Samuel Adams’ 2021 Utopias Beer Is So Strong That It’s Illegal In 15 States

Every two years since 2002, Samuel Adams has released its high-dollar Utopias hooch in an effort to push the boundaries of what beer can be. Always barrel-aged in bourbon casks and often finished in exotic spirits, it comprises a blend of various exclusive brews specifically reserved for the occasion. Expectedly, then, Utopias is a beer with a demand far exceeding its available supply.

And the 2021 installment is certainly no exception — especially since it’s illegal in 15 states. Yep, if you find yourself in the South (states like Georgia and North Carolina), the North (New Hamshire and Vermont), or even parts of the Midwest (such as Montana and Oklahoma), the boozy 28% alcohol content means that you’re SOL. For those who are willing to make the trip elsewhere, however, know that it’s well worth the drive. Blended from multiple batches of beers as old as three decades and matured in a combination of Carcavelos, Madeira, Ruby Port, and Sherry Oloroso barrels, the 12th edition Utopias promises to be a truly exceptional release. And here’s the thing: Samuel Adams outdid themselves this year, aging a portion of the brew in Sauternes French oak wine casks and adding some 2,000 pounds of cherries to the finishing process.

As if that wasn’t enough, though, founder Jim Koch will be auctioning off his number one bottle in celebration of the Inspiration4 mission, with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Not only that, but along with the beer, winners will also get a trip to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. If you want to buy some Utopias for yourself, it’ll be dropping on October 11th for $240.

Purchase: $240

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