Samuel Adams' New Beer Illegal In 15 States

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio)— Samuel Adams' latest beer has such a high alcohol by volume percentage it's actually illegal in 15 states, including New Hampshire and Vermont.

The 12th edition of Samuel Adams Utopia is 28 percent ABV and is only available for purchase in select states, including Massachusetts. Utopia is part of Samuel Adams' line of "extreme beers", with this current batch being aged for 24 years prior to release.

"We pioneered the barrel-aging and blending process of Utopias almost thirty years ago and continue that time-honored tradition today," Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams, said in a press release. "Since the introduction of Utopias in 2002, brewers have explored uncharted territory with each brew, experimenting with different kinds of aging barrels, new flavors, and different blending techniques. The result is always special, spirited, and worth waiting for."

This batch of Utopia was stored in multiple different types of wood bourbon casks and finished on 2,000 of pounds of cherries "to bring a slight sweetness and touch of tart flavor."

The beer has a suggested retail price of $240 per bottle and will hit stores on Oct. 11. A list of stores that sell Samuel Adams products can be found on its website.

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