Just to put in a plug (preaching to the choir, I expect) for toasting with mead instead of (or alongside) champagne this New Year's Eve. A sparkling mead at a party does wonders for getting people to try mead and spread the word, so open up them barchives!

Truthfully, I often toast on special occasions with Lambic, a delightful unique beer from Belgium that seems more champagnelike than beerlike due to a truly unique fermentation and aging regimen. Lindeman's is a brand widely available in the U.S. but is by nu means the only one around. Always pushing the limits and broadening people's horizons (whether they want it or not )

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Ben Rodman brewing in Lyons, CO