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Samuel Adams Is Selling $200 Beer That’s Illegal in 12 States

Talk about a stiff drink.

Samuel Adams is now offering a beer that is 28% alcohol by volume — it’s so potent that it can’t be sold in a dozen states. It’s part of the brewery’s Utopias line of beer and fetches a whopping $200 per bottle.

Only 13,000 bottles will be released, but even with the limited run, that’s a lot of cash for a bottle of beer.

“Samuel Adams starts with a blend of two-row pale malt combined with Munich and Caramel 60 malts, which gives the beers its deep, ruby color,” reports Esquire. “Three varieties of German Noble hops, including Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, and Tettnang Tettnanger, are added to balance the malt’s sweetness. Once the beer is brewed, special yeast strains are added including one that’s usually used in the making of champagne and a ‘ninja yeast,’ which can survive in a highly alcoholic environment.”

We’re not exactly sure what that means, but we love the phrase “ninja yeast.” That’s gotta be worth some of the $200 price tag, right?

“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, who heads Samuel Adams’ parent company. “I’m proud to present to drinkers this lunatic fringe of extreme beer worthy of the Utopias name.”

Now, please excuse us while we go to the bank to apply for a loan.

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