Samuel Adams Utopias is back for the 2021 holiday season and it is better than ever

Samuel Adams limited edition Utopias for 2021. Ben Gebo Photography
Samuel Adams limited edition Utopias for 2021. Ben Gebo Photography /

Since 2002, Samuel Adams has been delivering the biannual magic of their Utopias brew, an innovative approach to crafting a perfect sip of beer. And in 2021, not only is Utopias back and better than ever, but the bottle is just as gorgeous as ever.

While we already knew Utopias was a special brew thanks to the aging process that sees any number of casks coming into play. But in 2021, the Samuel Adams Utopias took things to a whole new level thanks to not only the 86 different barrels that were used for aging, but also the fact that “this year’s blend is finished on cherries, including Michigan Balaton Cherries.”

As brewer and Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch explained, every time they brew up a batch of Utopias, the flavor changes and it becomes a wholly unique drinking experience. No two batches can ever be duplicated because of the casks used in the aging process, among other things.

Considering that only about 13,000 bottles of this year’s Utopias was released, you know it is something special and even hard to snag. But if you can get your hands on a bottle of this $240 brew, then you are in for a real treat.

Samuel Adams releases their 2021 Utopias, which is more than just a unique experience in drinking, it’s a labor of love

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a bottle of Samuel Adams Utopias, not only do we recommend savoring it, but we also have some ideas of how you can enjoy it. According to Koch and his team, the perfect pairing for the Utopias is richer foods.

Not only does it pair perfectly with a dark chocolate with a touch of salt, but it is also a nice addition to a savory meal. But not just any savory meal. We want a steak with blue cheese or even a bowl of New England Clam Chowder (makes sense right!). And yes, it has to be the New England style because of the richness of the cream and clams together.

Thanks to the powerful flavors and even the higher ABV percentage, you need to pair Utopias with a dish or food product that is itself intense in flavor. This is not your typical brew and that’s what makes it so special.

To sip Samuel Adams Utopias is to experience something special.

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If you are interested in getting your hands on the magic of Utopias, Total Wines will likely be the place to go. Or, you can call around to see if any of the more specialty liquor stores near you have a bottle on hand.