Tactical Nuclear Penguin
The drink, named “Tactical Nuclear Penguin” is so strong that it should be served in small measures usually reserved for spirits. Its maker, BrewDog brewers of Fraserburgh described the 32 per cent proof tipple as its “most audacious and ambitious project to date”.
But its launch comes amid a high profile debate in Scotland about an epidemic of alcoholism in the country. The devolved SNP administration is considering introducing minimum pricing in an attempt to curb problem drinking.
BrewDog, which describes itself as making “progressive, craft beers” was previously responsible for an 18.2pc drink called Tokyo which it claimed had been “banned” by the Portman Group, the industry body which runs a voluntary code of conduct.
It also made a low alcohol brew which it mockingly name “Nanny State”.
Only 500 bottles of its latest beer have been produced, with half going on sale for £30 each and remainder offered for £250 with a share in the company also on offer.
In a posting on the company’s website, James Watt, the managing director said: “This beer is bold, irreverent and uncompromising, a beer with a soul and a purpose, a statement of intent.”
He added: “Beer has a terrible reputation in Britain, it’s ignorant to assume that a beer can’t be enjoyed responsibly like a nice dram or a glass of fine wine.
“A beer like Tactical Nuclear Penguin should be enjoyed in spirit sized measures.
“It pairs fantastically with vanilla bean white chocolate it really brings out the complexity of the beer and complements the powerful, smoky and cocoa flavours.”
A warning on the label advises drinkers to take it in small servings: “and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance.
“In exactly the same manner that you would enjoy a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious ghost.”