Schorschbräu wins back title "Strongest beer of the world"

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The German microbrewery Schorschbräu is known for brewing (every now and then) the strongest beer in the world. It’s been a nip-and-tuck race between the master brewer Georg Tscheuschner and the scottish brewery Brewdog on who gets to hold this much sought after title. After Brewdog tried to rule off the theme with their „The end of History“, Schorschbräu has now countered with the Schorschbräu Schorschbock 57% finis coronat opus.

The names of both these beers are referring to an end that is getting nearer. „The end of History“ is based on a term by the philosopher Francis Fukuyama, whose theses are actually based on Marx and Hegel (both Germans). Schorschbräu on the other hand quotes Ovid. „Finis coronat opus“ is Latin and means “The ending crowns the work”.

With a whopping 57,7% alcohol this race is bound to come to an end sooner or later. Compared to hard liquor, beer contains particles that cannot be removed by a dehydration method like freezing. Other methods would need to be used. Whether or not a drink with over 60% alcohol can be referred to as beer at all is a completely different theme. To go there would mean the whole definition of “beer” would need to be shaken.

On the „The end of History“ website Brewdog suggests that „The end of History“ will be their last try in the race after the strongest beer:

“The End of History, at 55%, is the final installment of our efforts to redefine the limits of contemporary brewing”

We’ll see if Brewdog stays behind its word or turn their coats and get back on the race.

An interview with Georg Tscheuschner is following soon.
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Dominik Jais's picture

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Brewer's picture

Congratulations! Have to

Congratulations! Have to taste it asap. Seems like Mr. George has won at the end.

Dominik Jais's picture

You probably will not have a

You probably will not have a chance to taste it. There are only some bottles left and most of them are reserved.

TheBeerNut's picture

Still 3% ABV behind

Still 3% ABV behind t'Koelschip's Start the Future.

There are other people playing this daft game outside the contrived rivallry between BrewDog and Schorschbräu.

Dominik Jais's picture

@TheBeerNut, I don't agree.

@TheBeerNut, I don't agree. The End the Future and Schorschbock are brewed using freeze removal as far as I know. They haven't added anything else like spirit or used distilling to gain higher alcohol content. All the alcohol came from the brewing process.

Actually the Schorschbock is in accordance with the German purity law.

TheBeerNut's picture

The details

Sorry to get into pedantic, semantic detail with this, but I think the context warrants it.

*None* of the alcohol in any of the beers -- in any beer ever -- comes from the brewing process. All of it, ever, comes from the fermentation process.

In all the beers under discussion, the high strength is derived by taking water away from finished beer. By distilling. In the BrewDog and Schorschbräu ones it's a single process: the beer is brewed and then it is distilled.

From what I can tell with 't Koelschip, it's two stages: beer is brewed and then distilled to make a beer spirit. This is then added to an undistilled beer.

The only difference is where you personally draw the line between "beer" and "spirit". If claiming that Start the Future is not all beer because it has spirit added to it, that logic dictates that The End of History and the Schorschbock series are 100% spirit because they are distilled in their entirety.

There is no logically coherent way I can think of that Start the Future can be excluded.

Dominik Jais's picture

More into details

I see your points. But I don't agree, yet. From my point it's not about stages, more about adding and reducing.

Distillation is a method of separating mixtures based on differences in their boiling points.

Fractional freezing is a process to separate two liquids with different melting points, e.g. freeze distillation

From my point of view taking out things, in this case the water, is more in accordance with the term beer than adding alcohol gained from another process, in this case distillation.

If we stick with the distillation it should be easy to get beers up to 80% alcohol by just adding spirit.

Actually what about if I produced a 80% beer by adding pure alcohol to an Augustiner Edelstoff. Hence I produced the strongest beer in the world. It's called "lauter the stoff". Anyone could do that.

But I don't. I don't call it a beer anymore. It's a beer mix because something was added from another process.

TheBeerNut's picture

Distillation differential

All methods of distillation are about reducing. You mention separation in the definition of fractional freezing. Since the separated water is discarded, it's a reduction process too. Every legal system I know regards "fractional freezing" in the same way as any other method of distillation. It *is* distillation.

The "another process" that negates Start the Future is the same one used in the others: taking water out of beer. Koelschip seem to be saying (excuse my poor Dutch comprehension) that the "spirit" they've added is 100% derived from beer. The "spirit" is beer in the same way the others are beer: malt, hops, yeast and water, fermented, with water removed.

In Lauter the Stoff, you're simply moving the goalposts. If the other substance you added was distilled, eg a bottle of Sink the Bismarck, are you saying that the result would not be beer? That Beer + Beer = NotBeer?

Schorsch 's picture

sorry beernut,but you are not

sorry beernut,but you are not right:

at the icebock method you take out the water,the concentrated mother-liquid is the result and is still beer.
when you destill a beer,the mother-liquid is rubbish and the alcoholic steam is the result.

not jet realized:
then please answer the following Questions:

is brandy still wine ??
is tequila agave-mash??
is wodka potato/grain mash??

TheBeerNut's picture

Beer - Water = ?

I don't understand what you mean by "the mother-liquid is rubbish".

The icebock method is distillation. It's often referred to as "freeze distillation". In both cases we are dealing with the equation:
Beer - Water =
The answer is either Beer or NotBeer and there is no logical reason for two different answers based on the method by which the water was removed.

If someone said "I have created the strongest wine in the world by removing some water from ordinary wine" it is a perfectly legitimate response to say "No, what you have there is brandy."

I don't think there are clear rules on what is beer and what is not beer.

I do think, however, that whichever answer you choose, it must be applied equally in all instances of Beer - Water = ?

Schorsch 's picture

sorry but you have that much

sorry but you have that much logical mistakes in your arguing i cannot go further in this discussion with you.
have a nice time in this blog and thanks for having the possibility to explane what was my intention.

Schorsch from Schorsch-brewery

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