With the Fresh Hop Ale Festival right around the corner, there is a lot of talk about beer! I myself, am not much of a beer drinker. My friends & wife usually tease me, calling me that negative term that is used to describe people who like the fruity alcoholic drinks. Now, when I hear of a certain type of drink is making news, I'm usually in the front of the line to try it. So you better believe that I'll be keeping my eyes open for new release from Samuel Adams when it drops on October 11th, (a day after my birthday I might add).

Boston-based brewery Samuel Adams usually does a limited edition of it's Utopias beer every two years or so. The reason this is making the news rounds is the fact that it's illegal in 15 states! Luckily, Washington isn't one of those states!

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SO WHY IS SAM ADAMS NEW BEER ILLEGAL?

This year's Utopias has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 28%. You might think that's a little too high. If you do, then you agree with Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, & West Virginia. The ABV limit in those states is waaaay below that, (for the record, 28% is about 5 times more than the average).

WHERE CAN I GET IT & HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

This year's Utopias looks to be rare and quite pricey, so keep your eyes open! Supplies are said to be "extremely limited." Only about 13,000 bottles were produced, eac of them being an oversized 25.4oz bottle. Suggested retail price??? $240! With that price tag, it's no wonder that Samuel Adams is saying that this year's Utopias are to be "sipped & savored".

 

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