The Boston Beer Company, makers of the famous Samuel Adams beers, have developed a new, “extreme” brew with a 27% alcohol content. Vast improvements in brewing technology, including genetically-engineered yeast strains, have paved the way for strengths well beyond the 12-14% ABV limit previously found in malt beverages. The new, 54-proof beer, dubbed “Utopias,” is aged for 15 years and bears a $150 a bottle price tag. It’s also banned in 13 states, due to its high alcohol content.
But Boston Beer’s ride atop the high-octane wave was short-lived. It was later reported that a small brewpub in Ohio plans to release its “Everbeer,” a 200 proof (100%) alcohol beer. Pending approval of its license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Everbeer will soon be distributed to liquor stores across the U.S.
“This will be the first beer you can either drink or use as a motor fuel additive,” boasted an unnamed official at Everbeer’s brewery.