If you want to have fun in 2021, partying like it’s 1999 this New Year’s is not an option.
Luckily, Thesis Beer Project’s New Year's Eve livestream is shaping up to be a slamming little shindig.
“New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays of the year,” said Adam Fredericksen, Thesis owner and brewer.
Fredericksen was worried the pandemic might not let him ring in the new year with live music. But he found a way for Thesis to keep the party going online with sets from local musicians including DJ Ramble; Karate Chop, Silence; TOPO; and Hair of the Dog.
For safety’s sake, the show will include sets prerecorded at Thesis and a livestream of Hair of the Dog from the brewery that night. But that’s not the only benefit to tuning in.
“We want to celebrate the awesome people and businesses who have helped us get through it,” Frederickson said.
To that end, he purchased items and gift cards from local creators, eateries, and other breweries to give away during the livestream. All customers who purchase(d) something from Thesis during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s will be entered in a drawing for these locally sourced items, as well as the grand prize of a “Year of Beer” from Thesis. Winners will be drawn during the livestream.
Fredericksen said Sin Credit, a Munich Helles lager that Thesis has brewed, might be the best bet for those who want to “enjoy some drinks while staying up till the wee hours.” He’s also excited for the release of Collabotage Vol. 2, a collaboration with Little Thistle Brewery featuring toasted coconut in a sour beer.
Looking for something thematic? “WE MADE IT” is the newest imperial stout brewing at Thesis Beer Project. With hints of coffee and maple syrup, it promises an escape from the sticky situation that was 2020.
Ryan Amble, performing as DJ Ramble, is also the drummer for Winona-based Karate Chop, Silence (KCS). He said performing at Thesis, even for a livestream, creates a “small sense of normalcy.” His set will include unreleased music he recorded during the pandemic with his roommate and KCS pianist, Dante DeGrazia.
Jeremey Jewell said it’s been three months since all the members of local favorites Hair of the Dog (HOTD) have played together on the same stage. The HOTD set will start at about 10:30 p.m. and keep getting louder — like all good rock-and-roll — until midnight.
“If this is the closest we can get to playing music in a room full of friends and fans, I’ll take it,” he said.
Though Fredericksen is looking forward to the livestream party, he thinks January and February will be tough for a lot of local businesses. He said Thesis will be in “survival mode” until spring and outdoor seating make a comeback. For now, though, he’s hoping the Thesis livestream party “can be a celebration of making it through this year as a community.”
If you go
What: NYE Livestream Party
When: 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Dec. 31
Where: The link will be available in the Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1331933473839998.
Other ways to ring in the new year
Looking for other COVID-safe ways to celebrate? How about ...
- A "Noon Year's Eve" celebration with Spark Place of Play, hosted online (with the option of take-home bags). Find the event on Facebook.
- Pick-up meals from 125 LIVE starting at noon, with a later Zoom party later. Call 125 LIVE to register. $10 for ages 59 and under.
- A candlelit hike at Quarry Hill, with cups of hot cocoa provided at the end. Join the event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at eventbrite.com.
- An early evening (7 to 8:30 p.m.) Zoom hangout with First Universalist Unitarian Church, where participants will be sorted into small "breakout" rooms to get to know each other over the course of the night. Join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83783713798.