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For many, the end of one year and the beginning of another is to be celebrated only with champagne. But what better to celebrate with here in Charlotte than beer? Fortunately, you can do just that at several beer-centric New Year’s Eve parties.

2012 Selby Merlot, Sonoma Coast.

2012 Little James’ Basket Press, France; at The Vintner Wine Market, Arboretum.

2012 Stuhlmuller Chardonnay, Alexander Valley: Wine pro Abby Johnson with Foxcroft Wine Co. really enjoys this wine.

Some local breweries have grown into larger spaces, while others prefer to stay on a nano level.

The new brewery at 4150 Yancey Road in Charlotte opens to the public at 11 a.m. Friday. The grand opening, with live music and a dozen beers on tap, goes until 11 Friday night.

2013 Chateau Pesquie, Terrasses, France: Brian DuBois recommends this lovely, affordable rosé.

Marques de Caceras, Rioja, Spain; and Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills, Calif.

Gin-and-tonics have taken a turn for the better since real quinine tonics, with depth and sweetness, have been bubbling up in bottle shops.

Charlotte’s hopping craft brew scene could soon welcome an addition to the fold: homegrown hard cider.

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