This beer is so strong it’s illegal in 15 states
Courtesy of Boston Beer Co. / would you drink it?
Boston Beer Co has just launched a new beer that is so strong it is illegal in 15 U.S. states. The new beer will be released under the Samuel Adams brand and it’s called Utopias.
Boston Beer Co. famously launches a new Utopias beer every two years because it‘s quite complicated to make. It is aged in barrels but it has to be moved several times [from one barrel to another] to give its distintive flavor and complexity.
During the process, the brewery creates different batches, which are then blended and aged in 86 different barrels that previously held Madeira, Port, Sherry and, for the first time this year, in Sauternes French oak wine casks.
“Since the introduction of Utopias in 2002, brewers have explored uncharted territory with each brew, experimenting with different kinds of ageing barrels, new flavours, and different blending techniques,” said Samuel Adams founder and brewer Jim Koch.“The result is always special, spirited, and worth waiting for.”
This year‘s batch is bottled at 28% ABV it will be available at select speciality beer stores from 11 October, priced at $240 per bottle.
Because of its ABV, the beer won’t be sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.