Who Needs Champagne? There's a Beer for That.


Back on New Year’s Eve, Brewery Ommegang shared this very clever photo on their Facebook page, and it got me thinking.

They’re more than sassy and fun, they’re absolutely right! Every instance and occasion I used to commemorate with champagne now involves beer. Whether it’s homemade Sunday brunch mimosas or toasting the New Year, I’ve traded in the bubbly and opted for a brew.

We recently celebrated a pretty exciting milestone here at the office with a champagne toast and it was delicious, but still I can’t say I’ll go back.

Here’s my list of favorite champagne substitutions.

Mimosas (also known as Beermosas)
Combine these beers with your OJ – you won’t be disappointed.

  • Allagash White
  • Unibroue Éphémère Apple
  • Lindemans (They’re all good but I like the peach the best)
  • Blue Moon
  • Saison Dupont

Romantic Celebrations (like Valentines Day)
Drink these with chocolate (or in place of chocolate) – they’ll have you feeling all warm and fuzzy.

  • Goose Island Pere Jacques
  • Chimay Blue
  • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout
  • New Glarus Belgian Red
  • Rodenbach Grand Cru

Celebratory Occasions (promotions, good news, engagements, weddings, etc.)

  • Westvleteren 12 (if you can get your hands on it)
  • Samuel Adams Infinium
  • Chimay White
  • DeuS Brut Des Flandres (a Biere de Champagne from Belgium’s Bosteels Brewery)
  • Ommegang Three Philosophers

I apologize I didn’t put this together before New Year’s but let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, brunch should be a regular occurrence, and we’ve all got an entire year of celebrations ahead.

Note: These beers are not the beers referred to in the popular expression "champagne taste on a beer budget" – but they are still probably cheaper than a good bottle of champagne and they’ll serve you just as well.

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