The luxury ale is sold in 25-ounce ceramic decanters modeled on traditional copper kettles, which the company say they take care to choose for the correct glass quality
Samuel Adams has released a beer at $210-a-bottle that is so strong it is illegal in 15 states.
Utopias, at 28% ABV, is a barrel-aged brew that began its limited release across the country on Tuesday.
It is the tenth edition of the special ale which was first released in 2002. Just 77 casks have been brewed, meaning fewer than 15,000 bottles will hit the shelves.
Its high alcohol content means there is no fizz in this beer and Sam Adams say it ‘is reminiscent of a rich vintage Port, old Cognac, or fine Sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness, and a deep rich malty smoothness.’
The master brewers used Cognac and Madeira barrels to finish the beer and provide it with its rich and complex flavor.
And as well as carefully selected malt and hop varieties, its special ingredient is Vermont maple syrup.
In addition a special ‘ninja yeast’ was required, Sam Adams say: ‘The brewers utilized several yeast strains during fermentation, including one typically reserved for champagne, and a “ninja yeast,” created for its ability to survive and continue fermenting in an environment that has such a high alcohol level.’
The master brewers used Cognac and Madeira barrels to finish the beer and provide it with its rich and complex flavor
It is best paired with clam chowder, cobb salad and fish and chips.
The luxury ale is sold in 25-ounce ceramic decanters modeled on traditional copper kettles, which the company say they take care to choose for the correct glass quality, Forbes reported.
Unfortunately for lovers of strong beer in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont or West Virginia, it is illegal.