Our state’s capital has just become the place to kick off your new year.

Starting Wed. Oct. 21 tickets go on sale for the World Beer Festival at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

All About Beer Magazine will be continuing its decade-long festival, which began in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Over 250 beers will be available for sampling with knowledgeable brewers and servers on hand to tell you exactly how they fit all the hops in the bottle. The event takes place Sat. Jan. 16 and a portion of your $40 admission is going to The River Alliance and Columbia Opportunity Resource.