Shelton Brothers’ The Festival to Bring World’s Best Beer to Buffalo

It’s a beer geeks dream come true: The Festival 2019, one of the world’s most iconic beer festivals hosted annually by Shelton Brothers Importers, is coming to the Queen City. No, that is not a misprint – the same world-renowned festival that has anchored in such major markets as Denver, Los Angeles and Louisville in recent years has set its sights on Buffalo this fall, Friday and Saturday, October 4-5. A location has yet to be finalized.

The list of participating breweries is pending, but keep checking back for more information as it becomes available, but expect the very best local, domestic, and international producers of the craft. The Festival regularly features the best of the best the brewing world has to offer, including world famous breweries like Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, Cantillon, Cloudwater, Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke, Freigeist/Monarchy, Haandbryggeriet and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, as well as notable stateside purveyors such as The Veil, DeGarde, Hill Farmstead, J. Wakefield, Jester King, Monkish and Other Half.

“The world’s greatest and smallest artisanal beer, cider, and mead makers will join us to meet festival attendees and share their stories and knowledge,” a press release for The Festival reads. “You’d have to spend months and countless dollars for a chance to meet this many world-class brewers. We’ve saved you the trouble and the expense — they’ll all be on hand personally to talk about their work and to pour for you. And many will be creating special brews specifically for the event — you won’t be able to find them anywhere else!”

Admission to the festival typically includes a special-edition festival sampling glass, plus the opportunity to meet the best beer and cider makers in the world, most of which will be on hand to talk about their creations.

For more information on The Festival, visit https://www.sheltonbrothers.com.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Brewed & Bottled to Remain Open, Péché Day at Thin Man, 12 Gates Cans Hermetic IPA, Beerology Returns

Lewiston’s Brewed and Bottled Craft Beer Shop to Remain Open (For Now)

Brewed & Bottled Craft Beer Shop, Lewiston’s only craft beer bottle shop, will not close their doors on March 24 as had been originally announced. Owner Chris Budde announced a few weeks back that they had lost their lease and were being forced to vacate their current location at 402 Center Street. That is no longer the case, though no additional information was provided. “While we don’t have any hard details to share right now, we can safely say that we’re NOT closing on March 24th as originally announced,” Budde recently announced. You can find the latest news and updates, as well as B&B’s hours of operation, at https://www.facebook.com/BrewedBottled.

Thin Man to Host Péché Day for Third Straight Year

Thin Man Brewery is one of only 68 establishments worldwide who will serve as official hosts of Péché Day 2019, a celebration of the beloved Imperial Coffee Stout from Montreal’s Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, on March 23 (11am). In addition to Péché Mortel 2019, Thin Man will also tap a number of variants, including Péché Mortel Bourbon 2018 & 2019, which is aged in bourbon barrels, Péché Mortel Cerise Imperial Coffee & Cherry Stout, Péché Mortel Coconut Imperial Coffee & Coconut Stout, Péché Mortel Islay, which is aged in Islay scotch barrels and Péché Moka Imperial Coffee & Cocoa Stout.

12 Gates Brewing to Release Hermetic IPA in Cans, Preorder Now

12 Gates Brewing are canning their Hermetic IPA, and will release the former seasonal IPA on March 30 (12pm). The beer, brewed with Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic, Rakau and Waimea hops, features notes of pineapple, grapefruit and tropical fruit. 16oz. 4-packs will cost $14 (includes tax and deposit, limit 2 cases per person), and you can preorder yours now at HopMule (https://app.myhopmule.com/#/releases) to ensure you do not miss out. Additionally, if you order a case (6 x 4-packs), you will receive a limited edition can art poster (only 100 available). Each poster is signed and numbered by Head Brewer Scott Shuler.

Drink Local Beer and Explore the Buffalo Museum of Science at Beerology

Learn about the science of beer as you explore the best the Buffalo Museum of Science has to offer with a fresh craft beer in hand at Beerology, the museum’s annual fundraising event, on March 23 (6-10pm). Sample from some of the best breweries and cideries in the area, snack on beer-friendly foods and enjoy presentations on homebrewing, a variety of beer-related topics and more. Admission includes 10 drink tickets (good for one tasting each), food samples, live entertainment and access to all of the museum’s permanent exhibits and galleries. Those looking for tickets can visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2285065688231484/ to check availability.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Resurgence Lot Party, Brickyard’s 1812 Night, new beers at CBW, Thin Man, New Belgium collab

Party with Resurgence Brewing at Their New Old First Ward Location

If you’ve been wondering what’s been going on with Resurgence Brewing’s new location at 55 Chicago Street in the Old First Ward, now is your chance to find out as the brewery is throwing a good old fashion parking lot party on March 16 (10am) behind their forthcoming new facility. Party along with the Old Neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day parade with food from Fat Bob’s and beer from Resurgence (beer and food are cash only). The 25,000 square foot facility at the former Cooperage building will feature a two-story taproom with food service, banquet space and open air beer gardens.

Brickyard Brewing to Roll Out the Real Ale for 1812 Night

Brickyard Brewing will mark the 1813 Burning of Lewiston at their second annual 1812 Night (March 13, 4pm). The free event will feature re-enactors from Fort Niagara, a narrator recounting the burning from the Tuscarora perspective, music from Step In Time (6:30pm), and plenty of traditional real ale, including casks of Bayonet the Whole English-Style Barleywine, Cunning Use of Flags Imperial English IPA, Tom’s Mild (He Really Is) English Dark Mild Ale and The Cock of the Walk Traditional Colonial Era Ale. Bottles of Bayonet the Whole, and Then Bayonet Their Corpses Double Barrel Aged Barleywine will also be available.

CBW to Drop New Beers for Pi Day & Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Birthday

It’s no small secret that Community Beer Works likes to celebrate any chance they can get, and that they will this week. For Pi Day, on March 14 (3pm), CBW will bring back their Key Lime Pi Berliner Weisse, which features notes of lime and tartness, balanced by the addition of lactose. There will also be pies for dessert on the menu as well as a pie-themed cocktail for the occasion. Then, on March 15 (3pm), the brewery is tapping Ruth Bader Gins-Beer in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s birthday, a pale wheat beer with lactose, guava and lemon verbena.

Thin Man to Release New Belgium Barrel Aged Wild Ale Collaboration

Thin Man is set to release their latest collaboration with Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing, Sauvage Alliance, a fruit-forward barrel aged wild ale fermented with Cabernet Sauvignon juice, which is then aged in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. The beer will first be available on March 14 (7pm) at the Sauvage Alliance Beer Pairing Dinner at Thin Man ($55 gets you a 5-course dinner paired with five (limited/new) beers, including Sauvage Alliance and a commemorative Sauvage Alliance Teku glass). Bottles will be available, as long as supplies last, for $10. Bottles will then be available at the brewery on March 16 (11am).

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Beyond Green Beer: The 10 Best Irish-Inspired Local Beers for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day – the one day when all of us are a little Irish. So, the real question is, what beer should you celebrate with? There’s the usual suspects (no offense meant, we’d drink these in a heartbeat) Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, but we’re here to expand your mind and your palette with a list of local craft beer options.

It’s a simple question; one without a simple answer. If you need help deciding on your adult libations for the big day, let us, let these words, help put your mind at ease. These beers aren’t fizzy and green. Like the article titles suggests, we’re beyond artificially dyed lagers. We have compiled a list of the area’s best Irish-inspired beer to enjoy on Paddy’s Day. Actually, these beers would probably be great year-round, but we digress.

12 Gates Brewing Dry Irish Stout (4.1% ABV): Loads of soft roast, dark chocolate and a satisfying creamy texture. This one is light at 4.1%, so you can safely enjoy a few pints as you celebrate. It’s also available on Nitro at the brewery for that added velvety softness.

42 North Brewing Fenian’s Rising Milk Stout (4.8%): A sessionable stout that features milk chocolate character and graham cracker aromas. 42 North is also dropping a new Irish Red Ale (5%) for the holiday this year. The new brew is an easy drinking traditional red ale that’s malt-focused with an intentional sweetness and a roasted dry finish.

Big Ditch Brewing Galaxy Red (7%): “Not a traditional Irish Red by any means, although it does have a nice malt backbone,” Big Ditch says, “it mixes that maltiness with tropical hop flavors like pineapple, mango, and papaya from the Australian Galaxy hops used.  A nice hoppy alternative this St. Patrick’s Day!”

Buffalo Brewing Company 1841 Irish Red (6%): Named in honor of the year the first Irish Mayor Isaac Harrington was elected and brewed with 100% Irish Malt and 100% English Target Hops. If you grab some at the brewery, make sure you grab a pint from their British Anagram Hand Pull Beer engine.

Flying Bison Aviator Red (5.25% ABV): Aviator Irish Red Ale is an obvious choice. It’s a true Buffalo beer institution. Aviator is one of Flying Bison’s original beers from 2000 when they opened on Ontario Street. It’s a tribute to one of their founders, Larry “Red” Mrozek who passed away before the brewery opened.

Hamburg Brewing Irish Red (4.8%): Smooth, malty and just the right amount of roasted, Hamburg’s Irish Red is a must-drink for St. Patrick’s Day. “Our Irish Red Ale stands with tradition as a smooth malty ale backed by a good dusting of roasted barley, just like the ones across the pond. So even if you are not Irish, you can still drink like it,” the brewery says of their Irish-inspired beer.

Old First Ward Red Clover (5.5%): “Our Red Clover is an Irish Red that breaks the mold of the mass-marketed malty beers you commonly see,” OFW says of the brew. “We balance a mild malt sweetness with a nice roastiness to make a very drinkable beer.”

Pressure Drop Brewing Pitter Patter Red IPA (6.5%): Because of course this list needed another IPA, especially a nice and malty red one. It’s light and crisp with a fully bodied crisp finish and just the right hint of red to it.

Resurgence Brewing Irish Breakfast Ale (5.2%) and Imperial Irish Breakfast Ale (9.5% ABV): Both feature a red ale with notes of maple, coffee and smoked meat. The imperial version has been aged to pump up those flavors. Its higher alcohol content makes it a perfect sipper. Both are available at our taproom and at local beer sellers, but supplies are limited.

West Shore Brewing Lehigh Irish Red (5.3%): Hopped with Northern Brewer and local Cascade, this beer will be malty sweet with a nice crispness to it. This locally sourced brew is also made with malt from Batavia’s New York Craft Malt and Niagara Craft Malt.

In the words of a traditional Irish blessing, ‘May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.’

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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 at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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Big Night for Local Beer at Third Annual NY Craft Beer Competition

Western New York breweries put in a strong showing at the third annual New York State Craft Beer Competition, nearly matching the total medal count from last year’s competition. This year, nine area breweries took home 11 medals (seven breweries won 12 medals in nine categories last year), though two, Resurgence Brewing and Big Ditch Brewing, took home gold medals. Last year no Buffalo brewery won gold

Resurgence grabbed Gold in the Amber and Dark Lagers category for Ice Boom Bock, while Big Ditch brought a Gold medal back to the Queen City for Cannon Call Double IPA, the latest entry into their Lock IPA Series (American DIPA). Resurgence also won Bronze in Hazy IPA for CitMo IPA, an admirable feat considering there were a whopping 82 entries in the category. Big Ditch also won Silver in Amber and Dark Lagers for Fall Black.

“Another year of the New York State Governor’s Cup competition, and two more awards for Big Ditch!!! Gold Medal for Cannon Call as best DIPA in NYS, and a Silver for Fall Black in the Amber/Dark Lager category! This six awards for six different beers in two years! Super humbled to win these awards!” Big Ditch said.

Additionally, Flying Bison’s venerable flagship Aviator Red won Bronze in Amber/Red Ale, Southern Tier Brewing’s 3XIPA was awarded Bronze in American DIPA, Pressure Drop Brewing won Bronze in American IPA for their Sticky Trees IPA, New York Beer Project’s Superfunk won Silver in Barrel-Aged Sour, Thin Man Brewery’s highly underrated Tender Moments Farmhouse Saison won Bronze in Belgian Farmhouse, Rusty Nickel Brewing took home a Silver in the Fruit and Spice Beer (Non-sour) category for their Chai Tea Milk Stout and Community Beer Works was awarded a Bronze medal in Kettle and Simple Sours for their house sour, Pun Intended.

“Congrats—and thank you—to our brewers: Ryan, Robert, Jeannie, and Vandra! We’re so proud to showcase your hard work in our portfolio of award winning beers!” CBW said after their win.

Overall, Auburn’s Prison City Brewing took home the coveted Governor’s Cup for the best beer in the state, stopping Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing from a three peat, for their Barrel-Aged Wham Whams, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with coconut. Threes won the Governor’s Cup in 2017 and 2018 for their Vliet Pilsner and Passing Time Grisette, respectively.

Last year, Big Ditch were the big winners locally, tallying four medals, one of only two breweries to do so. They took home four bronze medals – Deep Cut DIPA in American DIPA, Hayburner in American IPA, Cinnamon Apple Amber Ale in Fruit and Spice Beer – over 6.0% ABV and Towpath in Imperial Stout and Porter. Resurgence, CBW, Hamburg Brewing, Rusty Nickel, NYBP and 12 Gates Brewing also medaled.

The statewide competition, now in its third year, featured 813 beers entered, 53 medal-winning breweries with 74 total medals awarded, 25 style categories judged by 56 judges from all across NYS. The number of beers entered was up from 642 from last year. Out of this year’s 813 entries, 353 entries qualified as NYS labeled beer under the current law of at least 20% NYS hops and 20% NYS malt.

The competition was organized by the New York State Brewers Association and Raise A Glass Foundation. Proceeds benefit InterVol, a Rochester-based non-profit that donates medical supplies worldwide, and the Rochester Rotary. The competition was held on February 22 in Henrietta.

I said it last year, and after this showing for local beer on a statewide level, it bears repeating – there’s something special brewing here in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Prosper Brewing Opens, Craft Beer Corner Returns to Buffalo Home Show, Big Stouts at Pizza Plant, Five & 20’s new Red Ale

North Tonawanda’s Prosper Brewing Is Open for Business

Prosper Brewing, the first brewery to open in North Tonawanda in nearly a century, is now officially open for business. Located at 72 Webster Street, across the street from the historic Riviera Theatre, Prosper has launched with 11 house made beers on tap, including Not So Bohemian Pilsner, Prosper Porter, Brown Ale, Imperial Amber Ale, Orange Pale Ale, Nitro Milk Stout, Canal Water Dark New England IPA, Vienna Lager, Oops Blonde Ale, ‘C’ Of Hops West Coast IPA and Munich Dunkel (Steampunk Cider is also on tap). Prosper Brewing is currently open Thursdays (4-11pm), Fridays (4pm-1am) and Saturdays (2pm-1am). Visit https://www.prosperbrewingllc.com.

103.3 The Edge’s Craft Beer Corner Returns to Buffalo Home Show

The Craft Beer Corner at the Buffalo Home Show, hosted by Ragan from The Shredd & Ragan Show on 103.3 The Edge, returns for 2019 on Friday, March 8 and March 15 (5-7p). Take a break from walking around the Home Show and head to the second level (in the corner near the stage) to enjoy some free pours of select offerings from New York Beer Project and Community Beer Works, as well as food samplings from Battistoni. The Buffalo Home Show runs from March 8-10 & 15-17 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Save $2 on tickets at https://buffalohomeshow.tix123.com/.

The Russians (And Their Beer) Are Coming to Pizza Plant Transit

The Russians are coming to Pizza Plant Transit and are bringing their best beer with them. On March 10 (12-10pm), imperial stouts will fill Pizza Plant’s taps, with offerings ranging from 2018 Founders Kentucky and Canadian Brand Stout, 2017 Firestone Walker Parabola and 2018 Mole Merkin, Grimm Sumi Babka, 2018 Goose Island Bourbon County, Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s, 2016 Westbrook Mexican Cake, 2017 Mikkeller Black Hole and 2017 Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout, among others. Flights are available for $30 and include a goblet glass to keep. Dress as a Russian and receive a free 5oz. sample of beer.

Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing Release Brand New Red Ale

Westfield’s Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing have released a brand new spring seasonal just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Flame Cranium American Red Ale. This medium-bodied red ale features New York Pale and Aromatic 20 malts as well as NY Nugget hops for bittering and NY Cascade (along with some West Coast Cascade) hops for finishing. Flame Cranium features sweet biscuit and caramel notes, with dark fruit aromas, a well-balanced hop profile and smooth mouthfeel. Flame Cranium can be had at Five and 20’s taproom – 12oz. (on-site) ($5), 32oz. growler fill ($7) and 64oz. growler fill ($12).

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Lewiston’s Brewed & Bottled Craft Beer Shop to Close

Brewed & Bottled Craft Beer Shop, Lewiston’s one and only beer store and one of Western New York’s premier craft beer shops, will close their doors on March 24. Owner Chris Budde announced in a Facebook post that they have lost their lease and are being forced to vacate their current location at 402 Center Street. Brewed & Bottled have been in business since August 5, 2016.

“To our customers and friends, it is with disappointed, heavy hearts that we announce that Brewed And Bottled Craft Beer Shop will be vacating our location at 402 Center Street in Lewiston,” Budde’s announcement read. “We have lost our lease. While our plans have always been to remain in the plaza, unfortunately, we are at the mercy of circumstances out of our control. Our last day of business at our current location will be March 24. Please come hang out with us and help us give our first home a proper sendoff!”

Budde continues that he and his wife, fellow owner and operator Jessica Budde, are not closing their doors for good and are currently looking for a new location in Lewiston to reopen their shop.

“We absolutely love Lewiston and have no intentions of abandoning our community. We’re currently exploring other opportunities in the area and hope to be back in action as soon as possible.”

The response to Brewed & Bottled’s closing has, aside from mostly sad and sorrowful, been overwhelmingly positive and full of support from the community at large. Budde adds that it’s been difficult to process all of the support they have received in these trying times.

‘I confidently feel you’ll come back bigger and better. Keep the vision strong!’ one commenter on Facebook said. ‘Thanks for the amazing service and kindnesses you’ve shown us. Just know that wherever you go we will follow!’ said another, while others said ‘thank you for all your service…this is just a speed bump to a great future’ and ‘I’m sure this will just be a bump in the road, and will not stop you from finding something bigger & better in the near future.’

“There aren’t enough words to express how grateful we are for all the support from our customers over the last two and a half years, and it is with absolute fire and enthusiasm that we look forward to the next chapter in store for our beer family,” Budde concludes. “Stay tuned for further updates.”

You can find the latest news and updates, as well as B&B’s hours of operation, at https://www.facebook.com/BrewedBottled. We will also have updates across all Buffalo Beer League social media platforms.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Woodcock Brothers Brewing Closes in on Opening of Second Location

Chances are by now you’ve heard the news that Woodcock Brothers Brewing are expanding their talents to North Tonawanda, but if you’ve been living under a rock, the Wilson brewery is planning to open their second location in the historic Wurlitzer Building in about a months’ time. So, before you know it, there will be more fresh Woodcock beer to go around.

Brewing equipment and fermentation tanks have been installed, as have the wood-fire ovens (if you’ve had the pizza at their Wilson location, you know this is great news). Head Brewer Matt Gordon will begin brewing at the new facility this weekend (Saturday morning to be exact), with his first batch set to be Hoppycock IPA 2.1. At their Wilson location, Woodcock brews on a 10bbl system with 20bbl fermenters. They transported their 10bbl system to Wurlitzer and installed a new 20bbl system in Wilson. Plans call for Wurlitzer to brew on a 10bbl system with 10bbl fermenters, while Wilson will brew on a 20bbl system with 20 and 40bbl fermenters.

The new facility will allow for more experimental and one-off beers, as well as the chance to scale up some previous small batch beers, including the limited Imperial XPA, which was originally released last August.

“I’m pumped to get started,” Gordon says. “We will be carrying our main lineup from the Wilson brewery (Niagara Lager, Red Head Amber, Woodcock IPA, and Woodcock Porter) but I’ll also be experimenting with plenty of one-offs and seasonal beers. Let’s just say the more you consume, the more options I can give you and who wouldn’t be thrilled about that. One thing I can say specifically is that the new Imperial XPA should be a mainstay. I’m hoping to dish out more double IPA’s and maybe even a triple once I dial everything in.”

Woodcock will lease and renovate 5,500 square feet of the Wurlitzer Building (last year, Platters Chocolates became the primary tenant of the main building). There will be a restaurant with a kitchen, a bar, brew floor, outdoor patio, and seating for 120 patrons. The new facility will also create dozens of full-time jobs over the next two years.

“The space itself is going to be a lot of fun,” Gordon adds. “Plenty of seating in and outside along with a great bar area. There may even be a “splash zone” for those brave enough to grab a beer and watch my assistants or me brew. It is going to be a fun spot to hangout any day of the week. I already plan on it being the Bills viewing headquarters for my friends and I.”

Plans call for Woodcock’s Wilson home base to remain open after the Wurlitzer location is up and running. “Our Wilson location has a dedicated and diverse cross-section of patronage and we’ll continue to serve our local community exactly the same way we’ve done now for almost six years,” the brewery says.

While Woodcock says that they had a few ‘irons in the fire’ as far as other locations, the Wurlitzer building was a no-brainer once it became available. Plus, the fact that the new location will expose the brewery and their beer to thousands upon thousands of new people didn’t hurt.

“Woodcock Brothers is Niagara County through and through,” the brewery continues. “We all live and have families up here. So being able to keep our brand here in the Northtowns, Niagara County specifically, was a definite plus for us. We’re pretty rural out in Wilson, so coming to Niagara Falls Blvd. gives literally tens of thousands of more people access to our beer and restaurant. Every time we have an event, or a beer release at the brewery, we always get the same sentiment – ‘we love your brewery, but we wish you guys were closer!’ Now we will be!”

Woodcock adds that opening a second location was something they never really planned on, but it made far too much sense not to do once the opportunity arose. Not to mention the fact that they were essentially maxed out on space and capacity in their current location to sustain the growth they were interested in.

“We’ve been at the max in our brewhouse over the last couple years and have been constantly tossing around different ideas on how to expand, but we couldn’t ever seem to come up with the proper course of action that made sense from both a logistics and financial perspective. Opening an actual second location never was in the original plans, but once the idea and location of a possible second brewery at the Wurlitzer was brought to our attention, it made sense on so many levels. And as we delved deeper, we learned very quickly it was an opportunity to expand our production and reach more customers that we just couldn’t ignore.”

The opening of the Wurlitzer location will also further establish Woodcock’s foothold in the beer world at large, though increasing their presence in the market is not their first priority after the new space opens.

“We’ll have much needed dedicated space in our Wilson brewery to get more beer – both in cans and on draft – out in the market. But, initially our focus will be on consistently putting out the best beer we can for all our customers that visit us at both locations. Customers right off the bat will be able to purchase 16oz. 4-packs and fresh crowlers to go at our new location. Once we get our process down with supply and demand at both locations, we’ll be able to look at getting more beer out onto the market.”

The Wurlitzer Building located at 908 Niagara Falls Blvd. in North Tonawanda. You can stay abreast by following the brewery on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/woodcockbrothers.

“I am extremely excited to get the Wurlitzer project up and running,” Gordon says. “Every brewer at some point in their careers would like to run a brewery and here I am, about to oversee two. And, the newest location is basically in my backyard from where I’ve grown up since 1999. It’s crazy to think about. I’m still amazed at how far I’ve come along in the 2.5 years since getting started in this great industry and in no way would I be here without the amazing support from the Buffalo brewing community. I have to thank my old boss Matt Redpath (Jamestown Brewing) and co-worker Vandra Ruppel (Community Beer Works / Hydraulic Hearth) for helping me get this far.”

“To say our excitement level is its high would be an understatement,” Woodcock says. “We feel like it’s going to be amazing and we can’t wait.”

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Trio of Cans at 42 North, Windy Brew’s 2nd Anniversary, Mardi Gras at Brickyard, CBW, NCC, Misuta Chows Team for Release

42 North Brewing to Release Trio of Cans This Weekend

A trio of can releases is coming to 42 North Brewing this weekend. On March 2 (12pm), the brewery will release a new batch of Dragonship Double IPA cans ($13.99), Fortune Fetcher IPA, a Pineapple IPA brewed with oats, white wheat, pale malts and El Dorado, Azacca, and Motueka hops to create a complete pineapple cake in a glass ($15.99) and Colonel Maxwell New England IPA (formerly Pilot Bob), the sixth installment in their Pre-Emption Series. It’s a super hazy, ripe tropical fruit and melon focused NEIPA with Azacca, Citra and Cashmere hops, then double dry hopped with Mosaic ($13.99).

Strykerville’s Windy Brew Brews Up a Successful First Two Years

Since opening their doors to the public on March 4, 2017, Strykerville’s Windy Brew have been quietly and consistently honing their craft, becoming one of the better kept secrets of the Western New York beer scene. The brewery will celebrate their second anniversary on March 1 and 2 (5-9pm). The party will feature live music from John Peresan on Friday and Kevin Mikula on Saturday. Both will play from 5-9pm. The party will also mark the release of a new beer. Partygoers will also enjoy $1 off all beers as they celebrate. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/374820583319296/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/374820583319296/.

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Lewiston at Brickyard Brewing

Get your Mardi Gras party on with food and drink specials at Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing, March 2 (4pm). The brewery is rolling out the big guns for the special event, including a cask of Voodoo Lady, a Gulf Oyster Stout with Black Peppercorns, Cayenne Peppers and Fresh Thyme, as well as Bourbon Street Sour, a kettle sour fermented and blended with Passionfruit and Blood Orange purée, with lime zest, and cherries, inspired by the classic Hurricane cocktail, and Hop Gumbo NE DIPA, featuring hops that don’t get used in house recipes to create notes of haze, fruit, dank and juice.

Get Ready for Nickel City Con at Misuta Chows with Community Beer Works

Join Community Beer Works and the Nickel City Con team on March 1 (7pm) at Misuta Chows for the release of CBW’s Mothra Green Tea Pils, a dry, crisp, lager with Hallertau Blanc hops and Rishi Jade Cloud, a green tea that brings notes of jasmine and herb. The NCC crew will be selling discounted tickets to Nickel City Con, plus there will be giveaways, like passes to Nickel City Con and CBW gift cards. CBW’s Wubba Lubba Glug Glug IPA (official beer of Nickel City Con), Whale Brown Ale and Bang a ‘Uey NEIPA will also be on tap.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Strykersville’s Windy Brew Brews Up a Successful First Two Years

Over the course of the past two years, Strykersville’s Windy Brew have been quietly and consistently honing their craft, becoming one of the better kept secrets of the Western New York beer scene. The unique brewery, which boasts the first Custom Brew Center in New York State (where you can brew a beer at the brewery), is accomplishing a lot in their sleepy hamlet thanks to a family of consistent brews, including PTSD IPA, Sheldon Bush Cream Ale and Wild Mango Pale Ale, to name a few. If you weren’t paying attention before, now is the time to rectify that as Windy Brew prepares to celebrate their Two Year Anniversary on March 1 and 2.

Since opening their doors to the public on March 4, 2017, Windy Brew has grown steadily. In July 2017, they started distributing. In August 2017, the brewery purchased an Oktober Canning Machine in order to offer 16oz. beers to-go single or four packs. Then, in October, they bought a 3-barrel brew kettle in order to keep up with growing demand for their beer. Last spring, the brewery added a small food menu that includes pizzas (the crust is made from their own beer), pretzel sticks, and tater tot poutine, with immediate plans to chicken wings.

None of this is lost on Brewery President/Owner Michelle Snyder, who is still taken aback by all of the success her small brewery has garnered over the last two years, especially that of the Custom Brew Center.

“It’s hard to believe we are celebrating year two already!” she says. “This past year has been nothing but successful here at Windy Brew, with taking on a few employees, creating great beers, and distributing to local establishments in WNY. But what has really stood out this year is the increased interest of people coming in to make their own beer using our Custom Brew Center. We have had stag parties come in and brew, families, and just good friends. It is a good team building activity as well. You don’t need any experience in brewing to brew your own beer! It is a hands-on approach that allows people to see how the brewing process is done and receiving a good quality beer after four weeks when they return.”

Windy Brew’s Custom Brew Center features 26 beer styles to choose from, ranging from Cream Ale, Fruited Wheats and Brown Ales to IPA’s, stouts and even a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Prices range from $130-$160 (depending on the style) for the beer ingredients, plus 60 cents per bottle (which can be reused). You can brew your very own recipe and take it home in bottles or kegs. More info here.

The Strykersville watering hole got its start thanks to Michelle’s husband, Bill Snyder, an avid homebrewer and ‘experimenter,’ according to Michelle. Their son helped to build the brew station, and the family put on an addition to the garage for the tasting room and the garage became a brewery with an added on walk in cooler.

“Bill has been a home brewer for several years and he was upgrading to a system in the garage while our son was building the brew station as his senior project at school. Then, about a year ago, Bill and our brother-in-law had visited a Brew on Premise facility in Ohio that he really enjoyed.  As we were driving back, I told Bill I think this is something we could do in our garage a few times a month.  No one in Buffalo has a Brew on Premise and it’s something different.”

“This has been a family affair as Bill and I are the sole owners, but we could have never completed it without the support of children Kelsey, Bradley and my dad Peter Pilc, who has spent many hours building this project with us. Everything in the building was built by us, from the bar to the tables and the light fixtures. Our bar was built with 1×1 boards glued together then planed on a planner and wrapped in the front with metal. The tables are metal barrels with a wooden top that matches the bar top. The most unique item are the stools we needed a not so tall stool and decided on milk cans that were donated by a family member cleaned up and painted black.  \We made nice seat covers and screwed them to the top.”

Looking back at the brewery’s second year, a few beers stick out in Snyder’s mind. “Some fun and interesting beers that were created this year were Habanero Lime Cream Ale, Mango Pale Ale, and we are now playing with some sour creations. These beers have been well received by our customers and will continue to come on from time to time.”

As for the what the future holds for the Snyder’s and Windy Brew, there is nowhere to go from here but up. Snyder says that the next thing is to upgrade their brewhouse, or, where the magic happens, if you will, once again.

“We are in the planning stage for an addition in the spring/summer to go to a 7-barrel system later his year. This will allow us to increase our distribution in the WNY area.”

Windy Brew will celebrate their second anniversary on March 1 and 2 (5-9pm). The party will feature live music from John Peresan on Friday and Kevin Mikula on Saturday. Both will play from 5-9pm. The party will also mark the release of a new beer. Partygoers will also enjoy $1 off all beers as they celebrate. For more information, click here and here.

“We are so happy with the way business is going and growing!  Never did we see this coming, it truly is a dream come true,” Snyder concludes.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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