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Samuel Adams Launches New 28% ABV Beer So Strong It’s Banned in 15 US States

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Samuel Adams is launching a new limited-edition beer at 28 percent alcohol by volume, and it’s so strong it will be illegal to buy in 15 states.

Every two years, the brewer releases a new version of its limited-edition Utopias beer, and its twelfth edition this year costs a dazzling $240 for a 25.4 ounce bottle as of October 11.

However, it won’t be on shelves in some states, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.

The ultra-strong beers are illegal in those states because they contain 28 percent alcohol by volume, more than five times the strength of typical American brews.

Samuel Adams will launch his new limited-edition Utopia beer containing 28 percent ABV, which will be banned in 15 states for its potency — more than five times the potency of typical American brews.

Many states have ABV-based rules about where alcohol may be sold. In Mississippi, for example, only beer of 5 percent ABV and less can be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores, although beer up to 10 percent ABV can be sold in specialty stores.

In Ohio, spirits with more than 21 percent ABV can only be sold in liquor stores, although grocery stores and other stores may sell spirits and liquors with lower ABV. In addition, many states outright ban beer above a certain alcohol level, even though it is perfectly legal to buy wine or spirits at that alcohol level.

But even in places where the concoction is legally allowed to be sold, it can still be difficult to find.

Samuel Adams only brews a limited 13,000 bottles of Utopias every two years, according to his website. And it doesn’t sell cheaply – the MSRP is $240.

“We pioneered cask aging and blending of Utopias nearly 30 years ago, and we continue that time-honored tradition today,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams, in a statement.

‘Since the introduction of Utopias in 2002, brewers have explored uncharted territory with each brew and experimented with different types of aging barrels, new flavors and different blending techniques. The result is always special, spicy and worth the wait.’

The latest Utopias is a combination of varying amounts of what the brewer calls its “extreme beers,” including some that have matured in bourbon barrels for over 25 years.

The blend was matured in a total of 86 different casks, including some previously used for Carcavelos, Madeira, Ruby Port, Sherry Oloroso and Sauternes sweet wine casks.

Often compared to a complex port or cognac – and drunk at room temperature from a drink – Sam Adams Utopias is described by the brewery as an ‘extreme’ beer.

The blend was matured in a total of 86 different casks, including some previously used for Carcavelos, Madeira, Ruby Port, Sherry Oloroso and Sauternes sweet wine casks.

The blend was matured in a total of 86 different casks, including some previously used for Carcavelos, Madeira, Ruby Port, Sherry Oloroso and Sauternes sweet wine casks.

Plus, it contains 2,000 pounds of black cherries, which gives both sweetness and tartness to the brew. The final product is said to have a ‘rich taste of black cherries and dark fruit, with hints of maple and vanilla’.

Utopias were first introduced in 2002, but prices have increased over the years.

The cost for 2016 was $189, but there has been a price increase every year since then. The 2017 version cost $199, while the 2019 cost was $10 more than that.

Next year it will be 20 years since Samuel Adams’ Utopias came on the market.

Meanwhile, Samuel Adams recently labeled himself the official beer of Inspiration4, the first all-civil tourist mission to space returning from orbit on Saturday.

The partnership was described as a fundraiser for St. Judes Children’s Cancer Hospital, and a Utopia bottle signed by Koch and Inspiration4 crew members will be offered at the hospital’s upcoming charity auction.

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