42 North Brewing Unveils Brand New Packaging

As 42 North Brewing Company approaches its fourth anniversary, the brewery has unveiled a re-design for its packaging. This new packaging will apply to all core brands and seasonal offerings.

“In a crowded craft beer marketplace, it is not only important to continue to innovate with the beers we produce, but also the brand and our presence on-shelf,” stated 42 North Founder John Cimperman. “With this new packaging, we kept many of the core elements of our brand, but evolved it to a more contemporary and cleaner look.”

The new packaging maintains geography and the use of maps as a key element, but now features a map legend on the front of the cans. This map legend includes the beer name and style, brewery coordinates, and the beer profile. “The goal with the new packaging is to provide consistency among our SKU’s so consumers can easily identify a 42 North beer on-shelf. It’s also important to maintain the map imagery to connect us to our home, our place, on the 42nd parallel,” Cimperman states.


The new packaging will be applied to all 42 North core SKU’s, which include the flagship Borderland IPA, Asylum Porter, Day Trekker IPA, Illumination Pilsner, and Dragonship DIPA, as well as its season offerings of Oatmeal Cookie and Westphalia Kölsch. The brewery’s Pre-Emption line of New England IPA’s, which debuted last year, will continue with the distinctive two-tone map treatment that delineates New York State’s legendary Pre-Emption Line.

42 North recently completed an expansion that includes a full-time canning line. This line is scheduled to be fully operational in late October. 42 North is on target to brew 3,000 barrels in 2019 and, with the expansion, increase to 4,500 barrels in 2020.

The new packaging was designed by Buffalo, NY graphic artist Ken Trabert. Cimperman and Trabert collaborated on the original launch of the 42 North brand in 2015.


42 North is currently distributed throughout Western, NY by Try-It Distributing and in New York City by Union Distributing. 42 North packaged products are available at Consumer’s Beverage, Tops Markets, Wegman’s, and bottle shops throughout Erie, Niagara, and Cattaraugus Counties.

More information on 42 North can be found at https://www.42northbrewing.com.

Posted in Beer News, Press Release | Tagged , | Comments Off on 42 North Brewing Unveils Brand New Packaging

Fight Breast Cancer with a Pint of Thin Man’s Minkey Boodle

You can help aid in the fight against breast cancer all this month just by ordering a glass or cracking an ice cold can of Thin Man Brewery’s beloved house sour ale, Minkey Boodle Raspberry Sour. The brewery has announced that in honor of National Breast Cancer Month, they are donating a portion of proceeds from all sales of the favorite pink beer in October to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

If you have read my any of my writing before, there is a good chance you know I am a huge proponent of using craft beer for a good cause. Any time a brewery donates money from beer sales to charity, I want to help spread the word. And this time is especially personal for me, as breast cancer research, and a possible cure, is something very near and dear to my heart. I have lost more friends and family members to this disease than I really care to count, and I don’t want to see that number rise in the future.

“We believe breast cancer is UNACCEPTABLE,” the brewery says. “Help us with this mission by enjoying our beloved raspberry sour ale and drink for a cause!”

The idea first came about when the thought entered the mind of local developer Rocco Termini (and husband of Thin Man co-owner Bridget Termini) as he was attending a Pink Tie Dinner. His family has also been affected by breast cancer, which made the decision to do this that much easier.

“Warren [Coville] from the Buffalo News invited me to a pink tie dinner and at that event I thought it would be a good idea to use our pink beer as a promotional fundraiser seeing how pink are their colors. A portion of the proceeds of cans and kegs will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and we hope it will raise about $10,000. Breast cancer has effected many people in my family and what better way to honor them but by helping fight breast cancer.”

Thin Man Owner Suzanne Shatzel adds that her family hasn’t been immune to the effects of breast cancer either, but she has something most don’t – a true platform to help spread awareness via great beer.

“Our family, like so many others in Western New York and beyond, has been personally affected by breast cancer. We are honored to have a platform at Thin Man to raise awareness for breast cancer and contribute to continued research and care for the brave women and men who fight this battle on a daily basis. We are hopeful for a day when breast cancer is no longer a fear that we face as individuals and as a community. We would like to thank everyone who is so devoted to taking a stand towards this life changing cause, especially the hardworking dedicated members and volunteers at Susan G. Komen.”

Minkey Boodle, one Thin Man’s true core brands, was the third in a rotating series of fruited sours, following Myrna, an apricot sour, and Juicemaster, a mango and passionfruit sour. Head Brewer Rudy Watkins says that the beer was inspired by world-renowned Toronto brewery Bellwoods, as well as Thin Man’s own customers.

“Minkey grew out of what was supposed to be a rotating, 100% Brett fruited kettle sour series,” he says. “It started with Myrna, an Apricot sour, and moved on to Juicemaster, a Mango/Passionfruit sour.  Minkey was third in the series, and the first one we fermented with Sacch, as opposed to Brett. American fruited kettle sours were still few and far between at that point in time, but I certainly took inspiration from the beers that the folks up at Bellwoods were making.  They were kind enough to share some tips & techniques. The series was originally a bit more restrained in terms of fruit, but as we brewed & tweaked the recipe we found that we (and our customers!) like it more with higher and higher fruiting levels. So, inspired by what we wanted to drink. And Bellwoods. And our customers.”

Find Minkey on draft and in cans wherever great beer is sold. Get more information on Thin Man Brewery at https://thinmanbrewery.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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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).

Posted in Beer Feature, Beer News | Tagged , | Comments Off on Fight Breast Cancer with a Pint of Thin Man’s Minkey Boodle

Buffalo Beer Buzz: 42 North’s 4th Anniversary, Tim’s Beer Show at Pizza Plant, Flying Bison & Paula’s Donuts New Beer, Thin Man Donates to Cancer Research

42 North Brewing Celebrates Their Fourth Anniversary

42 North are turning four and are celebrating their first 1,460 days with a big party on October 19 (12pm). The anniversary beer menu will feature a new 42 Below Barrel-Aged Release ‘Lost’ (a mixed-culture Brett beer), vintage reserve offerings and a special anniversary IPA. The first 50 fans through the door will receive a free flight. There will also be a kitchen takeover and pop-up arcade from Misuta Chow’s, axe throwing with Hatchets & Hops’ Axewagon and a growler painting class from MUSEjar. Live music from Laces Out (8pm) and chalk artist Erika Thurkins will also be on hand.

Tim’s Beer Show (Annual Beer Tasting) Comes to Pizza Plant Transit

Pizza Plant Transit’s Annual Beer Tasting, hosted by Flying Bison’s mustachioed Beer Wizard Tim Herzog, is returning for its 31st year with a new name – Tim’s Beer Show – on October 23 (7pm). The event features Herzog hosting a unique journey through beer, from light to dark to extreme as you sample, discuss and learn about beer along the way. Tickets are $40 and include a logo goblet to keep, Pizza Plant breadsticks to soak up all that beer – 12 4oz. samples of world-class craft beers, broken up into three groups, each light to strong. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

Flying Bison Brewing, Paula’s Donuts Team Up on New Beer

In advance of Paula’s Donuts opening a new shop in Larkinville next year, Flying Bison are getting a headstart on welcoming their neighbors by teaming up on a new beer, Paula’s Peanut Stick Porter, which will be released October 17 (4pm). Brewed with a variety of dark malts, peanut & vanilla, Paula’s Peanut Stick Porter is an 8.0% dark ale that will have you craving breakfast all day long. Flying Bison will be giving out FREE flights of Paula’s donut holes to pair with your glass of porter (while supplies last). The beer will be available in bottles next weekend.

Fight Breast Cancer with a Pint of Thin Man’s Minkey Boodle

You can help aid in the fight against breast cancer all this month just by drinking a can or pint of Thin Man’s Minkey Boodle Raspberry Sour. The brewery has announced that in honor of National Breast Cancer Month, they are donating a portion of proceeds from all sales on Minkey Boodle in October to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “We believe breast cancer is UNACCEPTABLE,” the brewery says. “Help us with this mission by enjoying our beloved raspberry sour ale and drink for a cause!” Find Minkey on draft and in cans wherever great beer is sold.

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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).

Posted in Beer Event, Beer News, Beer Release, Buffalo Beer Buzz | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Buffalo Beer Buzz: 42 North’s 4th Anniversary, Tim’s Beer Show at Pizza Plant, Flying Bison & Paula’s Donuts New Beer, Thin Man Donates to Cancer Research

42 North Hosts Fourth Anniversary Party with ‘A Little Help From Their Friends’

42 North Brewing is turning four on October 19. The anniversary marks four years of local and innovative brewing in the village of East Aurora, NY. To celebrate quality brews, authentic ingredients and community collaboration, the brewery will open its doors and showcase the new event space, freshly-updated packaging, expanded brewery operations and the The Lofts @ 42N. The Anniversary beer menu will feature a new 42 Below Barrel-Aged Release ‘Lost’ (a mixed-culture brett beer), vintage reserve offerings and a special Anniversary IPA. The first 50 fans through the door will receive a free flight.

Joining the brewery for the jamboree is Misuta Chow’s with a special kitchen takeover menu & arcade pop-up, Hatchets & Hops’ Axewagon activation and East Aurora’s own MUSEjar Art hosting a growler painting class in the 42 Below Barrel-Room. Live music starts at 8pm with Lockport’s “Laces Out” and award-winning chalk artist Erika Thurkins from Sylph Art Studios.

42 North has been busy this year adding new features to the brewery’s appeal. The Day Trekker IPA, a cause-based session IPA was released in the Spring with proceeds benefiting the Western New York Mountain Bike Association. That was followed up with a string of fruited gose releases and three new 42 Below Barrel-House brews that highlighted year three of the area’s first brewery barrel-house.

Spot the the six foot illuminated compass and you’ll see the new 6,600 SQFT addition off the Southwestern end of the existing brewery. The new building is home to adding production space for a canning line and brite tanks, a new conference room with four massive adjustable hardwood tables for rent and the Lofts @ 42 featuring four rentable AirBNB units allowing fans to stay overnight at the brewery.

Event Details:

Saturday, October 19, 2019 – Noon – Close
Free Admission
42 North Brewing
25 Pine St.
East Aurora, NY 14052

More on 42 North Brewing:

42 North Brewing Presents First Donation to WNYMBA
42 North Creating ‘Beer Campus’ Destination in East Aurora
42 North Brewing Launches Day Trekker IPA, Proceeds to Benefit Trail Maintenance

Posted in Beer Event, Beer News, Beer Release, Press Release | Tagged , | Comments Off on 42 North Hosts Fourth Anniversary Party with ‘A Little Help From Their Friends’

Buffalo Beer Buzz: Thin Man Oktoberfest, NYBP Harvest Fest, Flying Bison All America Day & Harvest Fest, Resurgence Kegs & Eggs

Celebrate the Season in Traditional Fashion at Thin Man’s Oktoberfest

Dig out your best lederhosen, grab yourself a signature Thin Man glass stein and head down to Elmwood for Thin Man’s annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 12 (11am). The all-day affair will feature copious amounts of beer, traditional Oktoberfest themed food, and German music from 25-piece band German American Musicians Association Inc. Tickets range from $15 (General Admission, $20 day of), which includes a glass and your first pour, to $60 (VIP, $70 day of), which includes an all-access upstairs pass, unlimited food and beer throughout the day and a signature Thin Man Oktoberfest stein. Purchase pre-sale tickets at EventBrite.

Annual Harvest Fest Returns to Lockport’s New York Beer Project

The 4-1 Buffalo Bills have their bye week this Sunday, so instead of spending your entire Sunday afternoon glued to your television, spend it celebrating the season at New York Beer Project’s Harvest Festival on October 13 (2pm). The family friendly event will feature complimentary wine and cider tastings (2-5pm), live music from Zak Ward and special fall varietal flights of NYBP’s Harvest Beer lineup, including Drunkin’ Punkin’ Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Buckleberry Wheat, Prost! Oktoberfest Lager and Vanilla Muffin Oatmeal Stout. The menu will also feature several fall-themed dishes as well. The event is free and open to the public.

Flying Bison Brewing Set to Host All America Day, Harvest Fest

Flying Bison have some busy weeks planned as they are set to host All America Day, an event centered around their All America City IPA, on October 12 (12pm) and Harvest Fest on 19 (12pm). For All America Day, if you buy a pint of All America City IPA, you keep the logo pint glass and get $3 refills after that. Harvest Fest will feature live music from Kickstart Rumble (1-4pm) and Farrow (5-8pm), as well as a Bavarian Biergarten Party Tent with German-style beer, beer games with prizes and authentic German music. Tickets are $10 (includes 1 drink ticket).

Resurgence Brewing’s Kegs & Eggs is Back and as Experimental as Ever

Kegs & Eggs is back at Resurgence Brewing (Niagara Street) on October 13 (11am) and with it comes a new slate of small batch experimental brews and breakfast food. For this installment, Resurgence is rolling out (Flight #1): Cranberry Citrus Sour, Kombucha Shandy (Hurricane and Sour combined), Blackberry Hard Seltzer and Blueberry Pie Sour, and (Flight #2): Tangerine IPA, Mango Head in the Clouds Double IPA, Butterfinger Imperial Milk Stout and Chocolate Pretzel Brandy Stout. Kegs & Eggs will also feature a pair of casks – Buffalo Brew Geeks Imperial Coffee Stout and Maple Pecan Oktoberfest. Breakfast will also be served!

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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).

Posted in Beer Event, Beer News, Beer Release, Buffalo Beer Buzz | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Buffalo Beer Buzz: Thin Man Oktoberfest, NYBP Harvest Fest, Flying Bison All America Day & Harvest Fest, Resurgence Kegs & Eggs

The Shelton Chronicles: Exploring the WNY Beer Scene Through Ridesharing

The Buffalo-Niagara beer scene has grown so much over the years that, pretty much wherever you live in our area, chances are you’re not too far away from a fine purveyor of craft beer, whether it be a brewery, gastropub, neighborhood beer bar or bottle shop. But if you’re not within walking distance of any one particular venue, you’re in luck, because Western New York is home to a number of ridesharing options, including Lyft, Uber and Ride Local (Liberty Yellow Cab).

After downloading your app of choice and booking your ride, you can be enjoying a fine local beer in no time. So where to? There are plenty of areas in WNY that you can grab a ride to and then walk to a few different places.

Take the Larkin neighborhood for instance. Start out by grabbing a ride to Flying Bison Brewing, then walk over to Hydraulic Hearth, which, as you should know, is home to a Community Beer Works satellite brewery, before heading down to Buffalo Brewing Company for an 1842 Vienna Lager or 1910 Czech Pilsner. And bonus points for hitting Larkin on a Friday as you can stop at Flying Bison for their weekly cask beer tapping at 3pm, before heading over to Buffalo Brewing, which opens at 4pm. Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen is conveniently across the street from Buffalo Brewing, so stop in there and try one of their delicious IPAs or fruited sours. Five minutes up the road from there is Big Ditch Brewing Company, where I recommend a pint of Hayburner IPA and a Breuben sandwich and fries. Drink through their draft board while you’re in too – you’ll be better off for it.

You can also head down to Elmwood. Start out down at Mr. Goodbar, then head next door to Cole’s, both of which have great tap lists and killer wings any day of the week, before making the trek up Elmwood to Thin Man Brewery. Sure, it’s a little over a mile down the road, but the trip will be worth it in the end. Grab one of Thin Man’s house made brews and a bite to eat, and, before you depart, head across the street to Village Beer Merchant to do some shopping and take some beer home.

The Pearl Street / Canalside area is also a nice starting point. After getting dropped off, you’ll find your fair share of places to imbibe at will. Starting up on Pearl, you can hit Pearl Street Brewery, then walk a little ways down to SATO Brewpub for a Belgian-inspired beer or two (both venues have good food as well). Lafayette Brewing Company is also only a half mile away, which is more than worth the walk, or you can head to Canalside, which is two-tenths of a mile away. Make your way to Pizza Plant Canalside and (716) Food and Sport to continue your drinking exploits. The Labatt Brewhouse and Draft Room are also right around the corner, which feature a nice local beer selection on draft in addition to their in-house small batch brews. It’s not just Blue Heavy and Blue Light anymore. And, as if that isn’t enough, Lockhouse Distillery and Bar is only a half mile away from there.

The Old First Ward is worthy of a trip as well. Start out at Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing for a beer or three, then walk across the street to the Barrel Factory and check out Pressure Drop Brewing and Lakeward Spirits. Don’t miss Bar Cultivar, a cider bar that serves some of the best ciders from around the world, which is located in the same building. If you need to walk it off a bit, Buffalo Riverworks, home of Riverworks Brewing, is less than a mile away (the world’s only brewery inside a grain silo), as is Resurgence Brewing’s new location at 55 Chicago Street, a massive new 25,000 square foot facility with a full kitchen and multiple fully stocked bars.

Elsewhere in the city, Froth Brewing, who are making some of the most killer pastry stouts and fruited sours around, is up on Military Road, Resurgence Brewing’s home location sits on Niagara Street, directly up the road from Community Beer Works’ beautiful new brewery on Seventh Street. In the Black Rock neighborhood, you can find Thin Man Brewery’s state-of-the-art brewery on Chandler Street. Directly across from sits the Buffalo Cider Hall, which pretty much is what it says it is. Grab a game bocce out back if you have time.

Up in East Aurora, head over to Aurora Brews Works for a pint as you shop for some take home beer, then take a walk up the road through the scenic town to Pine Street, where you’ll find 42 North Brewing Company. A quick stop off at the Craftsman Lounge at the historic Roycroft Inn while on your way sounds like a good idea. Don’t forget about the Griffon Pub for dinner if you’re hungry. And a little further up the road, in Strykersville, sits Windy Brew, a lovely little brewery where you can actually brew your own beer and take it home.

Continuing across Western New York, Clarence is quickly becoming a drinking destination with West Shore Brewing Company and Lilly Belle Meads, New York Beer Project has an opulent brewery / restaurant in Lockport, In The Mix is a unique brewery / creamery hybrid in Barker, where Blackbird Cider Works also calls home, Woodcock Brothers Brewing has two locations in Wilson and North Tonawanda and Pizza Plant and Buffalo Brewpub, New York State’s oldest operating brewpub, reside on Transit Road in Williamsville, as does Thin Man’s newest taproom inside Brennan’s Bowery Bar. Also in Tonawanda is Prosper Brewing. Further north in Lewiston, Brickyard Brewing Company are making some of the best beers available no one is talking about, and while you’re there, stop into Brewed & Bottled and grab some beer to take home while you sip on a proper pint.

Are you flying into town? Make sure you make 12 Gates Brewing a priority stop as it is located right around the corner from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Wehrle Drive.

Take one ride to the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, then kill two birds with one stone and hit up both World of Beer and Gordon Biersch. A few miles south of there is Rusty Nickel Brewing, which sits in West Seneca. You could even venture down to Ellicottville for a quick little brewery tour as Ellicottville Brewing Company and Steelbound Brewery & Distillery are only a mile away from each other. And while you’re down in the Southern Tier, make a day of it at Southern Tier Brewing Company (Lakewood), brewery/winery/distillery hybrid Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing (Westfield), Big Inlet Brewing (Mayville), Four Mile Brewing (Olean) and Jamestown Brewing (Jamestown).

The Western New York beer scene is growing at a rapid pace with no signs in sight of slowing down, and exploring it all is as easy as clicking a button. The ability to safely and responsibly consume any number of craft beverages literally rests right at your fingertips. All you have to do is let someone else drive.

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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).

Posted in Beer Feature, Beer News | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The Shelton Chronicles: Exploring the WNY Beer Scene Through Ridesharing

Buffalo Beer Buzz: Griffon Brewery To Open, Big Ditch Breaks Out the Barrels, Brewed in Buffalo Showcase, Shelton Week Tappenings

Owners of Griffon Gastropub to Open New Brewery

Griffon Gastropub co-owners Ken Scibetta and Ed Webster have announced plans to open the Griffon Brewery & Gastropub, which will be located at 200 Lockport St. in Youngstown, sometime later next year. Tentative plans call for the new 6,000-square-foot space brewery / restaurant to open in the former Melloni’s Market Place near Old Fort Niagara. Specific layout plans for the restaurant / taproom are still in the planning stages. Griffon Gastropub currently has three locations in Niagara Falls, their flagship location, Clarence, which famously features 100 taps, and East Aurora. Scibetta and Webster also own the Griffon House in Lewiston.

Big Ditch Breaking Into the Barrels for Big Beer Event

In honor of the Shelton Brothers Festival, Big Ditch Brewing are tapping into their cache of barrel-aged beers on October 3 (11am). They are releasing bottles of Bourbon Barrel Aged The Tower Barleywine (Tommyrotter bourbon barrels) ($9, less than 200 12oz. bottles available, limit 2). Available on draft. The event will also see the release of 2019 BBA Towpath Imperial Stout in 12oz. cans (8 cases available) as well as the tapping of Tart Cherry Barrel Aged Beautiful River Saison (Leonard Oakes Pinot Noir barrels, Singer Farm cherries), Dry-Hopped Beautiful River and a new batch (cans, draft) of Dart IPA.

Local Beer on Display at the Brewed in Buffalo Showcase at Adam Mickiewicz Library

If you’re coming into town for this weekend’s Shelton Festival and are looking to sip on something local, make your way to the Adam Mickiewicz Library (located a half mile from the Buffalo Central Terminal) on October 4 & 5 (7pm, following each session of the fest) for the Brewed in Buffalo Showcase, which will feature an all-Buffalo beer lineup. The event is free and open to the public and will feature beer from Buffalo Brewing Company, Brickyard Brewing, Flying Bison, 12 Gates, Resurgence Brewing, Pressure Drop, Southern Tier, Woodcock Brothers and more. Draft, cans and bottles will be available.

Shelton Week Features Tons of the World’s Greatest Beer Available Around Town  

Some of the world’s best beer is coming to town for The Festival 2019, and there are plenty of places to find it all week. Upstate Brewing (Elmira, NY) is holding a tap takeover on October 2 (5-7pm) at Murphy Brown’s, Allen Burger Venture will host Bluejacket (Washington, DC) and Mean Sardine (Portugal) on October 2 (11:30am), Moor Pat will host a Bellwoods (Toronto) takeover on October 3 (4pm), Premier Gourmet is holding a tasting & bottle release on October 3 (5-7pm) with Drie Fonteinen, Pohjala Brewery and more, Other Half, Trillium, The Veil and more are coming to Colter Bay all weekend (starting October 3, 11:30am), ABV hosts Arizona Wildness on October 4 (11:30am) and Aurora Brew Works will tap a number of Shelton beers throughout the weekend, starting October 4 (12pm). Happy hunting!

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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).

Posted in Beer Event, Beer News, Beer Release, Buffalo Beer Buzz | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Buffalo Beer Buzz: Griffon Brewery To Open, Big Ditch Breaks Out the Barrels, Brewed in Buffalo Showcase, Shelton Week Tappenings

Buffalo Beer Buzz: TreBrewChet, Zwanze Day, 12 Gates Wind Forge Release, Free Bills Tickets at Big Ditch, Oktoberfest Celebrations

Local Breweries Compete in TreBrewChet Pumpkin Chucking Competition

It’s not really fall until brewers square off to who can fling a pumpkin the furthest on a Trebuchet they built themselves, right? That’s what’s happening at TreBrewChet – A Brewery Trebuchet Competition, September 28 (9am) at the Outer Harbor. Breweries will compete for distance and accuracy, including Community Beer Works, 12 Gates, Hamburg Brewing, West Shore, Windy Brew and Lilly Belle Meads. Beer will be available each participating brewery. There will be food trucks, pumpkin carving, balloons & face painting with Mr. Paul, silk-screening with Western New York Book Arts Center, miniature trebuchet demos and more. Admission is free.

Zwanze Day 2019 Heads to New Thin Man Taproom at Brennan’s Bowery Bar

Cantillon’s Zwanze Day, a veritable beer holiday for lambic fans, is taking place at Thin Man’s new taproom inside Brennan’s Bowery Bar in Clarence on September 28 (11am). Your ticket ($27), available at Eventbrite, gets you a 6oz. Zwanze 2019 pour, one additional non-Zwanze 6oz. pour, and a commemorative 2019 Thin Man Zwanze Day glass. Zwanze 2019 is ‘a smoked Lambic using a blend of classic pilsner malt and smoked malt with classic notes of a Cantillon, complemented by an elegant smokiness in the nose and palate.’ In addition, pours of Cantillon Gueuze, Nath and more will also be available.

Win Free Buffalo Bills Tickets at Big Ditch Brewing This Weekend

In honor of the Buffalo Bills starting the season 3-0, Big Ditch Brewing are teaming with Public Espresso + Coffee to give away a pair of tickets to Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. To win, be at the brewery on Sunday morning between 9am-10:45am. No purchase necessary. All guests will be entered to win. Tickets awarded at 11am. Big Ditch is also offering their first ever breakfast buffet (9-11am) featuring Public Espresso miniature donuts and coffee stout pretzel bites made with Make Me Wanna Stout and a cask of Vanilla Almond Mocha Make Me Wanna Stout. Go Bills!

12 Gates Brewing to Release Wind Forge IPA in Cans

12 Gates Brewing are canning Wind Forge IPA for the first time and will release it on September 26 (4pm). They are canning it the same day, so you can purchase the beer at its peak freshness. “Feel the super-charged rumble of this behemoth belt out one flavor after another,” the description reads. “What was is no longer and there is no reason to look back.” If you’ve yet to taste the perennial IPA, expect grapefruit and tropical stone fruit (pineapple, apricot, papaya) notes with a slight resinous finish. 16oz. 4-packs will cost $12.69 each and cases will run $76.

Oktoberfest Season Is in Full Swing, Time to Celebrate

Oktoberfest season in upon us and plenty of places are getting in on the action. Brickyard Brewing will host their third annual Oktoberfest (September 28, 6pm), featuring $5 Oktoberfest pints, stein holding competition, authentic German cuisine and live music from Chris Borgatti and DJ Accuzi. Wurstfest comes to Thin Man’s Chandler Street location (September 28, 11am), featuring wurst themed food, and authentic German music provided by the Auslanders ($50 VIP, GA free). Rusty Nickel Brewing’s Harvest Fest returns on September 28 (9pm) with live music, pig roast, pumpkin carving/painting competition, mini tractor pull, cider pressing, stein host competition and more.

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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).

Posted in Beer Event, Beer News, Beer Release, Buffalo Beer Buzz | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Buffalo Beer Buzz: TreBrewChet, Zwanze Day, 12 Gates Wind Forge Release, Free Bills Tickets at Big Ditch, Oktoberfest Celebrations

Buffalo Beer Week Day 10: Come Get Your Happy Ending, And a Thank You

As I sit here writing this, an article I’ve written a number of times in the past, while drinking a 12 Gates Brewing Anastasis Double New England IPA, I can’t help but feel thankful. Thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great beer scene as a mere keyboard warrior; thankful to be able to tell the stories of these people and these beers; just…thankful. As we put another Buffalo Beer Week to bed, a number of things are swirling through my head, I can’t help but feel anything but sincerely thankful, humbled and appreciative.

It’s that word – appreciative – that sticks out to me most of all. I love this beer scene. I love the people in it. And I’m truly appreciative of its supporters, that’d be all of you who are taking a few minutes to read the words I’ve put to paper. It’s because of you that our beer scene has grown to become a tourist destination on a national and international level with over 30 breweries, cideries and wineries. If you attended one of this year’s many Beer Week events, thank you. If you drank something local this year, thank you. On behalf of myself, the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, the Buffalo Beer League, thank you.

As I said last year, this is your last chance to dance, so take a look at what’s on tap for today, then go out and raise a pint to the end of yet another Buffalo Beer Week. We’ll see you all next year. The 2020 edition of Buffalo Beer Week takes place September 11-19, so save those dates my friends.

The second annual Borderland Music + Arts Festival, a two-day music and arts festival featuring over 22 bands, local culture, tastemakers, artisans and food at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, continues today with a bigger emphasis on the local craft beer community, with a 100% craft beer lineup. The fest will also host a panel discussion on the local beer scene featuring all local beer experts, samplings from local breweries and even a live brew that will happen onsite, held in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. Free beer samplings from 12-3pm today. 12 Gates, West Shore, Community Beer Works, Brickyard Brewing, Collective Arts and Five &20 will be on hand to sample beer.

Buffalo Beer Week ends with the Happy Ending Taproom Brunches, taking place at taprooms around the area, including 42 North, Belt Line, Brickyard Brewing and New York Beer Project, for the closeout event of Beer Week.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘ten years of craft beer.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

Above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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).

Posted in Beer Event, Beer Feature, Beer News, Buffalo Beer Week | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Buffalo Beer Week Day 10: Come Get Your Happy Ending, And a Thank You

Buffalo Beer Week Day 9: To The Borderland, And Beyond

We are now entering the final weekend of the tenth annual Buffalo Beer Week, and today is perhaps the busiest day of them all. Well, at least it has the biggest events. Today marks the start of the weekend-long Borderland Music + Arts Festival in East Aurora, Pumkingfest is happening down at Southern Tier Brewing, the Ballpark Brew Bash returns to Sahlen’s Field and Cocktoberfest is back at Woodcock Brothers in Wilson, and Belt Line Brewery are holding their first ever can release. Are you as exhausted reading that as I am typing it? Probably. There’s a lot here, so let’s just skip the pleasantries and get right to it.

The second annual Borderland Music + Arts Festival, a two-day music and arts festival featuring over 22 bands, local culture, tastemakers, artisans and food at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora on September 21 & 22, features a bigger emphasis on the local craft beer community this year, with a 100% craft beer lineup. The fest will also host a panel discussion on the local beer scene featuring all local beer experts, samplings from local breweries and even a live brew that will happen onsite, held in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. Free beer samplings from 12-3pm today and tomorrow. Among the breweries sampling their wares on Day 1 are 42 North, Lilly Belle Meads, West Shore Brewing, Rohrbach, Collective Arts, Resurgence Brewing and Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing.

Belt Line Brewery will hold their first ever can release, A Beer with Citra New England IPA (12pm). A Beer with Citra, the latest in their A Beer With… series, is brewed with a copious amount of Citra hops balanced by Centennial and El Dorado hops. This IPA delivers flavors of orange rind and candied sugar with soft, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The can art for A Beer With Citra was designed by Buffalo ex-pat Courtney Menard. 4-pack 16oz. cans will cost $16 (plus tax) or $84 (plus tax) for a case.

The ninth annual Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Sahlen’s Field (4-7pm). The event, sponsored by Consumers Beverages, features over 50 breweries from across the globe, local favorites and New York institutions, including Big Ditch, Thin Man and Pressure Drop, as well as Barrier, Lawson’s Finest, Mikkeller and more. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com. General admission ($35 presale, $5 day of) tickets include a souvenir tasting glass and 20 drink tickets. VIP tickets ($75) include access to special VIP section with 20+ special beers and cask ales, food and more.

Southern Tier Brewing Company will hold the fourth annual Pumkingfest (12pm). The event will play host to a number of special features built around the fall beer favorite, including Pumking & Warlock Imperial Stout (with pumpkins) brewery exclusive variants, gourd bowling, seasonally inspired cuisine, live music and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Woodcock Brothers will hold Cocktoberfest, featuring live music (Restless Souls, 1pm, Penny Whiskey, 5pm) and German food specials. $20 gets you a ceramic Woodcock 20oz mug, your first pour free, and every 20oz. mug pour for the price of 16oz. Ein prosit!

Ellicottville Brewing is hitting the taps at World of Beer (2pm), Mick Hayes will perform at 12 Gates (8pm) as part of the Rhythm N Blues Festival (12pm), which features live music at the brewery all day long and the 2nd annual Oktoberfest celebration take place at Eli Fish Brewing (4pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘ten years of craft beer.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

Above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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).

Posted in Beer Event, Beer Feature, Beer News, Beer Release, Buffalo Beer Week | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Buffalo Beer Week Day 9: To The Borderland, And Beyond