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Local breweries ring in the new year

Many breweries are gearing up for New Year’s Eve parties. Here are a few to check out if you are still looking for somewhere to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Company ’70s Bash, 4350 Seneca St., West Seneca

This 1970s-themed party starts at 9 p.m. and will include catered food, an open bar with New York State craft beer, wine, spirits and cider, as well as non-alcoholic drinks such as craft sodas. Two new beers will be on tap for the event: Spot on the Naughty List, which is a sour winter saison, and Apple Jack Frost winter lager, which has hints of crisp apple. Live music and a keg drop and special toast will round out the evening at midnight.

Tickets are $55.93 with alcohol, $22.76 for designated driver tickets at the brewery or at eventbrite.com.

Big Ditch Electric Tower New Year’s Eve Party, 55 E. Huron St.

For a great view of the Electric Tower fireworks and the downtown Buffalo ball drop at midnight, the clear choice is Big Ditch. Starting at 8 p.m., your ticket includes four drink vouchers good for beer, wine or mixed drinks. Limited beer releases will take place throughout the night including The Tower (12 percent ABV barleywine released for New Year’s Eve). In addition, there will be a special cask of the brewery’s Beautiful River farmhouse ale with Galaxy, Citra and Motueka hops added.

There will be numerous food stations and hand-passed appetizers, along with a DJ spinning all night and karaoke in the beer hall.
Tickets are $65 with alcohol, or $45 for a designated driver and available via eventbrite.com.

42 North Keg Drop, 25 Pine St., East Aurora

The brewery opens at noon with events going until 1 a.m. Events include live music starting at 9 p.m. and the keg drop at midnight.
A special beer is being released for this event: Bier de Brut, which is brewed in the style of Bier de Champagne, a light-bodied and pale strong Belgian ale with high carbonation meant to be similar to sparkling wine. This beer was brewed with Sauvignon Blanc grape juice and champagne yeast and is 9 percent ABV. There is not a cover charge.

12 Gates New Year’s Party, 80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville

Events start at 7 p.m. with all the favorites on tap including Grave Concerns double stout (8.4 percent ABV) and Buffalo Tripel (9.6 percent ABV). Entertainment is by Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin-style crooner Troy Chiappone. There will be a complimentary beer toast at midnight while everyone watches the ball drop on the big screens. There is not a cover charge.

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