by Nathan Hak Beer Journalist at Beerwulf.com 26 November 2019
Celebrate with beer instead of ChampagneSwap the bubbly for specially chosen beers this New Year's Eve
End of year celebrations always call for elaborate meals and ever-flowing drinks. But if you're not that into champagne, are there alternative options out there to say 'cheers' with at midnight?
Need convincing? Let’s try and bust some of the main myths that might keep you from choosing beer this party season...
Myth #1: “Beer isn’t a drink for the holidays...”
Why not? It’s full of surprises, packed with flavour and goes great with any dinner table. What’s more, with fizzy beer you still get the excitement required for end-of-year celebrations. Some beer bottles even go “pop” like a bottle of fizzy wine if it’s the theatrical aspect you’re after.
Myth #2: “Beer doesn’t pair well with food...”
Not true at all! Beer comes in a huge spectrum of flavours. You can choose beers to complement the level of subtlety or spice of a dish, and the possible flavour combinations are endless. The right beer will perfectly accompany any holiday menu - check out our delicious Christmas food and beer pairing article for evidence.
Myth #3: “Beer isn’t classy or elegant…”
Beer is an integral part of the gastronomic world. More and more, it is represented in highly regarded restaurants: there are even restaurants specialising in beer that are quoted in the Michelin guide! And if it’s aesthetics you’re worried about, that’s no issue either. Beer, just like champagne, can be tasted in a flute (this is common for Lambics, lagers or pilsners for example). But there are also many other elegant glasses available, depending on the style of beer you’re drinking.
So, forget the prosecco this year and get festive with beer instead! These are all sparkling and tasty, to be enjoyed with family or friends during the festive celebrations.
So, if you're not a champagne drinker, don't force it! Check out some celebratory beers this festive season.
Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait
Geuze is a blend of different lambics (spontaneously fermented beer). Boon Mariage Parfait is a special one, this Geuze is a blend of only 3 year old lambics, where the trick is to perfectly match the different flavours of different lambics from different barrels, all with their own character. The result is a complex, dry beer, clearly sour with fruity tones. It is bubbling like champagne and is contained in a similar bottle, in order to withstand the high pressure that is created during secondary fermentation.
Rosé Champagne is not the purest form of the almost canonized French wine, but it does look festive. Do you want something sweet and sour, festive red and pink and bursting with fruit? Then try Bacchus Raspberry, a sweetened old Flemish brown with Raspberries. The paper around the bottle makes it extra festive.
St. Feuillien Grand Cru
In the world of wine, "Grand Cru" stands for excellent wines. In the world of beer, it stands for the beer that the brewer finds the most excellent. In the case of St. Feuillien, it is a strong blond Belgian beer, sparkling in character, slightly fruity and dry. Really a festive beer that reminds us of champagne, but is just as delicious as those beautiful strong blond beers for which Belgium is so famous!
Enjoy, and here's to a cheery beery 2020!