I’m sure the world’s full of fancy rich people who intend to drink real Champagne all night on New Year’s Eve, and I’m just as sure that you’re not one of them. No offense, but there are Champagne-all-night folk and there are folk who read (and write for) commuter newspapers the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and there’s not a ton of overlap.
We’re able to have this chat right now because you’re not off on your private Champagne island, which is cruel and unfair, but I have great news: Good Champagne might be cost prohibitive for slobs like us, but most of the world’s best beers cost less than a bottle of Olive Garden’s house Prosecco.
So this year, consider skipping the low-end sparklers in favor of these top-notch beers.
Brooklyn Local One: This fruity, spicy and festive Belgian pale ale is partially fermented with Champagne yeast. Local One also has a peppery, saison-like character that makes it a versatile match for a variety of swanky party foods such as oysters, caviar and Three Cheese Bagel Bites.
Boulevard Saison-Brett: This lively, effervescent ale is similar to Brooklyn Local One, with an extra funky edge from the addition of Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain that lends an earthy, slightly tart character.