This Beer Has So Much Booze It's Illegal in 15 States

If you're in one of the other 35, though, you may want to try the 28% ABV Utopias from Sam Adams
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2019 2:07 PM CDT
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This product image from 2013 shows the limited-release beer Sam Adams Utopias.   (AP Photo/The Boston Beer Co.)

A new brew just out for 2019 is described on the Sam Adams site as "reminiscent of a rich vintage port, old cognac, or fine sherry" and is said to be "the craft beer community's most renowned and sought-after extreme barrel-aged beer." If that sounds scrumptious, don't whet your palate just yet—first you'll have to make sure you can get it where you live, because it's got a 28% ABV and is illegal in 15 states, per Fox News. This is the 11th edition of Sam Adams' Utopias, which Forbes notes is a mix of the brewery's other extreme beers, made using a "time-intensive, multiyear brewing, aging, and blending process."

The states where this is considered to be boozy contraband: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia. If you're in one of the other states where you can drink up and have some disposable income, Newsweek notes that Utopias comes in a custom-made 25.4-ounce bottle, made to resemble a copper brew kettle, that goes for $210. (More beer stories.)

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