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Must-try beers: New Year’s brews

Swap the champagne for a high-end brew this New Year's Eve

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New Lang Syne (Belgian tripel)
Beau’s All Natural
Vankleek Hill, O.N.
Pop a cork! This deep-golden beer is aged in white wine barrels, then bottle-conditioned to effervescence.  Find it at the NSLC.

Saison Rue (farmhouse ale)
The Bruery
California
Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. It turned up on two of our expert’s lists. “Beautifully complex yet highly drinkable,” says Jeremy Taylor, 2 Crows Brewing. “A funky, dry and aromatic beer from So-Cal that works on any table,” says Chris Reynolds, Stillwell.

Planter’s Ridge Rummed Cider
Planters Ridge Winery
Port Williams, N.S.
A strong blend of Ironworks Distillery’s Bluenose Dark Rum and apples from the Annapolis Valley. Dry, full-bodied, and spicy.

Grand Cuvee Porter Baltique
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Brossard, Q.C.
Voted the World’s Best Strong Porter in 2013, this notable beer pours jet black with rich toffee and bitter coffee flavors balancing the porter characteristics.

Grand Reserve 17 (Extra strong dark ale)
Unibroue
Chamby Q.C.
Brewed only once a year, this intensely malty beer is sweet with a cocoa finish. Find a bottle of the 2015 edition in specialty stores before they’re gone.

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