It’s illegal in 11 states
Beer drinking has become something of a competitive sport, and I’m not referring to pledging a fraternity or the epic beer pong matches you have in your garage.
No, over the past decade, as craft brewing has exploded, getting your hands on a rare, hard-to-find beer is a point of pride for many men out there who take their drinking seriously. People wait in lines, they trade by mail, they even get off their asses and lug their beer-bellies across state lines just to get access to something new and special.
Well, things just got downright criminal.
Recently, Sam Adams released the tenth edition of one of their most sought-after beers: the aptly named Utopia.
Utopia is a special batch of beer that the Boston-based brewery has been conjuring up for a decade, but if you want to get it, you have some hoops to jump through. For one thing, you can’t live in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Vermont.
For another, you’d better be ready to shell out $200 bucks! And you’d better do it fast, because this November, they only released 13,000 bottles.
So why is it banned? Probably because drinking it will turn your entire body into a brewery, thanks to the 28% ABV. For some perspective, Sam Adams’ own Boston Lager has an ABV of 5%. The five imperial IPAs I had last night? Somewhere around 10%. 28% is just insane, which is probably why the recommended serving size is just one ounce. Perfect for a game of century club! (Just kidding. Please don’t do that. And if you do, The Dad is not liable!)
Utopia isn’t the only high ABV beer out there – check out this list – but it does have the coolest looking bottle!
I’m pretty sure there’s a genie in there, and even if there isn’t, you take a few sips and you’re probably going to start seeing one. Just make sure one of your wishes is to not have a hangover in the morning.