Low-alc Brewdog hits back

28 September, 2009

Scotland’s controversial Brewdog brewery has produced a low-alcohol beer with the name Nanny State as a response to attempts to ban its Tokyo brand – the strongest beer made in the UK.

Nanny State clocks in at just 1.1% abv, compared to Tokyo’s 18.2% and like its stronger sister brand will be available only in limited quantities.

A bottle is expected to sell for around £2.49 in the off-trade.

The heavily-hopped beer has been produced in response to criticism from the Portman Group and members of the Scottish Parliament, the company said.

Brewdog founder James Watt said in the brewer’s blog: “Anyone who knows Brewdog, knows beer, or anyone has more 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 with-hunted us and publicly slated us should now offer us heartfelt support and public congratulations.

“However, I fear that this is an area devoid of logic or reason.”




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