BrewDog decided to publish recipes for some 215 different beers they have brewed. They appear to be calibrated for all grain, 5 gallon batches which is also really cool, since they’ve taken the work of scaling the recipe down off our hands. (Unless you’re an extract brewer like me but I’m pretty sure I can fake it…)
It’s a hell of a time to be a beer drinker.
Somebody got to have some Sink the Bismark. And then write about it. It is clearly a hard life.
I always tend to wonder (during these stories) what the point of making, say 100% ABV beer is. Because that’s where this is going. We’ll all have eyedroppers of alcohol and wonder what those crazy people who talk about ‘pints’ are thinking.
That said, sometimes you just gotta be crazy. And healthy competition is a way better reason to innovate than a need to kill people (or sink a huge boat, as necessary as it was.) So why not?
Also, a report on canned beer. I’m not sure that ‘best’ is really the word to use in a subjective Universe of beer drinking but what the hell, it gives me something else to link to AND a way to lead into Friday’s article.
That sums up my initial reaction to this article on BrewDog’s latest super-high-alcohol brew.
This has a lot to do with what I’m reading into this article, which strikes me as holier than thou, wanting to look down its nose at BrewDog-or someone-for making beers that (gasp) get you drunk.
There’s a bizarre sideways-implied insistence that there should be ‘responsible brewing’ in regards to alcohol content. What the hell does that mean? And if it’s a charge you want to make, why not start with Jack Daniels or Sky Vodka? Sorry; it just riles me when I see foolishness.
The only responsibility BrewDog has is to make good beer. I would hope that they’d go about it in an ethical manner, considering the amount of water used to make beer, the use of spent grains and hops once the beer is made, etc. Ensuring the drinking possibilities of future generations is what I consider to be responsible brewing.
After that, what those guys and gals do is up to them. At no point should the question be asked; is it responsible to brew this beer that is going to get people drunk?
Because the question is dishearteningly stupid. Beer will get you drunk. It’s a bonus to the rest of the things we love about beer and yes, we need to be aware of the consequences when we drink. But why should the brewers think about that?