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Top 6 Strongest Beers in the World


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Of all the fantastic things ever invented, beer is definitely among the top ten. Most of the beers you’ve drank look like juice for children in comparison with the strongest international beers.

Brewery: Dogfish Head Origin: United States Alcohol: 15-20%
With version 60, and 90, this brewery produces a version 120 which contains between 15 and 20% alcohol. Unlike other beers on this list, this is more readily available and of course if you live in the United States. Light pours because of its density and has a very mild taste of beer with such a quantity of alcohol.

Brewery: Sam Adams Origin: United States Alcohol: 27%
Is prohibited in 13 American states and sold in packs of six bottles. This beer is the pride of the Boston brewery and its unique strength thanks 15-year maturation in oak barrels, with the same kind used for maturing whiskey. Sales in ceramic-copper bottles resembling kettle.

Brewery: BrewDog Origin: Scotland Alcohol: 41%
Eccentric Scottish brewery BrewDog has produced a beer with 41 per cent alcohol. “Sink the Bismarck!” Celebrated command the British war Prime Minister Winston Churchill, which was the Royal Navy met 27 May in 1941. , when the North Atlantic Ocean after a three-day manhunt destroyed the famous German warship. Bismarck particularly disturbed Churchill because it had sunk the pride of the British fleet, the battle cruiser Hood. Although the method of production and the characteristics of beer indeed, Sink The Bismarck is not smooth like its less alcoholic relatives – in fact it has more alcohol than vodka or whiskey.

Brewery: BrewDog Origin: Scotland Alcohol: 55%
In addition you have a chance to see what it looks like a squirrel who swallowed a bottle, see also the second most expensive beer in the world. End of History beer is characterized by extremely high udiu alcohol. Produced only 11 bottles of this exclusive beer, called by the book of philosopher Francis Fukuyama.

Brewery: Schorschbrau Origin: Germany Alcohol: 57%
To be precise, this beer produced in Germany has a flat 57.5% alcohol. If you happen to try this beer, consider yourself a lucky guy, because currently this beer can not get anywhere, and it is produce only 36 bottles.

Brewery: ‘t Koelschip Origin: Netherlands Alcohol: 60%
Dutch brewery ‘t Koelschip produced a beer called Start The Future, which is – believe it or not – 60% alcohol, and currently holds the status of the strongest beer in the world. It certainly does not drink like beer, but like a cocktail in a glass of whiskey or brandy, otherwise you might have a strongest hangover the in the world.

If you are reaching into a picnic cooler for an ice cold beer this Independence Day holiday, you are in good company. More than 99 million Americans drink beer responsibly, making beer the top choice over wine and hard liquor for celebrating occasions like the Fourth of July – America’s top beer-selling holiday.

Average American drank 300 beers last year, did you exceed this?

In the two weeks ending on July 7, 2012, beer was the largest selling category of all food and beverage categories in Nielsen measured channels, with sales reaching $1.36 billion. This year, brewers and beer importers hope to see beer again be the top choice for Americans celebrating the occasion.

This week also marks the release of a new analysis of state-by-state beer consumption data from the Beer Institute, the national trade association representing America’s brewers, beer importers and industry suppliers. The analysis found that the five states that consumed the most beer per capita in 2012 were:

1. North Dakota

2. New Hampshire

3. Montana

4. South Dakota

5. Wisconsin

Overall, beer consumption rose 1.5 percent in the United States in 2012 as the economy began to come back after the recession and above normal winter and spring temperatures helped boost beer sales. This means that, on average, each American over the age of 21 drank a little less than one 12 ounce beer per day in 2012. That equates to about 300 beers per year.


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Finding Bigfoot could pay off big time.

A beer maker in Washington state has offered a $1 million reward to anyone who can do what has eluded mankind for generations: snaring a living Sasquatch.

Evan and Daren Metropoulos, owners of Pabst Brewing Company and Olympia Beer, have offered to pay $25,000 a year for the next four decades to the person who can reel in a live Bigfoot.

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Just in case you assumed few folks would join the quest for Bigfoot, you ought to know that 14% of Americans believe in its existence, and another 14% are unsure.

By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM AP Business WriterRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Craft breweries from around the country are toasting the troops with a beer aged with a unique ingredient that symbolizes America’s pastime – baseball bats.

Nine different brewers collaborated to create Homefront IPA, all using the same recipe, complete with orange peel and unfinished maple Louisville Sluggers. Toward the end of the fermentation process the beer soaks in a tank with the maple bats.

All proceeds from the beer, which is being released for Memorial Day, will be donated to Operation Homefront, a national group that provides emergency financial assistance to military families.

The Hops for Heroes project began in 2011 when Chris Ray, co-founder of Center of the Universe Brewing Co. in suburban Richmond, was pitching for the Seattle Mariners.

A home brewer at the time, Ray wanted to partner with a local brewery to create a charity beer. Together with Fremont Brewing Co. in Seattle and his brother, Phil, they developed the recipe and chose the charity Operation Homefront, which was suggested by Ray’s childhood friend that served as a soldier in Afghanistan.

“I was always taught when I was growing up to help out the people that help you,” Ray said while talking about the beer at The Diamond, home of the Flying Squirrels minor league baseball team. “They’re putting their lives on the line for us every day. The least we can do is help them keep their car on the road or help them keep their house.”

In addition to Center of the Universe and Fremont Brewing, the list of participating breweries has grown to include Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Fla., Sly Fox Brewing Co. in Pottstown, Pa., Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis, 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, the Phoenix Ale Brewery in Phoenix, Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont, Colo., and Stone Brewing Co., in Escondido, Calif. Other sponsors within the craft brewing industry provided ingredients and supplies to help brewers keep their costs down and increase the amount of money raised for the cause.

Last year, the project helped raise $165,000, with additional donations to the group coming in because of the beer project, Ray said. After the beer is brewed, the bats also are dried and auctioned off.

The breweries will sell the beer in bottles and kegs in their areas, with all proceeds being donated to local chapters of the charity. Bottles in the Richmond market even include American flag caps.

“It doesn’t really get any more Americana than beer, baseball and America’s troops,” Ray said.

While Ray is glad more breweries are participating in the project, he said he wants it to grow slowly to keep the beer novel.

Aaron Taylor, spokesman for Operation Homefront, said the project is a great opportunity for folks to support military families and have a good time.

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Taylor, whose group helped meet the needs of 151,150 military families in 2012 by paying for car and home repairs and other financial aid.

Craft brewers are known for using their beers to support causes that they believe in, said Julia Herz, the craft beer program director at the Brewers Association, a Colorado-based industry group.

“They’re just so tied to their communities,” she said. “It’s a very symbiotic thing,”

And with beer lovers excited to see a craft beer that benefits a charity, the beers usually sell out fast.

“What feels good tastes even better,” Herz said.

Other adult beverage makers also support projects that benefit the military.

Several wineries a have created wines to support military groups like Operation Homefront.

Bourbon bottler Jim Beam has partnered with Operation Homefront for the past five years to raise money and awareness through promotional events such as concerts. And whiskey company Wild Turkey has teamed up with The Boot Campaign, which supports veterans through the sale and promotion of combat boots. Its “Boots and Bourbon” initiative raises money and highlights returning veterans’ issues.

We all know our usual New Year’s resolutions aren’t always particularly exciting.  They normally involve things like losing weight, or breaking a bad habit. While those types of resolutions are important,  this list is much more fun. Expand your love and knowlege of craft beer in the new year.  Add one of these resolutions (they’re in no particular order) to your list and get ready for 2013!

10. Introduce someone to craft beer.

9. Try at least one new beer a month.

8. Participate in an American Craft Beer Week event.

7. Host or attend a beer tasting.  We even have a video to help you!

6. Cook with craft beer!  We’re adding new recipes to CraftBeer.com all the time. Also try Honestcooking,com  recipe section— get tips and tricks for cookingwith craft beer

5. Give craft beer or brewery gear as a present.

4. Learn more about your favorite beverage; read a book on beer or brewing. Find tons of information at BeerAdvocate.com.

3. Experience a beer festival.

2. Plan a side-trip to a brewery on your next vacation.

1. Bring craft beer to a housewarming, dinner party or a garage near you.

Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas — and not Great Lakes Christmas Ale — was selected as the best holiday beer by 60 people participating in the “12 Beers of Christmas” tasting this week at D’Agneses Trattoriain Akron. Earlier, I reported that Great Lakes was chosen as the top beer by mistake. My apologies.

Troegs Mad Elf finished a close second, and Southern Tier 2XMAS was third.

In addition to Thirsty Dog, Troegs and Southern Tier, the event featured Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Avery Old Jubilation, Goose Island Christmas Ale, Anchor Steam Merry Christmas Ale, Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Bell’s Christmas Ale and Great Divide Hibernation Ale.


Sam Adam’s Utopia…. $190 a Bottle!

Samuel Adams Utopias is a brewing masterpiece of sorts, a blend of beers aged in various wine and spirit barrels for up to 19 years. It’s a special ambrosia, one that commands a special price –$190 a bottle.

But that’s only if you can find one on the shelves to buy. These curious kettle-shaped bottles get snapped up by beer geeks like they’re Tickle Me Elmo dolls and it’s Christmas 1996. Those who miss the feeding frenzy have to turn to places like eBay, where prices can range $300 to $400 a bottle.

That’s a ton of money to spend on 24-fluid ounces of beer, and it begs the question – is it worth it?

Well, that hinges on several factors that for me, say yes.

First, let’s talk vintages. Utopias has been released six times since 2002, making this year’s 2012 batch the 10th anniversary edition.  Every release is different from the last – the blend is tweaked, the types of casks used to age the beers are changed up, special ingredients come and go and the alcohol by volume seems to increase a bit each time.

The first Utopias I ever tasted was a 2007, and the first sip literally made my body tingle with delight from head-to-toe. It was magical, perhaps the most enchanting mouthful of beer I’ve had in my lifetime.  That 2007 vintage was certainly worth a couple of hundred dollars for a bottle, but what about the 2012 release?

The heart of this year’s batch is a dark beer brewed with maple syrup.  It’s blended with several other brews that have spent time aging in a variety of wooden vessels, from Portuguese Tawny Port casks to Nicaraguan rum barrels. The oldest beer in the blend is Samuel Adams Triple Bock, the company’s original extreme beer brewed in 1993 – it’s been aged in wood for almost 20 years.  Each lends a unique flavor to the mix.

Pour a couple of ounces of Utopias into the fancy Riedel glass that comes with each bottle, and the first thing that strikes you is the lack of bubbles. Utopias is a “still” beverage, which is a nice way of saying it’s a flat beer. This is something most brewers and beer geeks try to avoid, but it works here because all the layered flavors in Utopias make you forget that it’s a beer at all. Utopias drinks more like a brandy or a cognac.

Bring the little snifter to your nose and you’re greeted by a thick stream of boozy maple syrup, some sticky dark fruits and just a hint of tobacco. A sip treats your palate to a syrupy vanilla sweetness, followed by a cloying gush of honeyed port wine, with notes of chocolate, figs and raisins dancing in-between. Wait a second or two, and your lower chest blossoms with a lovely warmth from the beer’s 29% alcohol by volume.  There’s not much of a hop finish here, despite Samuel Adams’ claims that there are Mittlefrueh, Teggnanger and Splater varieties aboard.


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Pride of Cleveland

Who can forget those heady days when Cleveland was a leading producer of suds — not soap, but beer? There was Carling’s Black Label, and the catchy phrase, “Hey Mabel, Black Label.”  My wife worked for a time at the brewery, then located at 105th Street near Euclid Avenue. She never met Mabel, nor did any of the other workers, but they sure enjoyed the fringe benefits — a case of beer a week.

Jimmy Dudley, the affable voice of the Cleveland Indians, promoted many of our home-brewed beers.  P.O.C., whose initials supposedly stood for the “Pride of Cleveland.” Also, it was derogatorily called other names as well which I shall not get into.

Dudley also sang the praises of “Erin Brew, the Standard Beer,” a Cleveland frothy favorite quaffed in large quantities by thirsty Indians fans on hot days at the old League Park and the Stadium.

Leisy Light had many fans as well. And other Cleveland brewed beers popped up from time to time, then gradually disappeaared from the scene — like the steel mills and the ore boats.

Let’s all raise our glasses high and toast the beers that made Cleveland famous!

– Walter Mack, North Carolina (formerly, Cleveland)


World’s Largest Glass of Beer

Everybody loves to enjoy a glass a beer now and then, but there is no man who would be able to finish the world’s biggest glass of beer. Actually this feat would be a problem even for a hundred people as the biggest glass of beer was 8 feet (2.44 meters) tall and filled with 430 gallons (1,627 liters) of Guinness beer. The glass alone weighs about 900 pounds (408 kg).

People responsible for this record are David Copley and Eric Johnson, owners of the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub in Tustin, California. Over 400 people gathered to watch the beer being poured in the huge glass.

worlds biggest glass of beer

Oh and if you were thinking that all this beer went to waste, don’t worry, because the pub owners said that they will drink it all, and they didn’t lie.

A flyers Remembrance

The Beer Run

On June 13, 1944, (D-Day plus seven) number 412 (Falcon) Squadron, along with the others comprising 126 Wing gathered for a briefing by W/C Keith Hodson at our Tangmere base.

We would get details of our now regular Beach Patrol activities, only this one had a slight variation.

The Wingco singled me out to arrange delivery of a sizable shipment of beer to our new airstrip being completed at Beny-sur- Mer.

The instructions went something like this – “Get a couple other pilots and arrange with the Officers Mess to steam out the jet tanks and load them up with beer. When we get over the beachhead drop out of formation and land on the strip. We’re told the Nazis are fouling the drinking water so it will be appreciated.”

“There’s no trouble finding the strip, the Battleship Rodney is firing salvoes on Caen and it’s immediately below. We’ll be flying over at 13,000 so the beer will be cold enough when you arrive.”

I remember getting Murray Haver from Hamilton and a third pilot (whose name escapes me) to carry out the caper.

In reflection it now seems like an appropriate Air Force gesture for which the erks (infantrymen) would be most appreciative.

By the time I got down to 5,000 the welcoming from the Rodney was hardly inviting but sure enough there was the strip.

Wheels down and in we go, three Spits with 90 gallon jet tanks fully loaded with cool beer.

As I rolled to the end of the mesh runway it was hard to figure . . . there was absolutely no one in sight. What do we do now, I wondered, we can’t just sit here and wait for someone to show up. What’s with the communications?

Finally I saw someone peering out at us from behind a tree and I waved frantically to get him out to the aircraft. Sure enough out bounds this army type and he climbs onto the wing with the welcome . . . “What the hell are you doing here?”

Whereupon he got a short, but nevertheless terse, version of the story.

“Look,” he said “can you see that church steeple at the far end of the strip? Well it’s loaded with German snipers and we’ve been all day trying to clear them out so you better drop your tanks and bugger off before it’s too late.”

In moments we were out of there but such was the welcoming for the first Spitfire at our B4 airstrip in Normandy.

The unbelievable sequel to this story took place in the early 1950s at Ford Motor Company in Windsor where I was employed at the time.

A chap arrived to discuss some business and enquired if I had been in the Air Force. “Yes, indeed,” I responded.

“Did you by chance land at Beny-sur-Mer in Normandy with two other Spitfires with jet tanks loaded with beer?” he asked.

“Yes for sure I did,” I answered, “But how on earth would you possibly be aware of that?”

“Well I’ll tell you,” he said, “I was the guy who climbed on your wing and told you to bugger off.”

We finished the afternoon reminiscing.