Whether you're abstaining because you're 21 whole days into a New Year's resolution, your hand has been forced by pregnancy or medical snag, or you just don't want a fuzzy head tomorrow, there is good news: Nonalcoholic beer doesn't (always) suck. As a general rule of thumb, choose European and drink it cold. A list of suggested unbrews and what to eat with them:

Whether you're abstaining because you're 21 whole days into a New Year's resolution, your hand has been forced by pregnancy or medical snag, or you just don't want a fuzzy head tomorrow, there is good news: Nonalcoholic beer doesn't (always) suck. As a general rule of thumb, choose European and drink it cold. A list of suggested unbrews and what to eat with them:

Einbecker Brauherren

I'm more willing to try a nonalcoholic beer at a restaurant with an otherwise respectable beer list. In the case of B Spot, the beer list is terrific and includes this German pilsner-style that pairs perfectly with the restaurant's unctuous burgers and fries. Einbecker is crisp, dry, and deliciously bitter. Like most nonalcoholic beers, it has a pretty flimsy head and not spectacular carbonation. But the taste more than makes up for this mild disappointment. Try it with: The Thin Lizzy burger, topped with griddled onions, mayo, dill pickle and cheddar. B Spot, 5091 N. Hamilton Road, Gahanna.

Clausthaler Amber

This beer is the equivalent of an amazing, guilt-inducing meat substitute for vegetarians. It's so good - can it be right? Damn straight it can. You'll have to take a short road trip to Yellow Springs to try this German delight, but it and the meal you'll have at the Winds Café will be totally worth it. This is a substantial, bready, malty brew that has a decent head and carbonation, even after a half-hour or so of sipping. It leans sweet, but generous hops pull it back from being cloying or anything close to cute. Try it with: The Winds menu changes frequently, but you pretty much can't go wrong. Start with the Caesar Salad, so good they can't seem to rotate it out. Winds Café, 215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs.

Buckler

From Heineken comes this buzz-free version of Heineken, which I gladly gulped in warmer weather at the open-air Walrus bar and restaurant Downtown. I like that Heineken flavor - clear, a tad bitter, slightly metallic - and I appreciated how easy it was to down a few at a happy hour session without feeling "sloshed" afterward. Try it with: The Walrus' Nachos (topped with jalapeno, black beans, chicken, sour cream, pico de gallo and queso) are the perfect impulsive finger food to pair with this easy sipper. The Walrus, 143 E. Main St., Downtown.

O'Doul's Amber

If I'm not drinking beer as a one-off treat, I'm drinking it as a foil to some of my favorite greasy or richer foods, like pizza, burgers and bar fare. O'Doul's Amber is one of the better nonalcoholic "pizza beers" I've found. It drinks really easy, but has a slight sweetness that's lacking in standard-issue O'Doul's (which, for the record, is pretty great in a frosty mug). In this regard, it goes with just about everything on the menu at Old Bag of Nails Pub. Try it with: Fish & Chips, a classic, back-to-basics version served in a basket with good slaw. Drizzle generously with malt vinegar. Multiple locations.