New beer so strong it’s illegal in 15 states


  • Samuel Adams’ Utopias are banned in 15 states for their 28% ABV.
  • The brewer only make about 13,000 bottles every two years.
  • They’re also expensive, with a suggest retail price of 240 bucks a bottle.

Will your next beer run take you across state lines?

Samuel Adams’ new, limited-edition beer is so strong that it’s illegal in 15 states.

The twelfth edition of Utopias hits shelves starting Oct. 11, unless you live in one of the following states:

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, or West Virginia.

Utopias aren’t welcome in those states because of the alcohol by volume, 28% — more than five times that of typical American brews.

If you live outside of those 15 states, you might still have trouble getting your hands on the bold brew. According to the Sam Adams website, they only make about 13,000 bottles of Utopias every two years. Also, its price point may turn off some frugal drinkers at a suggested retail price of $240 per 25.4-ounce bottle.

“We pioneered the barrel-aging and blending process of Utopias almost thirty years ago and continue that time-honored tradition today,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams.

Source: CNN

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