CULLMAN - New Year's Eve is here, and if you're looking for some place to ring in 2017, here are three great local options.
This party will feature live music from local favorite Round 2 and one of Goat Island's signature brews, Thrill Hill Vanilla Porter.
As for eats? Freddie Day Catering will be serving up prime rib for dinner. Reservations are required for dinner, but not for the rest of the festivities. If you want to reserve your dinner spot, call 256-747-5556.
Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. and last until just after midnight. Goat Island is located at 1646-A John H Cooper Dr. SE in Cullman.
And in case you've never heard it, here's the story of Goat Island Brewing…
Goat Island Brewing was founded on friendship and the art of making good beer. Two of our founders, Mike Mullaney and Gery Teichmiller met during the Cullman Oktoberfest Celebration in 2012. Both were avid home brewers and loved to design and perfect beer recipes. Both had a faithful following of friends and family who loved their beers. When the two of them began to collaborate and brew together the synergy took their beer recipes to a new level. When the two of them got an opportunity to help start the first brewery in Cullman since the 1880s, they jumped at it. They along with John Dean and Brad Glenn formed the Blue Moose Brew Crew. They brewed their beers and served them at the Blue Moose Café and Brewpub in 2013. The beers were a huge success. The success of this venture convinced the four friends to open their own brewery. In early 2015 Goat Island Brewing was formed.
Find out more at http://www.goatislandbrewing.com/.
Event host Life Church says the New Year's Eve Ball Drop is "the most exciting place to be in Alabama on New Year's." Life Church is having a ball drop at both their Cullman and their Hartselle locations this year. Cullman's event will be from 10:30 p.m.-12:05 a.m.
Guests are invited to come out and enjoy prize drawings, live music, games, cotton candy, funnel cakes, popcorn and, of course, the ball drop at midnight.
New Life posted this update on the Cullman Ball Drop's Facebook page on Dec. 30:
"WE HAVE MOVED THE EVENT INSIDE! Come stay dry on NYE! Food tickets will be $1 each, so bring cash. You can win free tickets at some of our FREE GAMES! The FREE ENTERTAINMENT will feature both country music and rap. A little something for everyone! The ball drop will still be outside, so bring an umbrella/raincoat just in case! We have room for HUNDREDS of people inside, so come on out!
New Life is located at 471 Alabama Highway 69 S in Hanceville.
For details on the Hartselle Ball Drop, go to www.facebook.com/hartselleballdrop.
The Cullman Elks are hosting a snazzy affair, "Putting on the Glitz," at the lodge from 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
"Please join us for a little bubbly and good cheer to toast the coming New Year! As 2016 ends and 2017 begins, we would love to celebrate with our Elk family and friends.
Our theme this year is 'Putting on the Glitz.' Cullman Elks Lodge will be glistening as we bring in the new year."
Birmingham band Outshine will perform from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The cost is $25 per person, which includes entrance, party favors, champagne at midnight and heavy hors d'oeuvres.
Cullman Elk's Lodge #1609 is located at 1525 Brantley Ave. NW in Cullman.
Keep up with all local events at http://www.cullmansense.com/calendar.
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