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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