42 North’s Fan Favorite Wallonia Wit Heads To Cans

East Aurora-based 42 North Brewing Company opened its doors offering the Wallonia Wit back in 2015 and now the Belgian-style Witbier will be available in cans for the first time. Starting this week, Wallonia Wit 4-packs will be available at the 42 North Taproom, Consumers Beverages, Wegmans, Tops, and independent bottle shops all around Western New York.

Wallonia Wit boasts complex and unique flavors from the various types of wheat and barley that make up its grain bill in addition to the traditionally added orange peel, coriander, and other spices. The beer comes in at 5.4% ABV and 22 IBUS for a balanced, citrus, low-bitter taste. Hops are Waimea and Citra.

“The Wallonia Wit has been around since we first opened. It only seemed right to can the beer as we build our core package collection and give our fans and fans of authentic Witbiers the chance to take home this recipe that has been a part of our story since the beginning,” 42N Head Brewer Matt Matuszewski says.

The Walons are a French speaking people hailing from Belgium that immigrated to the US throughout the 1800s, many of which settled throughout New York and the midwest.  The label artwork, by local-artist Ken Trabert, inspired by the history of the Belgian region Wallonia. The red rooster and yellow background serve as the region’s Coat of Arms while the map graphic shows the breakdown of provinces within the historic region that was home to conquests of Julius Caesar, the birthplace of the European Industrial Revolution and impacted heavily by both World Wars.

For more information, please visit https://www.42northbrewing.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: HopFest 2020, Resurgence’s Kegs & Eggs, 42 North Brewski & New Sustainability Program, Old First Ward Brewery Crawl

Resurgence’s Kegs and Eggs Returns with More Experimental Beers

Resurgence Brewing’s long running Kegs & Eggs series returns this weekend, February 23, 11am, to their Niagara Street headquarters. If you’ve heard of this event, or have been to one, then you know what to expect from it – experimental beers and breakfast food. Filling the draft board this time around will be Banana Bread Ale, Coconut Peanut Butter Stout, Golden Boy (Golden Stout conditioned on vanilla, cinnamon, graham cracker and honey), Guava Sherbet Dry Hopped Sour, Blue Raspberry Seltzer, Milk Stout, Soursop Sour and Maple Blueberry Pancake Bock. Food options include Coffee Flavored Donuts, Greek Quiche and Monte Cristo sandwich.

Winter HopFest Returns to Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing

Head down to Gene McCarthy’s on February 22 (2-5pm) to celebrate this beautiful little thing called a hop. The annual celebration will feature nothing but the hoppiest of beers from an all-local lineup of OFW Brewing, 12 Gates Brewing, Pressure Drop Brewing, Community Beer Works, New York Beer Project, Big Ditch Brewing and more. This year, the festival will be housed in a large, enclosed heated tent across the street from the brewery. Tickets ($30) include a logo tasting glass for sampling. A pig roast (not included with ticket) will be available for purchase. You can buy tickets at Eventbrite.

42 North’s Brewski Beer Hike Returns, Brewery Launches New Sustainability Program

Explore East Aurora’s Knox State Farm during 42 North Brewing’s fourth annual Brewski on February 22 (12pm), a 2.5 mile trek through snowy trails with five beer sampling stations along the way. Tickets are $25 at EventBrite ($30 day of, only those sampling beer require tickets). Proceeds will support the Aurora Ice Association. Food vendors will be on hand. 42 North has also launched a new sustainability-focused program where you can return Paktech 4-pack or 6-pack can carriers to brewery in exchange for a pint. One pint per person, per day will be exchanged for every 10 or more Paktechs.

Drink Your Way through the Old First Ward on This Old Fashioned Pub Crawl

If you’ve ever wanted to drink your way through the burgeoning brewery scene in the Old First Ward, now is your chance. Pressure Drop Brewing, Resurgence Brewing Chicago Street and Old First Ward Brewing have teamed up for an old fashioned pub crawl on February 21 (6pm) to celebrate the re-release of their triple collaboration, More Greener IPA. The crawl, which starts at Resurgence, then moves to Pressure Drop and Gene McCarthy’s, is $15, which gets you three drink tickets for the crawl. More Greener is a 6.8% New England IPA with notes of soft tropical fruit, mango and pineapple.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Community Beer Works’ Frank Is Now Saving Australian Wildlife

While Community Beer Works routinely showcase the ‘community’ and ‘beer’ aspects of their brewery name via their charitable ‘Be Like Frank’ events, they are now taking their philanthropic efforts global, this time employing their beloved American Pale Ale to help save Australian wildlife in the wake of historically deadly bushfires, which have killed over one billion animals according to researchers.

For the new benevolent venture, which finds the brewery teaming with the Buffalo Zoo and Aquarium of Niagara, from now through the end of the month, CBW will donate $3 from every pint of Frank sold in their Seventh Street taproom to the Zoo’s Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. The Buffalo Zoo Board of Directors will match all funds raised to double the impact.

While all fires have been extinguished or contained, the tragic blazes have killed over 30 people, more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed and nearly 18 million acres of land has been ravaged. Nearly a third of all koalas have died and about a third of their habitat has been destroyed, federal environment minister Sussan Ley said in December. Additionally, Australia has identified 113 animal species that are now facing extinction, which will need “urgent help” after their numbers and habitats were devastated by recent bushfires, including birds, reptiles and fish.

Megan Hess, Community Beer Works’ Event Marketing Manager, says that giving back has never been this easy. She might have added that giving back has never tasted this good either.

“Community Beer Works is proud to announce the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund as our ‘Be Like Frank’ Charity of the Month,” she says. “Throughout February, proceeds from Frank will be donated directly to the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund. We’ve partnered with the Buffalo Zoo to help bring awareness to the devastating effects of climate change while simultaneously raising funds for animals displaced by the fires. Giving back has never been so easy; grab a pint of Frank and make change!”

If you cannot make it down to the brewery to donate via a pint, you can donate directly to the relief efforts by visiting buffalozoo.org/product/australian-wildlife-relief.

“Australia’s wildfires have decimated habitats and killed over a billion animals, and that number is only growing,” the Zoo says in a press release. “One of the most biodiverse areas in the world, Australia is home to over 300 native species of mammals alone. Experts estimate that a third of koalas have already been killed in the deadly fires or as a result of the smoke. Each day, the loss of mammals, birds, and reptiles grows as millions of acres of land burn. At the Buffalo Zoo, we understand that the endangerment of wildlife across the world affects all of us.”

“Build community, lead with love, and support your neighbors—it’s what Frank does,” the brewery adds. “#BeLikeFRANK.”

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

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Ratebeer Names Big Ditch Best Brewpub in New York State

Big Ditch Brewing will soon need to find some more space in their trophy case as they have been named the ‘Best Brewpub in New York State’ by RateBeer as part of their Best Awards for the Year 2019. The brewery was named best brewery in New York at the TAP New York Festival in 2016 and have won numerous awards for their beer over the years.

As part of their annual awards, RateBeer tabulated over 4.2 million reviews submitted by its global community, examining more than 640,000 beers by over 33,000 brewers and over 74,000 places around the world, including bars, taprooms, brewpubs and more, from Brazil to the US to China.

“We’re honored to receive RateBeer’s ‘Best Brewpub in NY’ award for 2019,” Big Ditch Owner Matt Kahn said. “It is a testament to our employees’ hard work and emphasis on beer and food quality, and, above all, excellent guest service.”

Elsewhere in New York, RateBeer handed out awards to Gramercy Tavern (Restaurant), Other Half Brewing (Brewer Tap Room), Top Hops Beer Shop (Bottle Shop), DeCicco & Sons (Ardsley)( Grocery) and Spuyten Duyvil (Bar).

“2019 was our most competitive year to date, seeing continued growth in the number of brewers, beers and ratings added to the site. We couldn’t be to be prouder to recognize these breweries for this hard-earned honor,” said Joe Tucker, founder of RateBeer.

For more RateBeer Best competition information, including the 2019 lists of winners, visit www.RateBeer.com/RateBeerBest. You can visit Big Ditch at http://www.bigditchbrewing.com/ and at https://www.facebook.com/bigditchbrewing.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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42 North’s Fortune Fetcher Pineapple IPA Returns with Winter Luau Party

42 North Brewing’s Fortune Fetcher IPA, packed with pineapple, returns this Saturday for the second year in both 16oz. cans and draft. This hazy IPA comes in at 6.3% ABV and is brewed with Norwegian Voss yeast, lactose, ginger root, and pineapple for a tropical explosion that would blast anyone out of this Buffalo winter and transport them right to a oceanside cabana in Kauai.

A limited run of the fan-favorite will be kicked-off by a Winter Luau Can Release Party on Saturday at noon in the taproom featuring live “island” music from local reggae band Qwister and a Hawaiian-themed food menu including The Kitchen @ 42 North’s Hawaiian flatbread pizza.

4-packs will be available at the taproom only until supplies last. Fortune Fetcher will be on tap at places like Colter Bay, JP Fitzgeralds and many other WNY craft beer joints. The Winter Luau Can Release Party at the 42 North Taproom starts at Noon and is free and open to the public. Music starts at 2pm and the can release and Hawaiian-themed menu goes all-day long.

“We wanted to brew something fun and out-of-season on purpose. Sometimes the people
want a break from beers like the heavy pastry stouts that flood the colder seasons” says
Head Brewer Matt Matuszewski. The Cashmere hops provide a soft foundation for lactose and pineapple to really shine through in this almost upside-down pineapple cake-like IPA.”

Learn more about 42 North Brewing at 42northbrewing.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Thawfest 5 Tickets, Britesmith Brewing Opens, Gordon Biersch Closes, New Beers at Flying Bison, Brickyard Cask Fest Beer List

Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now for the Fifth Annual Thawfest

Believe it or not, it will soon be time to raise a toast to the end of yet another long Buffalo winter and what better place to do so than at Thawfest at Buffalo Riverworks on April 3 (6:30-9:30pm). Over 50 local breweries, cideries, distilleries, and wineries will be on hand, while Vin DeRosa and Vitamin D provide live music. A wider selection of rare and limited beers, as well as finger foods, will be available in the VIP section (5:30-9:30pm). Early bird tickets can be purchased right now here (General admission: $39, VIP: $59, VIP + Brewery Tour: $80).

Gordon Biersch Brewery at the Walden Galleria Closes Its Doors

After nearly a decade of serving traditional German-style beers such as their Maibock, Festbier and Marzen, Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant at the Walden Galleria Mall has closed its doors for good. An email was sent to customers announcing the closing as of February 9 with no official reason given. “Thank you Buffalo for 9 years of food & beer,” the email read. “We regret to inform you that the Buffalo location has been permanently closed.” Syracuse is now the only New York location listed for Gordon Biersch, a national chain brewery that originated in San Jose, California in 1997.

Britesmith Brewery Co. in Williamsville Is Now Open for Business

Add yet another name to the ever-growing list of Western New York breweries – Britesmith Brewing. Located at 5611 Main Street in Williamsville, Britesmith is a two-story facility with space for up to 120 customers and another 25 at the bar. Beer, which is brewed on a 10-barrel system and piped to the restaurant in underground pipes, includes Billie Haze New England IPA, Wills Pils German Pilsner, Walk the Dog Irish Dry Stout and Dream Island Gose, among others. The restaurant will be open seven days a week. Hours will be 4-10pm Monday-Thursday, 4-11pm Friday, and 11am-to 11pm Saturday and Sunday.

Indulge in the Finer Things at Pizza Plant’s Belgian Beer and Chocolate Fest

Pair chocolate and Belgian beer during Pizza Plant’s Belgian Beer and Chocolate Fest on February 12 (7pm) at their Transit Road location. The event will feature beers like Ommegang Bourbon Barrel Aged Adoration Dark Ale, Rare Vos, Witte, Pale Sour, Dubbel Merlau, a Belgian Dubbel with Merlot grape juice, as well as Boulevard Brandy Land, a cinnamon-infused imperial stout aged in apple brandy casks and bourbon barrels, Framboise Boon Raspberry Lambic and more. Chocolates will be courtesy of Chow Chocolat, including an Ommegang Rosetta-infused chocolate. Free chocolate and glassware with any flight purchase. Chocolate gift boxes will also be available.

Flying Bison to Debut New Lager, IPA This Week

A big week is in store for Flying Bison Brewing, who will debut a new lager and new IPA. First, on February 13 (6pm), Lift Line Lager will hit the taps during their Classic Ski Film Night; a crisp, hoppy and balanced 5% Keller Lager with ample amounts of Mandarina Bavaria hops. Limited draft and crowlers available. Then, on February 14 (12pm), Buffalust IPA will make its debut. Buffalust is brewed with Hibiscus and Mandarina Bavaria hops for floral notes of fresh tangerines and tart berry. Bottles and draft available exclusively at the brewery before it hits stores next week.

Beer List Announced for First Ever Cask Fest at Brickyard Brewing

Cask Festival 2020 at Brickyard Brewing Company, a first time cask festival that will play host to nothing but the finest cask beer, will take place at the Lewiston brewery on February 15 (3pm). The beer list has been announced and includes Brickyard CTC Churro Milk Stout with Vanilla, Hamburg Brewing Double Fruited Blackberry/Blueberry Sour, Pressure Drop DDH Citra Sticky Trees and Woodcock Brothers Blueberry/Coconut Sour to name a few. Tickets are $25 and include a festival sampling glass, access to over 20 cask beers, special curated draft sampling upstairs and more. Tickets can be purchased right now at BBCcaskfest.brownpapertickets.com.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Is Barleywine Really Life? Community Beer Works Aims to Find Out With Thee Barleywine Classic

When asked how he could always be drinking barleywine, his self-professed favorite beer style, Ethan Cox says, “That would be a life that I love to lead. I wonder how I can arrange that.” While the Community Beer Works president is quick to point out that there are many other styles he enjoys, it’s easy to see that barleywine holds a special place in his heart. While looking for a way to honor the boozy beer style and after seeing it somewhat underserved in Western New York, he came up with Thee Barleywine Classic & Invitational, a beer festival dedicated to showcasing the depth, complexity and diversity that the classic style brings. “This is a beer festival for beer drinkers who like to drink beer that tastes like beer,” he adds.

And what better place to hold the inaugural event than at his own house, Community Beer Works, on February 9 (12pm).

Limited tickets for the intimate event remain for $35 and include a commemorative tasting glass, samplings of 10 different barleywines (additional drink tickets will be available for purchase afterwards), a bowl of chili, and chance to share a bottle of vintage barleywine with Cox from his private cellar (2013 North Coast Old Ale). You can purchase tickets through the weekend at Eventbrite.

“When it’s time for a really deep contemplative beer, I know a lot of people a lot of people reach for the really complex fermentations, or sours of various types, and while I understand the artistry of those types, to me, barleywine is a more accessible style that has a great history to it as well. You can trace back their production to the 1850’s and their non-commercial production to 150 years earlier than that. It’s a style really worthy of celebrating, especially in a world where beer that tastes like other stuff is so popular.”

The beer list has been announced and includes Southern Tier Brewing 2016 Back Burner, Firestone Walker Sucaba and Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws, as well as the debuts of Woodcock Brothers Kendrick’s Lament and CBW / Old First Ward Brewing barleywine collab, Wobblypop. “I think we have a pretty nice lineup and I’m pretty excited about it,” he says.

Cox admits that more local breweries were making barleywines than he knew of, adding that those breweries will be invited to the festival next year. “It’s not like we’re never going to do this again,” he says. “There were a few I had not even considered. I do wish more people were brewing this style and I wish everyone put one in the tank per year.”

As far as what barleywines are his favorite, he says “[Sierra Nevada] Bigfoot definitely had a big impact on me and I have the beer in my cellar going back to 2006. It was an influential beer for me because, until I had a West Coast / American-style barleywine, I don’t think I really quite got it. English-style barleywines don’t have the same level of drinkability unless I find myself in a situation where I’m eating. West Coast barleywines like Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing, Old Guardian from Stone Brewing, Alesmith Brewing Old Numbskull also impacted me. There are British barleywine’s that I like – every now and again a bottle of Gale’s or Thomas Hardy or something like that can be very nice as well. While living in Boston, a number of beers from Cambridge Brewing were also very formative for me, which is why I reached out to them for this festival.”

Beer list (subject to change):

From WNY:

Big Ditch Brewing: The Tower
Brickyard Brewing Company: Bayonet the Whole
Community Beer Works: Heat Rays
Eli Fish Brewing: The Hundredth Meridian
Hydraulic Hearth: Bindlestiff
New York Beer Project: Chevy To The Levee
Old First Ward Brewing (CBW collaboration): Wobblypop
Southern Tier Brewing: 2016 Backburner
Woodcock Brothers Brewing: Kendrick’s Lament

From Across New York State:

Bolton Landing Brewery: King George
CH Evans / Pump Station: Forbidden Drink
Moustache Brewing: No Laws (CBW collaboration)
Rare Form Brewing: Yule Lad
Strong Rope: Thomas The Stumbling Buffalo

From Across the US:

Cambridge Brewing: Blunderbuss
Firestone Walker: Sucaba
Hair of the Dog: Doggie Claws
Sierra Nevada: 2016 Bigfoot

“I’d love to see this thing grow to a bigger level,” Cox adds of Thee Barleywine Classic. “If it’s too big to hold in the taproom next year, that’s fine with me. It doesn’t have to be held here. I think it would be great if we could grow this thing to a point where it has some sort of predominance in the market. I think festivals that are more specialized are definitely what’s tin the future. It doesn’t have to be centered on a style; it could be that it’s built around some kind of activity. Take for instance, something like Trebuchet (the pumpkin chucking event at Canalside from last fall), where you bring people out to watch a bunch of trebuchets launch pumpkins, get some food and local beer, is the future of beer festivals. An event where you have fun things to do with a lot of choices; I think that works better for both the breweries and the consumers. Finding opportunities to serve people our beer in a family friendly environment is also pretty important.”

One of the coolest things at Thee Barleywine Classic is that there will be a collaboration barleywine brewed onsite with the attending breweries. “We’ll have the brewhouse open and you will be able to walk in and say hello while the guys are brewing. We thought, as long as we have all of our friends here, why not make a stupid six million percent barleywine.” He added that it will probably be an American-style barleywine, inspired by Bigfoot, clocking in at 12-13%.

“I wish Buffalo could stake their claim to something. What if Buffalo breweries were known for making super badass barleywines? So let’s all make super fantastic barleywines, let’s try and make sure that’s a thing. I think that would be kind of neat.”

Find more information about the inaugural Thee Barleywine Classic & Invitational here.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Heavy Hitting Bourbon Barrel Aged Bobby Returns to Lilly Belle Meads

If you like your mead big, bad and boozy, then you are going to want to make your way to Lancaster’s Lilly Belle Meads this weekend for the release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Bobby, a barrel aged mead made with caramelized wildflower honey, which returns on February 8 (12pm). BBA Bobby will be available in bottles on Saturday and a limited amount will be available on draft on Friday. Bottles are $24 with no purchase limits.

BBA Bobby is a 13.5% mead made with dark caramelized honey, which gives it sweet bourbon and toasted marshmallow flavors. Aged in a Black Button Distilling Bourbon barrel, it tames the sweetness of Bobby and adds complex bourbon, oak, and candied orange notes as well as a nice smoothness.

For those that may not know what mead is, it’s an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The alcoholic content ranges from about 3.5% ABV to more than 20%. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage’s fermentable sugar is derived from honey. It may be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling; dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.

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

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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: Thee Barleywine Classic Beer List, Lawn Ornament Sour Series #5 at West Shore, Southern Tier Cider Works Launch, Big Ditch Cans Berry Vision

Beer List Revealed for Community Beer Works’ Inaugural Thee Barleywine Classic

If barleywine is truly life, then don’t miss the first ever Thee Barleywine Classic & Invitational, a first-of-its-kind festival for Western New York, on February 9 (12pm) at Community Beer Works. Tickets are $35 and include tasting glass, samplings of 10 barleywines, chili, and chance to share a bottle of vintage barleywine with CBW President Ethan Cox. The beer list has been announced and includes Southern Tier 2016 Back Burner, Firestone Walker Sucaba, Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws, Woodcock Brothers Kendrick’s Lament and the debut of CBW / Old First Ward Brewing barleywine collab, Wobblypop. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite.

Southern Tier Brewing Launches New Cider Line with Mayer Bros.

Southern Tier Brewing Company is getting into the craft cider game with the launch of Southern Tier Cider Works, a new partnership with Mayer Bros. From dry to semi-sweet and from hazy to bright, the ciders feature real Mayer Bros. juice and fresh-pressed New York apples. Three varieties, Unfiltered Apple, Rosé Hibiscus and Honey Ginger, will be available in 6-pack cans in mid-February. They will officially launch at The Empty Pint in Lakewood on February 16 (12pm) at the STCW Official Release Party. Throughout the day you can expect t-shirt giveaways, $5 pints, $10 growler fills and cinnamon sugar donuts.

Big Ditch to Release Berry Vision Sour in Cans

Big Ditch Brewing has announced plans to release their beloved house sour, Berry Vision, in cans for the first time ever. The beer will be available in cans at the brewery and wherever else great beer is sold across Western New York beginning on February 7. Berry Vision is a radiant sour ale bursting with blueberry and raspberry aroma and flavor that is brewed with oats, Mosaic hops, and finished with lactose. Berry Vision will be available in 12oz. 6-packs. Big Ditch teamed up with Buffalocal for a Groundhog Day parody video, which you can see on their Facebook page.

West Shore Brewing to Release Next in Lawn Ornament Sour Series

After successful stints with Resurgence Brewing, Belt Line and Big Ditch, the Lawn Ornament Sour Series comes to Clarence’s West Shore Brewing with Coalition Lawn Series #5: Mingo Mayhem, a Pineapple Upside Down Cake Sour. The beer is brewed with copious amounts of pineapple, guava, graham, cinnamon, vanilla and lactose to emulate a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Pre-filled crowlers will be available to go for $12 or 3 for $30 (no limits). Mingo Mayhem will also be available on draft. For the release party at the brewery, there will be a Flamingo-adorned selfie / photo station, so bring those cameras.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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: Beer List for 42 North’s Barrel Jam, Trocaire Brewing Spring Semester, Five & 20 Tap Takeover, Brickyard Brewing Cask Fest

Spring Classes Begin at Trocaire’s Brewing & Distilling Program

Classes are starting up for the spring semester at Trocaire College’s Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science Program. Intro to Brewing, which runs Mondays, February 10 – April 13 (6-9:30pm, $495) covers the historical aspects of brewing and distilling with ingredients, equipment and process requirements involved in brewing and distilling. Sensory Evaluation of Beer, Wednesdays, February 12 – April 15 (6-9:30pm, $495) will teach students to develop sensory skills and learn terminology used in the alcohol beverage industry. Science of Brewing and Distilling, Saturdays, February 15 – April 18 (9-12:30pm, $495) includes in-depth lessons on yeast and bacteria microbiology. Visit https://trocaire.edu/brewing/ for more information.

Official Beer List Announced for 42 North’s Inaugural Barrel Jam

The official beer list has been announced for 42 North Brewing’s inaugural Barrel Jam, a barrel-aged beer, music & winter celebration on February 1 (2:30pm) at 42 North. 42 Below Barrel House will debut their latest barrel aged creation, Snow Stone, a plum & blueberry-packed Oud Bruin (Flanders Brown) aged in American Whiskey Barrels, in addition to other beers like Prison City Barrel Aged Wham Whams, Beer Tree Co. Triple Pineapple Creamsicle IPA and more. The event will also host local music, a Rail Jam Freestyle Ski competition, local distilleries and more. Tickets are $45 and are available at bit.ly/42Nbarreljam_tickets.

First Ever Cask Fest to Take Place at Brickyard Brewing

Cask Festival 2020 at Brickyard Brewing Company, a first time cask fest that will play host to nothing but the finest cask beer from some of New York’s best breweries like 42 North, Other Half Brewing, Buffalo Brewing Company, 12 Gates Brewing, Pressure Drop and more sharing a variety of styles from lagers to IPAs to fruited sours to scotch ales, will take place at the Lewiston brewery on February 15 (3pm). Tickets are $25 and include sampling glass, access to over 20 cask beers, special curated draft sampling upstairs and more. Tickets can be purchased right now at BBCcaskfest.brownpapertickets.com.

Five and 20 Brewing Takes Over the Taps at Eden Pub

Westfield’s Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing are taking their talents to Eden on January 31 (7pm), where they will be taking over the taps at the Eden Pub. The takeover will feature most of Five and 20’s beer canon, including New York Cream Ale, Grape Lakes American Wheat, Pale Ale, Rye Pale Ale, Tiramisu Stout and the debut of Flame Cranium (American Red Ale). Come and be a part of some of the first pours anywhere of this beer. In addition, Head Brewer Paul Alessi will also be on hand to talk about the beer and answer any questions.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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