Beer drinkers love to try new brews, but for Samuel Adams’ latest craft beer is gonna be hard to find.
The limited edition brew is called Samuel Adams Utopias. It is 28% ABV, and because of its alcohol content, it is illegal in 12 states. It is rare, barrel-aged and only made every two years.
To brew it, Samuel Adams starts with a blend of two-row pale malt, combined with Munich and Caramel 60 malts, giving the beer a deep, ruby color. From there, three varieties of German Noble hops — including Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, and Tettnang Tettnanger — are added to balance the malt’s sweetness. After its brewed, special yeast strains are added including one that’s usually used in the making of champagne.
This year’s Samuel Adams Utopias is actually a blend of multiple batches, some aged up to 24 years. Just 68 wooden casks of Utopias were made this year, resulting in just 13,000 bottles going on sale in the U.S. However, it is illegal in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington.
Everywhere else, it will be available in select stores this month for $199 per bottle.