Samuel Adam’s Utopia beers are five times as strong as your typical American beer.
Every two years, Boston brewery Samuel Adams unleashes a new, limited edition version of its Utopia beer. While this beer retails for a high price, it also has a high alcohol content— its ABV is 28 percent.
That percentage is way over the legal amount for 15 U.S. states. That means you won’t be able to purchase this limited-edition brew in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia. Those states each have a limit on the ABV of any beer that can be sold, and it’s safe to say that Utopias blows right past it!
Samuel Adams releases a new version of its Utopias brand every two years, and the twelfth edition will hit the shelves on Oct. 11.
This year’s Utopia will be sold at a $240 retail price for each oversized 25.4-ounce bottle. Utopias were first introduced in 2002, and have steadily increased in price over the years. The 2017 version cost $199, 2019’s cost $10 more than that. This year’s version is also notable as the batch has been aged and blended for a total of nearly 30 years in a variety of barrels.
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