5 Ways to Bring in the New Year in True Asheville Style

5 of the Best Ways to Bring in 2016 in True Ashevillian StyleEveryone has a different way to bring in New Year, but even for those of us who prefer a quiet-ish evening at home, it usually includes good food, music, friends, and a glass of something sparkly at midnight. No matter who, or where you are, New Year's represents a chance at new starts and new goals. It's a chance to make good on old promises and decide what's important enough to make new resolutions for. A chance to reflect on things of the year past and hope for new things in the coming one. Here in the south, and especially in Asheville, we believe wholeheartedly in new hope and celebrating it at the turn of the year and here are five ways to bring it in just like a local.

1. Book of the Dead Four Roses Barrel Aged Cherry Stout Bottle Release

 This year Burial Beer Co. is bringing in the New Year by releasing a new brew! Book of the Dead Four Roses Barrel Aged Cherry Stout is a robust Belgian Stout that is blended with cherries and transferred into Four Roses Bourbon Barrels where it waits for several months before it's aged to perfection. It is described as a "bold stout with a roasted malt backbone and fresh tart cherry notes that fuse with the bourbon characteristics as well as vanilla, soft caramel and oak notes from the barrel." This new and unique celebratory beer will officially go on tap at 4 pm on December 31. If you want to learn more about all the creativity and science that goes into brewing, check out our blog post The Inside Pint from Craft Brewer Duane Bargar.

2. New Year's Celebration with Stephaniesid & Jon Stickley Trio

Join the Isis Restaurant and Music Hall for an event you won't want to miss! Choose the package you prefer: $55 Dinner Only (three course meal), $75 Dinner and Show (four course meal), or $15 for the Show Only (does not include dinner and doors open at 8:30). The Dinner and Show ticket includes the four course meal, champagne toast and live performances from Stephanieside and The Jon Stickley Trio. For Dinner or Dinner and Show tickets you must call ahead to the cafe at (828)575-2737 while Show Only tickets may be purchased online. This will be a standing show with limited room, so make sure to call in and book your seating if you're interested.

3. Oskar Blues 4th Annual New Year's Eve Hootenanny

Every city has their traditions and this is one of Asheville's favorites. Oskar Blues Annual New Year's Eve Hootenanny is a party that embodies everything that New Year's Eve should be; food is provided by Oskar Blues Brewery's renowned CHUBwagon, fresh craft beers, amazing live music and special surprises throughout the night. "Beer-ing the New Year at midnight with a toast to errythang 2015 was and errythang 2016 will be." Advance Tickets are priced at $35, Day of Tickets are set at $45, and "Locals Tickets" are available for a limited time from the Tasty Weasel Taproom for $25. Tickets are on sale now and space is limited, so purchase your tickets now to make sure you get in!

4. Phuncle Sam's New Year's  Eve Show

 Another favorite seasonal event in Asheville is Phuncle Sam's New Year's Eve Show. This event featuring the un-official "House Band" of Pisgah Brewing will ring in the New Year with spirit and enthusiasm. As tradition dictates this event is free to the public, including the balloon drop and Champagne Toast at midnight. Say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016 with a flurry of locals and visitors as everyone comes together as one family making memories and promises together for the New Year.

5. Thirsty Monk's 3rd Annual  New Year's Eve Keg Drop Celebration

This year's Thirsty Monk's Keg Drop will once again be in the Biltmore Park for the third consecutive year. The Golden Keg will be lit up as a glowing beacon of celebration this New Year's Eve. At midnight the Keg will finally drop, signifying the end of 2015 and the opening of 2016! When the Keg touches down a fresh keg of Highland Brewing Cold Mountain Winter Ale. This event is also free to the public and lends Asheville distinction. Peaches, balls, and oranges are dropped all over the country to commemorate the New Year, join as as Asheville continues to cement the tradition of dropping a keg!

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