Wednesday, December 14, 2005

News: Bubbly on a Budget

Okay, so this item isn't entirely about beer, but it is about alcohol—Champagne to be exact. The NY Times wine critic wrote an interesting piece on cheap Champagne. No, Korbell didn't make the list, but it was encouraging to see that you could get some decent bubbly for $30 or less. Just in time for the holidays.

If Champagne doesn't flip your lid, but you still want to pop a cork on New Year's, you might consider a Belgian ale. The Chimay ales, Duvel, and any of the Brewery Van Steenberge ales (Piraat, Gulden Draak, etc., ) are all excellent. The Ommegang brewery, located in Cooperstown, NY, crafts excellent North American versions of the style, too.

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