High on Hops: The New Champagne of Beers

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Miller High Life isn’t what you should be drinking this New Year’s Eve.

While the legacy lager may be qualified for a hipster revival, its motto as “The Champagne of Beers” would be put to better use by a number of flavorful, fun to drink upstarts, all of which have their fair share of bubbles.

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When you reach out for a toast to 2016, do so with one of these delicious bubbly beers in your glass.

Green Bench St Peters: Saison De Banc Vert
Saison, 6.5% ABV

Green Bench created a real winner with this 100% oak fermented farmhouse ale. St. Peters Saison De Banc Vert is teeming with rich hay aroma and pours a beautiful golden orange with a massive marshmallow-fluff head on top. The Belgian yeast adds a touch of funk but the standout is the dry, champagne-like finish that will have you going back for another pour.

Russian River Beatification
American Wild Ale, 6% ABV

An incredibly complex sour ale, Beatification will add some kick to your boring old champagne flute. The hard-to-source Russian River beer combines a gose-like saltiness with the mouth-puckering pop of Sweet Tarts and culminates in a mouth feel and dryness that can confidently be deemed worthy of special occasions.

The Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi
Strong Bière de Garde, 11% ABV

With Christmas barely in the rearview mirror, mix up these two year-ended holidays with a sensory treat from The Lost Abbey. The powerful pop of removing the cork will bring the Gift of the Magi’s first comparison to champagne and the second will be the multitude of bubbles. Dried fruit and ginger flavors combine with breadfruit dryness and Far Eastern-tinged spices.

Whether you’re watching the ball drop in Times Square, counting down the seconds in a crowded bar, or quietly ringing in the new year with family and friends at home, these beers are a great way to celebrate and get the vibe of the traditional drink of New Year’s Eve festivities, champagne.