers. He created a beer with 31% alcohol, a so-called Eisbock, where cold is used to freeze out unwanted water from the beer to make it stronger.
Since then a race ensued between Mr. Tscheuschner and the BrewDog brewery of Scotland.
BrewDog soon after came out with a beer with 32%, which was topped by Mr. Tscheuschner with a beer with 40% alcohol. And so on, and so forth…
Until, in 2011, the BrewDog brewery came out with a beer with 55% and declared the competition for over. There were only 12 bottles produced, which each sold for between 500 £ and 700£, depending whether the bottle was stuffed in a dead grey squirrel (more expensive) or in a dead stoat (cheaper).
„It is only over when I say it’s over“ were purportedly Mr. Tscheuschner’s words, who immediately upon ushering this statement created a beer with 57.5% alcohol by volume.
It will become almost impossible for Mr. Tscheuschner to make a stronger beer, since he is located in Bavaria and thus bound by the german purity law for beer, which forbids any other ingredients other than malt, water, yeast and hops. „In order to get more alcohol I would have to add sugar, and that is out of the question“ he said.
It is a rather difficult thing to produce such a strong beer. To make one single liter of the Schorschbock 57, Mr. Tscheuschner needs to use 30 liters of his regular Bock beer, which is the reason that only 36 .33 liter bottles were produced and sold, for 200 € each (approx. 280 Canadian Dollars).
How does such a beer taste? The high alcohol content will it make taste more like a Cognac than a regular beer, it really is more something for collectors and beer geeks rather than avid beer drinkers.
Das mit den Eichhörnchen ist wirklich wahr, hier ist der Beweis: