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Expanding chilly beer gross sales and permitting retail gross sales of alcohol on Sundays are one thing many Indiana residents have lengthy wished and a difficulty that might be gaining traction. But a fancy set of forces has stored that from taking place.
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Utopias 2015, from Boston Beer Co. in Boston, is 28% ABV.(Photo: Todd Haefer, The (Appleton, Wis.) Post-Crescent)

Indiana, a land identified for being a wee bit stingy with its beer-buying legal guidelines, surprisingly is just not one of many states the place its unlawful to purchase Samuel Adams Utopias.

Released solely each two years, the “extreme barrel-aged beer” is so potent with its 28 p.c ABV (alcohol by quantity) ((actually, tremendous robust)), that it is unlawful in 12 states. Those are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington, studies Fortune.

For relative scale, Bud Light is labeled at four.2 ABV.

So, fortunate Indiana, proper? Well, maintain on. There are two catches.

It’s very uncommon. It’s launched solely each different yr, and a mere 13,000 bottles are being distributed nationwide. According to the Find a Sam locator map, there are 11 spots round Central Indiana the place there is perhaps a bottle on the shelf. Additionally, because of the “extreme” barrel-aging — which Sam Adams says is “a multi-step, time-intensive and complex process” — and the rarity, meaning it is gonna set you again not less than $199. A bottle.

If you are fortunate sufficient to style Utopias, it is billed as “reminiscent of a rich vintage Port, old Cognac, or fine Sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness, and a deep rich malty smoothness.”

For many causes, it is a beer finest loved by the expensive, expensive ounce.

Follow IndyStar digital content material editor Leigh Hedger on Twitter: @lhedger.

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