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It's 55 percent and wrapped in roadkill, is this the world's most 'shocking' beer?
Ian Johnston

Posted on 09/13/2011 6:44:04 AM PDT by dead

According to Scottish firm BrewDog, "The End of History" is the "strongest, most expensive and most shocking beer in the world."

Just 12 bottles were made and the company has already sold out. They will be shipped out to buyers in the United States, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Scotland and England next week.

You'd expect a lot from a bottle of beer costing $765. What you get is 55 percent alcohol — and served in a squirrel.

The dead animals which were used to create the beers' unusual appearance were four squirrels, seven weasels and a hare. All were roadkill, James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog, told

The name of the blond Belgian ale is taken from the title of a book by philosopher Francis Fukuyama, "The End of History and the Last Man" which the company said had been chosen to imply "this is to beer what democracy is to history."

Watt said the beer should be treated with care when drinking.

"It tastes more like a whisky and you have got to handle it in that way as opposed to the way you would handle a normal beer," he told

It contains juniper berries and nettles, and its taste, Watt said, has hints of cinnamon, orange and an "American hops flavor."

He said this was the last in a series of high-strength beers that the company had produced and there were no plans to go higher.

'Degrading' to animals
The decision to wrap the bottle in a dead animal was taken to indicate how special the beer was, blending brewing, taxidermy and "art."

"We were making such a tiny amount that we wanted to do something epic," Watt told "We wanted to challenge people's perceptions about how beer can be packaged; taxidermy helps open people's eyes to the fact that beer doesn't have to be made by a multi-national organization."

Stampede! C'mon — what's not to like? Hoof it over to Facebook to join the weird news herd. However the decision was described by Ross Minett, campaigns director for the U.K. charity Advocates for Animals, as "terribly out of date" and "degrading" for the animals.

"The modern approach is to celebrate the wonders of animals and respect them as individual sentient creatures," he said, according to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph newspaper. "I'm sure this would have much greater appeal with the animal-loving public."

Asked about animal rights concerns, Watt said: "It was all roadkill we got from a taxidermist. They are all animals that were dead anyway. We think to use dead animals in this way is much better than for them to be left to rot on the roadside."

One of the buyer, Blake Coleman, of New York, told he had bought a "stoat" — another name for a weasel — beer.

"The reason I purchased the beer was solely because it came in a taxidermic case," he said. "The humor of the packaging is what persuaded me to commit to the purchase, besides the only other taxidermic 'thing' I have is a jackalope."

"However an added bonus — major added bonus — is that it contains the world's strongest 'beer' for now. All in all, I'm a craft beer enthusiast who appreciates BrewDog's cheeky direction," he added.

"I do plan on drinking the beer, yet I have not hammered out the details. I can tell you as of right now, I plan on gathering other craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy the beer, but there is no set time frame for that to happen."

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To: absolootezer0

MI has a ton of good breweries. try some of the dark horse ales, their crooked tree IPA is one of their biggest sellers. vivant also has a couple good ones, and founders has some odd ones. dragonmeade’s final absolution is unique. there’s also magic hat and left hand that have some really good choices.

stone point brewery (WI) has their 2012 black ale that’s really popular around here right now too.

Thanks...that’s exactly what I just had a few days ago...Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse...can’t wait to try other Dark Horse brews.

21 posted on 09/13/2011 7:34:12 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: dead

Bartender: What’ll you have?

Me: Seven weasels and a hare.

22 posted on 09/13/2011 7:38:56 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: knarf
Bill Ingvall’s idea is to make Slim Jims like a straw .. with a hole through it .. so you can drink beer and eat Slim Jims at the same time.

I remember a 50s era "comedy record" (78rpm) that featured "The Pretzel Beer Bottle" song. The chorus was "Eat a little, drink a little, eat a little, drink a little".


23 posted on 09/13/2011 8:09:14 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: dead

That’s just plain gross!

24 posted on 09/13/2011 8:14:01 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: CincyRichieRich; evets

>> I will try Stone Brewery!

Arrogant bastard!

(Nothing personal... that’s one of their varieties. “You’re Not Worthy” is the motto.)

25 posted on 09/13/2011 8:36:54 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: evets
...enjoyed a bottle of my favorite whilst grilling out Saturday...

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26 posted on 09/13/2011 8:50:46 AM PDT by cyberaxe (....Uuuummpphhhh.....)
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To: absolootezer0
MI has a ton of good breweries.

Well duh! :-)

27 posted on 09/13/2011 9:03:32 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: evets

Stone IPA is very good but around here it’s more expensive than Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and not as good, in my opinion.

28 posted on 09/13/2011 10:26:33 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: cyberaxe; Nervous Tick
If you ever get a chance,
you should try the limited release:

The flavor is hugh, I'm vey series!

29 posted on 09/13/2011 11:45:35 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: evets
...celebrated the fourth with couple...


30 posted on 09/13/2011 12:13:19 PM PDT by cyberaxe (....Uuuummpphhhh.....)
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