Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Days of the Beer, December 31

The beer for today is Deus Brut des Flandres.

It's New Year's Eve. The last day of the year. For many people it's the end of some things, and the beginning of the next. Tomorrow comes your New Year's Resolution, today is the last day for that thing you plan to quit.

If you want to lose weight in the coming year (the majority of resolutions) today is the last day of your gluttony.

If you want to quit smoking, today is the last day (yeah right) of your smoking.

Enjoy your last day of ... whatever it is you think you have to do.

Tonight, in New York city, at 11:59 pm, EST, the ball will start to drop.

The first major New Years celebration is in Sydney Australia. More than 1.5 million people will gather to watch the more than 80,000 fireworks being shot off of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

If you are going to a First Night celebration, you probably don't read this blog... so nevermind.

As to the beer:

Many people consider Deus Brut des Flandres to be the champagne of beers (unlike Miller High Life). The beer is first made in Belgium, then finished in France. The beer comes in at about 11.5% ABV.

First brewed at Bosteels, transfered to the Champagne region of France were it is treated much like a champagne with the bottles inverted and the yeast expunged and bottle recorked.
This beer isn't cheap. Internet wines (in St. Louis) sells it for $38.05. It is available at Friar Tucks, and at the Corkscrew, in the Champaign area.

So, for your New Years Eve toast, raise a glass of Deus Brut des Flandres. It's recommended to be served ice cold, so if you are in most parts of the U.S. tonight, you could probably just leave it outside to chill for a while.

We'll be having this tonight at the New Years Eve Bash.

Happy New Year everyone, and thanks for a great year.


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