The strongest beer on the planet comes courtesy of Scottish renegades Martin Dickie and James Watt, of BrewDog. Tactical Nuclear Penguin is 32% ABV, a truly hardcore brew from the hop mad showmen. Watt – The Emperor Penguin – recently e-mailed to weigh in on TNP and the future of extreme brewing at BrewDog.
Food GPS: Where did the name Tactical Nuclear Penguin come from?
Watt: The name comes from the extremely cold temperatures which the beer was exposed to during the freezing process.
Food GPS: How do you produce a 32% ABV beer?
Watt: All is explained in this little video which includes the dog in a penguin suit
Food GPS: How long do you ferment?
Watt: The initial fermentation was 10 days. The whole process took a year and a half.
Food GPS: Why was it important to produce the strongest beer on the planet?
Watt: Tactical Nuclear Penguin was about pushing the boundaries of innovation in beer and challenging people’s perceptions about what beer can be and how it can be enjoyed.
Food GPS: Can beer get any stronger? If so, what would it take?
Watt: We think it can, it would need a little refinement of the process. We could tell you, but then we maybe have to kill you, or at least have you kidnapped.
Food GPS: What’s your goal with Tactical Nuclear Penguin?
Watt: To achieve something remarkable and also to try and raise the profile of craft beer in the UK, a market where bland beer made by faceless corporations dominate.
Food GPS: What are some suggested food pairings?
Watt: TNP is awesome with some dark 80%+ cocoa chocolates.
Food GPS: What’s the next step with extreme brewing at BrewDog?
Watt: We are working on a few cool new projects, the best place to hear about these first is the blog on www.brewdog.com.