Thirsty Monk’s Beer City take on the Big Apple ball drop

Not to be outdone by New York City, Asheville is about to introduce its own Beer City version of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. The ever-innovative folks at Thirsty Monk will ring in 2014 by dropping a decorated and illuminated beer keg down a 20-foot cast-iron pole at the stroke of midnight at the brewery’s newest location in Biltmore Park.

Yet more New Year’s Eve parties!

Xpress has an extensive roundup of New Year’s Eve events in the Dec. 29 issue (if you’re in downtown Asheville, you may even be able to find it on newsstands as early as this evening) but here are more options, including early events (French Broad Brewery, French Broad Chocolate Lounge), a two-venue event put on by Asheville FM, an underground music explosion, and a dinner-plus-party at Pack’s Tavern.