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Sam Adam’s newest version of Utopias banned in Montana and 12 other states

November 30, 2009 | admin

It’s reported to be about 27-percent alcohol, and it has pushed the boundaries of modern brewing techniques. Sadly, you will not get to taste it in Montana, as it is clearly over the state’s newly instituted 14 percent ABV limit.

From the Associated Press -

BOSTON – It’s banned in 13 states and sure doesn’t come in a six-pack. The maker of Sam Adams beer has released an updated version of its biennial beer Utopias.

At 27 percent alcohol by volume and $150 a bottle, the limited release is now the highest alcohol content beer on the market.

The drink comes in a ceramic-and-copper bottle that resembles a tiny brew kettle. Thirteen states prohibit its sale because its alcohol content exceeds the legal limit for beer.

Since the 1990s, craft brewers like the Boston Beer Co. and the Delaware-based Dogfish Head have produced a number of “extreme beers” that challenge old notions of beer and the decades-old laws that have governed them.

The drink is not banned in Arizona, but the thirteen states that do ban it are:  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.

Prost,

GG


2 Comments.
  1. admin says:

    Interesting. I wasn’t aware that it was possible to do that. I’ll look into it. Thanks.

  2. medcap1 says:

    I think you have mis-stated Montana Law. if an individual would like a malt beverage above 14% Alcohol by volume, they can request from the state system a malt beverage that exceeds the 14% abv limit. I would ask your local state liquor store if they could provide the bottle. You would have to go through the state system and not through the the local convenient.

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