If you’re a beer lover like me, you may be looking to forgo the conventional Champagne toast and choose instead a brew worthy of ringing in the New Year. It doesn’t have to be advertised to be a replacement for the standard bubbly, in fact many of those beers will have jacked-up prices this time of year. I’d recommend steering clear of the usual suspects (think Sam Adams Infinium) and toasting with one (or all) of these fine brews instead:
1. Dogfish Head Festina Peche
Its light, effervescent, many-bubbled mouthfeel alone make it a perfect New Years toasting beer. Add in its mouthwatering peach aroma, surprisingly tart peach/sour apple taste and doughy malt finish, you’ve got a real winner on your hands. This, my friends, is my top pick for New Years Eve.
2. Orval Trappist Ale
Pineapple is the star is this Belgian ale, both in aroma and taste, marked with Champagne-like carbonation for the bubbles you crave in a New Years toast. Funky brett, a touch of spice, a dry, tart finish and loads of voluptuous head make Orval Trappist Ale one of my favorite brews and my second choice to ring in the New Year.
3. Oude Lambiek De Cam
I haven’t yet written up a review for this yet, but it still slides in at number three. This unblended lambic is perfectly sour with a lovely barnyard funk (if you’re into that kind of thing) and dry finish, making it a great toasting beer for those of you out there who dig something a little different. Enjoy no-holds-barred sour fruit aroma and flavor, with that funky lacto to boot.
[techtags:NEW YEARS EVE, NEW YEARS BEER, TOASTING BEER, CHAMPAGNE BEER, BEER REVIEWS]