Ah, Samuel Adams, the expensive luxury beer that we're all willing to shell out for every now and again when we can afford something really special.
That might sound a bit odd, but the popular beer maker is getting in on uber-fancy, rare novelty brews. While you might associate the brewery with affordable, easy to find and easy to drink lagers and ales, Sam Adams is switching it up and offering Utopias, a $199 beer that has an ABV so high that it's banned in 12 states, according to Fortune.
At 28 percent alcohol, this beer is probably unlike any you have ever tasted, and its makers recommend sipping no more than one ounce at a time.
"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, the founder of Samuel Adams' parent company Boston Beer Co., said in a statement, according to Fortune. "I'm proud to present to drinkers this lunatic fringe of extreme beer worthy of the Utopias name."
If you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont or Washington, you are out of luck, as the states have outlawed the sale of the unconventionally strong drink. In other states, it will hit retailers in early November. You can find a retailer near you here.
The non-carbonated beer, of which only 13,000 bottles will be released, reportedly tastes a bit like a smooth, sweet, malty liquor.
The brewing starts in a relatively normal manner, with two different kinds of malts and a handful of hop varieties to balance out the mix's sweetness, notes the Sam Adams Editorial Team. Next come yeast strains that include one typically used for champagne and a "ninja yeast" that stays active even in the outrageously high ABV mix.
The intensely boozy brew ages in single-use Buffalo Trace barrels before getting blended with some other barrel-aged creations, which include the 24-year-old Triple Bock and 17-year-old Millennium, before finishing some of them in smoky Moscat barrels.