Mother Stewart’s to host first New Year’s ball drop

It will be a ball when the bottom drops on 2019 to signal the beginning of a new decade. The first Springfield New Year’s Eve Ball Drop will bring in an old tradition to ring in the new.

Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co., 102 W. Columbia St., will be the place with live music and more, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. The cover charge is $10 a person in advance and $15 at the door and will include a midnight toast.

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Mother’s had its first New Year’s Eve event last year, but for this time out, the brewery’s co-owner Kevin Loftis wanted to go big and fill in something missing in the city’s celebrations.

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“I was surprised we never had a ball drop. We’re going to see how it goes,” he said.

A big difference with this one is that the ball drop will occur indoors in the brew house, which will be a comfort to those who don’t want to brave the weather. Loftis is saving how it will be done as a surprise.

Two bands will perform, Freakquency and Subterranean, starting at 9 p.m. Freakquency does musical arrangements covering artists from Kings of Leon to Michael Jackson and others along with original material. Subterranean is a jam rock quartet from Dayton.

Along with a wide selection of various beers, there will also be a special cocktail to mark the occasion.

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Loftis anticipates this could turn into an event Springfield looks forward to for many New Year’s Eves to come.

Presale tickets will end at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 30. They are available at

The Brewery is gearing up for several other special offerings in the early part of 2020 including the return of the Market at Mother Stewart’s on Jan. 4; Cold & Bold Barrel-Aged Beer Fest similar to its IndieCraft event earlier this year, on Jan. 11; Dead of Winter featuring two Grateful Dead cover bands on Jan. 24-25; the second Slice of Springfield pizza event on Feb. 6; along with Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations the popular and food truck rally returns in March.

“It’s all about the experience. We want to elevate things in 2020,” Loftis said.


What: Springfield New Year's Eve Ball Drop

Where: Mother Stewart's Brewing Co., 102 W. Columbia St., Springfield

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Admission: $10 advance, $15 at door

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