Thanks to a war among European brewing companies, it's never been easier to catch a healthy beer buzz. Or get yourself totally sloshed. In November, BrewDog, a three-year-old Scottish microbrewery, released a new brand, dubbed Tactical Nuclear Penguin. The beer set a new record by weighing in at a scary 32% alcohol by volume (ABV), more than six times the strength of familiar domestic brands like Budweiser. As explained in a cheeky video on the company's website (warning: the clip contains simulated penguin sex), the brewery was able to attain the high alcohol content by freezing the beer at a local ice cream factory, at temperatures as low as -6°C (21°F), for 21 days. Alcohol freezes at lower temperatures than water, and removing water from the solution increased the alcohol concentration.
BrewDog stuff is an interesting beast. Zeitgeist is hand down one of my favourite beers, and Tokyo Star (their previous high-strength at 18%) is absolutely delicious, although you can't drink too much of it in a week.
But their Punk IPA and Trashy Blonde IPA's are bland and flavourless. If I could afford it I'd try it, probably better hoping for a free hand out - my dad is working with them just now to help their business!