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    AMSTERDAM | Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:59am EDT

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch brewer with a penchant for competition has laid claim to creating the world's strongest brew: a beer that is some 60 percent alcohol by volume.

    "You don't drink it like beer, but like a cocktail -- in a nice whisky or cognac glass," brewer Jan Nijboer told Dutch news agency ANP.

    Nijboer's Almere-based brewery, 't Koelschip (The Refrigerated Ship), sells the new beer, which is 120 proof and dubbed "Start the Future," in a one-third liter bottle for 35 euros ($45) each.

    Nijboer told ANP he developed the new brew to keep up with Scottish outfits that were also pushing the boundaries of beer's alcohol content.

    His previous record-holder, a beer called Oblix that was 90 proof (45 percent alcohol by volume), was eclipsed by a Scottish beer that reached 55 percent.

    That beer, dubbed "The End of History," was announced last week by a small brewery called BrewDog. Only 12 bottles were made, each housed inside a stuffed dead animal and sold starting at 500 pounds ($780) each.

    "It has become a little competition," Nijboer said. "You should see it as a joke."

    (Reporting by Ben Berkowitz; Editing by Steve Addison)


    Aug 03, 2010 12:51pm EDT

    It IS a joke. It’s a whisk(e)y, not a beer.

    At this point, with a new brewer (really, distiller) putting out a new highest-proof “beer” practically every week, is it even newsworthy to mention?

    SethGordon Report As Abusive
    Aug 03, 2010 9:05pm EDT

    The REAL question is whether it tastes like something worth drinking, or as my sister says, “Put it back in the horse!”

    The winner of this contest will be the one who figures out how to add carbonation and malted barley flavor to everclear.

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