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Around mid February, the race was on to brew the strongest beer. Across the world, many different brewers took a stab at the challenge. The result: a 41% alcohol by volume beer.

The beer, affectionately called Sink the Bismarck!, is a quadruple IPA (india pale ale). It was released by Scottish brewery BrewDog late last week. The brewery describes the beer as: “amplified. With the volume turned full up, it is important you that you be careful with this beer and show it the same amount of skeptical, tentative respect you would show an international chess superstar, clown or gypsy.”

All joking aside, I’m sure the bitterness of this beer is enough to twist your cheeks into a upside down fish face. It’s also more potent than whiskey and runs for about $63.00 per bottle.

To the Huffington Post, the brewery’s managing director James Watt said, “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 Sink the Bismarck should be enjoyed in spirit sized measures.”

The competition for the strongest beer has been brewing (hah, get it?) for quite a while now. The champions holding the title before BrewDog were the folks at Schorschbräu, making beers at 40% alcohol by volume. Before that, BrewDog had a beer called the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, coming in at 34% alcohol by volume.

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