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How a Penguin Can Change the Common Perception of Beer Drinking

April 23, 2010

When I think of a penguin, I tend to think about Happy Feet or Elijah Wood’s voice emanating from the contagiously cute computer animation. Morgan Freeman’s voice comes to mind too. When I think of a Tactical Nuclear Penguin, I have no freaking clue what to think.

Apparently to people in Scotland, a Tactical Nuclear Penguin makes them think of high alcohol content beer. Derived from the way they brew their beer (freezing, more freezing, and even more freezing), the beer ends up with an alcohol content surpassing most wines and some liquors. 32%. Drink one of these in an hour, and you just had six beers.

As expected, their is a fuss surrounding the beer because opponents think that younguns would drink the beer to get f’ed up. I am very speculative about this hypothesis. The people at BrewDog are onto something. Force people to redefine the way they think about drinking beer by brewing a beer that no one could conceivably chug. No one could chug this. If you can, good for you, jerk. It’s an imperial stout that would sit heavy in your stomach and eradicate all your brain cells. Rather than waste a beer like this, it’s meant to be sipped and enjoyed, similar to how Belgian beers and other high alcohol content beers are meant to be enjoyed.

That’s not to say that I’ve drank several St. Bernadus Abt 12s like it was a Bud Light, ended up vomiting in the bathroom at Monk’s in Philadelphia, and then proceeded to drink more. Yes, I was an idiot. But, I’ve grown up and beer is a lifestyle. Let’s start something. Sip your damn beer.

I would sip this beer with some nice Belgian chocolate.

P.S. – Why am I writing about this? Because it’s coming to NYC! Heck yeah.

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