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The Badass Tap: BrewDog Punk IPA

Where does one begin with BrewDog? This little Scottish brewery has caused more ripples in the craft brewing scene than just about anyone else. They are, at one and the same time, brash, experimental, provocative, self-aggrandising, radical and sometimes even outrageous, but above all they brew good beer.

Founded barely four years ago by James Watt and Martin Dickie, BrewDog has flown in the face of the generally more reserved and traditional British brewing industry with the style of their beer and their marketing, both of which are more in line with American craft breweries such as Dogfish Head and Stone. To call them progressive is almost an understatement, and they've polarised beer geeks with their antics. BrewDog is a phenomenon you either love or you hate.

They first made headlines in Britain with Tokyo* Oak Aged Stout - a beer brewed to 18.2% ABV. For those of you in the know, this has since been eclipsed by their Tactical Nuclear Penguin stout (32%) and Sink The Bismarck Quadruple IPA (41%). These last two were reputedly the result of an ABV contest with German brewer Scorschbrau, each brewery leapfrogging the other with a stronger brew. Scorschbrau have since made a 43% Eisbock which currently holds the record for world's strongest beer.

After the bashing they got from The Man for having the nerve to produce such high alcohol brews, BrewDog came back with Nanny State - a 1.1% ABV IPA which, by all accounts, isn't bad. They also brew several barrel-aged beers (and being based in Scotland there's no shortage of whisky barrels with different characteristics), and what must be the world's only sea-aged beer - Atlantic IPA. Eight barrels of this brew were loaded onto a fishing trawler and sailed around the waters off the coast of Scotland for two months before being bottled. The purpose of this stunt was to simulate the voyage of the original IPAs as they travelled from England to India.

What we have here for you is one of their year-round beers - Punk IPA. Although brewed in Scotland, it's in the style of an American IPA with plenty of hops, including the Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand which give the beer a fruity character. There's a nice balance of biscuity malts to back it up.

The only drawback is that it comes in such a small keg (30 litres - about 7 gallons) and we only have one of them so this probably won't stick around for too long. South Austinites love their IPAs.

Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar “If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink… I’d spend it on drink.” ~ Sir Henry Rawlinson

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