Bruisin’ News: Nuclear penguins, Olde Rabbit’s Foot, BA’s craft beer site…

Posted Dec 02, 2009 in Beer, Beer Humor, Breweries, Brewpubs, Coming Soon, Cooking with Beer, Coolness, In the news, People, Rants, Rarerities, Travel, Video

Tactical Nuclear Penguin from BrewDog on Vimeo.

Tactical Nuclear Penguin
Okay, so the BrewDog dudes are up to some Scottish shenanigans again. Remember the whole hoop-dee-doo over Toyko, the 18.2% abv beer that made drinks regulators in the UK lose their proper minds? Well, the short, quick story (since then) goes like this: BrewDog responds to the Toyko outcry with a beer called Nanny State that is 1.1% abv (obviously in mocking, but really, pretty darn funny). Well, timing is everything… Over the American Thanksgiving weekend, Brewdog released their 18-months-in-the-making  Tactical Nuclear Penguin, a 32.0% abv beer that now beats the alcoholic beer record previously held by the 27.0% abv (and $150 per copper-kettle bottle) Samuel Adams Utopias. UK regulators respond again by calling BrewDog big, nasty, grown-up names like “childish” and “attention-seeking”. We don’t think this beer was at all intended to compete with or mimic Utopias—as they are both distinctly different beers achieving their high-alcohol state through distinctly different methods. But we do think it says a lot about the cojones of these two young guns from Scotland. They are not effing around. Their vision is clear. And, I’m sorry, but that video is hilarious. That is one hell of an awesome marketing job. For the best all-out play-by-play on the matter, please visit Jay at the Brookston Bulletin. Great summary. Also, for what it’s worth, beer spies report that James Watt is in the US for a few weeks was in Raleigh, NC on Sunday sampling TNP.

Olde Rabbit’s Foot will be a lucky find
If you don’t have plans for next Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11:00 a.m., you do now. According to Mutineer Magazine, you want to be at Foothills Brewing Co. in Winston-Salem for the release of Olde Rabbit’s Foot—a collaboration between The Duck-Rabbit Brewery, Foothills Brewing Co., and Olde Hickory Brewery. Only 694 bottles being released with a 4 bottle per person limit. (Thanks @odiedog52 for the coverage.)

The Brewers Association upgrades craft beer
The Brewers Association, founders of the Great American Beer Festival, have given craft beer a face lift with CraftBeer.com. Love it! There are travel tips, plenty of guides, and one of our favorite places “The Right Glass.”

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