Beer Styles Fit For Any New Year’s Celebration

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Whether you’re toasting to your accomplishments of 2017, or you’re just thankful that this whirlwind of a year is finally coming to an end, New Year’s Eve is always best celebrated with a few beers.

Finding the perfect beer all depends on how you plan on celebrating. If you’re going out and raging with friends, you probably not looking to throw down a few barrel-aged beauties.

However, if you’re spending the night in, you might search out something rare to sip on as you watch Dick Clark Ryan Seacrest run out a barrage of celebrities you have never heard of as the ball drops.

Check out this list and find the perfect beer style for your celebration.

The dusty one

It’s the perfect time to pop open that bottle that’s been sitting around for a few years.

No, I’m not talking about the three-year-old Coors Light you bought to appease your uncle one Thanksgiving. I mean the two-year-old BBA Russian Imperial Stout that’s been collecting dust in your beer cellar.

You’ve been hoarding it for a special occasion, and there’s no better time than right now to break it out and share a bottle with friends.

Don’t have one stashed away? — No problem!

ZerØday Brewing Co. still has some bottles of Midnight Angel available, which was originally released in early 2017, and it’s aged wonderfully.

The sessionable one

Because my friends still think they are still in college (and I secretly look forward to it), most of my New Year’s Eve celebrations are daylong affairs. We start early, and it continues long into the night. Just thinking about it makes me want to take a nap.

On these long days, I usually like to find a sub-5% ABV option to have as my beer for the day.

Oskar Blues Brewing Co.’s Pinner is still one of my all-time favorites, but a few Founders Brewing Co’s All Day IPAs always do the trick, too.

Also, for me, it helps lessen the effects of the six tequila shots I will inevitably take throughout the night.

The favorite

You know what you like, so why mess with it?

These days, most craft beer drinkers are switching it up on a nightly basis, but we all have that favorite. Grab a six-pack of your go-to brew and say goodbye to 2018 with a beer you know and love.

For me, this would be a sixer of Perpetual (PIPA). Shocker, I know.

The one that pops

Instead of popping the cork on the champagne, find a highly carbonated beer with a cork to pop open for your midnight toast.

While all corked beers aren’t “poppable,” there are a few local options that will do the trick.

LaGrave and Jovial are two year-round offerings from Tröegs Independent Brewing that often don’t get as much attention as they deserve. Both are delicious. Lagrave is a Belgian Golden Triple, and Jovial is a dark Belgian Dubbel, and both have plenty of carbonation to pop the cork right off.

Pro tip: You can use LaGrave as a beer alternative in your morning mimosa. Just add orange juice. 

Victory Brewing Co.’s Jubilee was crafted to drink while counting down to the new year. Jubilee uses Champagne yeast so you know you’ll get plenty of bubbles and champagne flavor.

No matter what you enjoy, always be safe and responsible so you can start 2018 off happy and healthy.

What are you drinking this New Year’s Eve?

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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