Toronto

LCBO to sell rare Utopias beer by lottery

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is holding a lottery for 70 bottles of very rare — and very strong — beer from the Boston brewery Samuel Adams.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is holding a lottery for 70 bottles of very rare — and very strong — beer from the Boston brewery Samuel Adams.

The LCBO announced the Utopias brew will sell for $114.95 per 710 ml bottle through telephone and online lottery from Jan. 6 to 13.

The Utopias brew is aged as long as 15 years in cognac and sherry barrels and contains 27 per cent alcohol.

"Because of the extremely limited availability of this product, there was not enough to distribute to stores," the LCBO wrote on its website.

Addressing whether the high alcohol content of the beer was a concern, the LCBO said the Utopias should be considered a "premium, niche product."

"It is unlikely that it will be purchased by consumers who are looking to drink it solely for the alcohol," it said.

At its no-nonsense price, the beer is expected to appeal mostly to collectors and enthusiasts, who can only register online or by telephone to order one bottle each.

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