New Year’s Brews

This week’s edition of the What Ales You column suggests a few brewery alternatives to Champagne for ringing in the New Year,

Curieux, an ale with 11 percent alcohol aged in bourbon barrels, is the first Allagash that comes to mind. It’s available year-round, it’s won all sorts of awards, and Allagash sells as much of it as it can make. The cloudy, golden color would be nice for a midnight toast.