In the land where Budweiser seems to be most popular (sorry Miller and others), where entertainment is usually a carne asada and beer, and where “there is nothing else to do but drink” (said a friend of mine, hijole), it is a scary thought to read about a new brand of beer that concentrates its alcohol content. As if people needed help getting drunk. Time Magazine had an article on BrewDog’s newest creation, the Tactical Nuclear Penguin beer:
In November BrewDog, a Scottish microbrewery started three years ago, released a new brand, dubbed Tactical Nuclear Penguin. The beer set a new record by weighing in at a scary 32% alcohol-by-volume, over six times the strength of familiar domestic brands like Budweiser. As explained on a cheeky video on the company’s website (warning: the clip contains simulated penguin sex), the brewery was able to attain such a high alcohol content for its product by freezing the beer at a local ice cream factory, at temperatures as low as -6 degrees, for 21 days. Alcohol freezes at lower temperatures than water, and removing water from the solution increased the alcohol concentration.
Where is Nancy Reagan to tell us to “Just Say No” to this beer and all other beer? As a non-drinker in a very drinking oriented culture, I hope we don’t actually see this beer on our shelves. Maybe the price will scare people away? Boo to drinking and to my friend – there are PLENTY of other ways to entertain yourself aside from drinking, borracha!
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