They say forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest and while that may be true, the consequences can cost you.

Strong beer isn't worth a misdemeanor... is it?

Just kidding - we're not here to condone bad behavior. You should never violate the law for a good time, that's an absolutely terrible idea.

That being said, if you consider yourself a beer connoisseur or someone who tends to venture out for the strongest beverage they can find, you'll want to be careful - especially with your beer.

Idaho and California each have their laws on how much alcohol is allowed in the beer that they sell and they couldn't be more different.

We found a pair of beers that would be considered illegal under California law and five more that would be illegal under Idaho law.

Could you handle drinking California's illegal beers?

According to California law, selling or possessing beverages that contain more than 60% alcohol by volume is illegal and offenders face a misdemeanor. So, we accepted the challenge to see if we find beers that exceed that legal limit - here's what we found...

Brewmeister Snake Venom Fortified Beer, 330 ml

Dubbed "The World's Strongest Beer", Snake Venom has a whopping 67.5% alcohol by volume which exceeds California's legal limit of 60%. The beer is described as having a "sweet, nutty aroma, a fruity flavor and fiery, intense finish."

It's recommended to consume in small sips (YA THINK?!)

It can be purchased on Amazon, but do so at your own risk... and if anyone asks, we didn't tell you to buy it all.

"Armageddon" by Brewmeister, 330 ml

Brewmeister is at it again, this time with their "Armageddon" beer that has a staggering 65% alcohol by volume. According to, this beer has "bold flavors of caramel, toffee, and a powerful alcohol kick that warms you up on even the coldest of nights."

We couldn't find a usable photo of the beer, but you can check out the beer profile here.

What about Idaho?

Not to be outdone by California, Idaho has its stash of illegal brews. In the state of Idaho, however, beer cannot have an alcohol volume that exceeds 16%. According to Idaho law:

Beer containing not more than sixteen percent (16%) of alcohol by volume may be manufactured, imported, and/or sold and distributed in and into this state or possessed therein in the manner and under the conditions prescribed in this act and not otherwise.

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