Barbaric Blonde Ale To Make Its Debut

You voted for it and now it’s time to drink it – Barbaric Blonde Ale that is, the official Edge beer from the minds of 12 Gates Brewing Company and 103.3 The Edge. The first ever official Edge beer will hit the taps at 12 Gates Brewing on Friday, October 13 at 5pm.

What is Barbaric Blonde Ale you ask? Well, first off, it beat out an IPA, a Wheat Pale Ale and a Kentucky Common during the voting process, which took place this past July. It’s a dry-hopped American Blonde Ale with Citra and Hallertauer hops that clocks in at 4.2% ABV and 20 IBU. It’s light, refreshing and easy drinking with balanced malt and hop flavors, as well as citrus and noble hop aromas.

“After the EDGE Beer Trials on July 28th I was tasked with scaling up the winning beer from 45 gallons to 930 gallons all the while keeping the aspects that drew people to enjoy it,” 12 Gates Head Brewer Scott Shuler says. “This was a fun, but daunting task. After getting the tweaks and calculations to the place I wanted I gathered the crew and we brewed this beauty. We took special care to be as close to the original as possible, and we are confident we hit those marks.”

“The final product is an easily enjoyable American Blonde Ale that has enough character and personality to separate it from the hum drum American Blondes we are accustomed to,” he continues. “The beer drinks clean with a fruity spice on the front end due to the dry hop with Citra and Hallertauer. There is enough body to carry the spice to the clean, but slightly biscuty finish. This resets the pallet for another sip. And with the 4.2% ABV you can easily enjoy a few (but please drink responsibly).  I mean I have enjoyed a few as I have been writing this up.”

The Edge will be on hand as Bentley will be live broadcasting from 3-7pm and Shredd & Ragan will be making a special guest appearance. Live music from AJ Tetzlaff takes place from 3-7pm and OCD/C from 7-10pm. There will also be a ceremonial tapping will be at 5pm.

Barbaric Blonde Ale will also be available around the area as well as on tap at concerts and venues.

For more information, visit www.12gatesbrewing.com and www.wedg.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 at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Thin Man Oktoberfest, Woodcock XPA v.13, 1st Annual Fruit Beer Festival, New Beer at Pearl Street, Lafayette Brewing

Thin Man Celebrates Their Own Oktoberfest

Thin Man Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest on October 15 (11am). Tickets for the event are $10 in advance ($15 day-of), which includes a signature Thin Man Oktoberfest stein and your first pour and VIP tickets are $50 in advance ($60 day-of) and include an all access upstairs pass, unlimited food and beer throughout the day and a signature Thin Man Oktoberfest stein. Thin Man will also have a tent out front of the brewery for your convenience, traditional Oktoberfest themed food, stein hoisting, and authentic German music provided by Buffalo legend’s The Ausländers, so dig out your dirndl and lederhosen.

Woodcock Brothers to Release XPA 13 (In Can Form)

Woodcock Brothers Brewery are looking to shed the spooky stigma of Friday the 13th with the release of their XPA v.13. Cans will go on sale at 12pm with a 1 case limit (6 4-packs, subject to change) per person. Cans will only be available at the brewery. XPA v.13 is brewed with Idaho 7, Denali and Bru-1 experimental hops and double dry hopped with Idaho 7 and Denali, resulting in an intense juicy tropical crusher. XPA v.13 will be on tap and a special cask of XPA v.13 conditioned on pineapple and scotch bonnet peppers will also be tapped.

1st 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 1st Annual Fruit Beer Festival, which will feature special one off brews and returning favorites. $25 admission includes a commemorative glass, unlimited samples from OFW, Flying Bison, Rusty Nickel Brewing, Thin Man, 12 Gates Brewing, Community Beer Works, Buffalo Brewing Co., 42 North Brewing, Four Mile Brewing and Woodcock Brothers. There will also be raffles, food available for purchase and more. $5 growler fills will be available at the end of the festival (if beer remains).

New Beers Tapped at Pearl Street, Lafayette Brewing

The Pearl family of beer has two new beers on tap currently. Pearl Street Brewing has tapped Harvest Edge, Their Sabres Edge brewed with 80 pounds of whole cone Cascade and Chinook hops from Lupulin Farms in Fredonia. Expect fresh, dank and tropical aromas. Meanwhile, Lafayette Brewing has also debuted Teddy’s Tripel, clocking in at a deceptively smooth 9.1%, the second in their ‘Teddy’s Big Game’ strong beer series. This one was brewed with imported malts, hops and authentic Trappist yeast to produce notes of bubblegum, banana and clove. These are on tap now, so grab a pint of both!

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: Flying Bison Honors Red, Four Mile is Canning, Buffalo Brewing Expanding, Drink Local at Buffalo Iron Works’ Oktoberfest

Flying Bison Honor One of Their Late Founders

On October 6, Flying Bison Brewing is paying homage to one of their late founders, Larry “Red” Mrozek, who passed away in 1997, at Red’s Heaven: Remembering Our Friend, a celebration of Red’s legacy. The event will be filled will all sort of his favorite dark beers, including Red’s Brown Ale (3.8%), a robust session brown ale, on draft and cask, Aviator Red and 2015 Red’s Heaven Imperial Ale (10%). Two “Red’s Brown Ale” casks will be tapped for the occasion, one at the normal Friday cask-tapping time of 3pm and one for a special toast to Red at 6pm.

Four Mile Brewing Gets Into the Canning Game

Olean’s Four Mile Brewing is the latest local brewery to release their beer in 12oz. 6-pack cans, starting with their Allegheny IPA (7.2%), a West Coast-style IPA brewed with six varieties of hops, and Polynomial Pale Ale Rotating Hop Series (5.7%), a pale ale with a rotating hop bill, with plans to sell their wares at Wegmans, Tops, Consumer Beverages and local beer stores throughout Olean, Buffalo, Rochester and into Pennsylvania. The initial run will feature 330 cases of the Allegheny IPA and 165 cases of the Polynomial Pale Ale. Green Street IPA will tentatively be next up for canning.

Buffalo Brewing Company to Expand Their Brewhouse

After being open every day during Buffalo Beer Week, Buffalo Brewing Company will now go dark for the next two weeks as they expand and upgrade their brewhouse to a brand new 5 BBL complete system. According to Buffalo Brewing Company owner John Domres, the brewery should be open again in a few weeks with more beer and more taps. “We hope to have the revamped tasting room and brewery back open on October 19. The tasting room will have 12 lines featuring lots of new additions to our current lineup. I don’t think people will be disappointed,” Domres says.

Drink Local at Buffalo Iron Works’ Oktoberfest: Local Edition

Buffalo Iron Works presents Oktoberfest: Local Edition 2017 on October 7 (3pm). Local Oktoberfest beers will be available from Resurgence Brewing, 12 Gates Brewing, Flying Bison, Community Beer Works, New York Beer Project, 42 North Brewing and Southern Tier Brewing. Entertainment will be supplied by the German American Musicians, ‘Buffalo’s BIG German Band,’ at 4pm, which will be followed by a special performance from Mike Gantzer of Aqueous & Rob Compa of Dopapod. The official keg tapping takes place at 6pm. Tickets are $5 (which includes admittance) and $25 (includes admittance and 20 tickets for beer/food) and are available at www.buffaloironworks.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: Pearl Street Taps a Pumpkin, Flying Bison Celebrates Wood, 12 Gates, West Shore Drop New IPA, Buffalo Brewed at Town Ballroom

Drink Beer From a Pumpkin, Literally, at Pearl Street

It’s not truly fall until you drink a pint of beer from an actual pumpkin. Yes, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery hollow out a pumpkin, jam a tap in it, fill it with their Pumpkin Spice Ale and serve it directly to you. Grab a pint of Pearl Street’s Pumpkin Spice Ale poured directly from a real pumpkin. There will be pint specials, special ‘Pumpkin Spice Bomb Shots’ and maple-cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses. The first pour will be at 5pm from PSG head brewer Chris Herr. The 4th Annual Tapping of the Pumpkin happens Sept. 28 downstairs at Brawler’s Deli.

BuffalOAKfest Showcases Everything Wood, Including Beer

Flying Bison is shining the spotlight on all things wood at BuffalOAKfest (Sept. 30, 1-5pm), an afternoon of oak aged beers, displays from local woodcrafters, and acoustic-driven music by Vinnie DeRosa and Leroy Townes. Limited oak-aged beers will be available, including Bourbon Barrel Spot Coffee Stout, Bourbon Barrel Spot Coffee Stout aged on cherries, Patrona Imperatrice Brettanomyces-aged Wild Saison, and Oaked India Pale Ale. Flying Bison will also have their Blackbird Oatmeal Stout and a keg of their Beer Week collaboration with Buffalo Brewpub, a porter with freshly-roasted coffee beans from Steamworks Coffee in Lockport, NY. The event is free.

12 Gates Brewing, West Shore Brewing Collaborate on New Black IPA

One of the strongest aspects of the Buffalo beer scene is the collaboration not competition mantra. Well, showcasing that this time is West Shore Brewing and 12 Gates Brewing, who have teamed up on Dark Frontier Black IPA, which will be released on September 28 at 6pm. Clocking in at 7.1% ABV and 100 IBUs, Dark Frontier brings the Pacific Northwest to Western New York. This small batch release will only be available at 12 Gates and West Shore’s tasting rooms. Also, don’t miss 12 Gates’ Rhythm & Blues event and West Shore’s official grand opening party on Sept. 30.

Celebrate Local Beer, Music Properly at Buffalo Brewed

If Buffalo Beer Week has proven anything, it’s that beer and music are the ultimate pairing, so why not celebrate both in one night at Buffalo Brewed, Buffalo Beer Week’s own Rock and Roll Beer festival, which pairs local craft breweries with the virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks, a Dayton jam band who are best known for improvisation and exploration of music across multiple genres. The event takes place on Sept. 30 at the Town Ballroom at 8pm. The festival offers performances by The Werks and several Buffalo bands (TBA) paired with beer from all nine local packaging breweries.

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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West Shore Brewing Celebrates Grand Opening

While the doors have been open and the taps have been flowing at West Shore Brewing for the past few months, the Clarence brewery (10995 Main Street) are celebrating their official grand opening as part of Buffalo Beer Week.

West Shore is teaming up with Buffalo Slow Roll and Discover Main Street for the grand opening gala, which will feature live bands, including bluegrass band String Theory and classic rock band The Donnolleys. Buffalo Slow Roll’s summer ride drew over 500 cyclists.

“We are very excited to partner with Buffalo Slow Roll and Discover Main Street on our grand opening party,” West Shore owner Josh Dziomba says. “The customer response so far has been so positive that we cannot wait for this grand opening and all the exciting stuff on the horizon.”

West Shore will have seven beers on tap, plus guest taps from 42 North Brewing and 1911 Cider. Smoke, Fire, & Spice and The BBQ Truck – J&L’s Boulevard BBQ will be providing the BBQ and the Salad Bar Truck will be providing healthier fare. In addition to their current lineup of West Shore Wheat (4.6%), NBB ESB (Not So Bitter Bitters)(5.3%), an IPA series with rotating hop bills, and their Historic Rail Pale Ale, West Shore will debut a new local wet hopped pale ale, featuring hops from Lupulin Farms outside Fredonia, for the event.

“People have been asking us for a bigger IPA,” Dziomba says of West Shore’s latest IPA. “[So] come on out and get our newest IPA. This Chinook and Citra blend comes in at 85 IBUs and 7.3%.”

West Shore occupies a 1,900 square foot space, which includes a tasting room littered with photos of the West Shore Railroad, and small brew house. “I do all my brewing in the space that some have for just bar space,” Dziomba says. The space features a 3bbl brew house that can ferment 6 batches at a time in between two storage rooms. “Capacity wise we can produce about 300bbls a year in this facility before we would need to expand,” he adds.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/123232574997224, www.westshorebrewing.com and https://www.facebook.com/westshorebrewing/.

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 Breweries Do Battle Onstage at New York Beer Project

When it comes to the Buffalo-Niagara beer scene, it’s usually all about that collaboration not competition life, but that mantra will be set aside at the Battle of the Brewery Bands, which takes place tonight at New York Beer Project.

The unique event pits brewery against brewery, with each starting up their own ragtime band to take the stage and perform one song and one song only. On top of the fun that’s sure to be had, all of the proceeds from the event are going to help a good cause – the Music is Art Foundation. The entrance fee is $75 for each band, to which New York Beer Project will add an additional $25 for every band that performs.

“We decided to do the Battle of The Bands because it’s the perfect chance for Breweries to come together to support the theme of this year’s Buffalo Beer Week – music,” NYBP owner Kelly Krupski said. “We can have fun, collaborate on something other than beer for a change, and make a difference at the same time.”

100% of the money raised will go directly to Music is Art, which was formed by Goo Goo Doll’s Robby Tacak. They have scholarships, summer music camps and youth jazz festivals, but they also hold used musical instrument drives.

“There are a lot of good causes out there, but being a former music teacher in an inner city school, I know the way music can change a kid’s mood, outlook, and give them hope. We took a group of troubled kids and formed them into a choir,” Krupski adds. “They were good! They went on to work together, and actually went on to win a music competition that I never thought we’d even get into. The way that boosted their confidence, and made them walk so much more proud, and took their mind off other things that weren’t so great shows what music can do for kids. That’s not even mentioning the cognitive benefits of learning to sing or play an instrument.”

The Battle of the Brewery Bands kicks off at New York Beer Project at 7:30pm. Here’s hoping someone records a lot of video.

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 Week Day 1: Here We Go

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The eighth annual Buffalo Beer Week is upon us and with it comes 10 action-packed days of everything the Buffalo-Niagara beer scene has to offer. And this year’s theme is beer and music, so the next ten days also represent some of the best thriving music scene in our area has to offer. Beer and music are two things that not only go perfectly hand-in-hand; they are also a unifying force – two things that can bring people together no matter the venue, no matter the situation.

Over the course of these next 10 days, we will be highlighting all of the events you need to attend, all of the beer you should have in your glass and all of the bands you should see live. Yes, it’s an arduous task, but someone has to do it. So, without further ado, let’s get to it, shall we?

Come out and celebrate the official kick-off to Buffalo Beer Week at the Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle at 7pm. Local beer from all of your area favorites will be on tap at the kickoff event, live music will be provided by GRAVY and the Steam Donkeys, award-winning a-la-carte pierogis will be available for purchase and Smoker’s Haven will be on hand for all of your cigar-related needs. $5 donation at the door.

Woodcock Brothers Brewing will host the second annual WNY Fall Beer Festival at 6pm. This unique event features fall, and harvest seasonal brews exclusively from New York State craft breweries. Eventattendees will get to sample over 20 different beers from 20 different breweries. All the beers featured are fall, or harvest seasonal style brews and were brewed in New York. Representatives from each brewery will be on hand to showcase each of their unique brews. The event is open to the public. $3 per drink-ticket, each ticket gets you one 5oz pour.

42 North Brewing will release one of their most beloved beers, Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale at noon. The beer will also be on tap at Elm Street Bakery and Ru’s Pierogi.

ThinkstockPhotos-667820346At 6pm, Brewed & Bottled in Lewiston will tap one of the only kegs of Big Ditch Brewing’s FIP IPA available outside the brewery. In addition to pints, they will be filling a very limited amount of 32oz crowlers (one per person, to go only).

Community Beer Works will release Boats N’ Gose, a new gose with concord grapes at 3pm. The brewery will also host a nacho and Lemonhead bar. Also, the hype video for the beer is pretty next level, so we had to include it.

Additionally, Boys of Summer will take the stage at New York Beer Project at 9pm and Super Tuggers and Scarlet Begonias will play at Mr. Goodbar at 8pm.

West Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company will also be open every day during Buffalo Beer Week.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft. New users can download the Lyft app and use the promo 4242code ‘BNBA’ to receive four $5 credits towards rides.

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: Buffalo Beer Week Kickoff, 42 Below Opens, Pumking Festival, Ballpark Brew Bash

Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala at Adam Mickiewicz Library

Come out and celebrate the official kick-off to Buffalo Beer Week at the Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle on September 23 at 7pm. Local beer from all of your area favorites will be on tap at the kickoff event, live music will be provided by GRAVY and the Steam Donkeys, award-winning a-la-carte pierogis will be available for purchase and Smoker’s Haven will be on hand for all of your cigar-related needs. Help get Buffalo Beer Week underway the right way – with great local beer and local music. $5 donation at the door.

42 North Opens 42 Below Barrel Room, Launch ‘Vagabond Society’

42 North Brewing has officially opened its barrel house, 42 Below. The facility, adjacent to the 42 North brewery in East Aurora, will serve as the production and aging facility for 42 North’s barrel aged and sour beer line. 42 Below will hold 50 oak barrels from all over the world including white wine, red wine, bourbon and scotch barrels. 42 North is also launching “The Vagabond Society,” a member’s only club offering members exclusive events, first rights to barrel aged beers and special discounts. Only 100 memberships in to the Vagabond Society will be sold beginning on October 1st.

Second Annual Pumking Festival at Southern Tier

Southern Tier Brewing Company will hold the second annual Pumking Festival in honor of the beloved imperial pumpkin beer on Sept. 23. The event, which takes place from 12pm-6pm on the grounds of Southern Tier in Lakewood, will play host to a number of special features built around the fall beer favorite, including Pumking & Warlock Imperial Stout (with pumpkins) brewery exclusive variants, gourd bowling, seasonally inspired cuisine, live music from the Keith Shuskie Band & the release of their Rum Barrel Aged Pumking Ale.  Buy it at Pumking Fest first! This event is free and open to the public.

Ballpark Brew Bash Returns to Coca-Cola Field, Pre & Post Parties

The 2017 Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Coca-Cola Field on Sept. 23, 4-7pm. The event, sponsored by Consumers Beverages, features over 50 breweries from across the globe, local favorites and New York institutions. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com. Before the Brew Bash, join Old First Ward Brewing and 42 North for the official pre-party. Cost is $60 and includes a pint at 42 North, bus ride to OFW, clams, corn, pint of OFW beer, 1 GA Brew Bash ticket and round trip bus ride. Then after the Brew Bash, head to Lockhouse Distillery for the official after 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. 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 Launches 42 Below Barrel House

42 North Brewing Company has officially opened its barrel house, 42 Below. This facility, adjacent to the 42 North brewery in East Aurora, will serve as the production and aging facility for 42 North’s growing barrel aged and sour beer portfolio.

“Since launching our Surveyor Series and, more recently, Vagabond, we have experienced great response to our sour beers. This facility provides 42 North a dedicated area to grow our beer portfolio and push the boundaries of our barrel aged beers“, stated Clay Keel, 42 North’s Chief Brewing Officer.

42 Below Barrel House will hold 50 oak barrels sourced from all over the World including previous white wine, red wine, bourbon, and scotch barrels. The facility allows the brewery to separate long-term sour projects from the rest of the brewery and grow their barrel program dramatically. Most of the production will center around long term sour beers, not unlike those made traditionally in Belgium using wild yeasts and bacteria cultures that have grown and been nurtured over the last two years in the 42 North lab. In addition to the sour beers 42 North sourced a number of Bourbon and Scotch barrels for special projects including the Bourbon Barrel Red Army releasing this winter. Most barrel house products will be released in 500ML bottles in the taproom starting in early 2018.

In addition to the 42 Below Barrel House, 42 North is launching “The Vagabond Society”, a member’s only club. The Vagabond Society will offer members exclusive events, first rights to barrel aged beers, and special discounts at 42 North. Only 100 memberships in to the Vagabond Society will be sold beginning on October 1st.

For more information on the 42 Below Barrel House and the Vagabond Society visit the taproom at 42 North or email vagabonds@42northbrewing.com. For the latest news and
updates, https://42below.blog/.

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9 Ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest With Local Beer

The season of Oktoberfest, the world’s largest celebration of beer, is upon us, and many area establishments are celebrating. Though the annual event officially takes place on September 16 this year, Oktoberfest spans a period of two weeks, with millions of people around the world taking part each year.

Since the early 19th century, revelers have gathered together to celebrate, consuming seemingly endless amounts of beer, while enjoying traditional Oktoberfest foods such as sausages, pretzels, potato pancakes and roast pork and chicken. Traditionally, there are parades, amusement rides and games to enjoy as well.

A number of breweries right here in the Buffalo-Niagara region are getting in the Oktoberfest spirit and we took it upon ourselves to compile all of those beery events into one place. Consider this your handy-dandy one-stop shopping for your Oktoberfest season. So, get out your lederhosen, grab your favorite beer stein and get to it.

Gordon Biersch will tap their annual Fest Bier (5.6%) on Sept. 13 at their FestBier Tapping Party (6pm). Live music will be provided by the Auslanders and there will be passed apps, games and giveaways. Beers will be 2 for $10 with all proceeds going to benefit the ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter.

Flying Bison Brewing’s annual Oktoberfest party returns on Sept. 16 (12pm) with traditional German beer hall music from the Frankfurters. $10 admission will get you a souvenir 16oz beer stein and a drink ticket, and bratwurst, franks, potato salad and sauerkraut will be available for purchase.

That very same day, Resurgence Brewing will host their own Oktoberfest celebration. Two stein hoisting competitions will be held for men and women, collector beer steins will be available for $10 (includes your first fill and $1 off after that), Wayno’s BBQ will be onsite, there will be live German music during the day and dance music at night, a beer truck and big tent in the parking lot, lawn games, bag toss, and more.

New York Beer Project will host the NYC Oktoberfest, the first of their two consecutive weekend Oktoberfest celebrations, on Sept. 17 (4pm). This modern day Oktoberfest features music from JJ Swing from 4pm – 8pm, as well as Bavarian pretzels, Oktoberfest games and prizes, German sing-a longs and prizes for best German costumes. NYBP will also have two German beers for the party – Red IPA, brewed with German cherries with flavors of Bavarian kirsch liqueur, and PROST! German Lager.

NYBP returns with their German Oktoberfest on Sept. 24 (4pm). Live music from 4-8pm will be provided courtesy of the Bergholz German Band.

The first annual Oktoberfest bash at Brickyard Brewing Company in Lewiston takes place Sept. 23-24. The first time event will feature German food, live music and specials on Brickyard Brewing’s Dunkel, Oktoberfest and other fall beers.

The annual OFest! Harvest March will take place on Oct. 1 at Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing. There will be the tapping and blessing of the ceremonial cask of Oktoberfest, a parade through the streets of the Old First Ward and live music and German food specials all day.

Buffalo Iron Works presents Oktoberfest: Local Edition 2017 on October 7 (4pm). Local Oktoberfest beers will be available from Resurgence, 12 Gates Brewing, Flying Bison, Community Beer Works, New York Beer Project, 42 North Brewing and Southern Tier Brewing. Entertainment and dancing with The German American Musicians “Buffalo’s BIG German Band!” will be followed by a special performance from Mike Gantzer of Aqueous & Rob Compa of Dopapod. Tickets are $5 (includes admittance) and $25 (includes admittance and 20 tickets for beer/food) and are available at www.buffaloironworks.com.

Thin Man Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest on Oct. 15 (11am). Tickets for the event are $10 in advance ($15 day-of), which includes a signature Thin Man Oktoberfest stein and your first pour. VIP tickets are $50 in advance ($60 day-of) and include an all access upstairs pass, unlimited food and beer throughout the day along with signature Thin Man Oktoberfest stein. Thin Man will also have a tent out front of the brewery and German music as well.

For even more Oktoberfest happenings in and around Buffalo, check out Step Out Buffalo’s coverage at https://stepoutbuffalo.com/oktoberfest-events-happening-september-wny. And if you need a ride home, try Lyft. New users can download the Lyft app and use the promo code ‘BNBA’ to receive four $5 credits towards rides.

 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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