Instead of reaching for the champagne when it comes time to toast as clocks strike midnight this New Year’s Eve, reach for a fresh pint at any one of these local breweries:

New Year’s That 90’s Party at Community Beer Works

Head down to CBW and party like its 1999 as you ring in 2022 at That 90’s Party on December 31 (7pm). Your $10 ticket includes your first beer, a beer toast at midnight, complementary fruit snacks and more. There will be ’90s music all night, curated by mikewesteveryday, Dante Velour and DJ the Brian, a video game station and the kitchen will be serving everyday favorites plus special ’90s inspired treats. Purchase tickets here. Proof of vaccination required. Tickets limited to 70 guests.

Ring in the New Year’s at Rusty Nickel Brewing

Join Rusty Nickel Brewing for food, drinks, music, entertainment and midnight keg drop on December 31 (8pm). Tickets include 4-hour open bar (8pm-12am), featuring beer, wine, cider, mead, hard seltzers, spirits with mixers and non-alcoholic juices, teas and sodas, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight. This year’s theme is Spies and Secret Agents. Costumes are highly encouraged with prizes for best dressed. Tickets: single ticket, $75, 4-pack tickets, $73/ea., 6-pack tickets, $71/ea., 8-pack tickets, $70 ea., 10-pack tickets: $69/ea. Purchase tickets here.

New Year’s Eve 2021 at Big Ditch Brewing Company

Experience the best spot in the city to view the Electric Tower ball drop and fireworks at Big Ditch on December 31 (8pm). Tickets are $80 and include four drink tickets, special NYE food and beer menu, DJ spinning all night, party favors, selfie station, noisemakers and limited beer releases, including Helles Isn’t Too Far Away German-style Lager, Tropical Holidays Coconut Lime Sour Ale, Who Spiked the Punchbowl New England  IPA and Imperial Banana Bread Brown Ale. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite, via email at or phone at 716-854-5050, ext 1. Proof of full vaccination required.

New York Beer Project presents NYE @ NYBP

Ring in 2022 at New York Beer Project (8:30pm) at NYE @ NYBP.  The party includes NYBP’s house DJ spinning the year’s greatest hits and party faves, the transformation of the taproom’s second floor into a party bar and dance floor and beer and craft cocktails pouring from all three bars all night long. The party is free and open to the public.

New Year’s Eve Keg Drop Party at 42 North Brewing

The annual keg drop at 42 North Brewing returns on December 31 (8pm). Tickets are $10 and include the keg drop in the brewhouse and live music from the Fredtown Stompers at 9:30pm. This will be a limited capacity event with proof of vaccination required. You can purchase tickets here.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Thin Man Elmwood & Chandler

Ring in the New Year at Thin Man on Elmwood with an open bar, food and DJ sets all night on December 31 (8pm). In addition to the open bar, there will be DJ sets all night from EERIE [Foreign Roots], Chad Lock [Pyramid], Matt vandenBerg [Tip Tap Records], Colin Patrick [DOT Dance] and Interpretive Sound [Satellite of Love] and food, including pizza, wings, crudité veggie platters and more. Proof of vaccination will be required. Tickets range from $60 – $90 and can be purchased here.

Thin Man Chandler is throwing a Masquerade Ball to ring in the New Year (10pm). Masquerade masks and accessories are highly encouraged. Tickets are $75 and include an open bar, champagne toast at midnight, pizza buffet and live music from UltraViolet featuring Amy Z as Lady Gaga. Proof of vaccination required. Purchase tickets here.

2022 Fattey Beer New Years Drinkin’ Eve Party

Tickets are $99 and can purchased here.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Magic Bear Beer Cellar

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New Years Eve at Eli Fish Brewing Co.

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Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).