Samuel Adams’ Utopias Beer is So Strong It’s Illegal in 15 States

Samuel Adams is bringing back its Utopias beer as we near the end of October. Unfortunately a lot of beer lovers, the barrel-aged extreme beer is illegal in 15 states because of its high alcohol percentage. The beer carries a whopping 28 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).

So for all of you IPA bros and hipsters, let’s see how much hair is really on your chest and whether you can handle the volume.

The states where Utopias are illegally because of the 28 percent ABV include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.

So if you want to get your hands on the drink, you’re going to have to do some navigating, but it will be worth it judging by the description:

This year, brewers also experimented with Cognac and Madeira finishing barrels which enhanced 2019 Utopias with distinct vanilla notes and subtle nutty and elegant dark fruit aromas. As a final step, and to add a slightly tart note, brewers blended in a touch of Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF), a wild ale that is fermented for two years in Hungarian Oak foeders at the Boston Brewery.

“Since it was first brewed, Sam Adams Utopias has been nothing short of a labor of love. As brewers we take pride in everything we make, but there’s something special about putting such a unique, extreme beer in the hands of not only the craft beer community but our coworkers,” said founder and brewer Jim Koch, via

Only 77 barrels of the Samuel Adams Utopia was brewed and it officially released on October 15, so if you have the opportunity to get your hands on the brew you better act fast before it is all gone. We wouldn’t recommend pounding multiple Utopias straight to the face, though.

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