Does Brewdog’s Tactical Nuclear Penguin Deserve the World Record?
Does Brewdog’s Tactical Nuclear Penguin Deserve the World Record for highest ABV beer? Myself and others been wondering this since the press release came out. Over the last 15 months the Scottish brewery has been working on a monster of a beer to attempt to break the record for highest ABV beer. On a commercial scale, the highest abv beer is the famed Samuel Adams Utopias. The current record holder is an Eisbock by Schorschbraeu GmbH which rocketed in at 31%ABV, but only had a production of 250 bottles.
So how did Brewdog achieve this record? Watch this video and see:
Here are my question:
Should it be considered a world record abv for a beer?
My answer is yes, simply because it is a beer. Granted it did not use yeast and grains solely to reach that ABV level like the Utopias, but used a scientific method instead to extract the higher abv. The way I see it, eisbock, is an accepted way to make a style of beer, so why shouldn’t this beer be considered a record holder.
My conundrum, what about Samuel Adams utopias that achieved the 27% abv through use of grains and yeast? Well, I don’t know what types of yeasts Sam Adams is using, since they are proprietary, but I don’t know of any beer yeast stains that can survive at that high alcohol level. Are they using a champagne yeast strain? if that is the case how is Samuel Adams process philosophically any different then Brewdogs? One use a non beer yeast (possibly) and the other uses cold temp to freeze out the water.
Does there need to be two categories?
No matter which way you lean, either is good for the craft beer industry. Innovation and pushing the envelop are two things that keep this industry fresh, creative, and striving for something new.
What is your take?