6 Standouts from the Beer List at the Fifth Annual Farm to Pint

All spokes on the local brewing wheel were in fine form at the fifth annual Farm to Pint event at Hamburg Brewing Company this past weekend. Local farmers, maltsters, and hop farmers were on full display at the event, which celebrates beer created exclusively from locally sourced ingredients.

We’ve been in attendance for all of these Farm to Pint events and the fifth iteration, which was ticketed for the first time in 2018, was as well done as it has been in prior years. All of the beers were easy to obtain (both inside and outside on the patio), the brewers themselves were readily accessible, and the tickets even included a free order of pretzel bites, which definitely hit the spot after a handful of 10oz. pours.

Which brings us to the star of the show, the beer. This year’s F2P tap list was one of the strongest in recent memory, with a number of memorable hazy and juicy IPAs, a pale ale fermented in a pickle pail and a one brewed with crushed donuts. And before you ask, no, our favorites list isn’t entirely made up of IPAs, well, not entirely at least. Just go ahead and take a look for yourself, and if you can find any of these beers on tap around the area, you do it.

42 North Brewing C-Suite White IPA – One of our absolutely favorites from the Farm to Pint draft board. All of the haze highlighted by sweet notes of orange and tangerine.

Ellicottville Brewing Whiney Wheat – Fermented with Traminette grape juice, this beer was simply lovely. Yes, a beer can be described as lovely, you wanna fight about it? Really nice notes of white wine and soft peach.

West Shore Brewing Rust Belt IPA – Massive juicy mango and papaya flavors with a soft rounded finish. Maybe the best beer we had at Farm to Pint.

Hamburg Brewing Ground and Glazed – This one is brewed with crushed Red Velvet donuts from Paula’s Donuts, so that pretty much makes it a must-drink. Beyond that, it was great – a beer that tastes like having a coffee and a donut. It’s roasty with a hit of vanilla glaze.

Rusty Nickel Pickle Pail Palletizer Pale Ale – Easily one of the more wild beers we’ve had recently. This shouldn’t have worked, but it did. The dill and cucumber shines through. This one was born after Rusty Nickel had a fresh pilot batch of Palletizer Pale and no fermenter to put it in, so they dumped it into an empty pickle pail. A happy accident for sure.

Thin Man Brewery Aura Tart Belgian Ale – A collaboration with Ontario’s Block 3, Aura is yet another banging tart saison from Thin Man. Tart and very refreshing notes of Belgian candied sugar and Riesling grape juice.

Another Farm to Pint event and another Farm to Pint Week is in the books, so until next year, here’s hoping that you are keeping on thinking and drinking local. We know we will. Cheers. For more information on all things F2P, please visit www.BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.Org/F2P.

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: Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside, Buffalo Brewing’s Beer Garden, Pearl Street Wild Stallions, Beer Cruises with Grady Lady Cruises

Buffalo Brewers Fest 2018 Returns to Canalside, Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p). The marquee festival, which returns to Canalside for 2018, will feature 100% local Buffalo & WNY breweries, as well as local food vendors and food trucks. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison. There will also be a number of special features, including local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with local malt and hops. Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com.

Buffalo Brewing Company Brews Special Beer, Opens New Beer Garden

The next time you find yourself at Charlie’s Boat Yard, make sure you order a CBY Boatyard Brew, a session IPA brewed specifically for them by Buffalo Brewing Company. Hopped with Chinook, Simcoe in the boil, Vic Secret in the whirlpool and Citra and Mosaic dry hop, the result is a beer that was built to be consumed at the small boat harbor. And the next time you’re down at Buffalo Brewing’s taproom, grab a pint and head out to their new beer garden. The space features plenty of open space and seating, including wooden Adirondack chairs and picnic tables.

Pearl Street Pays Tribute to Bill & Ted with New Summer Beer

In honor of the forthcoming third Bill & Ted film, Pearl Street Brewery are paying homage to William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan, collectively known as the Wild Stallions, with their latest brew, Wild Stallions Imperial Hefeweizen. This beer is an amped up version of Wild Ox Wheat beer, clocking in at 7.6% ABV. Banana and clove balance perfectly with smooth wheat and noble hops for a rounded, interesting, and totally drinkable beer, which may hide the ABV a little too well. Wild Stallions might be the perfect reason to reacquaint yourself with Pearl Street’s many patios.

Drink Local on the High Seas with Grand Lady Cruises

There’s nothing that says summer more than hitting the open water with fresh local craft beer, and luckily you can do both with Grand Lady Cruises. On June 24, Thin Man Brewery is taking the cruise over ($38 gets you a two-hour cruise, 4 beer samples, light appetizers and live music). From there, Woodcock Brothers Brewing will be featured on August 7, Pressure Drop Brewing on August 21 and Big Ditch Brewing on August 28. Grand Lady Cruises depart from Buffalo Riverworks (boarding 6:30p, sailing 7-9p). Space is limited so book online (fareharbor.com) or by phone at (716) 873-4630.

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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Beer, Wine & Spirits, Oh My – Find Them All (And More) at Elmwood Village Farmers Market

When the weather turns warmer, us Buffalonians love two things – being outside and drinking beer, and wine and spirits for that matter. One place that comes to mind where you can accomplish all of those things and more is the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday, from 8am-1pm, rain or shine, through November. Multiple wineries, breweries and distilleries will be on hand each and every week selling their wares.

Clarence’s West Shore Brewing Company will be at the market every week with different beers, each available for growler fills (owner Josh Dziomba says that crowlers and variety packs are a possibility in the near future), while Big Ditch Brewing (June 16, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 6) and Resurgence Brewing (June 2 & 30, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 20) will alternate appearances. Community Beer Works will also be there during select weeks.

Aside from beer, wineries such as Leonard Oaks (June 30, July 21, August 18, September 1 & 15), 21 Brix (July 28, August 18, September 22, October 6), Victorianbourg (May 26, June 9 & 23, July 14, August 25, September 8 & 29, October 13), Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery (May 26, June 2, July 7, August 25, September 15 & 29, October 13 & 27), Freedom Run (June 2 & 9, August 4, September 22, October 6), Eveningside (June 16, July 21, August 11) and Schulze (June 23, July 7, August 11, September 1 & 8) will be in attendance at the farmer’s market, while Niagara Craft Spirits (June 2 & 23, July 14, August 4 & 25, September 15, October 6 & 27, November 3, 10 & 17), Barn Dog Craft Distilling (May 26, June 16, July 7 & 28, August 18, September 8 & 29, October 20) and Black Button Distilling (June 9 & 30, July 21, August 11, September 1 & 22, October 13) will trade off weeks.

While you’re out shopping for locally crafted adult libations at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, you can also check a few other things off your shopping list, as the market also features vendors selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organics, fresh meat, cut flowers, eggs, dairy, honey, maple syrup, cheese and more. Products available at the market are always fresh, seasonal and local. Some new vendors in 2018 include Sitka Salmon, Five Points Bakery and Spar’s European Sausage & Meats.

In addition, HEAL Bflo offers free weekly yoga classes from 10-11am (classes begin June 2 on the west side of Elmwood Avenue, directly beyond the market), live music takes place 9:30am-12:30pm (weather permitting), KidBiz will bring its young entrepreneurs to the market on June 16, July 7 and August 4 and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo will host Wellness Lane events on July 21 and August 18.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market, located at the corner of Elmwood Avenue & Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, is open from 8am to 1pm Saturdays through November. For more information, please visit https://www.elmwoodmarket.org/.

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: Hazy IPA at 42 North, Farm to Pint, Rock the Gates, Public Day

New Haze Set to Hit Taps at 42 North

42 North Brewing is set to tap a new hazy IPA, Milestone 82 NE IPA (5.5%), on May 18th at 12pm. Brewed to be the haziest beer 42 North has ever made thanks to a blend of Azacca, Denali, Wai-iti, and Motueka hops, Milestone 82 NE IPA is hazy (duh!) and tropical with a soft, juicy finish. It’s very sessionable with a medium body, mild bitterness and a moderately sweet finish. This beer will be available for crowler fills. The East Aurora brewery also just released a new batch of Creekside Session IPA cans with Denali, Moteuka and Pacifica hops.

Fifth Annual Farm to Pint Event Returns to Hamburg Brewing

Farm to Pint, the annual celebration of beer created exclusively from local ingredients, returns for a fifth year on May 20 at Hamburg Brewing Company, 12-5pm. The event, which showcases the work of New York State brewers, malters and hop farmers, will feature over 10 specially made beers brewed by local breweries. The event is ticketed this year ($30 presale, $40 day of, $10 Designated Driver), which include a 10oz. Belgian Tulip F2P tasting glass, samplings of all beers, order of pretzel bites and live music by Max Muscato. Full pints and growlers available after 5pm. Presale tickets at Hamburgbrewing.com.

Seventh Annual Public Day at Southern Tier Brewing Company

Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Public Day 2018, the seventh installment of the annual event, a day of music, beer and food featuring dozens of Southern Tier beers, including standard releases, seasonal releases, one-off varieties and popular 2X series, Blackwater series, and many limited releases, takes place at Lakewood’s Empty Pint on May 19 (12-6pm). The event will feature 45 Southern Tier beers on tap, spirits and craft cocktails from Southern Tier Distilling Company and live music from the Brent Peterson Band. The event is free and open to the public. 5oz samples of beer will be available for $1 each.

Ring in Summer with Rock The Gates at 12 Gates Brewing

Usher in summer at 12 Gates with the second annual Rock the Gates Festival, a day of entertainment and special beer releases, on June 2nd (12-11pm). The event will feature the exclusive release of Ancient Chaos Tropical Stout (22oz bombers, $12 each, 100 bottles available). Tickets are $10 pre-sale ($15 door) and include a voucher for 12 Gates pint glass (while supplies last) and 1 beer and VIP tickets ($30 pre-sale / $35 door) include Rock the Gates t-shirt, 12 Gates teku glass, 2 beers and VIP Tent Access (8 exclusive beers). There will also be live music all day.

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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All Things Local Celebrated During Farm to Pint Week

While Farm to Pint primarily celebrates Western New York’s rich history of brewing, our region is also home to many vineyards, heritage hog farms, cheese makers, meaderies, cideries and distilleries, all of which will be celebrated during Farm to Pint week, which continues through May 20. The celebration casts the spotlight on the growing farm-to-table, and farm-to-glass, movement in the worlds of both food and drink.

The third annual Full Circle Fest at 42 North Brewing, which is sold out, takes place on Saturday, May 19 (2-6pm). The event features beer tastings from over a dozen local breweries, live music with the Tyler Wescott trio, and a pig roast with a pig raised on 42 North’s spent grains. Root’s Kitchen will provide sides and sauces for the roast.

“F2P celebrates Buffalo Niagara’s exciting new growth of hops and small grains farming which has given local brewing companies the ability to produce craft beer from local sources right here at home,” Willard Brooks, Chairman of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association Board of Directors, said. “The addition of so many independent, locally owned breweries is truly making Western New York a real tourist draw for craft beer and food enthusiasts alike.”

The fifth annual Farm to Pint, the annual celebration of beer created exclusively from local ingredients, returns for a fifth year on May 20 at Hamburg Brewing Company, 12-5pm. Limited edition and one-off brews will be available from 12 Gates, 42 North, Big Ditch Brewing, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Five & 20 Brewing & Distilling, Flying Bison, Four Mile, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg, New York Beer Project, Old First Ward, Pearl Street Brewery, Resurgence Brewing, Rusty Nickel, Southern Tier Brewing, Woodcock Brothers and Windy Brew. The event is ticketed this year ($30 presale, $40 day of, $10 Designated Driver), which include a 10oz. Belgian Tulip F2P tasting glass, samplings of all beers available, an order of pretzel bites and live music by Max Muscato. Full pints and growlers fills will be available after 5pm. Presale tickets can be purchased at Hamburgbrewing.com.

Farm to Pint tentative tap list:

Thin Man Brewery – Aura
Resurgence Brewing Company – Black Currant Kettle Sour
Community Beer Works – Frank
42 North Brewing Company – Buckwheat Brown Ale
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – NYS IPA
Big Ditch Brewing Company – Orange Blossom Honey Ale
Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. – Pickle Pail Palletizer Pae Ale
Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing Co. – Therapy Session Pale Ale
Buffalo Brewing Company – 2008 Rye Maple Bitter
BlackBird Cider Works – Estate Reserve – Semi Dry Hard Cider
WINDY BREW – FolsomPale
Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing – Grape Lakes
Sato Brewpub – Farm 2 Bento
Four Mile Brewing – Maple Brown Ale
West Shore Brewing Company – Rust Belt Copper Haze IPA
Southern Tier Brewing Company – Concord Grape Gose
Woodcock Brothers Brewery – North 425 Pilsner
Pressure Drop Brewing – Mother Rucker
New York Beer Project – Hop Technique: Code I
Ellicottville Brewing Company – Cashmaster
Ellicottville Brewing Company – Whiney Wheat
Flying Bison Brewing Company – Best Bitter
Hamburg Brewing Company – Ground and Glazed

Also as part of Farm to Pint Week, Lilly Belle Meads will have their Honey and Hops Mead on tap all week long at Pizza Plant.

“It’s important to use locally grown ingredients because it supports those around us who do grow local ingredients and to let the consumer know ‘Hey, this stuff was grown down the road,’” Russo says. “It’s for the same reason people purchase food at farmers markets, fresh locally grown product. It’s also not just about hops and barley. This region is great for extracting maple sap from trees and making the commonly known maple syrup! We want to promote Farm to Pint because it draws attention to a topic that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to beer. Most people do not realize that you can make beer from ingredients grown in your own backyard. The idea of farm to pint is more than just beer. It’s a fun way to interact with those who make up the different steps it takes to get the liquid in your glass.”

The growth in the craft beer industry is supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s farm brewery bill, which calls for designated “farm breweries” to use, until the end of 2018, at least 20 percent NYS hops and 20 percent of all other ingredients in their beer, a number which rises to 60 percent from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2023 and 90 percent from January 1, 2024. Both Hamburg Brewery and Old First Ward Brewing are now designated as “farm breweries.”

For more information, please visit BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.Org/F2P.

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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Thin Man Brewery House Favorite Finally Hits Cans

‘I’ve got a doodle in my noodle and its name is Minkey Boodle!’ Alright alright, all Space Ghost references aside, Minkey Boodle, one of Thin Man Brewery’s best selling beers, will finally be released in cans this weekend. The fushia-colored raspberry sour will be released alongside Marble Tulip Juicy Tree, named after a track off of Ween’s 1990 album GodWeenSatan: The Oneness, a New England IPA brewed in collaboration with Hudson Valley’s Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.

Minkey Boodle will be released in 4pk cans for $16.99, while Marble Tulip Juicy Tree will run $15.99 per 4pk. There is a one case per person limit for each (subject to change). The line forms to the left starting at 11am on May 12.

Thin Man’s Rudy Watkins says that the plan has long called for Minkey to be canned, but they weren’t able to pull the trigger on it until right now. “We’ve wanted to keg Minkey for a while, we just haven’t had the time,” he says. “It’s one of our best sellers at Thin Man and we really thought it would do well packaged.”

And this won’t be a one-time thing either with Minkey. As a matter of fact, Watkins says that this release will be the first of a few sours he has planned to can, including another collaboration they did with Brasserie Dunham in Dunham, Quebec, Canada, so that’s something that we can all look forward to.

“Minkey will certainly be canned again – when exactly that happens depends on a million variables, but it’ll certainly be available again once our new location comes on-line, if not sooner. More kettle sours like Minkey will definitely be canned [in the future]. We’re also working on getting some of our long term sours into bottles, and are hoping that the first one will be the collab we did with Dunham a few months back; it’s basically a tart Belgian Golden Ale with Meyer lemon.”

We all know and love Minkey, but as a little refresher to get everyone in the proper mood, expect bright acidity that mingles with a rounded raspberry character and a crisp body. It also looks pretty sitting in a glass. Marble Tulip Juicy Tree, a 7.1% NEIPA, was brewed with lactose and cryo hops, Moteuka, Simcoe, Cryo Citra, and Columbus. Expect this one to be super smooth and super hazy.

“Marble Tulip is a collab with Captain Lawrence – our third collab with them actually!” Watkins says. “This is the first of the three that was brewed here. It’s a lightly hazy IPA with a bunch of Motueka & Citra. Nice & fruity, not overly sweet, with a bit of lactose to round out the body. We’re excited to see what people think about it.”

“In terms of how it came about – we’ve known Scott from Captain Lawrence forever. He’s a great guy and has certainly been an inspiration – he’s one of New York’s OG sour producers – and I’ve been enjoying his beers for years.”

And as if a pair of can releases isn’t enough, Thin Man has also prepared a keg of DDH Burning Money with Azacca for the special occasion. There is a very limited batch of this beer so crowlers or growlers will not be able to be filled.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/214207082701694/.

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: Can Releases at Woodcock, Thin Man & Community Beer Works, Steelbound Opens in Ellicottville

Woodcock Brothers to Release New Citra Dry Hopped Woodcock IPA Cans

If you liked the last version of Woodcock Brothers Brewing’s XPA, then you’re going to want to get your hands on cans of Citra Dry Hopped Woodcock IPA when it’s released May 12 (noon). It’s hopped with Chinook, Simcoe and Citra and uses the same malt bill and yeast used in XPA v.6.2. The result is a citrusy intense, full bodied, balanced IPA with minimal bitterness. Citra Dry Hopped Woodcock IPA will available in 4-pks and draft (brewery only) (limit 1 case per person). A limited amount of cans will hit distribution in the coming weeks after the brewery release.

Double Can Release at Thin Man With Sour, Hazy IPA

Time to get in line because Thin Man Brewery has finally decided to pull the trigger and can Minkey Boodle, their beloved house fuchsia-hued raspberry sour, and will release it on May 12. And as if one can release wasn’t enough, Thin Man will also be releasing cans of Marble Tulip Juicy Tree, a 7.1% New England IPA they brewed in collaboration with Captain Lawrence. Marble Tulip Juicy Tree was brewed with lactose and cryo hops, Moteuka, Simcoe, Cryo Citra, and Columbus. Expect this one to be super smooth and super hazy. We’ll see you all in line on Saturday.

Community Beer Works Wins Huge Award, Plans Pair of Can Releases

After winning a gold medal at the TapNY Festival, Community Beer Works followed up by winning a bronze medal in the Historical Beer category at the World Beer Cup for their Pantomime Horse Adambier. And the good news just keeps coming from CBW as the brewery is planning to release a pair of Berliner Weisses over the next few weeks. On May 19 (12pm), CBW has a pair of can releases, Lemon Pepper Berliner Weisse, which is refreshingly tart with a balanced lemony-citric profile that hints at white peppercorn spice, and Strawberry Basil Berliner Weisse, featuring a well-balanced strawberry complimented by earthly basil.

Steelbound Brewery and Distillery Opens their Doors in Ellicottville

The number of Western New York area breweries is set to grow by one as Steelbound Brewery and Distillery will officially open their doors this week down in Ellicottville. Starting at 4pm on Monday, Steelbound will hold regular hours all week long (Sun-Thursday 4-10pm, Friday & Saturday 4-12am), including Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday. They will open will a full line of beer on tap, including BETA Juice and Last Minute IPA’s, Double Dog Dare Ya DIPA, Fat Porter, Nutty Blond Blonde Ale and Portly Gentleman Stout. Find them at 6600 US-219 in Ellicottville and online at https://www.facebook.com/SteelboundEvl/ and www.steelboundevl.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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Canadian, American Breweries Team Up at Canadian American Beer Festival: Ontario BETA

After a successful trial run in Western New York at Pizza Plant on April 8, the Canadian American Beer Festival BETA Edition will head across the border to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on May 5 at Augusta’s Winking Judge. The ticketed event will take place from 2-6pm.

The original event, which was scheduled for April 7, 2018 at the Conference and Event Center in Niagara Falls, NY has been postponed to April 13, 2019 at the Conference & Event Center in Niagara Falls USA. The event was pushed back as a result of an issue regarding bringing product over the border that could not be resolved in a timely manner.

Tickets for the Canadian BETA Edition of the event are $50 Canadian and include exclusive samplings of all Ontario-made Can-Am collaborations, food, a commemorative beer stein and the chance to interact with the brewers who made the beers. As well, the week after the event select Can-Am collabs will be on tap at both the Winking Judge as well as at the tap rooms of each producing brewery.

The beers set to be tapped for the special event offers something for every kind of beer drinker, from IPA’s, both hazy and clear, to light drinkers such as kellerbier and kolsch, to all things sour, including gose, kettle sours and even a sour hopfenweisse. Among some of the more special beers set to be featured are Belgian Waffles w/ Blueberries, a Golden Strong Ale from Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing and Lock Street Brewing that clocks in at nearly 10%, Squeeze Across the Border, a New England IPA from Redline Brewing and Thin Man Brewery and O.P. Imperial Pilsner, a heavy hitting 8.4% pilsner from Community Beer Works and Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. Find a tentative list below.

Beer list (subject to change):

  • Brimstone & Rusty Nickel –  Mountie & Buffalo Walk into Bar, Belgian IPA 6.3%
  • Beau’s & Flying Bison – Great Planes, Biere de Garde, 7%
  • Block 3 & Resurgence – Angels & Apricots, Oak Aged Gose – 4%
  • Cowbell & New York Beer Project – Crazy Hazy IPA, NEIPA 7.5%
  • Grand River & 12 Gates – Life on Marzen, Märzen, 5.7%
  • Collective Arts & Hamburg – Maybe Next Year, Citra-Denali DDH Kettle Sour 5%
  • Flying Monkeys & Woodcock Brothers – Slam Dunkel, Dunkelweizen 4.75%
  • Niagara Teaching Brewery & Buffalo Brewing Co – Salt & Pepper Gose, 4.4%
  • Oast House & Southern Tier – Mixed-Ferment Farmhouse Mosaic IPA 6%
  • Nickel Brook & Ellicottville Brewing Company – Only Nerds Will Know, Kettle Soured Hopfenweisse, 4.9%
  • Shawn & Ed Brewing Co & Community Beer Works – O.P. Imperial Pilsner, 8.4%
  • Railway City & West Shore Brewing Company –  Border Crossing, Galaxy Kolsch, 5.5%
  • Redline Brewhouse & Thin Man Brewing – Squeeze Across the Border, NEIPA, 6.4%
  • Royal City & 42 North –  New World Saison
  • Wellington & 4 Mile – Walk 4 Miles, Dry Hopped Kellerbier, 5%
  • Lock Street &  Five & 20 –  Belgian Waffles w/ Blueberries, Golden Strong Ale, 9.5%

Augusta’s Winking Judge craft beer bar is located at 25 Augusta St in Hamilton Ontario (1-905-524-5626). For more information on the Can-Am Fest, please visit https://canadianamericanbeerfestival.com/.

The Can-Am is organized by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, with the assistance of the Ontario Craft Brewers, Niagara College Teaching Brewery, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, and Consumers Beverages as well as event partner, Lyft.

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: TapNY Fest Medal Wins, Kegs & Eggs, Derby Day, Award-Winning Homebrews

5 Buffalo Breweries Win Medals at TapNY Beer Festival

Buffalo beer was well represented at the TAP New York Craft Beer & Food Festival this past weekend as a handful of local beers won medals. In no particular order, Community Beer Works (Gold/IPA, Interrobang), Resurgence Brewing Company (Bronze/DIPA, Head in the Clouds), Thin Man Brewery (Silver/Porter, Black Frances, Silver/Barrel Aged Beer, Double Barrel Ookla Porter), New York Beer Project (Silver/English Style Stout, Aberdeen Tropical Stout) and Southern Tier Brewing Company (Silver/Barrel Aged Beer, Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout) all took home awards. There are special things happening in Buffalo beer right now and people are starting to take notice.

Kegs & Eggs Makes Its Return to Resurgence

Kegs & Eggs makes it return to Resurgence Brewing on May 6 (11am). As usual, come hungry because breakfast garbage plates will be served while you enjoy flights of experimental brews that will be rolled out for the event. Now, onto the important part, the beer. Flight 1 will feature Plum Gose, Flemish Red, White Wine Barrel Aged Brett Saison and Chocolate, Dark Cherry & Vanilla Kettle Sour, while Flight 2 will feature White Wine Barrel Aged Head in the Clouds DIPA, Pineapple Pilsner, Kottbusser (German Spring Beer) and Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Dubbel. There will also be cask beer.

Celebrate Derby Day at Flying Bison with Barrel Aged Stout

There’s more to do on May 5 than watch the ‘most exciting two minutes in sports,’ aka the Kentucky Derby, like enjoy a bottle of Barrel Aged Spot Coffee Stout, which has aged for nearly a year in freshly-emptied whiskey barrels. Well, you can do both at Flying Bison’s Derby Day Jam (2pm), held in conjunction with neighbors Buffalo Distilling, the Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation and Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles. Derby Jam will feature two stages of live bluegrass music, traditional mint juleps at the distillery, Barrel-Aged Spot Coffee Stout at the brewery, and fresh fried chicken & waffles.

Homebrew Winners to Brew Beer at Windy Brew, Flying Bison

A pair of homebrewers will hit the brewhouses at Windy Brew and Flying Bison to brew their award winning beer. Kevin DiTondo won the Erie County Fair Homebrew Competition with his Vienna Lager. The beer will be brewed at Flying Bison and will serve as the official beer for the 2018 Erie County Fair. Ian Calder’s American Amber won Das Hausbrauers Von Buffalo Homebrew Club’s homebrew competition, sponsored by Hamm and Fattey’s and Windy Brew Custom Beer Center. The beer will be brewed at Windy Brew and will be available on tap at Hamm and Fattey later in the spring.

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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It’s Derby Day & Cinco de Mayo in Buffalo on May 5

Let me set the scene – come Saturday, Buffalo will be awash in big hats, fast horses, mint juleps, margaritas, tequila shots and craft beer, because the drinking stars have aligned and Derby Day, the day the Kentucky Derby, the fastest two minutes in sports, is annually run, and Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of all things Mexican food and drink, fall on the same day this year, May 5.

Actually, Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, but I digress.

It’s no small secret that Buffalo is a drinking town. While mint juleps and margaritas will be aplenty this weekend in the Queen City, it should come as no shock that there will be plenty of great craft beer available around town to help celebrate, so I thought it in everyone’s best interest if I compiled all of those beers, including some of our local favorites to help celebrate the occasion, into one place for quick and easy reference. Some beers are new, just for this weekend, and some are tried and true classics for Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo.

Amidst all your drinking, don’t forget about the Kentucky Derby itself though, because, you know, it’s only two minutes and it’s pretty damn exciting.

This is already a great list and it’s not even mentioning new beers released in honor of Star Wars Day on May the 4th, a nice little collection that includes Chew-Bock-A, a 17.5% Eisbock from 12 Gates and the first release in Brickyard Brewing’s Exit 25A series, a rotating series of hoppy session IPAs, a 5% IPA with a blend of Galaxy, Mosaic and Summit hops.

  • Flying Bison Brewing Barrel Aged Spot Coffee Stout: Their spot Coffee Stout that was aged for nearly a year in freshly-emptied whiskey barrels.
  • Thin Man Brewery Cinco de Cryo: A double dry-hopped New England Double IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic Cryo and Galaxy hops.
  • Pressure Drop Brewing / West Shore Brewing Sketchy IPA & Hella Sketchy DIPA: Sketchy (6%) is brewed with Centennial, Mosaic and Simcoe hops for crisp notes of fruity and dank. Hella Sketchy (8.5%) features Centennial, Simcoe Oil and Mosaic hops, and was dry hopped with Simcoe during active fermentation and Mosaic after. Sketchy will be available at both locations, while Hella Sketchy will be on tap at West Shore this weekend (and Pressure Drop soon after).
  • New York Beer Project Kentucky Rye Imperial Stout & Mexican Lager: The perfect combination of beer for this day – a never-before-tasted pilot batch of Mexican Lager for Cinco de Mayo, and an Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky Rye Whiskey barrelsfor Derby Day.

If you need us come Saturday, chances are we will be imbibing on some of the latest and freshest batch of 42 North’s LuchaBrew Mexican Lager, so there’s yet another beer to consider enjoying this weekend. So, did May 5 just officially become our favorite day of the year?

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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