This beer is $299 per bottle, illegal in 15 states — but in NJ stores
Samuel Adams may be known for its seasonal beers, but here in New Jersey it sells a variety that is not only hard to find — but very high in alcohol and cost.
The company said on its website that for just the 10th time it is releasing the Samuel Adams Utopias craft beer, which it describes as "the craft beer community's most renowned and sought-after extreme barrel-aged beer." The beer is made using several malts as well as maple syrup.
All the ingredients and a special brewing process result in a 28 percent alcohol-by-volume beer — that's almost six times as strong as a Samuel Adams Boston Lager — "reminiscent of a rich vintage Port, old cognac, or fine Sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness, and a deep rich malty smoothness," according to company.
An employee of the Liquor Bar in Bordentown said his store carried the beer — briefly. The store got a single bottle in and sold it for $299 after about a week, he said. Some reports have put the price closer to $200.
The employee said the beer, in its fancy decanter, was purchased by a buyer who took an Uber from Freehold..
Another employee from Wine, Liquor and Beer at the Wegman's in Princeton said his store only got in one bottle, and it sold out as well. Canal's Liquor in Hamilton said the store had its single bottle on the shelves for a day.
According to Samuel Adams, it made only 13,000 bottles, which were distributed across the country. Boston.com quoted a Boston Beer Company spokesperson saying the beer is illegal in 15 states because of its high alcohol content.
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