This week’s craft beer was Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s New Lang Syne. A funky take on a holiday staple: Champagne.

Right in time for the holiday’s Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company has the perfect craft beer option: New Lang Syne. Are you going to a party, or hosting a party? This is what you’re going to want to uncork.

New Lang Syne is a Champagny-beer. It is not Champagne+beer. It’s close but it’s also way more complex than that. Here’s how Beau’s describes the beer.

Celebrate the holiday season with New Lang Syne, a strong, deep-golden Belgian Tripel that’s aged in white wine barrels, then bottle-conditioned to sparkling effervescence so you can pop the cork on good times. Modern tripels are a relatively new style of beer, originating in the Trappist breweries of Belgium. Tripels are known for being appreciably strong, yet deliciously drinkable. We aged part of New Lang Syne in pinot gris barrels for four months, then blended the barrel-aged portion back into the rest of the batch for added complexity.

And listen I’ll be honest, Darcy and I were sceptical at first. Neither of us is a Champagne guy, so we thought a Champagny-beer might not be great. Beer already has some fizz, adding that effervescence might be too much.

It wasn’t.

It was great. When I poured it out the bubbles dominated the glass. That’s why that glass looks like it was never fully poured in the picture. Cause it wasn’t. My pour was…poor. (I couldn’t pass up the rhyme).

The taste was hoppy but fruity enough for our man Harper to enjoy it. More importantly enough it’s perfect for them holiday parties. It’s not a Champagne so no one’s going to look at you weird when you pop the cork on ta New Lang Syne the second you arrive. Which you should totally do.

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