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Responsible brewing

Bite me.

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?