Before you blindly grab for the Moet this New Year’s Eve, why not consider another bubbly and celebratory beverage: beer. Many of our NYE beer picks are effervescent and Champagne-like, and all of them are available in bombers/750ml bottles (the packaging helps make them feel even more worthy of a toast).

Here are 10 beers worthy of a NYE turn up, with a few tasting notes from staff cicerone, John Federico.

Deus Brut Des Flanders

Brewery: Brouwerij Bosteels (Belgium)
ABV: 11.5%
Style: Belgian Biere Brut
Federico says: “The closest you’ll come to Champagne without the grapes. Unique, dry, and herbal with a noticeable lack of fruit. A bit of a splurge, but totally worth the investment for a special occasion, one-of-a-kind beer.”

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Fantome Saison



Brewery: Brasserie Fantome (Belgium)
ABV: 8%
Style: Saison
Federico says: Earthy and effervescent, with the signature peppery spice associated with this style. A world-class celebratory saison.”

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Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux 


Brewery: Brasserie Dupont (Belgium)
ABV: 9.5%
Style: Belgian Tripel
Federico says: “Originally brewed as a New Year’s gift for their top clients, the name translates to ‘With the best wishes of the brewery Dupont.’ Bubbly and slightly bitter with a hint of pepper, this complex Belgian Tripel deserves to be part of your holiday celebrations.”

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Captain Lawrence Nor’Easter


Brewery: Captain Lawrence Brewing Company (Elmsford, NY)
ABV: 12%
Style: Winter Warmer
Federico says: “A unique, strong beer brewed with Elderberries and aged in bourbon barrels, this is another sipper to be enjoyed with friends in front of a roaring fire.”

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Oude Gueuze Tilquin A La Ancienne



Brewery: Gueuzerie Tilquin (Belgium)
ABV: 6.4%
Style: Geuze
Federico says: “One of the best examples of this sour style. If you like a tart, dry ale with a touch of fruity finish, it will be well worth your while to track this one down.”

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Firestone Walker Sucaba


Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, CA)
ABV: 13%
Style: Barleywine
Federico says: “This highly anticipated, limited release barrel-aged Barleywine is for fans of boozy warmth and toasted caramel. (So, everyone, right?) Best served in a brandy snifter.”

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale


Brewery: Brouwerij Corsendonk (Belgium)
ABV: 8.5%
Style: Christmas Ale
Federico says: “A festive and popular malty ale with dark fruit notes and just the right amount of spice. Pairs nicely with traditional holiday meals too.”

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Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale


Brewery: Kiuchi Brewery (Japan)
ABV: 9%
Style: Specialty Ale
Federico says: “Another beer brewed especially for New Year’s festivities, this somewhat-sweet, spicy selection includes orange peel, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.”

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Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner


Brewery: Rogue Ales (Ashland, Oregon)
ABV: 8.8%
Style: Imperial Pilsner
Federico says: “The dry, Czech-style Pilsner, with lots of hop bitterness and floral aromas, kicks off your New Year’s Eve festivities the right way.”

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St. Bernardus Abt 12


Brewery: Brouwerij St. Bernardus (Belgium)
ABV: 10%
Style: Belgian Quad
Federico says: “Dark and fruity with a nice thick head, you’ll want to sip and savor this special brew to really appreciate its complexity.”

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