Buffalo Beer Buzz: 12 Gates / WNYMBA Beer, New Beers at Thin Man, Rusty Nickel and New York Beer Project

12 Gates Teams with WNYMBA on Beer to Benefit WNY Bike Trails

12 Gates Brewing has partnered with the Western New York Mountain Bicycling Association on Super Spectacular Sour, a fruited sour brewed with blueberries, boysenberries, and blackberries. Super Spectacular Sour will be released on May 23 (12pm). One dollar from every 6-pack will go directly to the WNYMBA to help support the maintenance of bike trails across WNY. According to the brewery, this is the first iteration of this series. Super Spectacular Sour arrives just in time for National Trails Day on June 6. A light and tasty fruited sour is the perfect complement to your next walk, ride or hike.

Rusty Nickel Launches Crowler Club, Releases New Charitable Beer

Rusty Nickel Brewing has launched a new Crowler Club. Customers will receive 1 free crowler for every 15 crowlers they purchase. Crowlers range from $10 to $12 (buy 3 crowlers, save $3 sale is ongoing). To sign-up, brewery staff will guide you through the enrollment process. Rusty Nickel has also released Masked Defenders, a Caramelized Pineapple Sour, the ‘white’ beer release of their ‘First In, Last Out’ series. The beer is dedicated to all the health care workers putting themselves second and fighting this virus. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Buffalo General Medical Center ICU.

Thin Man’s Small Batch Beer Series Welcomes a Few New Members

Thin Man Brewery has been cranking out a lot of fun and unique beer styles via their Small Batch Series, with the latest being Citra Double Dry Hopped Trial By Wombat IPA. The beer is available for order and delivery here. The 2020 NYSBA Hazy IPA gold medal winner is now double dry hopped with Citra and brewed with tons of Australian Galaxy hops and flaked oats for big notes of peach, pineapple and orange. You can also grab orders of Spelunkenheimer Adambier, Double Helix Imperial Oat Porter, Refuse to Evolve Strong Belgian-style Brown Ale and Coconut Jenkins Imperial Stout.

Fan Favorite Beers Return to New York Beer Project

This week marks the return of some fan favorites at New York Beer Project. On May 21, both Righteous Dude Double IPA and Orange Sherbet Milkshake IPA are back for crowler and growler fills. The former features Amarillo, Citra, Topaz, and Cascade hops and boasts wnybold dank hop profile on top of juicy orange and tropical fruit with notes of peach, mango and grapefruit. The latter is reminiscent of a frosty scoop of orange sherbet. Vanilla beans compliment the citrusy orange taste. NYBP also released Fuggy Bugger Scotch Ale earlier this week, so be on the lookout for that.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: WNY Trail Pass Launches, New Releases from Resurgence, CBW, Pressure Drop, Big Ditch Anniversary, Five & 20 Virtual Toast

WNY Beer Trail Launches 2020 Trail Pass Program

The WNY Beer Trail has launched the 2020 Trail Pass and it could not be easier to participate. When you purchase a program booklet, you’ll enjoy two half price beers during your first visit at each of the 31 member breweries, bars, and restaurants (more being added). Purchase your Trail Pass today, and through May 15, WNY Beer Trail will donate $7.16 of each purchase to WNY Hospitality Relief, which directly benefits bartenders, wait staff, cooks, and cleaners that have been without work since the shutdown. Find out more information, and to purchase your own 2020 Trail pass, by clicking here.

Pressure Drop Brings the Haze with Sticky Icky

If you’re looking for hops, they are coming this week at Pressure Drop Brewing. Not only are they releasing a super fresh batch of their beloved flagship Sticky Trees IPA (canned this week), they are also debuting Sticky Icky IPA, a hazy version of Sticky. Mosaic hops shine; it’s skunky, sticky, and dank with tropical undertones. Cans of each are available for pre-order right now at their online store. 4-packs are $15 each. Once you pre-order, you can pick up your order between 12pm-5pm on May 16 on their loading dock, located behind the Barrel Factory at 65 Vandalia Street.

Big Ditch Brewing to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary with New Beers

While we can’t be together for Big Ditch’s fifth anniversary this year for obvious reasons, we can still celebrate with their anniversary beers. Celebratory libations include A Little Short of Madness, a 14.3% Quadruple IPA featuring Nelson Sauvin, Hallertau Blanc, and Simcoe hops ($18, 100 25.4oz. crowlers available), Big Ditch Breakfast Blend, an imperial cream stout blended with Public Espresso + Coffee cold brew coffee blended with maple syrup ($18, 80 32oz. crowlers) and Squeezer kettle sour ($15, 100 32oz. crowlers). All 3 will be released on May 15 (12pm.). Pre-orders available online at 9am the morning of the event.

Community Beer Works to Release New Passion Fruit IPA

The shutdown certainly hasn’t slowed the beer releases down at Community Beer Works, who will release That Passion Fruit IPA on May 15 (3pm). That Passion Fruit IPA is a fruited version of CBWs That IPA, this time fermented with passion fruit. It’s subtly sweet with tart tropical fruit and That IPAs hop blend. Visit communitybeerworks.com/deliveries to place your order starting at 8pm on Thursday, May 14. That Passion Fruit IPA is a small batch limited release and will be available in 16oz. 4-pack cans.

Resurgence Brewing Continues Social Distancing Series with Quarantine Heartthrob

This weekend, on May 16 (10am), Resurgence Brewing will release the fourth beer in their Social Distancing IPA Series, Quarantine Heartthrob. This hazy New England is exploding with hoppiness and is brewed with Amarillio, Mosaic, Citra, Vic Secret, Palisade and Rakau hops for tropical notes of papaya, mango, citrus zest and ripe berries. A nice creamy body is complimented with a bubbly and drier finish. The artwork was designed by local artisan Craig Cheape, whose art you can find on most Pressure Drop Brewing cans. You can pre-order Quarantine Heartthrob now on HopMule for Saturday pickup on HopMule.

Share a Virtual Toast on 5/20 at 5:20 with Five and 20 (Spirits and Brewing)

If you didn’t know, we are smack dab in the middle of May 2020, aka Five and 20 Month, for the first and (probably) last time in our lifetimes, so we should all raise a toast to the brewery of the same name – Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing. On May 20, at exactly 5:20pm, you can do just that – join the brewery in a Virtual Toast on their Facebook Live. The brewery will also release a pair of seasonals later this month, Golden Loop IPA and Lim Wit Radler. Both will be available in the coming weeks.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Pints for the Front Lines, Fruited Sticky Trees, CBW Choco-Cherry Whale, NYBP Blueberry Pop Tart Ale, Thin Man Coconut Imperial Stout

Give a Pint to The Front Line Through Minuteman Press

Minuteman Press has launched a new initiative, Give A Pint To The Front Line, where you can buy a round for essential healthcare workers. With your donation, Minuteman Press will purchase gift cards from participating breweries and deliver them to local hospitals to distribute to front line workers. The gift cards can be used now on to-go orders or down the road when the taprooms reopen. Participating breweries include Big Ditch, 12 Gates, Resurgence, New York Beer Project, 42 North, Hamburg, Community Beer Works and Five and 20 with more being added. Make a donation and buy a pint here.

Pressure Drop to Release Fruited Sticky Trees IPA This Weekend

After an online fan vote that was too close to call, Pressure Drop Brewing has made the decision to release two fruited variants of their beloved Sticky Trees IPA, Pineapple and Mango, on May 9 (12pm). Crowlers of each are available for pre-order at their online store – https://pressure-drop-brewing.square.site. Crowlers are $10 each with no purchase limit. Once you pre-order, you can pick up our crowlers 12pm-5pm on May 9 on their loading dock, located behind the Barrel Factory at 65 Vandalia Street. In addition, you can purchase any of Pressure Drop’s other beer when you pick your order up.

Community Beer Works to Release Choco-Cherry Whale

The releases can’t stop and won’t stop at Community Beer Works, who are releasing Choco-Cherry Whale this week on May 8 (3pm). This variant is a special iteration of The Whale Brown Ale that features the addition of pure cacao with sweet and tart cherries to bring out dessert like qualities in this rich and decadent ale. Visit communitybeerworks.com/deliveries to place your order. Preorders will go live at 8pm on May 7.

New York Beer Project to Drop Blueberry Pop Tart Ale

New York Beer Project will release Blueberry Pop Tart Golden Ale, which features fruit-forward aromas, juicy blueberry taste and beautiful blue color, on May 7 (11am). Sweet full bodied dessert ale brewed with Maris Otter, Golden Promise and Lactose aged for a week on 294 lbs. of blueberry puree. Punch of blueberry fruit up front followed by slight graininess, finishing with a touch of lactose sweetness and the slightest sense of hop bitterness at the end. The beer, which they are calling one of the most anticipated new releases of the decade, will be available in both crowlers and growlers.

Thin Man’s Coconut Jenkins Imperial Stout Now Available for Order, Delivery

First it was Awesome, then it was Peanut Butter and now it’s Coconut – Thin Man’s Coconut Jenkins Imperial Stout is now available for order and delivery. Awesome Jenkins has now been hit with a ton of toasted coconut for flavors and aromas of chocolate, nuts, dark caramel, honey and plumes of coconut with a bittersweet finish and rich mouthfeel. Reminiscent of coconut macaroons and Samoas. Coconut Jenkins is available now for order and delivery online. Now offering free delivery on orders over $50.​

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Thin Man Delivers & ‘Tiger King’ Beer, New Releases From Resurgence, Community Beer Works, Flying Bison, Brickyard Brewing

Thin Man Brewery Now Delivering, Plans New Tiger King Lager

You can now have fresh Thin Man beer delivered straight to your door. They are now delivering Monday-Saturday, 12-6pm. Visit https://thin-man.square.site/ to see what’s available and place your order. All orders must be within 25 miles of their Chandler Street location. Orders will be delivered one business day after purchase. The brewery is also paying homage to Joe “Exotic” McBane of Rochester’s Tap and Mallet with Joe Exotic, a fierce, yet easy drinking, lager featuring Saphir hops, for a hint of citrus while remaining incredibly crisp. Joe Exotic will be released in both Rochester and Buffalo on May 1 (4pm).

Resurgence Brewing to Release Third in Social Distancing IPA Series

Following the release of Social Distancing and Homemade Haircuts, Resurgence Brewing will release Virtual Happy Hour Buffalo-style IPA, the third entry in the series, on May 2 (10am). 4-pack cans are $14.30 and are available for pre-order via HopMule – https://app.myhopmule.com/#/releases. The brewery are also re-releasing cans of Social Distancing Buffalo-style IPA ($14.30 per 4-pack), which is also available for pre-order, along with A Little Diddy New England IPA ($14.30 per 4-pack), which they released last week. Pre-order and pay online via HopMule then visit Resurgence’s contactless curbside pickup at their Chicago St. location to grab your beer this weekend.

Community Beer Works to Release a Pair of New Sours This Week

Community Beer Works are dropping two new Gose With… Sour Ales on May 1 (3pm), Gose With Mixed Berry, a sour brewed with mixed berries and Gose With Key Lime Pie, a key lime pie sour ale. Both beers will be available in 12oz. 6-packs. Brewed with organic raspberry, blackberry, sweet cherry and lactose, Gose With Mixed Berry is delightfully juicy, tart, and refreshing. Gose With Key Lime Pie is brewed with key lime, vanilla and lactose; it’s citrusy, tart and almost like drinking a liquid key lime pie. You can pre-order online for curbside pick-up or home delivery: communitybeerworks.com/deliveries.

Flying Bison to Release New Summer Ale, Brickyard Space Bronco IPA Returns

On April 29 (4pm), Flying Bison will be releasing a refreshing new summer beer, Buffaloha Summer Ale, a tart wheat ale brewed with passionfruit nectar & pineapple juice. Bottles, growler fills, and kegs will be available. Then, on May 1 (4pm), transition to the dank side of the spectrum as Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing will re-release Space Bronco, a Galaxy and Mosaic spinoff of their house IPA. For the first time ever, this batch is brewed with all super fresh contract hops. Expect this to be the freshest, ripest, dankest, most delicious batch ever. Price is $16 (tax included) per 4-pack.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Habitat for Humanity Buffalo Hammer & Ales Fundraiser Now A Virtual Auction

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo ANNOUNCES ONLINE AUCTION IN PLACE OF CANCELLED FUNDRAISER 
All proceeds benefit the building of a home for a local family in need

In response to the cancelation of its annual Hammer & Ales fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat for Humanity Buffalo has announced a rescheduled online event. Taking place April 22-24, Habitat Buffalo will host an online auction via GiveSmart.com featuring the items that were originally set to be auctioned at Hammer & Ales.

Featuring over 50 items ranging from tickets to a Yankees-Red Sox game to entertainment & leisure packages at local establishments and so much more, Hammer & Ales is the second phase of Habitat Buffalo’s “The House Beer Built” campaign. “The House Beer Built” is a two-part fundraising effort aimed toward making homeownership possible for a local family.

“Since we began this campaign three years ago, it has allowed our community to lend a hand in the building and renovation of homes for families in need,” said Habitat Buffalo’s Development & Communications Manager Stephanie Lawson. “In these most uncertain times, we are reminded of just how important it is for a family to have a roof over their head and a place to call home. We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, so we invite those who are able to participate in our online auction to check out the many exciting items we are offering and consider bidding.”

Those interested can register for the event in advance, view the items available, and be the first to bid by visiting habitatbuffalo.givesmart.com on their computer or mobile device. The auction will open at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 and will close at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: 12 Gates Crowler Club, 42 North Launches The Outpost, CBW Duel Can Release, Flying Bison Juice Caboose Returns

12 Gates Brewing Launches New Crowler Club

12 Gates Brewing has launched a new Crowler Club, where you get two free crowlers after your tenth purchase. To join, ask for a punch card the next time you are in the taproom. Right now you can score two of their newest New England IPAs – Lightning Emoji (cans are also available), which features African Queen, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops, and Buzz the Tower, their former Pilot IPA #21. You can also score crowlers of their Dirty Dangles Imperial IPA and Wicked Tripa Triple IPA. Visit https://12gatesbrewing.com/on-tap/ for more information. Cans of Flo-Mingo Fruited Sour are still available as well.

42 North Brewing Launches Online Pre-Order & Shipping Portal

42 North has launched The Outpost 42N, a new online pre-order and shipping portal. New releases will be available for pre-order purchase and release day pick-up at the brewery. Pre-order for each release will be available until the brewery opens on the day of the can release. Beer fans from around New York, Ohio, Vermont and New Hampshire will have the ability to order beer online and have it shipped directly to their door. The minimum order is two 4-packs or bottles and the maximum is one case, six 4-packs or 12 barrel-aged bottles per order. Learn more at www.theoutpost42n.com.

Community Beer Works Plans Double Can Release with New Stout

Community Beer Works are doing their part in getting your fridge properly stocked for the weekend with a pair of can releases at their curbside retail shop on April 24 (3pm). The brewery’s limited run Garage Series continues with the debut of Import Export Stout (6.9%, $14.99 per 4-pack), a strong stout brewed with black currants and plum that pours jet black with slightly purple colored foam, and the return of Highly Suspicious Pineapple IPA (6.5%, $16.99 per 4-pack), a collaboration with Auburn’s Prison City Pub & Brewery, that features grilled pineapple along with Citra, El Dorado and Galaxy hops.

Flying Bison’s Juice Caboose IPA Makes Its Triumphant Return

Juice Caboose, Flying Bison Brewing’s beloved IPA, is making its comeback on April 24 (4pm). Juice Caboose is hazy, juicy and packed with a train-car full of hops (Centennial, Citra, Galaxy, Rakau, Cascade, Denali) to create a soft bitterness as well as a creamy mouthfeel courtesy of the addition of wheat and oats. For the release, Flying Bison are teaming with Pizza Amore, so when you stop down for some beer, grab a wood-fired pizza to pair with it. The brewery’s favorite pizza styles are Chicken Wing, Pepperoni, and Veggie. Grab 2 six packs, because they are BOGO 50% OFF.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: In the Mix Anniversary Beers, New Cidery in Hamburg, NYBP Porter in Crowlers, Virtual Hammer & Ales

In the Mix Brewing & Creamery Schedules Release of Anniversary Beers

While they couldn’t be open officially to celebrate their first anniversary (April 5), In the Mix Brewing & Creamery will release their scheduled anniversary beers on April 24. Beers include: Spanish Meadows, a gin barrel-aged Saison conditioned on Spanish saffron acacia honey, saffron and spices, Supernova, a rum barrel-aged maple candied pecan stout, Illemonati Peach Mango Ginger Lemonade Sour and Pistachio Delight Cream ale, brewed with pistachio, pineapple puree and marshmallows. Buy them all with the Anniversary Package: 1 crowler of each and an In the Mix glass for $50. Ordering will open up on their website starting April 20.

New Cidery Coming to Village of Hamburg

Plans for a new cidery and tasting room to be housed in the former J&M West End Inn, located at 340 Union Street in the Village of Hamburg, have been approved by the Village Board. Owner Pat O’Brien is working with Lenny Scilek, owner and operator of MackJac Hard Cider in East Aurora, on the new project, with tentative plans calling for the construction of a 2,720-square-foot multi-level cider manufacturing operation in the rear of the property, including the installation of up to four tanks. O’Brien will also operate a seven-room Airbnb, set to be housed on the second floor.

New York Beer Project to Release Hard Day’s Night Porter Crowlers

It has certainly been a hard day’s night and New York Beer Project is rewarding everyone with Hard Day’s Night Robust Porter, which features toasty malt, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The beer will be released in crowlers on April 16 (11am). As a bonus, crowlers will be half priced. The brewery also helped to ‘Complete a Room with Care’ in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Oishei Children’s Hospital through their years-long partnership and donations from sales of Perry’s Ice Cream-inspired beers. The campaign makes it possible for every patient room in the hospital to be a private room.

Habitat for Humanity’s Hammer & Ales Fundraiser to Take Place Virtually

Hammer & Ales, Habitat for Humanity’s signature fundraising event, will take place virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The online auction runs April 22 (3pm) through April 24 (8pm), featuring prizes like a brewery experience with Woodcock Brothers Brewing and Midnight Run Cellars, an Axe Throwing Package with Hatchets & Hops, overnight stay at the Mansion on Delaware and more. This event is a part of The House Beer Built, a campaign through which Habitat Buffalo and the craft beer community raise money to build a house. Complete list of prizes and more information can be found here.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Thin Man’s 11 Day Power Play Pils Gives Man Advantage to Cancer Research

Beer is more than a beverage that simply fills your glass; it’s a veritable market mover, a powerful force that creates jobs, generates revenue and transforms neighborhoods. But the true power of craft beer can be found in the community it fosters and in its ability to give back to members of that community that are in need. Thin Man Brewery’s 11 Day Power Play Pilsner, which was brewed to help fund cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, is one such example of what locally produced craft beer is able to accomplish.

11 Day Power Play Pils, which combines German pilsner malt and traditional Czech hops, is available right now at all Tops, Wegmans and Consumer Beverages locations, as well as Premier Gourmet, Bottle Rocket and more. By purchasing this beer, not only are you getting a great beer, you are doing your part to give back as $3.67 from every four pack sold goes directly to the 11 Day Power Play Organization, which supports cancer causes in Western New York through an annual 11 day hockey marathon game. They have raised over $4 million since their inception in 2017.

Thin Man Brand Ambassador Mike Shatzel says he was happy to help 11 Day Power Play founders Mike & Amy Lesakowski brew a beer to raise money to fight cancer because many of his family members have unfortunately faced their own battle with it, including his sisters and both of his parents.

“This is actually the second time we have teamed up with 11 Day Power Play to brew beer,” Shatzel says. “The first time we were self-distributing and unable to can so we made a small splash locally with it. Myself, Mike & Amy and my good friend Chris Boron started the discussion of brewing and canning the beer again in late fall on 2019. Our distributor TJ Sheehan was very excited to jump on board also so we decided to make it happen. Both of my parents and a few of my sisters are cancer survivors so I take great pleasure in helping 11 Day Power Play in their fight against cancer.”

The Lesakowskis founded the 11 Day Power Play movement back in 2016, eight years after Amy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Mike also lost his mother to cancer that very same year, which inspired him to do something to give back, leading to the birth of the 11 Day Power Play. After raising over $1 million for Roswell that first year, the idea grew to include more of the community at large. In the years since, Make-A-Wish Western New York and Camp Good Days and Special Times have become additional beneficiaries.

“I’m not good at hockey – I used to play roller hockey when I was 12 or 13 years old – but this is an awesome cause,” Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins says. “Their goal this year is to raise $2 million for Roswell Park and two years ago, when we first brewed 11 Day Power Play Pils, we were able to raise a sizeable amount and donate it to them and I am genuinely really excited that we can do that. It’s fun to make beer, but it’s even better to be a good citizen to your community.”

Watkins adds that it is a truly special feeling for him and Thin Man’s small brewing staff to be able to do what they always do – brew beer – and still be able to make such a monumental difference in their community and the lives of its members in the most need of help.

“It’s awesome to be able to do something that I do every day to benefit people,” he adds. “To be able to do something more meaningful is pretty great. A lot of people who like hockey also like beer, and even if people don’t like hockey, they can get behind a good cause and drink some tasty beer while doing so.”

The 2020 11 Day Power Play is tentatively scheduled to take place at Harbor Center, July 8-19. For more information, and to donate directly to the cause, please visit https://www.11daypowerplay.com/.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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New York Beer Project Gets Their Own Room at Oishei Children’s Hospital

When you drink and buy local, things like beer and ice cream can make worlds of difference for those in need. If you don’t believe me, just ask New York Beer Project and Perry’s Ice Cream, whose years-long partnership and donations from sales of ice cream-inspired beers has just helped to ‘Complete a Room with Care’ in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

The ‘Complete a Room with Care’ campaign makes it possible for every patient room in the hospital to be a private room designed specifically with the needs of the mothers and children we care for, their parents and their dedicated care givers.

The unique partnership of locally crafted beer and ice cream, which began May 29, 2017, surpassed their original donation goal of $20,000 this past September. For the past three years, the Lockport-based brewery has been donated $1 from every pint sold of their Perry’s Ice Cream-inspired beer flavors, such as Panda Paws Porter, White Christmas Belgian Blonde Ale, Death by Chocolate Imperial Stout, and the current offering, Superhero Sour, brewed for all the superheroes at Oishei.

“We are beyond happy to announce with this $20,000 donation, Oishei Children’s Hospital has just dedicated the New York Beer Project Treatment Room in the NICU,” NYBP Owner Kelly Krupski says. “The whole community – everyone who bought one of these delicious Perry’s beers should share in this honor, and know they have #madeadifference in Western New York.”

This marriage of beer and ice cream isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The brewery will be donating $1 from every crowler sold of their Superhero Sour at their Lockport location throughout the month of April to Oishei, with the donation matched 100% by Perry’s. And if that isn’t enough, $1 from every pint of the collab sold at the NYBP Victor Beer Hall will go to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times in the Finger Lakes.

“The goodness continues as the community gets to enjoy the fruits of this delish collab, and make a difference while they drink, because $1 from every pint (beer, not ice cream) goes to Oishei Children’s Hospital,” Krupski continues. “With the new addition of the NYBP Victor Beer Hall outside of Rochester, $1 from every pint of the NYBP / Perry’s collab sold there, such as Superhero Sour, goes to Camp Good Days and Special Times, in the Finger Lakes. The Perry’s Family will be matching the donation dollar for dollar for every pint sold during the entire month of April, so by just enjoying a pint of the collab you’ll send $2 to help these respective worthy community charities.”

The objective of the unique ‘Mash Up’ series was to give back to the community and let craft beer drinkers make a difference by donating $1 for each pint sold at the NYBP Lockport location to Oishei. The original goal of raising $10,000 by Memorial Day 2018 was celebrated in March of 2018.

Krupski adds that she and her husband couldn’t be prouder of their team at NYBP and what they have been collectively able to achieve by brewing this unique series of ice cream beers. Speaking of, she also drops a spoiler about the next one coming this summer, so make sure you read the following quote to the end.

“Kevin and I, and the entire team at New York Beer Project, love making delicious beer for our community, but things like this are what we’re most proud of. This amazing collaboration between NYBP and Perry’s truly has been an amazing collaboration for everyone involved. It’s great for us to pick one of Perry’s delicious flavors and have the brewers recreate the flavors using the elements in beer.  We use things like cacao beans to mimic the chocolate in our Panda Paws Porter, fresh herbs to bring out the mint flavors in the perennial favorite White Christmas Belgian Blonde, and (spoiler alert) we’re now brewing pilot batches of Grasshopper Pie Ale, which features the flavors of mint ice cream with fudge swirls and crème filled cookie pieces, hitting our taps sometime in the summer!”

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/NewYorkBeerProject.

 Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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The Importance of Micro Over Macro: Good Neighbors Buy Local

Our beer scene is facing its greatest challenge since Prohibition as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, forcing breweries nationwide to shutter their taprooms. The Buffalo-Niagara region, which features over 40 craft breweries, cideries and meaderies, each of which employ local people, pay local taxes, and, in many ways, serve as the hub for their local communities, is not immune.

Curbside pickups, home delivery and to-go beer sales have become the new normal as breweries have had to find new, safe and convenient ways to provide beer to their customers.  A complete list of available to-go options from local breweries can be found here.

Beer is a true market mover for our local economy. The Buffalo-Niagara brewing community employs over 2,100 people, pays more than $127 million in local wages, generates $485 million in regional economic impact and donates to countless charities, according to the latest data from the Brewers Association, a national non-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers.

“The ‘Drink Local’ movement advocates for local breweries because they are upstanding members of their community that pay taxes, employ our citizens, and are generally interested in making our community a better place,” Big Ditch Brewing President Matt Kahn says. “The current coronavirus crisis, more than anything in our recent past, threatens the ‘Drink Local’ movement. It might be the single biggest threat to drinking local since Prohibition. If you believe not just in the ‘Drink Local’ movement, but in the entire craft beer movement, please support our local breweries the best you can during this crisis. We believe that if Western New Yorkers purchased exclusively local beer during this crisis, it would severely minimize the impact on our local breweries, and in turn, our community.”

Now more than ever, it’s time to turn to local, because when you spend your dollars locally, your money stays local. When you opt for micro over macro and local over domestic, you’re helping to create jobs in our region.

“When walking into your local grocery or convenience store, purchase with a purpose,” John Cimperman, founder of 42 North Brewing adds. “Rather than that 30-pack of macro beer, think about grabbing a variety of local breweries beer. With that, the money and the jobs stay in Buffalo.”

Please continue to drink local so that we have breweries to go to when the world gets back to normal. Use the hashtags #drinklocal and #buffalostrong when posting photos of you and your friends enjoying local beer on social media. Supporting local breweries has never been more important. Our beer community is stronger than this and together we will get through it.

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