One of the beer world’s most ballyhooed feuds came to an end last week. Scotland’s punk brewers BrewDog officially ceased their ABV race with Germany’s Schorschbräu. In a diplomatic conclusion, both breweries collaborated to jointly created the world’s most alcoholic beer.
The dispute began back in 2008 when Schorschbräu released Schorschbock, a 31% ABV beer. For eleven months, the German offering held the title of ‘World’s Strongest Beer.’ Then, Brewdog jumped into the race with Tactical Nuclear Penguin. a 32% ABV imperial stout.
With shots fired, the breweries proceeded to go punch for punch, taking turns one-upping each other with higher and higher ABV beers. Notoriously, BrewDog’s entries included the infamous End of History, a $1000 a bottle, 55% ABV beer that was packaged inside a taxidermied squirrel.
However, even a beer filled rodent hide was not enough to best the Germans. In 2011, they released a 57.5% ABV iteration of Schorschbock. Once again bested, BrewDog declared an informal detente.
The silence was broken this week with the release of Strength In Numbers, a 57.8% ABV powerhouse collaboration between the two brewers.
“The time has come to pen another chapter in this epic saga. This time, it’s one of camaraderie as we join forces with Schorschbräu for the ultimate collaboration,” said BrewDog cofounder James Watts in a statement.
“Strength in Numbers is a 57.8% beer that reaches is colossal ABV through the traditional eisbock method, which means freezing the beer and removing chunks of ice (water) so that you’re left with the concentrated high ABV liquid. The beer also features a blend of BrewDog’s own Death or Glory, an ice distilled Belgian golden ale that’s been sitting in whisky casks for 10 years.”
Basically, the Scots made the base brew—for a decade— and then shipped it off to Germany. The two brewers chatted over Zoom (COVID era and all) and Schorschbräu handled the eisbock portion.
The beer sold out within a couple days of the release.