Samuel Adams’ New Beer Is So Strong, It’s Illegal In 15 States

Vanessa Barron Vanessa Barron

Samuel Adams’ New Beer Is So Strong, It’s Illegal In 15 States

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.

[featured image: Pexels / Elevate]


Food & Drink