A Look at the World’s Strongest Beers


BrewDog’s The End of History

Scottish brewery BrewDog has reclaimed the world record for the strongest beer in history with a 55% alcohol beer which it has named “The End of History.” Only 11 bottles will be available, and each bottle will come inside a stuffed animal – seven Stoats will be available at GBP500 and four grey squirrels at GBP700, making it also the most expensive beer in history.

The challenge is now squarely in front of BrewDog’s great rival, three-time holder of the record for the world’s strongest beer, Georg Tscheuschner of Schorschbräu brewery in Northern Bavaria.

This 55% beer is so strong that it is pushing the limits of what can be achieved in terms of alcohol content without ruining the taste – the new beer pushes the alcohol limit out by a further 25% over the previous record holder and the record is now more than double the alcoholic percentage of the world’s strongest beer just 16 months ago.


The beer’s name “The End of History” derives from philosopher Francis Fukuyama’s book “The End of History and the Last Man”, in which he postulates that democracy and political and economic liberalism will triumph and democracy will be the end point of political evolution.

Regardless, it also seems to be a withdrawal from the battle, as BrewDog’s blog states, “The End of History”, at 55%, is the final installment of our efforts to redefine the limits of contemporary brewing.”

“The End of History” began life as blond Belgian ale and was subsequently freeze distilled many times, infused with nettles from the Scottish Highlands and Fresh juniper berries and … then put in a bottle created by a taxidermist.

The End of History is now sold out. But you can still buy some of other limited edition, crazy high ABV beers like the 32% Tactical Nuclear Penguin and the 41% (yes 41%) Sink the Bismarck!

Sink The Bismarc

A beer so powerful just one gulp would push you over the drink-drive limit has gone on sale. Sink The Bismarck is believed to be the strongest beer available in the world with a 41 per cent alcohol content. Brewed by Scottish firm BrewDog it costs £55 for a 330ml bottle. The drink, which works out as £95 per pint, has four times as many hops than ordinary beers, say its makers.

The beer is supposed to be drunk in small quantities because it is so strong and has been designed with a screw top so it can be resealed.


Now a pub in Birmingham has put the controversial beverage behind the bar.

Nigel Barker, landlord at the Wellington, told the Birmingham Mail: ‘It has to be drunk in moderation because of its strength but we have sold several bottles.’

The taste for extra-strong beers has seen other brands appear on the market and an off licence close to the pub is selling one which is ‘just’ 32 per cent alcohol and also sells at £55 for a 330ml bottle.

The high alcohol content means a 50ml serving would be the equivalent of consuming two glasses of wine.

The label warns: ‘This is an extremely strong beer; it should be enjoyed 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.’

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