Microbrewery produces alcoholic beer

July 12, 2008 at 10:00 PM

FRASERBURGH, Scotland, July 12 (UPI) -- A Scottish microbrewery has begun marketing Tokyo, a beer with an alcohol content of 12 percent, two to three times the usual in Britain.

Health officials and politicians accuse BrewDog of being irresponsible, The Scotsman reports.

"Super-strength drinks are often favored by young people and problem drinkers," said Jack Law of Alcohol Focus Scotland. "Is this really who the brewery wants to target?"

James Watt, one of the young founders of the company based in Fraserburgh, described the new beer as a specialized product aimed at connoisseurs. He called Tokyo an "intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout" combining special malts, jasmine and cranberries and aged on oak chips.

The company charges 4 pounds ($8) for a bottle holding about 12 ounces.

"The beers that we make are to be savored and enjoyed," Watt said. "The price takes it away from the market that are just drinking beer to get drunk. We in fact are the cure and not the problem."

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