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Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Strongest Beer Weights in at 60%


Dutch brewer claims world’s strongest beer

By Ben Berkowitz, REUTERS

Last Updated: July 29, 2010 10:58am

AMSTERDAM - A Dutch brewer with a penchant for competition has laid claim to creating the world’s strongest brew: a beer that is some 60% alcohol by volume.

“You don’t drink it like beer, but like a cocktail — in a nice whisky or cognac glass,” brewer Jan Nijboer told Dutch news agency ANP.

Nijboer’s Almere-based brewery, ‘t Koelschip (The Refrigerated Ship), sells the new beer, which is 120 proof and dubbed “Start the Future,” in a one-third litre bottle for $45 each.

Nijboer told ANP he developed the new brew to keep up with Scottish outfits that were also pushing the boundaries of beer’s alcohol content.

His previous record-holder, a beer called Oblix that was 90 proof (45% alcohol by volume), was eclipsed by a Scottish beer that reached 55%.

That beer, dubbed “The End of History,” was announced last week by a small brewery called BrewDog. Only 12 bottles were made, each housed inside a stuffed dead animal and sold starting at $780 each.

“It has become a little competition,” Nijboer said. “You should see it as a joke.”

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