“World’s Strongest” Beer with 32% Strength Launched

Managing director James Watt

As reported by the BBC

A controversial Scottish brewery has launched what it described as the world’s strongest beer – with a 32% alcohol content.

Tactical Nuclear Penguin has been unveiled by BrewDog of Fraserburgh.

BrewDog was previously branded irresponsible for an 18.2% beer called Tokyo, which it then followed with a low alcohol beer called Nanny State.

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TapHunter Presents the Best of Wintertime Beer

Just like the story, The Lost Abbey “Gift of the Magi” winter release beer is a holiday treat. (Courtesy photo)

By Jeff Gordon at TapHunter.com

Start a fire in the fireplace. Put on your snuggie. Cuddle up with a loved one. Thatís right, itís winter time here in San Diego. Brrrrrrrrrrr. Need some beer recommendations to combat that chilly 50 degree cold? Youíve come to the right place. Weíve picked out a few just for you. The following winter release beers are the strong, sometimes dark, cure for the wintertime blues.

Local Selections (Local to the West Coast/San Diego area- Prof. GA)

Alesmith Yulesmith- An American Red Ale loaded with hops and caramel malt.

Karl Strauss To The 9ís- An Imperial IPA packed with pine and citrus flavors.

Lost Abbey The Gift of the Magi- A Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with frankincense & myrrh.

Port Santaís Little Helper – A black, thick Russian Imperial Stout.

Stone Double Bastard Ale – A big aggressive American Strong Ale.

The Bruery Two Turtle Doves – A Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed with cocoa nibs & toasted pecans.

Not So Local Selections

(To the San Diego area- Prof. GA)

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Ye Olde Scribe’s Not Quite Thumbs Up Beer Report

Brewed by Yazoo Brewing, Nashville, TN
Imperial Smoked Porter

A “friend” sent this to Scribe. And if you’ve been reading Scribe for a while you know who this friend is. After other Yazoo shippings, yuletide past, Scribe was slightly disappointed. Not quite enough a Robust, not really a Brown. Certainly not Imperial as claimed. This smoked Porter is slightly unbalanced, just like Scribe. It does improve with warmth, as does Scribe.

“Come closer my dearie.”

Would it be inappropriate for Scribe to say to his beer at this point: first pour, “Nice head?” Hey, Scribe was just starting to enjoy the experience, Yazoo, why did you fizzle on his fazael?

Smoked? Yes. But the smoke seems to dominate too much. Keep the level but add more malt. More malt! More malt!

Pours blacker than a moonless, starless midnight in the middle of nowhere. The mouth is met by smoke and, eventually, darker malt.

Assertive Galena and Perle? Where? The Galena may have just gone up in the smoke. The Perles must still be in da sea.

Pleasant and enjoyable, just not quite as advertised. Scribe’s advice? Let it get very warm and it will be far better. The cold hides way too much. But still: well, Scribe is unbalanced too, but he makes his living BEING unbalanced. Beer shouldn’t have to. And Yazoo? Either beef up the malt or drop some of the smoke and “Imperial.”

Beer Jokes and Quotes

Vandals near downtown Houston do a grand job, but miss the point. If we were to meet Jesus in paradise, he probably wouldn’t offer any decent beer geek a Bud. That would be Hell.

Courtesy bitsandpieces.us

Submitted by R. S. Janes

(Some quotes had no source or were anonymous.)

“I’ve always believed that paradise will have my favorite beer on tap.”

— Rudyard Wheatley
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Brewer: Butt out and let us sell Santa beer

Maine authorities say the label for Santa’s Butt Winter Porter appeals to children.

ORTLAND, Maine/AP – A beer distributor says Maine is being a Scrooge by barring it from selling a beer with a label depicting Santa Claus enjoying a pint of brew. In a complaint filed in U.S. District, Shelton Brothers accuses the Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement of censorship for denying applications for labels for Santa’s Butt Winter Porter and two other beers it wants to sell in Maine.

The episode is reminiscent of last year when Connecticut told Shelton Brothers it had problems with its Seriously Bad Elf ale. “Last year it was elves. This year it’s Santa. Maybe next year it’ll be reindeer,” said Daniel Shelton, owner of the company in Belchertown, Mass.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, contends the state’s action violates the First Amendment by censoring artistic expression. But the state says it’s within its rights. The label with Santa might appeal to children, said Maine State Police Lt. Patrick Fleming. The other two labels are considered inappropriate because they show bare-breasted women.

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