Every year, Samuel Adams comes out with a special Utopias brew, which is a rare craft beer with plenty more booze than the typical beer (which is usually around 2-15% alcohol by volume). This year, the new beverage is an extremely potent beer with an alcohol content so high that a dozen states won’t even let it into their borders.
According to the Samuel Adams website, the beer this year is actually a blend of several others, some of which have been barrel-aged for up to 24 years. This combination of different brews allows for a flavor that Samuel Adams says is “reminiscent of a rich vintage Port, old Cognac, or fine Sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness, and a deep, rich malty smoothness.” It also checks in at a whopping 28% alcohol by volume, placing its liquor content at the equivalent to that of some spirits.
Those interested in this lush, premium, and potent beer will have to act fast. Only 13,000 bottles of it have been distributed nationwide, each one costing $199. States who have alcoholic content limit laws for their beer have automatically banned it, however, so you won’t find it in the following: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont, according to the Daily Meal.
Samuel Adams recommends that those of you that do get a hold of it to just sip it slowly like you would a finger of Scotch. Considering how boozy this beer is, it’s best not to guzzle it all at once.