In a hilarious response to protesters over their 18.2% Tokyo brew, Scottish brewer Brewdog, located in Fraserburgh, rolled out a 1.1% brew which they called Nanny State — a “mild imperial ale containing more hops per barrel than any other beer ever brewed in the UK” and yet no alcohol. So what good is it, other than making a justified point?
BrewDog founder James Watt explained on his blog: “Anyone who knows BrewDog, knows beer, or anyone has more common sense than a common (or garden) gnome will know that the scathing and unrelenting criticism we faced was pretty unjustified. If logic serves the same people who witch-hunted and publicly slated us should now offer us heartfelt support and public congratulations.”
But that’s not the case, as the group making the complaints, Alcohol Focus Scotland, said the name Nanny State is indicative that Brewdog was not taking their complaints seriously. Obviously. Alcohol Focus Scotland should understand better than most that the point of drinking is to get drunk and that most binge drinking (well here in the states anyways) occurs from the consumption of macrobrewed, low-alcohol piss beers like Bud Light, et. al. It certainly doesn’t occur from specialty microbrews that cost a good deal.
<shakes head in disbelief>Puritans.</shakes head in disbelief>