New Beer By Samuel Adams Is Illegal In 15 States

The 12th version of Samuel Adams’ Utopias beer contains 28% alcohol by volume, making it illegal to sell in 15 states.

Credit: Samuel Adams

Cheers to super-strong beers that’ll knock you on your keister.

The latest beer from Boston brewer Samuel Adams bears a price tag of $240 per bottle and bears another notable distinction — it’s illegal in 15 states.

That’s right. Samuel Adams said the 12th version of the Utopias brand, which the brewery rolls out every two years, will roll out October 11 at a price of $240 for 25.4-ounce bottle.

The beverage contains 28% alcohol by volume, more than five times the average strength of U.S. beers, making it illegal to sell in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

“We pioneered the barrel-aging and blending process of Utopias almost thirty years ago and continue that time-honored tradition today,” Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams said in a news release. “Since the introduction of Utopias in 2002, brewers have explored uncharted territory with each brew, experimenting with different kinds of aging barrels, new flavors, and different blending techniques. The result is always special, spirited, and worth waiting for form.”

Samuel Adams, the official beer of the Inspiration4 civilian tourism mission to space, said a Utopia bottle autographed by Koch and the mission’s crew will be auctioned to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Matt Sterner

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