In the blue corner we have old hands BrewDog and their latest Born To Die Double IPA. Weighing in at 8.5%, this ‘Terminally Hoppy IPA’ demands to be drank before the 13th of May. So I drank it with some time to spare. The last iteration I had of this was supplied to me by Wayne ‘Irish Beer Snob’ Dunne and it came in a largish bottle. This time around, the more sensibly sized can was picked up in Kenny’s, Lucan.
In the red corner we have young contender Whiplash with his 2017 version of Surrender To The Void. It’s another ballsy 8.5% Double IPA. It doesn’t make any demands to be drank as it’s rather more nihilistic and, dare I say it, closer in spirit to the real ethos of punk rock. I picked this one up off the Irish Craft Canning line in Rye River Brewing. You don’t get much fresher than that.
This was as hard as battle as that heavyweight scrap that was in Wembley the other week. The BrewDog is a damn fine beer. But for me the gutsy young underdog won it on points.
Obviously it’s difficult for me to have a completely balanced perspective here as I’m not an equity punk and I do work with Alex Whiplash Lawes in Rye River but try it yourself and let me know what you think.
…and now seems like as good a time as any to let you know that Whiplash will be making the journey to Moate for this year’s Midlands Craft Beer Festival. They will be joined by St. Mel’s, Rascal’s and more. Shenanigans will ensue. See you there. Sláinte!