Sam Adams’ Newly released beer is illegal in 15 states: Here what happened

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Samuel Adams released its exclusive Utopias beer to select locations yesterday, the collection is so rare, only 100 casks were made and it’s illegal in 15 states.

Each beer is barrel-aged and hand-bottled, the brewing company calls it “America’s most extreme beer.” It contains 28 percent alcohol by volume and it sells for $210 a bottle.

Due to its high 28 percent ABV content, the Utopias collection is illegal in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Samuel Adams is releasing a beer so strong that it is illegal in 15 states and luckily, Ohio is not one of them. The beer, called Utopias, has 28% alcohol by volume (ABV) and will begin its limited release on October 15 in only select beer and specialty stores before it comes to Cincinnati in November.

In celebration of the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom’s one-year anniversary, Utopias 2019 will be available on tap from 6 to 11 p.m. on Nov. 15. The event will include live music and barbecue from the Beerded Pig.

Sam Adams’ Newly released beer is illegal in 15 states:

To brew this 28% ABV beer which comes with a $199 price tag and is so alcoholic it’s banned in 15 states. Then three varieties of German Noble hops, including Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, and Tettnang Tettnanger, are added to balance the malt’s sweetness.

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Only 68 wooden casks of Utopias were made this year, which means that only 13,000 bottles will go on sale in the United States this time around.

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Because of its high alcohol content, it legally cannot be sold in 15 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.

As for the rest of the country, you’ll be able to find it in stores starting early next month. Indiana, a land known for being a wee bit stingy with its beer-buying laws, surprisingly is not one of the states where it’s illegal to buy Samuel Adams Utopias.

Released only every two years, the “extreme barrel-aged beer” is so potent with its 28 percent alcohol by volume really, super strong, that it’s illegal in 11 states. According to the Find a Sam locator map, there are 11 spots around Central Indiana where there might be a bottle on the shelf.

Additionally, combine the rarity with the “extreme” barrel-aging which Sam Adams says is “a multi-step, time-intensive and complex process” and that means it’s gonna set you back at least $199. A bottle.

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