The 2011 Prototype Challenge

The 2011 Prototype Challenge

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A key cornerstone of the BrewDog philosophy is trying to shorten the distance as much as possible between ourselves and you – the people who drink our beers. We love you guys (individually and collectively) and we want to involve you as much as we can in all aspects of our business. Hell if it was not for you guys, we would not even have a brewery at all.

So, we felt it was only right to get your feedback as we put together our plans for what we are going to brew next year. Since you are going to help us drink it, it is only fair that you help us decide what we brew.

Help decide BrewDog's Beer Range PART II

Following on from our 2 recent blogs on our core range beers, we are going to be slightly tweaking our core range of our 5 year round beers in 2012.

We are also intending adding a new beer to our core range in 2012 and we want you to help us decide what this new beer is going to be. We have brewed 4 prototypes and we want you to either buy them online or try them on draft in our bars and vote (above) for which one you would want to see in 2012 on a permanent basis

The 4 prototypes are:

Blitz! - A 2.8% caramalt only west coast hop bomb.

Scotch Ale - a 7.5% indulgant malty treat combining heather honey and 8 different malts.

Prototype 17 - a 4.1% pale ale with american hops, belgian yeast strain aged with fresh Scottish raspberries.

Hops Kill Nazis - a 7.6% red ale loaded with chinook hops.

You can buy the prototypes here:


Oh and we still have the awesome 77 lager offer in stock.

And the beautiful old world imperial Russian stout here.

And still a little bit of There is no Santa, our Christmas beer.

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knoxovic 04.12.2011 @ 3:09pm
Scotch Ale gets my vote, Prototype 17 is a close 2nd though!
Stuart F 04.12.2011 @ 2:11pm
Congrats on the rapid delivery - ordered on Tuesday night and was able to try these out over the weekend. In order of preference:1) Scotch Ale - very tasty - is it too niche (flavour) or strong for the core 5? Guess this depends on what the other 4 are... 2) Blitz - held it's own well, especially given the strength. Would like to see this in the core 5 on the grounds of variety and having a lower alcohol Brewdog beer available year-round.3) Hops Kill Nazis - nice, but wasn't a winner for me4) Prototype 17 - bit disapppointing, having had the much more raspberry-flavoured one in September.Made for a great weekend - especially with a few bottles of There Is No Santa thrown in for good measure!
fat_mac 03.12.2011 @ 5:04pm
The 2.8 ABV would be perfect for the swedish market! With that low ABV it could be sold in regular super markets. Go for it!
Angrybats A 03.12.2011 @ 7:01am
You can get superior quality beer from at the right price!
Martyn M 02.12.2011 @ 10:36pm
Seriously what have you done to Prototype 17. The original version was great, full of raspberries. This doesn't have any. Disappointed. Blitz! is ok but I wouldn't drink anything that low ABV. Still got the other two to drink. Hopefully Hops Kill won't have changed.
Pete Gerrard 02.12.2011 @ 8:31pm
Ordered on the 30th (see below) and they arrived today (2nd Dec), how good is that? And why does Hops Kill Nazis have a red bottle top and the others have blue ones? Conspiracy theories start here.P.S. More Ingrid, please, drank a bottle last night and it's fabulous. More!
Tom 02.12.2011 @ 6:56pm
It was a close call but my vote goes to Hops Kill Nazis, however the Scotch Ale is a close second because it reminds me of Founders Dirty Bastard which is another scotch ale by another of my favourite breweries. If Scotch Ale doesn't make it into the core range I would like to see it in made in the future, maybe as a one off brew.
Stephanos 02.12.2011 @ 1:04pm
PJ B 02.12.2011 @ 12:20pm
I have only had a chance to try Hop's kill but by God it is fantastic, Please send it over here to Ireland as I cant for the life of me get it down south
susan 02.12.2011 @ 1:54am
There was in no way any query how the <a href="" title="Air Jordan"><strong>A ir Jordan</strong></a>strap would not perform,
cindywang 02.12.2011 @ 1:54am
There was in no way any query how the A ir Jordanstrap would not perform,
Kim Odland 01.12.2011 @ 5:07pm
Hops Kills Nazis please. Sounds tasty and is historical accurate.
Ben B 01.12.2011 @ 12:13pm
Also ordered and excited about receiving, although order made on 19/11 is still 'processing' on my order history so fingers crossed it all arrives in time for xmas. Look forward to Camden and having a reason to show my EFP card.
glass half empty 30.11.2011 @ 8:39pm
given the amount of orders for these prototypes and the strain at the warehouse, this poll will be missing a lot of votes!
Johanna 30.11.2011 @ 5:43pm
Baby Scotch!
punk 30.11.2011 @ 2:55pm
Like your style! keep it rollin
HeLivesInHope 30.11.2011 @ 2:52pm
Ordered. Let's see how long they take to arrive and if the packers at the warehouse mess up.
Martin M 30.11.2011 @ 1:54pm
I have ordered two sets, HKN seems like the type of beer i usual love. So im hoping for big things!Looking forward to trying them all and voting.
mark h 30.11.2011 @ 1:39pm
Looking forward to trying these and agree that there would need to be something really special in the group to beat HKN.Must say that the Old world Russian imperial stout is a masterpiece that everyone should try. Thank you Brewdog!
Pete Gerrard 30.11.2011 @ 1:20pm
Ordered various beers from here on 21st Nov, first time since UK Mail took over delivery, and they arrived on the 25th, so no complaints there. Well packaged, too.Hopefully the Prototypes and other goodies ordered yesterday will turn up just as quickly. Good call to switch to UK Mail, Brewdoggers. Cheers!
Jonathan H 30.11.2011 @ 12:25pm
2 lots of the Prototypes ordered, 1 is a present, that's if I can fight the urge to drink them. 12 bottles of "There is no Santa" should help.Merry Christmas to all the Brewdog team. See you in Camden!x
Gary 30.11.2011 @ 10:07am
Let's taste them first shall we but I really like HKN it has to be said.
Lee M 30.11.2011 @ 9:43am
Just ordered 2 sets, although I'm still waiting on my order from last week too!