(Gunzenhausen, GERMANY) – The fact that Schorschbräu released the first batch of its record-breaking 40% ABV beer recently isn’t exactly breaking news though the brewery has just released a second batch.
On Thanksgiving morning, I wrote about BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin. BrewDog announced that the beer broke the previous world record of 31% ABV set by Schorschbräu and the beer made international headlines. Marketing is everything because, on the same day, news came out that Schorschbräu had lab proof for a sequel to its record-breaking beer: Schorschbock 40%. BrewDog got lots of press in the following weeks while Schorschbräu has received relatively little fanfare.
We got our first tasting report within the last couple weeks when RateBeer member, KapplDav123, posted that he was one of the few recipients of a bottle from the first batch, one of only 15. He even lit the beer on fire.
Brewmaster, Georg Tscheuschner, told me two days ago that batch 2 was up for sale but that he expected it to sell quickly as there are only around 80 bottles. The beer can be ordered directly through the brewery (contact info on website). Note this message on the website: “Although our beers are only available through a distributor, we have made an exception in this case, and allow this unique beer to be ordered from us directly.” They will ship to the States though it will cost you 13,5 € shipping costs plus 99 € per bottle with the box (which converts to almost $155 USD).
Tscheuschner says that the brewery is planning to produce around 300 bottles of the beer for 2010. “We are planning a ‘black edition’ with very dark malt so it will taste of chocolate and more roasty, malty, dry fruit flavors and of course a strong alcohol note.”
So the question now . . . will BrewDog respond? Perhaps a beer that hits 50% ABV? Come to think of it, Deus ex Machina would make a fitting name for such a beer or a strong Imperial Stout. I will gladly accept free beer in place of royalties from a brewery that wants to use it.