New Year’s Eve is a great time to round out the year and celebrate with friends and family. While this renowned drinking night is synonymous with popping champagne, there are some great beers out there that are ideally suited for ringing in the new year. No matter what type of a party you’re going to, the kind of beer you enjoy, or the length of time you’ll be drinking for, we have something for everyone on our suggestion list below!
The unique occasion cork popper: Allagash Curieux
Belgian Tripel – ABV: 11%
For those who are looking to bring something, a little more unique can go for Allagash Curieux. This barrel aged Belgian tripel is a complex beer that is perfect to break out within a more intimate setting. Allagash ages their Belgian tripel in bourbon barrels for seven weeks before re-mixing it with some more of their fresh Tripel. The result delivers a rich beer full of various flavors including bourbon, vanilla, and coconut!
The all-night-long option: Firestone Walker Easy Jack
American IPA – ABV: 4.5%
New Year’s Eve consists of partying, which means a lot of people will find themselves drinking throughout the evening and well into the early morning hours of the new year. This means you’ll need a beer option that is enjoyable but also something that can help set the pace, and Firestone Walker’s Easy Jack is just the beer for this situation. At 4.5% this session IPA is a delicious easy-drinking crowd pleaser. The Easy Jack is a beer everyone can get behind that pulls together great tropical flavors and is a go-to option throughout the night.
The New & Trendy Beer: Stone Enjoy By 01.01.19
Double IPA – ABV: 9.4%
The latest trend in beer has been the Brüt IPA, which is the perfect beer to crack open for New Year’s Eve. Stone’s latest entry into their Enjoy By IPA series delivers a tasty take on the Brüt IPA style, keeping the beer drive while still incorporating citrus flavors. Although this beer is 9.4% ABV, it goes down smoothly and is a brew you can (carefully) have more than one of throughout the night!
The Cider Lovers & Gluten Free Option: Woodchuck Bubbly Pearsecco & Rose
Cider – ABV: 6.1%
Ciders are a great bubbly option for anyone seeking something other than the traditional beer options. Inspired by sparkling wines, Woodchuck’s Bubbly Pearsecco & Rose bring something fresh to the table with a dry pear cider and dry rose cider that both deliver a clean, crisp finish. At 6.1% ABV, these are an excellent option for anyone seeking a slightly sweeter alternative or something gluten-free that can get them through the night feeling festive.
Beer is a fantastic option to celebrate New Year’s Eve with and there are tons of options out there depending on your taste and what you’re doing for the night. No matter what you do, make sure to have enough for everyone around! Otherwise, be safe and cheers to all of the beers coming in 2019!