Just when you thought the war over the highest alcohol beer had ended after Scottish brewery BrewDog claimed the title with its 55% abv ‘The End of History’, reports of a new victor are buzzing all over the Internet. Within just a week of the release of ‘The End of History’, Netherlands-based brewery ‘t Koelschip, who held the title before BrewDog with its 45% abv ‘Oblix’, is rumored to have released a 60% abv beer, aptly named ‘Start of the Future’.
At first, the legitimacy of this report seemed questionable. But upon further Internet research, it appears that several sources are standing behind the claims, including Beer Advocate. However, the website for the brewery is completely in Dutch, with no option to switch it to English. And the free online translators are basically useless. But, it does appear that the announcement has been made by the brewery on its site, which looks like it was made circa 1990.
So… I guess we are left to assume that it did, in fact, happen. How it happened? That is beyond me. I still don’t even know how BrewDog pulled the big 55% abv beer off, let alone how a 60% abv beer could come into existence — and then still be called a beer.
According to several sources, Netherlands national news agency ANP spoke with brewer Jan Nijober about the newest victory. “It has become a little competition,” Mr Nijboer said. “You should see it as a joke.”
But who is the joke really on, Nijober? BrewDog? Or the the poor consumer, plagued by fear and uncertainty, confused over what really constitutes a beer and how it differs from Moonshine? Speaking of Moonshine, I bet if you carefully poured a shot of this beer over a glass of vodka, it would float. And then maybe you could light it on fire, just like a 151 floater on a Tiki cocktail. Now that wouldn’t that be a great party trick?
But all kidding aside, Nijober instructs that, “You don’t drink it like beer, but like a cocktail in a nice whisky or cognac glass.” A cocktail? Really? When was the last time you sipped on a 120 proof cocktail?
There is no word on how much of the beer will be available for purchase, or on the breadth of its distribution. But unlike BrewDog’s super limited ‘The End of History’ (which sold starting at a whopping 500 pounds – 780 USD – each), ‘Start the Future’ is being sold at the significantly lower price of $45 a pop.
And what of BrewDog? Will there be a retaliation? Will BrewDog come out of extreme beer retirement and reclaim the crown yet again? Or will they stay true to their word and let the war go down in history? Only time will tell…