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Libation Nation Podcast Episode 2 – Droughts and the Future of California’s Breweries

Second episode of the Libation Nation Podcast covering the historic drought situation in California and what this means for the future of its amazing brewery scene.

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Second episode of the Libation Nation Podcast covering the historic drought situation in California and what this means for the future of its amazing brewery scene.

Libation Nation Contributor. Drink(s) of Choice: Pinot Grigio, Lagers. Favorite Brewery/Distillery: Lakewood Brewery, and Kiepersol Distillery, both in Texas. Favorite Music: Female Pop, and Radiohead.

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November 28 is Small Brewery Sunday

It’s the 3rd annual Small Brewery Sunday! Support your local small & independent brewery this day.

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Small Brewery Sunday

A proud day indeed. Today is the 3rd annual Small Brewery Sunday.

It’s a day of intentionality…getting out there and supporting our local small & independent breweries. So go show them some love!

Buy a pint, fill up those growlers, stock up on some of your favorite beer-to-go. Heck, buy some merch and be a walking billboard for them.

Always look for that Independent Craft Brewer Seal.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is Small Brewery Sunday.

Find a brewery near you.

For more information, visit the Brewers Association for Small & Independent Craft Brewers.

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Libation Nation Podcast Episode 1 – Actor Kelsey Grammer’s Brewery

First episode of Libation Nation Podcast covering actor Kelsey Grammer’s new brewery company, inspired by his popular TV character Frasier.

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First episode of Libation Nation Podcast covering actor Kelsey Grammer's new brewery company inspired by his popular TV character Frasier.

First episode of the Libation Nation Podcast covering actor Kelsey Grammer’s new brewery company inspired by his popular TV character Frasier.

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Samuel Adams’ New Beer Isn’t Exactly Legal

Samuel Adams’ Utopias isn’t entirely legal, at least not in every state.

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Sam Adams' Utopias Is Illegal

Last month, Samuel Adams announced its biennial launch of its limited-edition beer, Utopias. It hit shelves early October — about 13,000 bottles brewed in total.  

Utopias is touted as “an extreme barrel aged beer that pushes the limits of barrel aging.” A delicious batch blend through a painstaking brew process, the end result is a specialty beer at a whopping 28.0% alcohol by volume (ABV). 

To put it in perspective, craft beers average around 5-7% ABV, making Utopias about 4-5x stronger than your average suds. 

On their website it states:

“We make Utopias to challenge the perception of what beer can be. This boundary bending, barrel-aged beer blurs the line between beer and fine spirit. At 28%, it’s the badass of our brewery. Its reputation puts it on every beer drinker’s bucket-list.”

Samuel Adams Brewery

And it’s because of this higher-than-normal alcohol content that makes this particular beer “not-so” legal — at least not in every state. 

Broadly speaking, alcohol sales have a long and complicated history here in the United States. To make a long story short, quite a handful of states have legally capped the alcohol content in beer that’s purchased and sold within its borders. These local statutes are all well below Utopias’ 28% ABV. In fact, they don’t even come close. 

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Samuel Adams’ Utopias 2021 (not pictured above) is not entirely legal in 15 states due to its high alcohol content for a beer.

Any sale or purchase of this specialty beer would thereby be illegal, with varying degrees of enforcement and punishment by state. 

So you may be asking yourself by now, “Which states technically outlaw Samuel Adams’ Utopias?” Well, there are 15 states actually:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia.

Even if you don’t live in one of these states, Utopias will still set you back about $240 for an oversized 25.4 ounce bottle. Now that’s a lot of beer mula! 

Well worth it we’re sure. But we’re still waiting on Samuel Adams to send us a bottle to review (hint, hint).

At least with Utopias you’re getting a limited edition specialty beer, in a generous size bottle, and with huge fanfare. And needless to say, it certainly doesn’t skimp on the alcohol content either. 

Usually less is more, but in this case more is more with Samuel Adams. 

For more information on Samuel Adams’ Utopias, visit www.samueladams.com/utopias 

Cheers to beers!

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