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.
Saison De Banc Vert – Green Bench Brewing Company
Green Bench in St. Petersburg, Florida, created a real winner with this 100-percent oak-fermented farmhouse ale. 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.
Beatification – Russian River Brewing Company
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.
Gift of the Magi – The Lost Abbey
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 eastern-tinged spices.
Saison Rue – Bruery Terreux
As a part of The Bruery’s initial line-up, this farmhouse ale has been transferred over to the new Bruery Terreux brand. The beer is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned, pouring with lots of bubbles and haze. The wild yeast contributes a dry earthiness while the malted rye adds a touch of pepper-like spice. A frequent competition medal winner, Saison Rue currently holds an impressive 97 score on RateBeer.
Extra Vanilla Milkshake IPA – Tired Hands
What better way to celebrate 2018 than with one of the year’s breakout styles? The Milkshake IPA has its detractors, but if you’re willing to look past the classification and enjoy the flavors, Extra Vanilla Milkshake IPA is a great beer for a party. Tired Hands is the king of the Milkshake IPA craze, and while you can’t go wrong with any of their Milkshake IPA variants, Extra Vanilla promises a sweet and juicy sugar bomb with Madagascar vanilla beans, lactose sugar and oats.
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.
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