For more than a decade, the high-ABV arms race has pushed beer to weird and wonderful new heights.
Special, limited-release beers began to see alcohol contents in the 30s, 40s and 50s, as breweries—particularly Scotland-based BrewDog and Germany's Schorschbrau—worked to one-up each other.
One such beer was even packaged in a taxidermic squirrel...
It seemed like things might stop there. At least for the sake of the squirrels. But instead, BrewDog and Schorschbrau teamed up to create a new beer called Strength in Numbers, which clocks in at a hefty 57.8% ABV.
Yes, that is boozier than the majority of liquors. The beer reaches its potency through the traditional eisbock method, in which beer is frozen and ice (aka water) is removed so that the brewers are left with a higher concentration of alcohol. The beer also features a blend of BrewDog’s own Death or Glory, an ice-distilled Belgian golden ale that’s been sitting in whiskey casks for 10 years.
The result is unlike anything you've had before. Or are likely to have again. Of course, anything this wild is naturally limited in availability, so you might have to succumb to the secondary market and seedy corners of the internet to score a bottle.
If you do get your hands on one, you'll note that it's... small. The beer is packaged in a red wax-cloaked swing-top 40 mL bottle, so it's smaller than your typical airplane mini.
But one sip is probably plenty when you're talking about 57.8% ABV beer.