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Strong Lagers

With national Lager Day approaching it would be rude not to enjoy some of the strongest lagers out there ….. 


Brewery: De Struise Brouwers
Origin: Belgium
ABV: 39%

Most of the beers on this list were created with one goal in mind – to make the world’s strongest beer. There are a handful however, that actually taste great. This is one of them. This Imperial Stout is nearly pitch black, and carries some nice notes of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and even peat for you whiskey lovers out there. This beer still tastes like a beer, carbonated with a nice rocky head, and although you can definitely taste the alcohol, it’s not overwhelming.

Baladin Esprit de Noel


Brewery: Baladin
Origin: Italy
ABV: 40%

Baladin’s ultra strong “Christmas Spirit” was distilled back in 2011 after being aged in oak barrels for three years. Considered a “gem for connoisseurs,” this straw yellow colored beer is smooth, with light wooden and chocolate notes.

BrewDog Sink The Bismarck


Brewery: BrewDog
Origin: Scotland
ABV: 41%

Many people credit the Scotland based team at BrewDog for popularizing the whole quest for the world’s strongest beer. Years ago the brand created a 18.2% ABV Tokyo brew, and after mass criticism from beer fans, decided to respond in a spiteful manner, continuously upping their own ante. After making the Tactical Nuclear Penguin (32% ABV), BrewDog is sitting pretty on the list at #8 with this Sink The Bismarck, and this quadruple IPA isn’t even their top contender.

Schorschbrau Schorschbock 43


Brewery: Schorschbräu
Origin: Germany
ABV: 43%

Get used to seeing the name, because these Germans will be making the list more than once. This Eisbock (ice strong beer) was only brewed once, and due to its poor flavor (overwhelmingly spicy), was never considered anything more than a gimmick – just like the majority of the “world’s strongest beers.”

Koelschip Obilix


Brewery: Koelschip
Origin: The Netherlands
ABV: 45%

Another name that you’ll be seeing more than once, Koelschip doesn’t mess around when it comes to strong beers. Like many of the other beers on the list, this thing was a limited brew, and is extremely difficult to get your hands on. Don’t worry though, because as we understand, it tastes more like cough syrup than beer.

The End Of History Beer


Brewery: BrewDog
Origin: Scotland
ABV: 55%

The folks at BrewDog make another appearance on the list, and while they are once again falling short of the top spot, they did earn themselves some other notable mentions. This ultra limited blond Belgian ale wins the award for the coolest packaging on the list, seeing that the bottle is wrapped in a dead squirrel. At $780 a bottle, the beer containing hints of juniper berries, mead, and nettles is also considered the most expensive beer as well.

Schorschbrau Schorschbock 57


Brewery: Schorschbräu
Origin: Germany
ABV: 57%

The Germans are on a quest to earn the number one spot. While their flagship Schorschbock 57 did fall short of that, the aptly titled brew is seriously strong. If you’re looking for a smooth, tasty beer, look elsewhere. This thing has been described as nothing more than a fiery shot of booze.

Koelschip Start the Future


Brewery: Koelschip
Origin: The Netherlands
ABV: 60%

You’re probably starting to see a pattern here. The quest for the strongest beer in the world consists of a small handful of micro breweries, who continuously introduce stronger creations every few years. After seeing success with their Obilix, Koelschip went back to the drawing boards, and earned itself a temporary number one spot in the world strong beers category with this concoction. The beer was created in response to BrewDog’s 55% ABV The End Of History, and is said to taste more like rubbing alcohol than actual beer.

Brewmeister Armageddon


Brewery: Brewmeister
Origin: Scotland
ABV: 65%

In 2012 the Scottish brewery decided it was done sitting on the sidelines watching BrewDog, Schorschbrau, and Koelschip go toe-to-toe in the quest for the strongest beer. So what did they do? They blew everyone out of the water by releasing the 65% ABV Armageddon the world’s new strongest beer. Meant to be consumed like a fine whiskey, this concoction is crafted from crystal malt, wheat, flaked oats, and 100% Scottish spring water. For such high alcohol content, the beer’s taste test reviews haven’t been horrible.

Brewmeister Snake Venom Beer


Brewery: Brewmeister
Origin: Scotland
ABV: 67.5%

Proving that they were the only competition, the Scotland based brewery one-upped themselves in 2013, rolling out the new belt holder for the world’s strongest beer. The aptly title Snake venom is made with smoke peat malt along with Champagne and ale yeast. You can buy a 9-ounce bottle of this bad boy for roughly $80 online.

Best London pubs to visit on national Lager day 


Brewhouse & Kitchen (Highbury)

If a pub calls itself a brewery, it better follow through with that promise with both its beers and looks. Luckily, that is exactly what you’ll get from the Brewhouse & Kitchen. Not only do they have an extensive list of lagers – including their locally sourced Camden Pilsner, yum – they carry the brewery aesthetic through the whole, spacey venue, even to small details such as the copper-tinted chairs. If you get a bit carried away with the beers, however, they have a mouth-watering menu to complement the drinks. Alternatively, Highbury & Islington station is a stone’s throw away, if the whole national day of drinking gets you a bit stumble-y.

Brewhouse & Kitchen National Lager Day London Best places to drink lager

Powder Keg Diplomacy (Clapham)

Sometimes you need a drinking environment as beautiful as the lager, and that’s where Powder Keg Diplomacy shines. The interior is modeled on Victorian colonialism, giving it a continually charming appeal, while their lager list is mostly focused on locally brewed craft beers and ales from this century. The bar is also perfect if you’re being accompanied by someone not overly fond of our favourite gold liquid, as they serve such a wide range of cocktails that they’ll be more than occupied while you dig deep into the kegs. 

Powder Keg Diplomacy National Lager Day Best places to drink lager London

The Old Brewery (Greenwich)

This historic brewery shares its grounds with the Old Royal Naval College and is located a few yards away from the Cutty Sark, so The Old Brewery is definitely the place to give your lager drinking the sense of historical gravity it deserves. Inside, the majestically large vats prove its commitment to serving the best local craft beers available, while the brickwork in the main bar align with its historic design. The considerable selection of drinks, coupled with a spacious interior and giant beer garden, makes it a very good place to go out in London all year round.

The Old Brewery National Lager Day best places to drink beer London

The Draft House (Old Street)

For a trendy and stylish lager drinker, you need a bar of the same caliber. The Draft House lives up to its name with the craft beers on tap and a delicious selection of bottled from both America and Britain, for a more modern drinker. This contemporary approach oozes into its design, with cool, sharp furnishings and tall ceilings below and a comfortable suede upstairs. It’s places like the Draft House that prove you don’t always have to visit a pub to drink that lager you so sorely deserve. 

The Draft House Old Street National Lager Day Best places to drink beer in London

The Old Queen’s Head (Angel)

National Lager Day should be celebrated just like every other holiday. Christmas, Halloween – they absorb a month of your life and disappear. Lager? That’s for life. And no place can celebrate it better than The Old Queen’s Head, which always throws one of the biggest parties in London every week. While the dance floor has the space to really unleash, there’s still areas to cosy up like a traditional pub and really savour that refreshing, well deserved sip of beer. It’s something different, it’s a big party, and, of course, it’s a place to drink in London on National Lager Day.

The Old Queens Head National Lager Day best places to drink beer in London