Second Moor Pat Location to Replace Village Beer Merchant on Hertel

Moor Pat, the standout Williamsville brewpub, will soon open a second location in the former Village Beer Merchant on Hertel Avenue, which recently closed its doors after seven years in business in order to concentrate on their flagship Elmwood Avenue location, which will remain open. Moor Pat hopes to be open early next year.

VBM Owner Brian Nelson says that the impending transition wasn’t exactly a sudden thing, all of the parties involved didn’t want to make the move public right away. He says the sale was in the works for a few months prior to it being fully executed.

“We just didn’t want rumors getting out there,” he says. “But we have sold it and Mike Shatzel and Peter Braun are putting Moor Pat in here. The timing was right and Mike and Peter want to do this, so it just worked for everyone involved and it was the right move. I almost didn’t want to admit I was doing this; this place is like a baby to me. This is what we do. It’s tough. We didn’t do this to make a lot of money. Small business is tough. We’re sad it came to this.”

He adds that a number of factors played into VBM Hertel ultimately closing down, including competition from neighboring grocery stores and a severe lack of parking.

“We opened here seven years ago thinking the neighborhood was going to be a lot like Elmwood. The parking up here is horrendous and that plays a huge role into it and especially now that within a quarter mile of us, there are three major grocery stores. People would come here on the weekends and have a pint, but I didn’t get the daily traffic of people grabbing their everyday drinkers, because when you have to drive around for ten minutes just to find a place to park to come in and buy some [Bells] Two Hearted or a six-pack of anything for that matter, that’s no good for anybody. Especially, like I said, when all of these other places that have parking are so close. Looking for parking all the time gets old. And thankfully on Elmwood I do not have that problem, which is why people stop by more often for their daily beer needs.”

“I love Hertel, I love the neighborhood and I love the people up here, but its hard for me to be at two places at once to run it. My parents are retired and moved to Florida and I was constantly drawn between both locations. Joe, who was our Hertel manager, moved to Denver almost two years ago and it was hard to really get a face up here.”

Shatzel says that he is excited to be joining the Hertel neighborhood with a second Moor Pat location, adding that he believes the Moor Pat model will be met with high praise from the area.

“Peter Braun and I are very excited to be bringing the Moor Pat to Hertel & Wellington,” Moor Pat Owner Mike Shatzel said. “The area is bustling and we think what Moor Pat provides in our draft & bottle list, atmosphere & wings will be accepted with enthusiasm.”

Shatzel hopes to have the location, which is equipped with 24 taps, open by February of next year. The new Moor Pat will also specialize in beer-brined wings, which have quickly become a staple of the original location.

Nelson adds that even though Hertel didn’t ultimately work out, he isn’t entirely opposed to opening another location somewhere else in the future. “I wouldn’t take that off the table if the opportunity came. I love this. I’ve been working in beer for 25 years. That’s why we opened up Elmwood. And since we opened there, look at how much the craft beer scene has exploded. It’s crazy. It’s everywhere.”

Again, the Elmwood Village Beer Merchant will remain open. “Elmwood is 12 years strong,” Nelson says, adding that some changes might be coming to the location, including a possible tavern license, though he says he wasn’t entirely sure about that. “We don’t bullshit, we keep fresh beer in stock and we have that hands on approach, trying to help you find something you’re going to like.”

For more information on Village Beer Merchant, please visit https://www.facebook.com/TheVillageBeerMerchant. For more information on Moor Pat, please visit http://moorpat.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).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Cask Fest at Goodbar, Anniversaries at Woodcock & New York Beer Project, New Barleywine Fest

Buffalo Cask Ale Fest at Mr. Goodbar Returns for Another Year

Mr. Goodbar’s Buffalo Cask Ale Festival returns on December 6-8 (starts at noon each day). The annual event officially gets underway with the VIP Local Brewers Night on December 5 ($25, 7pm), an intimate gathering featuring a number of specialty casks from all-local breweries, such as Flying Bison, Thin Man, Old First Ward Brewing, Resurgence and 12 Gates. Purchase pre-sale ticket sheets worth $20 of cask beer good during the duration of Cask Fest for $15 or purchase a ticket to the VIP Local Brewers Night and a presale ticket sheet for only $35 with the Cask Ale Lovers Special.

Woodcock Brothers Celebrate Seventh Anniversary in Wilson

Woodcock Brothers Brewery are celebrating their seventh anniversary at their Wilson, NY location on November 16 (12pm) the only way they know how – with new beer. The brewery will roll out four new beers for the party, including Celluloid Dreams Vienna Lager, a delicious, classic style quencher, and The Beautiful Game #02 Double Dry Hopped New England IPA, brewed exclusively with all Citra hops for notes of big, ripe citrus and tropical fruits. Woodcock will again be serving free chowder on the patio starting at noon until they run out and The Derek Mediak Band will be playing live 3-6pm.

Barleywine Takes Centerstage at Inaugural Thee Barleywine Classic & Invitational

If barleywine is truly your life, then you will not want to miss out on the first ever Thee Barleywine Classic & Invitational, a first-of-its-its kind festival for Western New York, which will take place February 9 at Community Beer Works. Tickets are $35 and include samplings of 10 different barleywines and a big bowl of chili. As of now, festival invitees include Community Beer Works, Brickyard Brewing, Big Ditch, New York Beer Project, Moustache Brewing, Rushing Duck, Cambridge Brewing Company, Rare Form and Bolton Landing. Check for updates on the inaugural festival at www.communitybeerworks.com/event/thee-barleywine-classic. Purchase tickets now at Eventbrite.

Spend the Weekend Celebrating New York Beer Project 4 Year Anniversary

New York Beer Project are blocking off an entire weekend of partying to celebrate their fourth anniversary on November 15-17. On Friday, NYBP’s White Christmas Belgian White returns, along with Dueling Pianos (tickets at Eventbrite) at 9pm. Saturday brings Righteous Dudette (The Dude’s BIG sister) Triple IPA Anniversary Release, the return of Train of Thought Hoppy Amber, The Belgian Birthday Flight, beer-infused birthday cupcakes, Chocolate Coconut cupcakes made with NYBP’s Coco Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, hourly giveaways and live music by Kevin McCarthy. And on Sunday, the brewery host their NYBP Champagne Anniversary Brunch and ‘Squish the Fish’ Bills Party.

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).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Anniversary Parties at Cole’s, Draft Room & Hydraulic Hearth, 2020 Can-Am Collabs Set

Cole’s is Celebrating Their Landmark 85th Anniversary

Cole’s, the longtime staple of Elmwood Avenue nightlife, is turning a ripe old 85 years old this year, and want you to help celebrate their storied tenure on November 7 (6pm). For the special celebration, Cole’s will have a complimentary buffet throughout the night, drink specials, live music during the day and a live DJ set at night. “Thank you so much to all of our loyal customers, friends, and patrons,” the bar says. “Come dance, drink, and eat, joining us and the Shatzel Family for an amazing night on our 85th.” The event is free and open to the public.

Larkinville’s Hydraulic Hearth is Turning Five Years Old

If you blinked, you may have missed it – Hydraulic Hearth is already turning five! They are putting their best foot forward on November 9 (5pm) to celebrate the benchmark with beer specials (they’re home to a Community Beer Works satellite brewery if you didn’t know), pizza buffet and live music. All draft beers will be $5, there will be a $10 pizza buffet and a full slate of live music, including Borderland Music Fest alum Miller and the Other Sinners (5pm), Geno McManus & Frank Grizanti of The BlackRock Beatles (6:30pm) and Lazlo Hollyfeld (originals & Talking Heads covers)(8pm).

Cross-Border Collaborations Set For 2020 Canadian American Beer Festival

The cross-border collaborations for the 2020 Canadian American Beer Festival are now set. The collaboration lottery was held before the inaugural Can-Am Fest on October 29 at the Scotia Bank Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In total, 40 breweries (20 American, 20 Canadian) will take part. The collabs will take place on both sides of the border, with plans calling for ten beers to brewed in Ontario and the other ten to be brewed in Western New York. Find all of the brewery teams at http://canadianamericanbeerfestival.com/. The CanAm is organized by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association and Ontario Craft Brewers.

The Draft Room at the Labatt Brewhouse Celebrates One Year

It is truly hard to believe that the Draft Room inside the Labatt Brewhouse has already been in operation for one whole year, but it’s true, and the time to celebrate is November 15 (6pm). There will be live music courtesy of the Jamie Holka Band (6-10pm), as well as prizes, giveaways, birthday cake and $4 Labatt Brewhouse beers all day long, including their brand new Birthday Cake Stout, which will be on tap for the party. The party will also feature a limited release of LBH Imperial Mango Guava Sour in cans for the first time ever. Happy birthday!

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).

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Cross Border Collaborations Set For 2020 Canadian American Beer Festival

The Canadian American Beer Festival is off and running, and cross border collaborations, unique pairings that will feature some of the best and brightest brewing minds in Western New York teaming with their Southern Ontario counterparts, are now set. The collaboration lottery was held before the inaugural Can-Am Beer Fest, which was held in conjunction with the Ontario Craft Brewers Conference, on October 29 at the Scotia Bank Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The special collabs will take place on either side of the border, with plans calling for ten beers to brewed in Ontario and the other ten to be brewed in WNY. The lottery draw produced some exciting pairings, more than enough to start getting excited about.

The pairings are as follows:

Canadian Side

  • Niagara Brewing – Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen
  • Cowbell Brewing – New York Beer Project
  • Niagara Oast House – Four Mile Brewing
  • Railway City – Brickyard Brewing
  • Avling Brewery – West Shore Brewing
  • Lock Street Brewery – Rusty Nickel Brewing
  • Shawn & Ed Brewing – Brite Smith Brewing
  • Flying Monkeys – Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing
  • Redline Brewhouse – Resurgence Brewing
  • Four Fathers Brewing – Fat Heads Brewing (Cleveland)

American Side

  • Big Ditch Brewing – 5 Paddles Brewing
  • Flying Bison Brewing – Niagara College Teaching Brewery
  • Community Beer Works – Breakwall Brewery
  • Pressure Drop Brewing – LOW Brewing Company
  • Steelbound Brewery – Midtown Brewing
  • Lilly Belle Meadery – Nickelbrook Brewing
  • Black Monk Brewing (Erie) – Whitewater Brewing
  • 12 Gates Brewing – Royal City Brewing
  • 42 North Brewing – Sawdusty City Brewing
  • Other Half Brewing (Rochester) – Thornbury Village Cider House & Brewery

I am personally excited for a number of these combinations. Niagara Brewing and Belt Line, Oast House and Brickyard, Shawn & Ed and Brite Smith, a number are truly intriguing. On the other side, Big Ditch and 5 Paddles, Pressure Drop and LOW Brewing,

42 North and Sawdust City sound fun. And beyond that, whatever vaunted breweries like Other Half and Fat Heads come up with will be something to look forward to. I’m also happy to learn more about these breweries I’m not familiar with.

The Can-Am is organized by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association in partnership with the Ontario Craft Brewers, Niagara College Teaching Brewery, and is co-hosted by the US Consul General and the Canadian Consul General.

For more information on the first ever Canadian American Beer Festival, and to purchase tickets online, please visit https://canadianamericanbeerfestival.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: Pizza Plant Rolls Out the Barrels, One-Eyed Cat Finds a Home, West Shore Donut Stout, Big Inlet Anniversary

Pizza Plant Celebrates the Dark Stuff as They Roll Out the Barrels 

In honor of the annual release of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout, Pizza Plant Transit are throwing a celebration of barrel-aged beer on November 1 (12pm) at Roll Out the Barrels. In addition to 2019 CBS, Pizza Plant are also tapping 2018 CBS, Founders 2018 & 2019 Kentucky Breakfast Stout, 2018 Curmudgeon and Better Half, Flying Bison Krupnik Barrel Aged Bisonfest and Great Lakes 2017 BA Rackhouse, 2017 BA Barleywine, 2017 BA Tripel Dog Dare, 2015, 2017, 2019 BA Blackout Stout and more. More bottles will also be available. This event is free and open to the public. Ala carte pours.    

One-Eyed Cat Brewing to Open in Former Clarence Hollow Landmark  

One-Eyed Cat Brewing have announced plans to open a new brewery/taproom in a renovated turn-of-the-century church at 10678 Main Street in Clarence Hollow. According to Head Brewer/Owner Patrick Alexanderson says that the new space will feature metalwork from local artisans Buffalo Brew Fab, reclaimed wood, a mezzanine and more, including a brewery cat that will wander the premises.  One-Eyed Cat will become the only brewery/taproom to be located in a church in New York State and only the 14th across the nation (as of April). They are hoping to be open to the public the first half of next year. 

West Shore Brewing to Release New Stout Brewed with Donuts 

West Shore Brewing will release their long-rumored Bavarian Cream Donut Stout, which was brewed with four dozen Bavarian Cream donuts from Clarence Country Donuts, on November 2 (12pm). Bavarian Cream Donut Stout locks in around 8.3% and features tons of rich smooth milk chocolate flavors with a slight hint of the Bavarian cream filling. There will be a set number of crowlers of the beer filled. In honor of the special occasion, West Shore Brewing will also have donuts on hand from Clarence Country Donuts (while supplies last), as well as a fresh batch of their Cucumber Mint Sour.    

Big Inlet Brewing Celebrates One Year Anniversary 

Proving that one night is never enough to celebrate a special occasion, Mayville’s Big Inlet Brewing are taking an entire weekend to celebrate their one-year anniversary, November 1-3. In honor of the special occasion, they are offering $5 regular-sized beers nightly (except from 5-7pm when beers are $4 for Happy Hour). Also during Happy Hour, Big Inlet will be serving be $0.35 ham sandwiches and $0.20 hots. Steve, Adam, and Nick from the Probables will perform live at 6pm on night one, while Bill Ward, John Cross and Amanda Barton will take to the stage at 6pm on night two.  

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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One-Eyed Cat Brewing to Open in Former Clarence Hollow Landmark

Chances are, if you’ve attended a beer event in Western New York over the past few years, you’ve met Patrick and Sara Alexanderson, the mercurial couple behind One-Eyed Cat Brewing. Chances are you were met with a firm handshake from Patrick and a beaming smile from Sara, before they, more than likely, offered you some of their award-winning homebrew, which they always seem to have nearby. If you’ve yet to meet the Alexanderson’s, you will soon have your chance  to do just that as One-Eyed Cat have announced plans to open in a renovated turn-of-the-century church at 10678 Main Street in Clarence Hollow. They are hoping to be open to the public the first half of next year.

Once open, One-Eyed Cat will become the only brewery/taproom to be located in a church in New York State and only the 14th across the nation (as of April), according to Patrick, who adds that the new space will feature metalwork from local artisans Buffalo Brew Fab, reclaimed wood, a mezzanine and more, including a brewery cat that will wander the premises. One-Eyed Cat isn’t just a cute brewery name, the Alexanderson’s are true cat people in case you didn’t know.

“It was built in 1856, and has a rich history in the Hollow,” Patrick says of the former church. “The taproom is roughly 2,000 square feet with an additional 1400 square foot brewing space. There is an additional 3,000 square foot grass area on the side of the building that is being converted to a beer garden, complete with landscaping, a gas fire pit and a 600 square foot patio space with outdoor seating.”

“Expect a warm, historic environment complete with exposed brick, warm hardwoods and lots of metalwork from our friends at Buffalo Brew Fab,” he continues. “There will be a bar, built from reclaimed wood from the renovation, on the dais where the altar is traditionally located. We will have a 10-12 tap capability, fed by our 7bbl system. The overall atmosphere and impact is comfort and community. We will have a mezzanine (the former choir loft) that will serve as a private party area when needed and will be open to the public when not used as such. We will have weekly entertainment in one form or another, and shuffleboard/games to promote a family environment. We will be serving small plates and seasonal food to that same end. The taproom will be decorated where possible by local art and crafts. And OF COURSE there will be a free-roaming brewery cat! (Unsure how many eyes they’ll have though….).”

Patrick says that they are looking to bring a craft beer experience fueled by great beer to the WNY scene, but more importantly are looking to make the Clarence area a true beer drinker’s destination. To save you some Google mapping, West Shore Brewing is just over half a mile up the road, and Murphy Brown’s Craft Beer Emporium and Thin Man Brewery’s new taproom inside Brennan’s Bowery Bar aren’t too far away either.

“We want to bring a phenomenal EXPERIENCE to the craft beer public, supported by great beer. We have always enjoyed breweries that provide a destination worth going to. Stone Brewing in CA, Southern Tier, et al. We love the fact that we have all of this space available to us to create a destination for not only the Clarence/Amherst/Williamsville community, but the WNY community as well. We are excited about adding another facility to the ever-expanding Northeast Buffalo Beer Trail. West Shore Brewing is 0.6 miles away, and with Murphy Brown’s, Thin Man’s taproom at Brennan’s, 12 Gates, Lily Belle and Eli Fish, there’s even more reason to come out of the city and head East!”

And, of course, there’s also the beer. Patrick and Sara have won numerous awards for their homebrewed beer, most notably their BIPA, a blueberry infused West Coast IPA, and Llama Leggings, a lemony gose. I’ve been lucky enough to have tried over a dozen of OEC’s beers to date, and have enjoyed most of what’s been in my glass, including Sourpuss, a kettle soured Imperial Stout (yes, you read that right) and Maenad’s Kiss English Barleywine. I’ve also quite enjoyed the New England IPA’s I’ve had.

A kettle soured Imperial Stout? A Mexican Hot Chocolate Porter named F@#$ the Wall? How about a 12.5% Russian Imperial Stout with Pureed Pumpkin or a Bourbon and Oak Infused English Barleywine that clocks in at 13%? These are just a few of the eccentric beer styles you can expect from One-Eyed Cat, but, as Patrick says, they will also have the staples on tap. The latter, Maenad’s Kiss, is one beer Patrick is specifically looking forward to brewing on a larger scale.

“Most of the public who knows us, knows that we like to delve into the esoteric and off-script. We want to continue that to a large degree. We are starting out with a barrel-aging program and look forward to mass-producing our seasonal barleywine, Maenad’s Kiss, as well as barrel-aged stouts, sours and whatever else we can come up with. We will have the standards; NEIPA’s, IPA’s, etc. but we will also do things that are determined (assumed?) to be not marketable such as The Queen’s Pajamas, our English Special Bitter, which was a huge hit at Bricks and Brews this year. We will not be doing full scale distro, so we will be able to serve unique beers through our taproom that we might not be able to get away with in the market.”

He adds that throughout this ‘tedious, but enjoyable process,’ the response from the brewing community at large in Buffalo and WNY has literally moved him to tears at points, from free advice and valuable feedback, to breweries literally opening up their brewhouses to them. Breweries like Resurgence and Community Beer Works have even let them hold pop-up beer tastings in their tasting rooms recently.

“We have been emotionally overwhelmed (seriously, there have been tears) by the way that the WNY beer scene has treated us. We think that the fact that most of the local industry starting out as home brewers has enabled them to take us seriously. From seemingly stupid questions that we asked about processes, to invitations to test brew on brew days to feedback on beer that we’ve brewed. And we can’t even speak about the facilitation of our pop-ups this year! The community has been great. We have had no qualms about throwing our beer out there for critique, and the feedback has been invaluable to our development as brewers and as professionals. We are just looking forward to being open. We love the reception and the following that we have garnered until now, and we look forward to rewarding all of you guys with a great experience.”

As for what One-Eyed Cat is looking forward to most, Patrick answers simply, “We throw this tagline on at the end of all of our social media posts about tastings, but it is always the truth, now more than ever: We look forward to serving you!”

For more information about One-Eyed Cat Brewing, please visit https://www.facebook.com/oneeyedcatbrewing.

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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Third Thin Man Brewery Taproom Now Open Inside Brennan’s Bowery Bar

First, Thin Man Brewery came for the Elmwood Village. Then, they came for Black Rock. Now, they have their sights set firmly on Clarence, thanks to the opening of their third brewery taproom inside Brennan’s Bowery Bar. Thin Man’s current locations reside at 492 Elmwood Avenue and 166 Chandler Street in Buffalo.

Brennan’s, which is located at 4401 Transit Road in Clarence, was the perfect chance for Thin Man to expand their growing empire into the Northtowns, thanks to a banquet space that was being vastly underutilized at the restaurant, according to Owner Mike Shatzel.

“The decision to open a third taproom was for a few reasons,” Shatzel says. “The banquet room was underutilized and costing Brennan’s money to keep. So, we threw some ideas around and a Thin Man tap room [in that space] seemed to be the best idea. Thin Man was also building Chandler and another outlet to move a lot their beer was a great option. Locally made beers from Thin Man, Flying Bison, Big Ditch and Resurgence were selling very well there already so a major influx via a taproom seemed like a no brainer.”

Opened in 1970, Brennan’s specializes in Irish pub fare as well as local food staples and over two dozen taps, including many local options, and nearly three dozen more beers available in bottles and cans. Shatzel says that Brennan’s is a great fit for a new Thin Man space, and judging from the response to the news of the opening online and via social media, he probably is right in that assumption.

“From the responses to the announcement [of the opening] on social media, I feel people are excited about the opening. Putting a taproom at one of the busiest intersections in Western New York, inside a restaurant that has been open since 1970, was a great opportunity for Thin Man to spread its reputation outside the city.”

Thin Man’s third location officially opened last month, coinciding with Zwanze Day, the annual event celebrating Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon held around the globe on the same day with each pouring that year’s release brewed specifically for the festivities by the Belgium-based brewery. Shatzel adds that there really was not a better opportunity to introduce the new taproom to the public at large. Thin Man’s Elmwood location has held Zwanze Day festivities for the last number of years.

“The decision to host Zwanze Day there rather than Elmwood was a chance to show the new taproom to 150-200 craft beer zealots and really spread the word that Thin Man has a new space of sorts in Williamsville/Clarence.”

For more information on Brennan’s Bowery Bar, please visit http://brennansbowery.com. For more information on Thin Man, please visit 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).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Inaugural Can-Am Beer Festival, 42 North Re-Design, Draft Room’s Gose Stories, 2019 Fruit Fest, Halloween at Local Breweries

Inaugural Canadian American Beer Festival Coming to Niagara Falls

The best of Western New York and Southern Ontario beer will collide at the first ever Canadian American Beer Festival, a one-of-a-kind cross border event, on October 29 (6pm) at the Scotia Bank Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The unique festival will feature WNY breweries such as Belt Line Brewery, Big Ditch, Brickyard Brewing, Pressure Drop and Resurgence, as well as Canadian brewers like Flying Monkey, Henderson Brewing, Niagara Oast House, Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Sawdust City and more. Tickets ($20 CAD) can be purchased at Eventbrite and include commemorative glass and six drink tickets (each good for 3oz. pour).

42 North Brewing Unveils New Packaged Beer Redesign

42 North Brewing has unveiled a new re-design for all packaging for their core brands and seasonal offerings. The new packaging 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 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,” stated 42 North Founder John Cimperman. Look for these wherever great beer is sold.

Get Fruity at the Third Annual Fruit Beer Festival at Gene McCarthy’s

Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing are rounding up all of the fruit beers around and are putting them all in one place at the 3rd Annual Fruit Beer Festival on October 26 (2pm), which will feature special one off brews and returning favorites. $30 admission includes a commemorative glass and unlimited samples from OFW, Flying Bison, Thin Man, 12 Gates Brewing, Buffalo Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Four Mile Brewing and Woodcock Brothers. There will be raffles, food available for purchase and more. $5 growler fills will be available at the end of the festival (if beer remains). Tickets at Eventbrite.

Eat and Drink Local at ‘Gose Stories’ at the Draft Room with Hamburg Brewing

The Draft Room at the Labatt Brewhouse is teaming up with Hamburg Brewing for ‘Gose Stories,’ a four-course beer pairing dinner designed to highlight Gose beers, on October 30 (6:30pm). Course #1 features Marinated Melon with Crispy Prosciutto paired with Hamburg’s Karma Cha-melon Melon Gose, Course #2 is Seared Scallops with Fig and Blackberry Gose Reduction with Blackberry Gose, Course #3 is Herb Crusted Pork Loin, Cauliflower Puree and Cranberry Peach Chutney with Labatt Brew House Peach Cranberry Sour and Course #4 is Dark Chocolate Fudge Marshmallow Toasted Brownie with Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel. Tickets at Eventbrite ($45).

Celebrate Halloween at a Number of Your Favorite Local Breweries

Your favorite breweries are getting in the spooky mood with Halloween celebrations! On October 26 (5pm), hang with 12 Gates Brewing for Halloween Bash in the Bunker, featuring music from Last Call, new Peanut Butter Porter and costume contest (1st place – $100, 2nd place – $50, 3rd place – $25). Resurgence in the Dark (6pm) at Resurgence’s Chicago Street location will feature music from Audio in Motion (8-11pm), pumpkin kegs and costume contest ($50 bar tab to the winner), Halloween Party at Windy Brew (7pm) and Halloween Party & Stiff Mitten Release at Woodcock Brothers Brewing in Wilson (7pm).

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).

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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.

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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).

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