Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Emperor of Penguins Made of Strong Stuff

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Emperor of Penguins Made of Strong Stuff

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BrewDog''s managing director James Watt and co-founder, brewmaster and "director of stuff" Martin Dickie now plan to submit Tactical Nuclear Penguin to the Guinness Book of World Records (its strength was verified at Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on Wednesday, November 25, 2009).

In a comment straight out of a Star Trek introduction, James says: "This beer is about pushing the boundaries; it is about taking innovation in beer to a whole new level. It is about achieving something which has never been done before and putting Scotland firmly on the map for progressive, craft beers.

"This beer is bold, irreverent and uncompromising - a statement of intent and a modern-day rebellion for the craft beer proletariat in our struggle to overthrow the faceless bourgeoisie oppression of corporate, soulless beer.

"We felt the time was right to take beer to the next level, the Tactical Nuclear Penguin level. And we always did like Record Breakers."

Tactical Nuclear Penguin, which was named because of the long period of time it was exposed to Arctic-like conditions - stored for three weeks in the chiller of a local ice-cream factory at -20* to get it to its required alcohol level - began its life 18 months ago as a 10% abv Imperial Stout. The beer was aged for eight months in an Isle of Arran whisky cask and a further eight months in an Islay cask.

Alcohol freezes at a lower temperature than water and as the beer got colder BrewDog chief engineer Steven Sutherland decanted it periodically by running the alcohol off. Only ice was left in the container, creating more intensity of flavours and a stronger concentration of alcohol for the next phase of freezing.

The process was repeated until it reached 32% abv.

After tasting the final product straight from the chill room, Martin Dickie said: "This beer is mental. It''s the biggest beer ever made by a human - or a penguin."

And, on the morning of the new beer''s launch, James Watt criticised the Government''s refusal to back a policy on the minimum pricing of alcohol as proposed by the Scottish Government. …

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