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Samuel Adams New Beer Has So Much Alcohol It’s Illegal in 12 States

And it costs $200.

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Over the weekend, Samuel Adams announced it would once again be releasing its Utopia craft beer, which will cost customers $200 to buy. This may seem like too much for a beer from Sam Adams but the Boston-based brewing company releases a limited amount of Utopia every two years and they always sell out almost immediately due to the high demand. Why is it so impossible to get your hands on this notorious beer? Because of Utopia’s 28 percent ABV, which is so high that it has actually been banned in 12 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington.

“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, founder of Boston Beer Company told “I’m proud to present to drinkers this lunatic fringe of extreme beer worthy of the Utopias name.”

Making Utopia is no easy process, as some of the batches used have been aged up to 24 years in Scandinavian Aquavit barrels and Moscat barrels. This unconventional brewing and aging method is the reason why Utopia is a non-carbonated beer because the high alcohol levels destroy any CO2. Due to its extreme flavor – its taste is more like cognac or sherry than beer – and high alcohol, Samuel Adams recommends drinking it in 1 oz. servings, as opposed to a standard 8-12 oz. serving of beer.

Of course, to taste Utopia, you’re first going to need to get yourself a bottle, which is no easy task, even if you do live in one of the 38 states that hasn’t banned it. Just 68 wooden casks of Utopias were produced this year, meaning that about 13,000 bottles will go on sale in the United States until the next time Utopia is released.