Samuel Adams beer maker Boston Beer Co. is ready to release its potent Utopias beer, which weighs in at 28% alcohol by volume – a strength that makes it illegal in 15 states.
This cherry infused beer is pricey at $240 a bottle and will be available beginning Oct. 11, at select specialty beer, wine and liquor stores, where laws allow.
Often compared to a complex port or cognac – and sipped from a snifter at room temperature, Sam Adams Utopias is described as an "extreme" beer by the brewery.
Some of the liquid has been aged nearly three decades in wooden bourbon casks, the brewery says.
Among the cherries used were Michigan Balaton cherries, which helped "create a rich flavor of black cherry and dark fruits," in the beer.
If you want to try this special brew, it is illegal in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.