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UMOCA Welcomes New Year with Local Brews, Art, Music

Whittney Evans

If you’re looking for a more grown-up experience to ring in the new year, but still want to be near the family-friendly EVE celebration, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is mixing local cocktails and art for its Hops & Spirits VIP Experience tonight.

Hops & Spirits features locally made Epic Brewing beer, Beehive Distilling’s Jack Rabbit Gin, Vida Tequila, and Five Wives Vodka, all paired with small bites from the restaurants, Pago and Finca. From 8 pm to 1 am, the museum space will be filled with live music from some of the EVE Winterfest headliners and DJ’s. Christian Anderson is executive director of UMOCA.

“It’s a more adult beverage and music-driven event than you might associate with the Downtown Alliance EVE stuff which is much more family friendly. So we’re definitely looking for a more adult, elevated contemporary art, VIP New Year’s Eve experience.”

Admission is $100 per person. The price includes four craft beverages and a champagne toast at midnight, a pass to EVE Winterfest, access to the Body Worlds exhibit at the Leonardo and admission to ice skating at the Gallivan Center. 

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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