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Sam Adams’ New Beer is More Like Cognac And It’s Illegal in 11 States

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Should you drink liquor or beer tonight? It’s a question we often struggle with, especially with the craft cocktail revolution and the craft beer boom in lockstep with each other. Boston-based brewery Sam Adams is releasing its annual Utopia beer next month, making that difficult choice a bit easier—that is, if you can get your hands on one.

According to the Sam Adams website, Utopias is “reminiscent of a rich vintage port, old cognac or fine sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness and a deep rich malty smoothness.”


A total of 13,000 bottles of the biennial special release will go on sale early next month but not in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Vermont. Those 12 states have banned the sale of the beer because of its high ABV.

Utopias go for about $200 per bottle. The uncarbonated beer is “extreme barrel-aged,” resulting in its 28 percent ABV. The recommended serving size is one ounce, making it more like sipping a fine sherry than a beer.

“My original idea for Utopias was to push the boundaries of craft beer by brewing an extreme beer that was unlike anything any brewer had conceived,” Jim Koch, who founded Boston Beer Co., said in a statement. “I’m proud to present to drinkers this lunatic fringe of extreme beer worthy of the Utopias name.”

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