How far would you go for a beer that has been banned by 15 states in America?

I had no idea that was a thing until I stumbled upon this story yesterday on Foodbeast titled Samuel Adams 'Utopias' is One of the World's Strongest Beers and is Banned in 15 States.

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Immediately I wondered if it was actually prohibited to get your hands on a bottle of the stuff in Illinois, to which I found out (phew) that it's totally OK. Wisconsin is cool with it too, in case you're wondering.

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Here are the states where you can't get Sam Adams Utopias:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
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After I got that out of the way I wondered why it's banned, and here's why according to Foodbeast:

Utopias beer, is making waves for its extraordinary qualities. With an astonishingly high alcohol by volume (ABV) of 28%, this beer blurs the line between brew and spirit.

For comparison's sake, a regular America-style lager is anywhere from 4.1% to 5.1% ABV.

Long story short, Utopias is the strongest beer on the market and it's not even close. Hence that's why it's banned in other states.

Samuel Adams via Facebook
Samuel Adams via Facebook

That said, we can actually drink the stuff here in Illinois, so to answer the question I posed at the top "How far would you go for a beer that has been banned in 15 states?"

Apparently, you'd have to fill up the tank and go on a road trip because BeerMenus is listing only three places in the entire state where Utopias is available.

  • C.D. Discount Liquor at 344 Commons Drive in Bolingbrook
  • Oswego Food & Liquor at 4574 Illinois 71 in Oswego
  • Friar Tuck Beverage at 1401 West Glen Avenue in Peoria

Besides being absolutely tough to find, it also comes with a pretty steep price tag, $240 a bottle. It might be a good idea to just not consider this beer and more like a rare cognac at this point.

Either way, happy hunting. Let us know if you get your hands on a bottle.

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