W hether you’re ringing in the New Year with dinner and dancing out or filling a few growlers for an evening at home, there’s plenty on tap at area restaurants and tap rooms this New Year’s Eve.
The Avery Tap Room will break out one of its most sought after special-occasion beers at 5 p.m. on Saturday — Meph Addict. It’s a behemoth blend of Mephistopheles’ Stout (16.43 percent ABV) infused with coffee from the Unseen Bean. The result, as the brewery describes, is a coal-black brew with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish.
“We only bring it out on rare occasions, so it will be a nice treat to have such an insane brew on while we welcome the New Year,” says taproom manager Phil Vaughn II.
Additionally, it’s not too late to contribute to the brewery’s food drive to benefit Conscious Alliance. Patrons who contribute any two items from the “most needed” list will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a keg of Avery beer. The winner will be announced Friday night, in hopes that the beer will be used to celebrate New Year’s Eve. 303-440-4324, averybrewing.com
The Boulder Beer taproom will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, with college football games all day and food and drink specials, including chili in a bread bowl with a beer for $7.99.
The Kitchen will host a “celebratory and seasonal” five-course prix fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve ($85 per person, $120 with wine pairing. Reservations required), while The Kitchen [Upstairs] will break into its special reserves of wines and beers for a New Year’s Eve Ultimate Food, Wine & Beer Fete. Wine Director Tim Wanner and General Manager/Beer Director Ray Decker will pull out their most prized selections to accompany a five-course seasonal menu. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., dinner is at 8. $150 per person (includes tax & gratuity). Call for reservations. 303-544-5973, thekitchencafe.com
It’s a dance party at The Kitchen [Next Door], with DJ Jahsonic and a special New Year’s Eve menu served until midnight. The restaurant’s outstanding selection of local and seasonal beers will of course be available, including Grandpa Claus’ Spiced Ale, a “very limited release” from Boulder’s Crystal Springs Brewing Company. It’s an amber ale with additions of orange-blossom honey and spiced with sweet orange peel and cinnamon. Doors open at 9 p.m., with DJ and dancing from 10 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. No reservations required.
New Year’s Eve at The Pinyon will also double as the restaurant’s one-year anniversary celebration. Regular dinner service will take place from 5 to 10 p.m., followed by a DJ spinning dance music, roasted pig, oysters and hors d’oeuvres, and “all the beer, wine, champagne and punch you can handle.” The party is $88 per person. 720-306-8624, thepinyon.com
Gravity Ten Twenty restaurant, inside the Fort Collins Brewery, will host a Brew Year’s Eve Bootlegger’s Bash with dinner seatings from 4 to 10 p.m., live music and DJs, a casino room, dance contest, special beer tappings throughout the night (including a barrel-aged Doppel Bock near midnight), and a 1930s-themed costume contest. Tickets are $90 per couple for a prix fixe dinner with beer pairings, or $125 for dinner and the evening’s festivities. Shuttle service and hotel deals are available. 970-682-2260, gravitytentwenty.com
Ready to start celebrating a little early? Stop by Left Hand Brewing Company’s Tap Room in Longmont at 8 p.m. tonight (the 30th) for a “Not Quite New Years Eve” concert with rock music from Squid, which features Joe “The Show” Schiraldi, Left Hand’s VP of brewing operations. Some very special beers will also be on tap. Tickets are $10 with limited seating available. 303-772-0258, lefthandbrewing.com