The World’s Most Expensive Beer

Samuel Adams Utopias ($400)
When it debuted in 2003, Utopias was named by Guinness — the world record people, not the beer people — the world’s most alcoholic beer. Although it was unseated by BrewDog’s procession of increasingly boozy brews, Utopias remains a trailblazer. In fact, as the brand proudly advertised, its alcohol content made it technically illegal in 11 states whose laws allowed only for mortal beers. Today Utopias still contains a variety of malted barleys and a smidge of maple syrup, and is fermented in scotch, bourbon, port, and cognac casks. Drink it at room temperature like a brandy — but do it in Iowa, and you may be thrown in the slammer.