The Boston-based Samuel Adams brewery has a bit of an odd tradition. Every couple of years, they make people experience utopia by releasing a new iteration of their Utopias limited-edition beer. The price and punch of this beer are enormous enough to make anyone dizzy, and this time the strength of the beer has made it illegal in 15 US states.
Why is this beer special?
The brewery has perfected its barrel-aging and blending process for this beer over the last three decades. Since 2002, the brewery has continuously pushed the envelope with each launch and experimented with different techniques and flavors to make this remarkable spirit.
This year’s version is no different as it is a mixture of several extreme beers, some aged for 30 years in bourbon casks. This godly blend was then aged in 86 different barrels. These barrels previously housed Madeira, Carcavelos, Ruby Port, Sherry Oloroso, and sweet Sauternes wines. After this, they finished the entire affair by dumping a literal ton of black cherries in this mixture. They did this to infuse the cherries’ sweet and tart flavor in it.
The final product claims to taste like black cherries and dark fruits with subtle notes of vanilla and maple.
Why is this beer illegal?
The beer’s legality issue stems from the fact that the following US states limit the ABV of any beer sold within their borders.
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.
And the 28% ABV of this year’s Utopias races right across that line. For anyone living out of these states, the information on how to get this beer is available here. Each bottle of this beer will cost $240, and only 13,000 bottles are available for purchase.
So, what are you waiting for? Get one for yourself now!
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