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Utopias beer from Samuel Adams

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Utopias beer from Samuel Adams

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Find out if this $200 limited-edition beer is illegal in your Southern state

Every two years, for the past two decades, Samuel Adams has released a rare limited-edition craft beer. The newest edition, Utopias, has an ABV of 28%, making it the highest alcohol content beer on the market, and illegal in many — but not all — Southern states. 

This year marks the 10th release of this special Samuel Adams brew, which will be available early November 2017. The release has become a highly anticipated event among craft beer enthusiasts, who wait excitedly for the limited run of 13,000 bottles to hit shelves around the U.S.

“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,” said Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Co., the parent firm of Samuel Adams, in a statement. “I’m proud to present to drinkers this lunatic fringe of extreme beer worthy of the Utopias name.”

The catch?

Utopias is unfortunately illegal in twelve states because of its high alcohol content. If you currently live in one of six Southern states (or at least states that most people consider "Southern"), you're out of luck. 

Food & Wine notes that this beer does not taste like the beer Samuel Adams is known for. “The taste is more like a fine liquor, with a sweetness like a port or cognac and a smooth, almost buttery, malt-filled finish.” It’s highly recommended you take your time while enjoying this brew and sip on an ounce or two at a time. 

Find out if you live in one of the lucky Southern states where this unique beer is distributed


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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.

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