PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- On Monday, a package came to my front door containing a copper-coated, brew-kettle-shaped bottle of a beer known as Utopias.It is a beer that Boston Beer Company's (SAM - Get Report) Samuel Adams brand has produced since 2003 and used to make biennially until 2011, when it began releasing it on a yearly basis. It is a flat, dark, strong ale made with the brewery's Kosmic Motherfunk yeast. It is aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels and again in port wine barrels. It is only made in a small, 100-barrel batch and comes out at 28% alcohol by volume -- stronger than most wines, just shy of a weak tequila and potent enough to be legally restricted in my home state of Oregon. It sells for $199 a bottle.
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