The World's Strongest Beer: Tactical Nuclear Penguin

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Beer for the Dedicated

The BrewDog team have pulled off our most audacious and ambitious project to date, and smashed a world record in the process. We have today, Thursday 26 November 2009, set a new world record after creating the strongest beer in the world. Weighing in at an ABV of 32%, BrewDog’s ‘Tactical Nuclear Penguin’ beats the previous record of 31% held by German beer brand Schorschbraer.


This beer is about pushing the boundaries, it is about taking innovation in beer to a whole new level. It is about achieving something which has never before been done and putting Scotland firmly on the map for progressive, craft beers.

This beer is bold, irreverent and uncompromising. A beer with a soul and a purpose. A statement of intent. A modern day rebellion for the craft beer proletariat in our struggle to over throw the faceless bourgeoisie oppression of corporate, soulless beer.’

The Antarctic name inducing schizophrenia of this uber-imperial stout originates from the amount of time it spent exposed to extreme cold. This beer began life as a 10% imperial stout 18 months ago. The beer was aged for 8 months in an Isle of Arran whisky cask and 8 months in an Islay cask making it our first double cask aged beer. After an intense 16 month, the final stages took a ground breaking approach by storing the beer at -20 degrees for three weeks to get it to 32%.

For the big chill the beer was put into containers and transported to the cold store of a local ice cream factory where it endured 21 days at penguin temperatures. Alcohol freezes at a lower temperature than water. As the beer got colder BrewDog Chief Engineer, Steven Sutherland decanted the beer periodically, only ice was left in the container, creating more intensity of flavours and a stronger concentration of alcohol for the next phase of freezing. The process was repeated until it reached 32%.


Of the 500 330ml bottles released, 250 will be available for £35 with a further 250 available for £250 – the latter will include a  share in the BrewDog company as part of its ‘Equity for Punks’ campaign which is aiming to raise £2.3m to build a new eco-friendly, carbon-neutral brewery in Aberdeen. 



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 states: 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.

Tactical Nuclear Penguin is a beer unlike any you have tried before - and you can buy yours here, in our online shop.


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Marty 28.11.2009 @ 6:20am
way to go you made some real sweet retard juice for the retard masses. 32% what are you thinking? This is sacrilege the lord will bring down his wrath upon your kingdom the apocalypse is near drink more nuclear penguin. hail satan
Jack McIntyre 28.11.2009 @ 5:44am
Grr, I wish I could get some. But Im in Australia.. I had a little sad face written here, but apparently thats not allowed - you can imagine it though.

Here is a not-as-good one - 8C

Thats a big frown!
Tony Cowe 28.11.2009 @ 4:48am
Just brilliant.
Keep up the good work.
Im glad I came across brewdog,at last Fraserburgh is being put on the map for having something exciting and new.

Id love to try out the Tactical Nuclear Penguin do you deliver to Thailand.
ijc 27.11.2009 @ 11:22pm
Ripping off Bad-Badtz-Maru wholesale is just lazy infringement. Lazy and illegal.
Dimitri 27.11.2009 @ 9:56pm
Guys, you should stop in being so fucking awesome :D

I m a big fan from Italy, I m angry about the fact that I can t reach Tokyo & the Penguin so easily... but for now i got:
Chaos Theory (very good)
Punk (masterpiece)
Physics (very good)
Paradox (Smokehead) (yet to try in an Igloo, so no comment for now.. hahaha!!!)
pm 27.11.2009 @ 9:52pm
I think it wholly irresponsible to give beer to penguins, never mind 32% beer. It is a well known fact that alcohol causes heat loss. In Antartica, it can sometimes get down to minus 3, which is quite cold. So heat loss through alcohol could worsen their situation. Also, they could slip more.
I will buy some of this beer, but only for research purposes for my Anti-Abuse Against Penguins and Other Animals that Live in Cold Places group.
Please reconsider your testing methods. You could try it on meerkats; Im not so keen on them. They are like rats with tails.
Howard Holmes 27.11.2009 @ 8:58pm
A cynical marketing ploy?

Hardly, when you mention listening to Zappa on the label.

Well done! Give that focus group a cigar! And Penguins all round.
Frank the Tank 27.11.2009 @ 8:53pm
Is there a way of getting this beer in the USA?
Mr Jack 27.11.2009 @ 5:21pm
Can it really still be called a beer if its been freeze distilled? - I think you have made something new.
John 27.11.2009 @ 10:31am
Amazing! I want to be a Penguin and drink TNP all day on an iceberg.
Matt 26.11.2009 @ 11:26am
That video is the coolest thing ever! the penguins are awesome.
Dubbel 26.11.2009 @ 10:29am
Those look like pretty sizable measures in the video guys!
Chris Myers 26.11.2009 @ 10:17am
Sounds pretty interesting - a quick question. Since its recommended to be taken in small servings is the bottle easily resealable, or is there any recomended method of resealing that would preserve the quality of the beer within?