The Strongest Beers in the Universe
Beer is the world's oldest and most widely consumer alcohol beverage. In fact it's the third most popular drink after water and tea. The beer industry reached over $300 billion dollars, and breweries produce over 35 billion gallons a year. But we didn't need to tell the readers of Beer Universe that. What may be of interest is to discover the top 10 beers with the highest alcohol content.
Beers range from less than 3% alcohol by volume (ABV) to over 30%. The alcohol in beer comes primarily from the break-down of sugars that are produced during fermentation. The quantity of fermentable sugars in the wort and the variety of year used are the most important factor that determine the final amount of alcohol in a beer. Most brewing yeast cannot survive at alcohol concentrations above 12%.
Wait a second. Didn't we just say that alcohol can go well above 12%? Over the course of the last 10-15 years, brewers have pushed the gap to increase the alcohol of their beers. They have employed various tactics including using champagne yeasts and freeze distilling to achieve high ABVs. We have compiled a list of the top 10 alcoholic beers on the planet (and tried to include their prices when available for your pleasure). To give you a comparison, a standard light beer, like Bud Light has 4.2% ABV.
For more insight on the recent developments on this - checkout: When is a Beer Too Strong?
Please note that these beers are highly alcoholic and are meant to be consumed in small servings.
February 17, 2010 note: A New Beer Tops the List
Note: June 17, 2010: Wow, 43% ABV Tops Beer Charts