The Beer That Idaho Just Banned
When I think of a beer getting banned, the first thing that comes to my mind is, I like it already. Maybe it's the early, twentieth century Al Capone in me. The reason for this statewide ban on a popular brand's limited edition brew however, doesn't have anything to do with Protestants. (or does it?)
Samuel Adams beer was the brainchild of Boston brewer Jim Koch, who used his father's recipe in the early 1980s and began experimenting, according to the brand's website. The average Samuel Adams lager contains 4.9% alcohol by volume.
A limited edition Sam Adams beer called "Utopias," which was originally produced in 2002 and considered the strongest beer in the world, was recently banned by more than ten states, including Idaho, according to Fortune. This particular beer will run you $200, is only produced every couple of years, and has an ABV of well over 20%. The beer can also be stored for up to 40 years.
It's because of the high volume of alcohol that prompted the ban on sale. The average ABV for Idaho beers is 6.5%, according to a 2014 study.
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont are the other states that put the kibosh on Utopias.