New York Beer Project, Woodcock Brothers & CBW Use Beer to Give Back

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a trio of local breweries are using their best asset – their beer – to help give back. Lockport’s New York Beer Project and Wilson’s Woodcock Brothers Brewing are donating a portion of proceeds from beer sales to further cancer research all month long. Community Beer Works are also doing their part to give back with a number of events this month.

Woodcock, along with their distributor Certo Brothers, will donate $1 from every sale can sold of Jubilation, an American IPA infused with grapefruit, to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In 2015, one of Woodcock’s owners, Andrea Woodcock, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to early detection via a routine mammogram and to the dedication of the staff at Roswell Park, she is now cancer free.

“Jubilation is a salute to the joy we felt at hearing the great news,” the brewery says. “We brewed it to commemorate all those affected by breast cancer. To give back to the amazing medical industry that works tirelessly to help those that are diagnosed. And to bring awareness to the fact that a yearly mammogram and early detection are the keys to breast health.”

New York Beer Project are putting their signature pink beer, Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch, to work and are donating $1 from each pint sold at participating venues to the American Cancer Society. You can currently grab a pint and help the cause at Jack Astors, Deep South Taco, Panorama on Seven and Gramma Mora’s. More venues will be added soon.

“Pink beer? Ummm – unapologetically ‘Yes,’” NYBP Owner Kelly Krupski says. “We were one of the first breweries in WNY to brew something pretty, thanks to the addition of 550lbs of fresh raspberries. This beer is actually good for you with copious amounts of Vitamin K and antioxidants. In our constant attempt to #MakeADifference, because we all truly can if we try, New York Beer Project is thrilled to team up with American Cancer Society for Drink Pink October. NYBP and ACS kicked off their serendipitous partnership in August with the uber-fun Celebrity Bartending event that raised over $2,500 for the WNY American Cancer Society. Now, for Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Cancer Society’s #MakingStrides716 campaign, New York Beer Project and ACS are excited to announce that they are continuing their partnership by #MakingADifference drinking local craft beer.”

“We make beer for a living – how fun is that- so we feel really great about being able to spread the good vibes. You know, it’s like the proverbial pebble and the ripples extending way beyond – yada yada – but we really feel it, and live it every day,” the brewery adds.

Not one to be left out when it comes to giving back to their community, Community Beer Works have a pair of charitable events on their calendar this month. First up, on October 17 (5-8pm), the brewery is putting their Frank Pale Ale to work once again, this time for Arts Access, which provides residents in WNY receiving public assistance with an Arts Access Pass, which gives them and their family free admission and transportation to museums and theaters. During the event, CBW will donate $5 the Arts Access for event $5 Frank purchase.

A few days later, on October 18 (6-9pm), CBW is hosting a fundraising happy hour to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association WNY. The Association will be on-hand to collect donations and further their mission to end Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementias. Receive $1 off pints of core beers when you donate at least $10 in CBW’s taproom.

CBW has led a true grassroots charge to foster a communal change through sales of their beer in the past, having raised and donated $750 to Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York Action Fund, $2,775 for Journey’s End Refugee Services of Buffalo, $1,335 for Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY, $770 for Pinball EDU Charity, $833 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns and have also worked to donate to TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), WNY Crisis Services and Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER.

If you know me, or have read my writing, it’s no secret that I’m passionate about beer, particularly when local breweries use it to give back. I am especially passionate about donating to breast cancer research as my family has been stricken by the disease and I have lost loved ones to it. As soon as I heard what Woodcock was doing, I immediately purchased cans of Jubilation to help out in some small fashion. I’ll be doing the same with Walter’s Jelly Donut soon. If you have the means, I sincerely hope you do the same. You’ll be making a bigger difference than you think and together we can showcase the true power of our beer scene. Thank you in advance.

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: 42 North’s 3rd Anniversary, new Brickyard beers, Brew Academy at Niagara College, NYBP, Woodcock & CBW Give Back

42 North Celebrates Their Third Anniversary in East Aurora

42 North Brewing are celebrating their third anniversary on October 20 (12pm) with an entire day of craft beer, music and food. The party will take place all over 42 North – taproom, 42 Below Barrel House and the Biergarten. Special beer releases include Confucius Apricot Sour, Brett Belgian Pale, Flanders Red Ale and 2016 Red Army Imperial Stout, live music starts at 2pm with Ben & Gary (taproom) and Folkfaces will perform at 8pm. Food will be provided by Rolf’s Wood Fired Flat Bread (parking lot), a free Hor’s D’oeuvres Beer Pairing takes place at 42 Below (4-6p) and more!

Brickyard Brewing Releases a Handful of New Beers

Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing have been busy working in the brewhouse and have a number of new releases to show for it. Totes McOats, an oatmeal stout with notes of coffee, chocolate, caramel and cream, I Can’t Even Pumpkin Milkshake, brewed using Blue Hubbard squash, lactose, vanilla beans, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and Wet & Wild Kolsch, brewed with fresh hops from Freedom Run Winery, have been tapped. They’re also working on a Galaxy / Denali hopped IPA, gluten-reduced Apple Cider Lager and Brut IPA (hopped with Nelson / Halle Blanc, portion will be going into a freshly emptied Chardonnay barrel).

Join the Brew Academy at Niagara College Teaching Brewery

Niagara College’s Teach Brewery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is offering a weeklong Brew Academy that delivers extensive hands-on industry training. There are five courses – Day in the Brewery, where you will experience the role of a brewmaster, Brew Production, which highlights all the elements involved in producing quality beer, Discover Brew Ingredients, which showcases ingredients such as barley / malts, hops, yeasts, fruits & spices, Brew Packaging, which covers beer packaging and packaging line techniques and Brewery Trends, Operations & Health and Safety, which leads you through top trends in the brew industry. Each course is $195. Canadianfoodandwineinstitute.ca for more information.

Woodcock, New York Beer Project, CBW Give Back Through Beer

New York Beer Project and Woodcock Brothers Brewing are donating a portion of proceeds from beer sales to cancer research this month. Woodcock, along with distributor Certo Brothers, will donate $1 from every sale can sold of Jubilation, an American IPA infused with grapefruit, to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. New York Beer Project is also donating $1 of every pint sold of their Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch at any participating bar to the American Cancer Society. Community Beer Works will donate $5 to Arts Access for each $5 purchase of Frank Pale Ale on October 17 (5-8pm).

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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Introducing Canvass: The Latest Member of Big Ditch’s Lock IPA Series

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Canvass, the newest member of Big Ditch Brewing’s Lock IPA family. The fifth beer in the series is named after Canvass White, one of the Erie Canal’s civil engineers. He studied the canal systems of England for the better part of a year, walking over 2,000 miles of their canals, before building our own. He is also credited with inventing a means of waterproofing the canal with the use of a special type of waterproof cement.

Canvass is brewed with El Dorado, Mosaic, and Falconer’s Flight hops, imparting big ripe melon and tangerine aromas and flavors, to go along with a subtle sweetness. 4-packs of 16oz. cans are priced at $14.99 (1 case/pp limit). According to Big Ditch, this first batch is a bit more limited than others.

Big Ditch Owner Matt Kahn admits that Canvass might be the driest Lock entry yet, and adds that if you miss out on the first batch, there are already plans to do a second batch of the beer in the future. “We only did a 20bbl batch of this as we were quite sure what to expect upon scale up of this recipe. So, less than normal…we’re never quite sure if we’ll sell out or not, but it’s always a possibility,” Kahn says.

“Besides the El Dorado / melon thing, this beer is fairly dry on the palate, perhaps the driest Lock IPA we’ve done so far,” Kahn says. “If we do a second batch (and we plan to), it will probably be a little bit fuller which should smooth out the finish. But, the dryness makes this 6.1% ABV IPA very, very drinkable. This beer has big ripe melon and tangerine aromas and flavors, with a subtle sweetness from the hops and a dry finish. We think / hope people will like it!”

As evidenced by the above photo, I was lucky enough to be treated to an advance taste of Canvass. For me personally, this is the best Lock IPA since Fip. It opens with bright white peach and pineapple, followed by notes of peach, citrus, melon and pear. There’s a persistent dryness throughout thia beer that continues from the initial sip to the last drop.

Kahn says that Canvass is the product of some trial-and-error on Big Ditch’s part as they brewed several different variations of the beer with different recipes. “One had Rye in it, one was 7.5% ABV, one used Huell Melon,” he says.

“We’ve been working on this one a long time. We wanted to make El Dorado the focus of one of these beers and tried several different versions. Ultimately, we used it as a highlight hop with a Mosaic focus and some Falconer’s, which when used in the kettle yields some nice melon flavor, which is what this beer has.”

As for what’s next in the Lock Series, Kahn readily admits that the next entry will be something of a departure from the beers we’ve had drank and loved (you remember the names – Packet, Fip, 363, Dibble). “It might be a Double IPA, it might be a milkshake, or it might have fruit in it. We’re just starting to kick around ideas now,” he says.

In addition to Canvass, Big Ditch will also have fresh Deep Cut Double IPA cans on sale (4-packs of 16oz. cans are $14.99). Also, if you happened to miss out, limited bottles of Pinot Noir Barrel Aged and Gin Barrel Aged Beautiful River Farmhouse Saison are also available in the taproom.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/306597589938013.

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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Pink Boots Society Buffalo Chapter Plans First Meeting

The Pink Boots Society will be holding their first official meeting on Thursday, October 25 from 6-8pm at Rusty Nickel Brewing Company.

This meeting will focus on getting to know fellow PBS Buffalo Chapter members and talking about their vision for the future.

For the educational aspect of the meeting, they are asking attendees to bring a beer that they like (from their brewery or another one) and a candy that they would pair it with. If you’re interested in participating, please bring enough to share tastings with the group (32 – 64 ounces should be enough!).

The event is free to members. Non-members who are interested in learning more about PBS are entitled to one free meeting. Please register online here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email pbsbuffalo@pinkbootssociety.org.

About the Pink Boots Society:

Pink Boots Society is an international nonprofit and USA tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. We assist, encourage and inspire women beer professionals to advance their careers through education. Our 2,700+ members in the US and countries around the world are the beer industry leaders of tomorrow, and they inspire women consumers to choose beer as their adult beverage of choice. Sign up for our e-newsletters, shop our exclusive Pink Boots products, and more at www.pinkbootssociety.org.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: 42 North Expansion Plans, Buffalo Cider Hall Opening, Thin Man Oktoberfest, Trocaire College Brewing Classes

42 North Brewing Planning New $1 Million Expansion

42 North is planning a new expansion with the acquisition of a neighboring two-story building they plan to convert into four AirBnB units. The investment, which is expected to total over $1 million, involves demolishing the two-story, four-unit apartment building that overlooks Person Alley and building a new structure that will house the four Airbnb rooms, office space for 42 North Brewing, a meeting room and an expanded canning line and cooling space, which could lead to a bigger expansion in the future. According to 42 North Founder John Cimperman, the new building will be completed by late next spring.

Blackbird Cider Works Plans Opening Date for Buffalo Cider Hall

The Buffalo Cider Hall, the latest venture from Barker, NY’s Blackbird Cider Works, will officially open its doors at 155 Chandler Street on October 19 (4pm). The bar at the Cider Hall features 24 taps, half of which will be dedicated to ciders, and the rest will pour local beer, available both by the glass and in growlers. There’s also coolers that have room for a hundred or so bottles and cans, and the Cider Hall can sell hard liquor from farm distilleries. Small plates will also be available. The Buffalo Cider Hall will be open all weekend (October 19-21).

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 13 (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.

Brewery Workshops at Trocaire College with Thin Man, Buffalo Brewing

Learn more about the delicious liquid we all love at a pair of upcoming workshops at Trocaire College. On October 13 (1pm), join Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins for the Seasonal Brews: Brewing With Unique Ingredients, which will cover a variety of different seasonal brews and the ingredients that make them unique. Then, on November 3 (1pm), Buffalo Brewing Company’s Owner/Head Brewer John Domres will host Brewing Eclectic IPA’s, which will cover the flavors and production of IPA varieties, as well as the use of adjuncts, such as fruit, herbs, spices, in IPAs. Cost of each workshop is $30.

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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Five & 20 Up Their Barrel Aged Game with Barrelywine

Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, Westfield’s brewery, distillery and winery hybrid, has come a long way with their barrel aged beers. To date, their BA offerings have been hit or miss. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve drank them all and reviewed most.

While their (Drink That) Funky Cherry (Whit Boy), an American Wheat Ale fermented with New York cherries and aged 10 months in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces, and Rhiskey Business, rye pale ale aged 7 months in Rye Whiskey barrels, were delicious, other offerings such as Stout Lucia, a stout aged in dark St. Lucian rum barrels, was a swing and miss upon initial release.

So, that brings us to Five & 20’s latest barrel aged brew, Barrelwine. This is a blend of Five & 20’s Barleywine that had been aged in Port and Sherry barrels. It’s brewed with Chinook, Cascades and whole cone Cluster hops.

Barrelywine opens with aromas of sweet booze with an underlying chocolate-meets-dark-fruit note, before flavors of vanilla, licorice and more booze hit the palate. The beer features a nice, creamy mouthfeel that only gets creamier as it warms. Barrelywine is a complex, interesting beer that certainly does not drink to its 10.6% ABV. This is perhaps Five & 20’s best barrel aged they have released to date.

Be on the lookout in the near future for Commiseration Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (I’ll hopefully have a review of that upon release). In the meantime, visit https://www.fiveand20.com for more information and purchase a bottle of Barrelywine 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. 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: Thin Man / Upstate Collab, Free Big Ditch Gift Cards, March to OFW Brewing, Thursdays at Pressure Drop

Thin Man Collaborates with Upstate Brewing on Tahitian Stout

The latest on Thin Man Brewery’s long line of collaborative brews continues to grow, with the latest being Mana Tahitian Stout, which they brewed with Elmira’s Upstate Brewing. The 8% stout, brewed with vanilla and toasted coconut, will be released at Thin Man on October 11 (5-8pm). Upstate Brewing will be in town for release and are bringing a few of their other beers with them. A few days prior, on October 6 (11am), Thin Man will release bottles of Double Barrel Aged Ookla The Mok Imperial Porter, aged in bourbon & rye barrels for notes of vanilla and marshmallow.

Want to Win a $25 Big Ditch Brewing Gift Card Every Week?

Do you drink Big Ditch Brewing beers? Do you usually take photos of yourself drinking Big Ditch Brewing beers? Do you want to win a $25 gift card to Big Ditch Brewing? Well, Big Ditch Brewing has you covered. Every week through the end of 2018, Big Ditch are giving you the chance to win a $25 gift card each and every week. On every Sunday through the rest of 2018, tag Big Ditch in a picture of you and/or your friends enjoying Big Ditch beers on social media for a weekly chance to win a Big Dich gift card.

Join Old First Ward Brewing in the Harvest March Parade

Celebrate the fall season with a brisk march through the Old First Ward with Gene McCarthy’s and Old First Ward Brewing at their Harvest March Parade & Celebration on October 7 (12pm). Don your best lederhosen (prizes will be awarded for best attire) and join in on the parade, which kicks off at Undergrounds Coffee House (580 South Park) and continues down Hamburg Street to Gene McCarthy’s, where a ceremonial blessing and tapping of a keg of OFW OktoberFest will take place. Free pints for those who march. There will also be live music and German food plates ($2.50) available.

Thursdays Are the New Fridays at the Barrel Factory

Start your weekend one day early every week in October with Pressure Drop Brewing at the Barrel Factory. Every Thursday throughout the month (starting weekly at 5pm) will feature live music (6-9 PM), Lakeward Spirits drink specials, Pressure Drop beers on tap, board games, food from the Buffalo’s Best Cucina Bar-B-Que smoker and Snowy Owl Kombucha’s fall flavors. Bar Cultivar will also be open soon. Rust Belt Brigade (6-9pm) will perform on October 4, then Wise Alex (5:30-7pm) and The Bee’s Knees (7:30-9pm) perform on October 11 and the Derek Mediak Band (6-9pm) wraps up the month on October 25.

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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Celebrate the Darker Side of Beer at the Second Annual Malt Fest

Malt, one of the true lifeblood’s of beer, will be on full display at the second annual Malt Fest, which takes place Saturday, September 29 (4-8pm) at Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. The event celebrates malt-centric libations from New York State breweries and distilleries, timing perfectly with the fall harvest and highlighting the origins of beer and spirits – malted grains.

Sip, taste, learn and enjoy at this one of a kind experience. From brown ales and marzen’s to lagers and stouts, Malt Fest will showcase malt’s role as a key determinant of the strength and flavor of beer. Malt also helps to color the beer in your glass, so if brewers use darker malt, then your beer will be darker.

Enjoy live music, a pig roast, games and adult libations from Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Four Mile, Fulton Chain Craft Brewery, Old First Ward Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing, Lafayette Brewing, Old First Ward Brewing, West Shore Brewing and WINDY BREW. There will also be spirit tastings from Lockhouse Distillery and Niagara Craft Spirits.

Malt Fest beer list (subject to change):

Brickyard Brewing Company – Octoberfest Lager
Community Beer Works – The Whale Brown Ale
Ellicottville Brewing – Fall Festival Marzen
Five & 20 Brewing – Brown Ale
Four Mile Brewing – Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale
Fulton Chain Craft Brewery – Travel Ban (Collaboration with Rusty Nickel)
Gordon Biersch – Festbier
Hamburg Brewing – Oktoberfest
Lafayette Brewing Co. – Octoberfest
New York Beer Project – Rum Raisin Belgian Dubbel
Pearl Street Brewery – Oatmeal Stout
Rusty Nickel Brewing – Maltster Mash, Sproktoberfest, Paczki Milk Stout (Jelly Doughnut), Cafe Mocha Latte Milk Stout, Chocolate Milk Money Milk Stout, Girls Girls Girls Belgian Tripel
West Shore Brewing – Munich Dark
Windy Brew – Harvest Fest

Tickets can be purchased online at EventBrite. Malt Fest pre-sale tickets, which include a tasting glass, are $18 for the tastings alone or $24 for tastings and a pig roast dinner. The ticket price for the festival will increase at the door on the day of the festival.

Malt Fest takes place as part of Rusty Nickel’s Harvest Fest, which happens all weekend long. Harvest Fest includes live music, a pig roast, games, magic, face painting, pumpkin painting/carving, cider pressing, yoga, football, and more. Harvest Festival entry is free, though entrance to Malt Fest is 21+.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/566964297070113/.

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: Zwanze Day, DDH #Smashtag NEIPA at Gene McCarthy’s, New York Beer Project’s Oktoberfest, Malt Fest at Rusty Nickel

Zwanze Day Returns to Thin Man Brewery for Third Year

Cantillon’s Zwanze Day, a veritable beer holiday for lambic fans, is returning to Thin Man for a third year on September 29 (3pm). While tickets for the official Zwanze Day beer are sold out (tickets sold out in less than a minute), all will be able to enter the event, but only ticket holders will be served the Zwanze pours. Zwanze 2018 is a blend of three lambics aged in Sangiovese, Amarone and Chianti barrels, which were then blended. In addition, pours of Cantillon Gueuze, Kriek, Rosé de Gambrinus, Grand Cru Bruocsella, Nath and more surprises will also be available.

Old First Ward to Debut Double Dry Hopped #Smashtag New England IPA

Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing are upping the ante, and the hops, on their beloved #Smashtag New England IPA with a new Double Dry Hopped version, which hits taps at 12pm on September 24. “As a special release, I did a second round of dry hopping with Galaxy and Citra, which greatly increased the tropical flavor and aromatics overall,” OFW’s Bryan Kirchmyer said. “Expect a pungent smell of intense ripe fruit, like a bowl of fruit salad. Huge mango, papaya, guava, and peach flavors in this tropical IPA thunderstorm.” Limit one 32oz. growler per person ($14 per fill).

Celebrate All Things Oktoberfest at New York Beer Project

Raise a stein to the season at New York Beer Project’s Oktoberfest, which brings Germany to Lockport on September 30 (2pm). This celebration will feature live music by The Bergholz German Band, giant Bavarian pretzels, Oktoberfest games and prizes, German sing-a longs and prizes for best German costumes. In addition to having their Prost! Oktoberfest Lager on tap, Oktoberfest will also serve as the launching pad for their latest fall seasonal, Drunkin’ Punkin Imperial Stout (8.1% ABV), which NYBP calls their version of Halloween candy. It’s time to pull out your best pair of lederhosen and start practicing Ein Prosit!

Second Annual Malt Fest at Rusty Nickel Brewing

Taste, learn and experience malt-forwards beers and craft spirits at the Second Annual Malt Fest at Rusty Nickel on September 29 (4pm). The beers, liquors and drink samples offered will be specifically malt forward. Enjoy live music, pig roast, games and adult libations from Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Four Mile, Fulton Chain Craft Brewery, Old First Ward Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing, Lafayette Brewing, Lockhouse Distillery, New York Beer Project, Pearl Street, West Shore Brewing and WINDY BREW. Tickets are $18 ($24 including the pig roast) and can be purchased online at EventBrite.

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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Inaugural Borderland Festival to Feature 100% Craft Beer

The Borderland Music & Arts Festival™ will highlight the best of the region’s music, arts, and crafts for a two-day festival on September 22nd and 23RD, 2018 at Knox Farm State Park.

While Borderland will feature over 20 national and local acts on three stages, it will also showcase the region’s growing craft beer industry with a 100% craft beer lineup for the festival. The Borderland Festival also wraps up Buffalo Beer Week, scheduled from September 14-23.

“The Buffalo Niagara region has experienced tremendous growth in craft beer. And, right now, the quality stands up to anyone in the country. We felt that the Borderland Festival would be the ideal environment to showcase our region’s great craft beers and, by doing so, introduce more people to the diverse offerings from our region,” stated festival co-founder, John Cimperman.

During the two-day festival, the ” will feature 20 taps with a line-up of signature and seasonal beers from participating breweries. Breweries include Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Resurgence, 42 North, Ithaca Brewing Company, Blackbird Cider Works, and Canada’s Collective Arts.

The beer line-up is as follows:

  • Big Ditch – Cinnamon Apple, Low Bridge Hoppy Ale
  • Community Beer Works – Frank, The Whale
  • 42 North Brewing Company – Borderland IPA, Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale
  • Ithaca Brewing Company – Apricot Wheat, Brew York Pale Ale
  • Resurgence Brewing Company – Cosmic Truth, Oktoberfest
  • Collective Arts – Mash Up T he Jam (sour), Life in the Clouds IPA
  • Blackbird Cider Works – Estate Reserve

Additionally, the Borderland Festival will host a “live brew” on-site on Saturday. In partnership with the Buffalo Niagara Brewer’s Association (BNBA), local brewers will brew with open fermentation in a traditional “coolship”, a brewing process that dates back hundred of years. On Sunday, the festival will also host a ‘State of Buffalo Brewing” roundtable with regional brewers and brewery owners.

Headlining the inaugural festival is American roots rock band The Revivalists. Burgeoning acts Dr. Dog, acclaimed country female recording artist Margo Price, Oteil Burbridge from the Allman Brothers Bank and Dead and Company, and rock n’ roll hall of famer, John Oates and the Good Road Band. The festival stays true to its local roots by featuring some of Buffalo’s thriving music acts, Upstate, PA Line, Folk Faces, Leroy Townes Band, 10 Cent Howl, and The Observers.

A list of all participating breweries and more information on the Borderland Music + Arts Festival can be found at www.borderlandfestival.com. Find everything you need to know about the festival in the Digital Guide.

Where is the Borderland?

The Buffalo Niagara region has a unique identity, surrounded and influenced by the Great White North, the Great Lakes, and its great industrious spirit. These influences combine to create a strong foundation for our music, our food, our drink, and our arts.

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