02 October 2009

The Ultimate Imperial Session Beer!

Frankly, I'm still not 100% convinced this isn't just a well-crafted publicity-garnering prank:

Scotland's BrewDog brewery, a tiny maker of numerous "extreme" beers that many aficionados apparently either love or detest, has, in apparent response to negative publicity over their 18% Tokyo oak-aged stout, has announced the release of Nanny State, a 1.1% (that's right, one-point-one percent) "Imperial Mild."

Nanny State is our quiet and dignified response to the ongoing controversy surrounding Britain's strongest ever beer, Tokyo*. Nanny State is a 1.1% ale. We have gone from making Britain's strongest beer to a brew so low in alcohol it is below the legal classification of beer and not strong enough to be subject to beer duty.

If logic serves the same people who witch-hunted and publically slated us should now offer us heartfelt support and public congratulations. However I fear that this, unfortunately, is an arena devoid of logic and reason.

Nanny State is an extraordinary little beer. It contains more hops than any other beer we have ever brewed. There is over 60 kilos used in our tiny 20HL batch. It contains more hops than any other beer ever brewed in the UK. It has a theoretical IBU of 225. It is jam packed with our favourite hops and already tastes amazing. Nanny State picks up where How to Disappear Completely [a 3.5% "Imperial Mild double IPA" with 198 IBU's] left off and takes the low ABV hop-bomb concept to the next level and cranks the BrewDog craziness up a few notches.

Paging Lew Bryson and other "session beer" aficionados...........  that's right, a "theoretical IBU's of 225......   Mike?  Steve?  Up for it?

Incidentally, their Tokyo is reported by the brewery as en route to the American market, with the name changed to Tokio for us.  No word yet on the Nanny State........

Oh, and just so you know:  Their Paradox Islay that showed up on cask at Max's was heavenly, in an "imperial" Alaskan Smoked Porter sort of way--but their Paradox Smokehead on draft was just that little too "smoky," more charred and ashen tasting...........


Caederus said...

Check out an interview with the folks at Brew Dog on The Brewing Network back in July. They talk about their brushes with the authorities over their bigger beers.


I got the impression that they have an in your face marketing philosophy like Lagunitas has with Censored

Rachel said...

Your blog is great! My husband is a local Baltimore brewer, and he's gotten me hooked on good beer, too. Keep up the good work! :)