We are on the brink of another New Year, which always leaves folks scrambling for plans. For those who prefer suds to bubbly, here is what local breweries are doing for New Year’s Eve.
Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.'s Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve Party and Keg Drop
(4350 Seneca St., West Seneca)
Dig out your flapper dress. The Rusty Nickel brewing is dropping a keg again this year to ring in 2016. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., a special food and drink package is available for $30 per person and includes food, drink and live music from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets available at the bar or online.
Big Ditch Brewing New Year’s Eve
(55 Huron St.)
Located right near the big downtown Buffalo Ball drop, you can stake your space starting at noon. The regular menu will be served until 3 p.m., then a special menu from 3-10 p.m.
No food served after 10 p.m., however BD is offering a package of two drink tickets, a buffet of various appetizers plus a limited edition New Year’s Eve tasting glass that guests can use “for a ceremonious toast of The Tower barleywine at midnight.” BD will remain open until 2 a.m. Price is $25 in advance, $35 at the door.
42 North Brewing
(25 Pine St., East Aurora)
Visit one of WNY’s newest breweries. Celebrating its first New Year, 42 North will be open extended hours from noon until 1 a.m., with the Jony James Band, a blues band. The brewery also will have extended hours Dec. 29-30 from noon until 11 p.m.
[See smile photos from 42 North Brewing's opening celebration]
Going to the Sabres Tux & Pucks game? Here are a few suggestions for around First Niagara Center.
(95 Perry St.)
With a prime location near the First Niagara, Lagerhaus 95 has some decent beer selections along with some yummy specialty cocktails, too. As a bonus, Lagerhaus 95 will accept reservations for New Year’s Eve online or by phone.
Gene McCarthy’s Old First Ward Brewing
(73 Hamburg St.)
Gene McCarthy’s will be open and serving its own brews which are $5 all day every day. Mixed drinks are a bargain and the food is good, so how can you go wrong? It won’t be a fancy-dancy affair, but sometimes by New Year’s Eve, we are done with the holiday stuff and just want a regular night out.
(211 South Park Ave.)
Owner Timothy Stevens notes that it will be business as usual at Ballyhoo, which serves up great local craft beers along with house-made sausages. For non-beer drinkers, Ballyhoo can mix a classic cocktail or one of its "Jam Sessions" that uses jam in place of muddled fruits or syrups.
(41 Columbia St.)
We know it’s not beer, but this one promises to be a good time. Lockhouse Distillery celebration starts at 8 p.m., with a $5 cover charge. There will be champagne bottle and drink specials all night. Music provided by GRAVY, a local funk/jazz band. Champagne toast at midnight included.
Open with limited hours …
(6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg)
Hamburg Brewing will only be open from 3-10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Stop early then head home to ring in the New Year.
Flying Bison Brewing
(840 Seneca St.)
Flying Bison will be open from noon until 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Stop in with coworkers and toast making it through another year with your clueless boss. Grab some beer to go home and see if you can stay awake for "Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest."
[See a gallery from Flying Bison's grand opening in Larkinville in November 2014]
Maybe next year …
New Year’s Eve with Resurgence Brewing Company
(1250 Niagara St.)
Don't head to Resurgence because you won't get in. One-hundred lucky guests got tickets ($85) that include “an elegant evening with heavy plated and passed appetizers, open bar, red carpet photo area and a special midnight beer release.”
There also will be signature drinks and other activities to keep folks going and cigar smoking in the beer garden. Too late for this year, but keep it in mind for next.