BrewHouse update on some upcoming beers

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BrewHouse update on some upcoming beers

Here is a sneak peak at some new and limited edition beers we are working on at BrewDog.

The 2012 Prototype Challenge

Our annual prototype challenge sees 3 potential new beers go head to head and you guys vote as to which of the beers you would like to see us brew permanently in 2013. The beers will be available as a set on our online shop and also on tap in all of our bars. There are this year’s title contenders:

Nuns with Guns

A hoppy, dry hopped low ABV reasonably malty pilsner. At 4.2% this amber hued little gem infuses wholesome BrewDog hoppiness with classic lager sharpness. Best enjoyed whilst whistling the European Union’s national anthem (does it have one), munching on a bratwurst and planning a weekend trip to Prague whilst listening to the Beastie Boys.


Jack Hammer

A beer which made a brief guest appearance in our bars this summer. Jack Hammer is loaded with so much hops that this 7.2% IPA will literally destroy your mouth with it's 200 theoretical IBUs. The most bitter beer we have ever brewed. This one is not for the feint hearted, elderly or French. If you like hops and bitterness then go ahead. But be warned.


Don’t pull back, or slow down until the crazy music starts. This mother will drill you with Panzer-like efficiency. And you’ll beg for more.

Cocoa Psycho

A 10% decadent, endulgent and encapsulating Imperial Russian Stout. Brewed with a copious amount of dark malts, infused with coffee beans during the boil and after fermentation and aged on cacao nibs, vanilla pods and toasted oak chips.

coco_620This opulent whirl of chocolate, coffee, dark malts and hops even rivals the most colourful of imperial Faberge eggs. Originally created to celebrate the Russian Royal Family, this is a fitting tribute with which to toast your own empire.

The prototype beers will be available online and in our bars in around 10 days time.  



the latest beer in our experimental Abstrakt series. Fans of Bashah Special Reserve get excited: for it is deep within that collaborative gem that AB:12 found it’s liquid inspiration. AB:12, which has just been transferred from oak casks back into one of our tanks, is a 11.2% imperial black Belgian ale which has been aged for 8 months in single grain Scotch whisky casks with a medley of fresh Scottish berries (tayberries, blackberries & raspberries).

The latest release in our abstract series is due to be packaged next week.

Salt Caramel Pop Corn Imperial Brown Ale


We like salt caramel. We like pop corn. We like imperial brown ales. This was inevitable. This idiosyncratic little test batch is currently fermenting away in FV 8.

Christmas Paradox


This beer was bottled last week. Here is the low-down.

Brew Sheet: Christmas Paradox ABV: 15% OG: 1112 Malts: Marris Otter, Dark Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt, Roast Barley Hops: Galena, Bramling Cross Twist: Aged in rum barrels for 12 months

You can buy some here

These are our antidotes to the chaos of the upcoming festive season.

Raise a glass of our Christmas beers, share it with friends, family and strangers, and sit back and enjoy the view as the world descends into a fairy light fuelled frenzy.

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Comments (20)

Beardspunk 5th December, 2012 11:39pm
Cocoa Psycho looks awesome !!!
fredrick 5th December, 2012 8:37pm
can i have a beer please?
Kstb 5th December, 2012 6:23pm
Nuns with guns. Maybe, we will get more of Brewdog in mainland EUrope. And yes, The chorus of the last movement of Beethovens' 9th.
MSmarte 5th December, 2012 2:20pm
'feint hearted'?I guess it's great for the linguistically challenged then.
Brad 5th December, 2012 2:11pm
Agree with Derek - White Noise was FANtastic!
Alan Morgan 5th December, 2012 12:14pm
Some of the aussie breweries did a seasonal Russian Imperial Stout and it was fantastic. My favourite out of the three of them is the IPA, a beer for all year round to compliment your punk. I reckon the pilsener could be a seasonal summer release.
Yuri Katunin 4th December, 2012 6:59pm
<i>The most bitter beer we have ever brewed. </i>I know another another one brewed in St.Petersburg. But these great editions are the right things to start hunting for.
Christopsy 4th December, 2012 4:49pm
Can't wait to try the coco psycho and the AB:12... and of course, getting my paws on the Christmans Paradox... here's a suggestion, how about a masala chai inspired imperial chocolate stout? Using cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamon, black peppercorns, cardomon, cloves, and corriander? Could be a future Abrstrakt? 4th December, 2012 1:30pm
Cheers for the update, really helpful to know when new beers are coming out so we can save on delivery costs and try to buy them together!
jcowie 4th December, 2012 1:25pm
tough choice! gunna need to do a serious amount of tasting!
Maddog Dave 4th December, 2012 1:19pm
Mmmmm beerrrrr imperial stout lush brew
Evangelink 4th December, 2012 1:02pm
Just had it confirmed, the EU's national anthem is 'The Final Countdown'.
Hunneybell 4th December, 2012 12:53pm
I have boxes of Christmas Paradox stacked up ready for distribution (I am the best Santa my friends ever had)! Have so far resisted the temptation to break into any of them, but for how long can my willpower last out..?
tpickering 4th December, 2012 12:26pm
Can i just check if the brown ale is going to be bottled or is it such a small test batch that your only going to have it available in the bars?
scottymac 4th December, 2012 12:23pm
Can't wait to taste the Cocoa Psycho big fan of imperial stouts
Pete H, Nottm 4th December, 2012 12:23pm
The return of Jack Hammer - brilliant ! Bring it on, as I couldn't get enough of it last time.I'm also looking forward to trying the Cocoa Psycho and AB:12, even though I prefer the pale insanely hoppy beers.See you next Tuesday at Nottingham !
JFB 4th December, 2012 12:12pm
AB 12 sounds wonderful can't wait for it to land on my door mat so I can try it.
Bob 4th December, 2012 12:08pm
Some great sounding stuff, particually loving the sounds of the brown ale just hope you don't plan to release all of these before christmas as I may end up with a rather broken bank
MarcoPiva 4th December, 2012 12:03pm
(Pssssst... the European Union anthem is Beethoven's 9th)
Derek 4th December, 2012 11:57am
Loving the sound of the new ones, how about bringing back white noise!?