Dutch truck driver leaves 20km beer trail after smashing tree and driving on

German police are investigating why a Dutch truck driver continued on his journey, even after he swiped a tree. The accident caused cases of beer to fall off the truck and more followed as it continued on its way. A Dutch beer truck apparently side-swiped a tree around 5.30 Monday morning in western Germany, spilled some amber liquid but kept on going.

Why the driver continued on is unknown but as he drove his truck lost more bottles and cases of precious cargo. The trail of broken glass and golden rivulets made it easy for police to track down their suspect. Police in the small town of Sonsbeck, about 30 km (18 miles) from the Dutch border say truck lost 30-40 cases of beer when it nicked the tree.

Read: How important is it to have breaks from alcohol?[1] When police finally caught up with the beer spiller they took him to an alcohol abuse center, though it was not immediately clear that the man was drunk at the time. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

A main thoroughfare in Sonseck was closed for several hours while the spilled brews and broken glass were cleaned up. Read: Beer culture – this is how Germany drinks[2]

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    Samuel Adams Utopias – 28%

    Inside this ceramic bottle made to look like a copper brewing kettle is a beer aged for up to 22 years in sherry, brandy, cognac, bourbon and scotch casks. The Boston-based brewer Samuel Adams releases new batches of the strong brew every two years.

    With its suggested retail price of £200 (about 190 euros), this sought-after strong ale is the most expensive beer in the United States.

  • BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin, 32% (BrewDog)

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    BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin – 32%

    The Scotland-based brewery BrewDog has been setting records for years; when it was released in 2009, this was the world’s strongest beer. Imperial stout is frozen, then the frozen liquids are removed to leave behind more alcohol – inspiring the name. It’s to be enjoyed in small servings, just like “a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious ghost,” its creators say.

  • Struise Black Damnation VI - Messy (De Struise Brouwers)

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    Struise Black Damnation VI – Messy – 39%

    De Struise Brouwers is a Belgian microbrewery.

    Their Black Damnation series is made from a dark Russian imperial stout beer, and among their different brews, VI – Messy is the strongest, with 39% ABV. It has never been released commercially, but connoisseurs who’ve tasted it at beer festivals say it still actually tastes like a real beer, compared to other very strong brews on this list.

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    Schorschbr?u Schorschbock 40 – 40%

    Competing against BrewDog, the German brewery Schorschbr?u was one of the two serious contestants in the arms race to create the world’s strongest beer. It had already demonstrated its will to push the limits of beer with its Schorschbock 31%, an Eisbock stronger than any other beer available when it was released in 2008.

    Their 40% version was brewed at the end of 2009, beating BrewDog’s Penguin.

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    BrewDog Sink the Bismarck! – 41%

    BrewDog released this even stronger beer a few months later, in 2010. In a clear reference to its German competitor, it was named after the Nazis’ largest battleship. It is described by BrewDog as a “quadruple IPA that contains four times the hops, four times the bitterness and frozen four times.” At a 100 euros (£105) a bottle, it’s also at least 40 times more expensive than a conventional beer.

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    BrewDog The End of History – 55%

    Aiming to end the battle for the world’s strongest beer with this 55% blond Belgian ale, BrewDog also added a controversial visual touch to The End of History by encasing each beer in preserved roadkill.

    Only 12 bottles were initially made in 2010. New editions were released for a 2016 crowdfunding campaign. Supporters who invested £20,000 in the company were rewarded with this collector’s item.

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    The German brewer claims it would be impossible to reach a higher ABV without violating Germany’s 500-year-old Beer Purity Law, which they apply in their creations. Only 36 bottles of this beer were initially made, each costing 200 euros (about £210).

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    One bottle is equivalent to drinking 15 shots of hard liquor.

    A label on the bottle recommends not exceeding 35 milliliters in one sitting.

    Not for purists, this beer is considered unratable by the site RateBeer as the Scottish brewer also admitted to correcting its ABV with pure alcohol.

    Author: Elizabeth Grenier


  1. ^ Read: How important is it to have breaks from alcohol? (www.dw.com)
  2. ^ Read: Beer culture – this is how Germany drinks (www.dw.com)

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