New Boston Beer ‘Utopias’ Banned In Tennessee And 12 Other States

Posted: November 30, 2009 in Nitegator
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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 maker of Samuel Adams beer has released an updated version of its biennial beer Utopias. As more brewers take advantage of improvements in science to boost potency and enhance taste. By law, these specialty drinks still are classified as beer when they are based on fermented grain.

Utopias is now the highest alcohol content beer on the market at 27 percent alcohol by volume, pushed the traditional cap of 14 percent alcohol by volume for beer. Utopias comes with a cost of $150 a bottle. Utopias reaches its unique strength through a 15-year aging process in barrels at the Boston Beer Co.’s brewery in Boston. It’s aged and finished in wooden containers like Scotch whisky barrels and sherry casks. The drink’s yeast strains are regularly used in making malts and champagne. A quick sip unveils a cognac-like hit combined with vanilla, honey, and maple flavors. 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: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.

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