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.”