Part of the revolution that brings craft brew back to the beer can, Maui Brewing Co. has been producing award-winning beers since 2005 that have found their way into specialty beer stores around California. One of our favorite beers on the planet is their CoCoNut Porter, a brew that masterfully blends toasted coconut and dark roasted malt together. The coconut flavors are backed by notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla…mmmm…
Though sweet and flavorful, the beer is not cloying or heavy. The ale achieves a lightness on the tongue that makes it surprisingly drinkable and a perfect beach-going beer. We know, there are those of you out there with sun-tanned faces and eighty pairs of flip-flops who would scoff at a 'dark beer' served on the beach.
We challenge you to close your eyes, stick your toes in the sand, and take a sip of this beer, you'll soon see that not all dark beers are strong, bitter, or heavy. Trust your taste buds, not your eyes. Put this baby up against any PinaColada, it will become your new favorite.
Claiming to be the highest alcohol content beer in the world, German brewery Schorschbräu has just made a beer called Schorschbock that tops out at 40% Alcohol by Volume. Yes kids, that’s 80 proof. It joins the ranks of a beer made by one of The Beer Chicks’ favorite Scottish breweries, BrewDog. Their beer, Tactical Nuclear Penguin has a measly ABV of 32% ABV (insert Bronx Cheer here).
How the hell are the brewers getting beer that has such high alcohol levels? Well, in the simplest terms, the brewers are freezing their beer. And no, it’s not exploding in the freezer like it does for you. These brewers are using a method traditionally reserved for a style of beer called “Eisbock” or Ice Beer.
These brewers know that water freezes at a higher temperature than alcohol does. So they take their (already highly fermented) beer down to below freezing temperatures and wait for the water to freeze and separate from the beer. Whatever freezes is water and whatever is left is a super-concentrated beer.
Actually, the guys at BrewDog can explain it a lot better than we can. Check out this video where they show us how they make their TNP.
With traditional Eisbock, an already fermented “Bock” style of beer is used with this freezing method, resulting in a deliciously malty, high alcohol content and warming beer. Mind you, traditional Eisbocks generally don’t kick you in the balls like these extreme versions do (usually coming in with an ABV of between 9-13%), but they are deliciously malty and viscous, oh…and much easier to find!
Try out some of The Beer Chicks favorite Eisbock picks: