Official motion against Tokyo* lodged in Scottish Parliament
This motion was lodged in the Scottish Parliament today by a MSP.
*S3M-4646♦ Robert Brown: Tokyo Beer-That the Parliament is concerned at the extent of health and criminal justice problems associated with excessive and unhealthy alcohol consumption in Glasgow and other parts of Scotland; notes the production of Tokyo beer by BrewDog brewery; further notes that Tokyo is being cited as Britain's strongest beer; is concerned that, with an alcohol content of 18.2%, each 330ml bottle will contain the equivalent of six units of alcohol, which is twice the recommended daily limit for women set by health professionals; recognises the significant health and social harms associated with irresponsible drinking; further recognises that major cultural change is required if Scotland is to tackle its damaging relationship with alcohol, and therefore believes that promoting drinks of this kind with both a very high alcohol content and unit volume is reprehensible in a society where the medical evidence shows that, across all age groups and socio-economic categories, individuals are drinking too much alcohol.
Nanny State anyone? Surely they must have to ban whisky, wine and pretty much everything else too?
Addition: From The Scotsman 5/8/09
18.2% beer row leaves bitter taste
Published Date: 05 August 2009 By David Maddox A ROW is brewing in Holyrood over a motion condemning a Scottish company for producing the strongest beer in the world.
The Liberal Democrat justice spokesman, Robert Brown, has put down a motion attacking the new Tokyo* beer, believed to be the strongest beer in the world, produced by the Aberdeenshire-based brewery BrewDog.
Mr Brown called the beer's 18.2 per cent alcohol level "reprehensible in a society where the medical evidence shows that, across all age groups and socio-economic categories, individuals are drinking too much alcohol".
But Mr Brown's motion has been attacked by the company as a "nanny state" approach,
and Green MSP Patrick Harvie suggested his Liberal Democrat opponent was missing the point on Scotland's problem with booze.
"I doubt we'll see fans of Buckfast switching to niche micro-brewery beers like this, and Robert Brown should therefore simply calm down," he said.
"He shouldn't attack a small Scottish company which makes some great beers."
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- Finally got my delivery yesterday! No surprise your despatch department was overwhelmed :)
This beer is just amazing tho, really a taste to behold. The smell of the beer defies the taste, i spend half the time smelling it and then drinking it. Lovely stuff.
Looking forward to the next batch of Tokyo! Dave Wee10.08.2009
- Unbelievable. Zak Avery05.08.2009
- Saw the news item in yahoo news this morning, first thing to do – find the web site and order the beers without delay! Now looking forward to the delivery, but not by N Atlantic trawler… Martin Tidy05.08.2009
- Why cant the politicians ever praise the efforts of people who strive to bring us (the public) products that are a bit special? We are responsible adults who like to drink in moderation and appreciate a great, natural beer. They should investigate what c**p gets used to produce bland cheap drinks and alcopops. Leave us alone Big Brother! Gary Brine05.08.2009
- Where can I buy this beer? Leopoldo Ramírez05.08.2009
- This, coming from a nation that owes a large part of its continuing economic success on the export of malt whisky, seems hypocritical in the extreme.
A classic knee-jerk reaction and a blatant attempt to score cheap political points with a hysterical media. Shame on you, Robert Brown, shame on you. Darren T04.08.2009
- this makes me want to scream. only one things for it boys.....stick it to the man and make the next one even stronger! martin04.08.2009
- Unbelievable... If I was a woman, and I wanted to drink more than my daily recommended units of alcohol - then I would go to the off licence and buy a half bottle of vodka, or some other kind of spirit - for less than the price of a bottle of Tokyo. Not that I am saying the price is too high - far from it - but I suggest that they look at tackling the ROOT of the problem - and with that they will find people buying and drinking high-strength God awful cider, fortified wines, and cheap spirits. Chris04.08.2009
- Basically everything pete has said. Once again it just shows you how incredibly stupid the goverment has become when they say 6 units a bottle, without thinking for the same size of bottle you can have 8 units more for a third of the price in whisky. Its not even avalible in Glasgow, i mean come on! magicdave604.08.2009
On another note, had a Tokyo last night. Loved it! Its much better than the 12% version. Well done chaps! JD04.08.2009
- 1. Suggest the MSP tries to actually find a bottle in Glasgow.
2. Suggest he finds a woman - any woman - who actually wants to drink an entire bottle of Tokyo* in one sitting.
3. Suggest he actually tastes the beer so he knows what the fuck he is talking about before starting to mouth off about it.
4. Reading the text of the motion closely, he has utterly failed to make any kind of link between drinks of this kind - whatever they might be - and the social problems he describes.
5. Binge drinking is going down. Alcohol consumption is going down. The number of under-age drinkers is going down. At the same time as Britain is seeing more flavourful craft beers come onto the market. Pete Brown04.08.2009
- Saw this last week and was apalled to think that the Govt want to ban it..I could see the point if it was marketed at £1 a pop but it is a premium product with a premium price.common sense gone AWOL..straight banana anyone? Lavinia Turnbull04.08.2009
- Nanny state is not the half of it...
Its taking the Mick out of all of the responsible drinkers out there, its not like you are going to go out and try to drink 10 of these and go out and start a fight... Which is pretty much what theyre saying...
Its a shame that MPs cant actually do something useful for a change, instead of wasting our hard earned Money! Dale Walker04.08.2009
- We have a saying in this country, when life gives you lemons, than make lemonade. Basically, use this bad excuss for government logic and turn it against them with making lots of pound notes.
I know you distriute in the USA so I would make this post an add campaign and sell..sell...sell.
The Wild Scotsman Jeff Topping03.08.2009
*facepalm* Neil McDougall03.08.2009