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Which beer to drink on New Year’s Eve?
If you’re planning to toast the new year with a beer rather than a glass of champagne which one should it be? A quick Twitter survey revealed a whole raft of interesting options
Many went for the nearest the beer world has to offer - a celebratory ale: Adnams Sole Bay in the case of Adrian Tierney Jones (@atjbeer), Deus (@hautcedre) and Malheur Brut - the choice of beer writer Pete Brown (@petebrownbeer)
Others felt strongly it should be a local beer from a brewery they already patronise. As Chris King of @NorthernWrites aptly put it “something you love, something you know. Amount of times I’ve saved a big bottle for NYE and it’s been naff/drain pour” while beer writer Melissa Cole @melissacole clearly had her eye on going down her local. “Doubtless something by London Brewing Co @Bull_Highgate”
Of the beer styles available stout and imperial stout were popular as perhaps more surprisingly was gueuze though there was, of course, a contingent which favoured hugely popular IPAs and pale ales.
And my own choice? Most probably @wildbeerco's Ninkasi (along with beer bloggers Boak & Bailey) though I do have a couple of handsome full-sized bottles of Italian beers (below) from Mastri Birrai Umbri which we didn’t get round to on Christmas Day - a doppio Malto and a Birra Speciale Rossa which I’ll report back on when we drink them.
Here’s the full list: (Thanks, Twitter!)
@rhodeshannah I'll be indulging in a mini keg of Jarl from @fyneales. Followed by some fine German Bock Beers from Pyraser and Greif Braueries. I'm sticking to what I know and like. Some big celebration beers sometimes leave me cold and make me go 'meh'.
@BeersIveKnown I'll probably have some Ninkasi and I've a Moor Beer Fusion I want to drink too.
@Natedawg27 I've got Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout lined up for NYE consumption although I am actually tempted to open the 04/05 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout that a friend gave me!
Beer sommelier Sophie Atherton (@SophWrites) I think I'll open my St Austell Korev Brut.
Boak and Bailey if we go to the pub, it'll probably be Blue Anchor Spingo Middle. Otherwise, we've been saving a Wild Beer Co Ninkasi.
Alistair Gilmour @cheerspal Mikkeller Yeast Series Lager (6.4% abv) and a dram. Because I'm worth it.
@hautcedre Deus Brut de Flandres http://belgium.beertourism.com/belgian-beers/deus-brut-des-flandres
@ragazzadeltreno If I was having a really special bottle of beer, it would have to be an oude gueuze mariage parfait from a great brewery.
@didsthewinegeek One that turned my head this Christmas was Copperhead by the Belfast Brewery. Fruity and refreshing.
@Beeradventcal export stout or a Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella 2008
@atjbeer choice between Adnams Sole Bay, Wild Beer Ninkasi Premier Cru or Sharps Honey Spice IPA
@PJ Cantillon Lambic or a Boon Old Gueuze, perhaps. There will be Imperial Stout involved at some point too :-)
@petebrownbeer got a very special bottle of Malheur Brut looking all nice and shiny!
@linguagroover Likely to be chez moi so a glass of Old Speckled Hen
Other beer-lovers what are you planning to drink? Tell me and I'll add it to the list!
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