Now, I’ve had some eight- and nine-per-cent beers from Quebec, but I can’t imagine how a 27-per-cent beer must taste. But according to the CBC, “The 54-proof Samuel Adams Utopias is among the strongest beers in the world. One 24-ounce bottle packs as much alcohol as a 12-pack of Bud Light.” Pfft, who drinks one Bud Light, much less 12 of them?
That said, not everybody can quaff Sam’s Utopia, either. For one thing, there’s a very limited supply. And then there’s the hefty price tag—to the tune of $115 in Ontario, and $130 in New Brunswick. But despite the princely sum, the LCBO’s stock sold out faster than a KISS concert a couple months ago. So in the Loyalist Province, they’ve put up their meagre shipment up for grabs in a lottery. Only the lucky winners don’t get a million dollars, or even a new car, but rather the privilege to pay KISS-concert prices for one bottle of beer. Calling Dr. Love…
Apparently, with just 12 bottles available, several golden ticketholders will be going home empty-handed—or at least with a less-expensive beer. “As of [Friday] morning we’re nearing 300 [entrants] and we expect that to rise,” a NB Liquor spokeswoman told the CBC. Then again, as one CBC commenter remarks, “I’d rather get the enjoyment from the 72 regular beer you could buy for the same money.” Wait, you can buy 72 beers for $130 in New Brunswick!? As long as we’re not talking Lakeport here, I might consider moving.
In any case, I hope NB Liquor keeps its high-volume dozen in safer cases than a certain lakefront LCBO. I mean, the cops never caught that guy in the Burberry shirt, did they? (Methinks there might not be a lotta scotch left by the time they do…)