>h4>Driven by consumer interest in wine and spirits, craft brewers are unveiling new high-alcohol, or “extreme,” beers.

At 25 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the reigning champ is Samuel Adams limited-release noncarbonated Utopias. “But it’s not about alcohol,” says Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. “It’s about expanding people’s palates and bringing beer closer to the world of wine.” Best bets are Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s World Wide Stout (18 percent ABV) and Samuel Adams Millennium (20 percent ABV).