Media Release: Trading Standards confirm North-east brewer’s world-beating claim

Lewis Shand- Brewmeister

TRADING Standards officials have confirmed through laboratory tests that a Moray brewery did create the world’s strongest beer.

Keith-based Brewmeister produced Snake Venom in an attempt to make a product with world-beating alcohol content but with a pleasant beer taste.

Rigorous testing of the venomous brew’s alcohol content has not only verified the 67.5 per cent alcohol by volume (abv) claims on the bottle, but has returned an actual alcohol content of 68 per cent abv.

Snake Venom was produced using two different yeast strains – ale and champagne – and then freeze concentrated to secure its outstanding alcohol content.

In his report, Trading Standards analyst, Stephen Appleton, stated: “The sample consisted of about 275ml of a clear pale brown liquid in a labeled amber glass bottle.

“Information on the sample label included ‘67.5 per cent abv’. The Food Labeling Regulations 1996 permit a positive or negative tolerance of one per cent in the indication of alcoholic strength by volume for a drink of this description.

“The alcohol content of the sample was therefore satisfactory.”

Managing director of Brewmeister, Lewis Shand, said: “Snake Venom is not like other beers in that we would not recommend drinking a whole bottle in one go. It should be savoured in small measures in a similar way to a fine whisky or brandy.

“We are delighted that Trading Standards has confirmed what we have known all along – that Snake Venom is the world’s strongest beer.

“Unlike previous attempts and world-beating brews, the idea with Snake Venom was to produce something which still tastes like beer and is not masked by a harsh alcohol flavour.”

Start-up brewery, Brewmeister, which was launched in 2012, prides itself on being ‘Inherently Scottish’, using all natural ingredients and local spring water in its entire range of beers.

The brewery recently expanded into a new 5,000sq ft facility allowing it to more than quadruple its production capacity in order to meet demands from customers across the world. The company already exports to Europe and Asia and is in talks with distributers in the US.

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