Meet the Brewers Tent at Buffalo Brewers Festival Combines Great Food & Great Beer

Perhaps the most unique tent at the Buffalo Brewers Festival is the Meet the Brewers Tent, which features local brewers pairing their handcrafted beers with locally made cheeses from Reverie Creamery and locally sourced chocolate from Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates.

For the fourth iteration of the Meet the Brewers tent, there will be two sessions. Both sessions promise to be highly interactive and educational taste experiences not to be missed as brewers from each brewery, as well as representatives from Reverie Creamery Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates, will be on hand to explain how each pairing works, how they came together, what flavors you should expect and to answer any questions you may have.

The first session (4:30-5pm) features Riko Chandra of Reverie Creamery pairing their cheeses with the likes of Four Mile Brewing, Rusty Nickel Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing Company, and Windy Brew.

The second session (5:30-6pm) features Lacy Christ of chocolatier Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates pairing their chocolates with 12 Gates Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Resurgence Brewing, and Thin Man Brewery.

Only 75 tickets are available for each session. Tickets for each session are $5 and will be available for purchase at the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tent at the Buffalo Brewers Festival.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

The 2017 Meet the Brewers Tent is brought to you by Premier Gourmet and Chef Krista van Wagner.

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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Farm-to-Pint Tent at Buffalo Brewers Festival Spotlights All-Local Beer

One of the newest and most exciting features at the Buffalo Brewers Festival is the Farm-to-Pint Tent, which celebrates beer created exclusively from locally sourced ingredients by Western New York breweries and showcases local farmers, maltsters, and hop farmers like Sheldon Grain Co, NY Craft Malt, Niagara Malts & Hops, Koester Hops, 1816 Malt House, Crooked Creek Hops Farm.

Limited edition brews will be available for tasting from Big Ditch Brewing Company, Flying Bison, Four Mile Brewing, Hamburg Brewing, Rusty Nickel Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Woodcock Brothers and Windy Brew. This fun and interactive experience will allow you to learn about where your beer is grown, who grows it, and how it gets into your pint glass. This is really a learn-by-drinking extravaganza.

Featured breweries:

– Hamburg Brewing – F2P Honey Ale
– Big Ditch Brewing – WNY Pale Ale
– Four Mile Brewing – F2P Maple Brown
– Woodcock Brothers Brewing– F2P 425 Pilsner
– Flying Bison Brewing – Newport Pleasureale IPA
– Rusty Nickel Brewing – Wit & Wisdom Witbier
– Southern Tier Brewing – F2P Imperial Gose
– Windy Brew – Sheldon Helles

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

The Farm-to-Pint Tent is brought to you by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association with generous logistical & organizational support from  Rusty Nickel.

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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The beer game at the Guest Brewer Tent at Buffalo Brewers Festival is strong

While the old saying isn’t fourth times a charm, it just might have to be changed to that because the Guest Brewers Tent at the fourth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival is as strong, if not stronger, as it has ever been in the past. You can find out for yourself as the marquee summer beer festival returns on Saturday, June 24 at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

The brewery lineup for this year’s Guest Brewers tent is as good as it has ever been, if not vastly superior to previous years. Headlined by Brooklyn’s brewery du jour Other Half Brewing, along with fellow New York breweries Industrial Arts Brewing and Singlecut Beersmiths, the beer game at the Guest Brewers Tent is going to be strong. Real strong.

Here is the full list of Guest Brewers and the beer they are bringing:

– Other Half (DDH Space Diamonds DIPA| DDH All Citra Everything IPA)
– Industrial Arts (Safety Glasses SIPA | Power Tools IPA)
– Ommegang (Rosetta Kriek| Sour Pale Ale)
– Firestone Walker (Luponic Distortortion #6 | Bretta Weisse)
– Singlecut (Softly Spoken Magic Spells DIPA)
– Gun Hill (Booby Trap Saison)
– Brouwerij de Ranke (XX Bitter)
– Mill House (Northwest Territory DIPA)
– Thirsty Dog (Wulvers Barrel Aged Wee Heavy)

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

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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Breweries, Tap List Announced For Buffalo Brewers Festival 

The full list of breweries, cideries and meaderies, along with each and every boozy offering they will be pouring, for the 4th annual Buffalo Brewers Festival has been announced. The marquee summer beer festival takes place Saturday, June 24 at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

For those that do not know, or for those just need a little help jogging your memory, the Buffalo Brewers Festival is broken into a number of specialized tents, including one main Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association Tent, which features all of your favorite hometown breweries, Guest Brewers Tent, which this year is bigger and better than ever (just look at the list below), Farm-To-Pint Tent, which spotlights local beer sourced exclusively from local ingredients, New York State Cider & Mead Tent, which is exactly what it sounds like, and the Meet the Brewers Tent, which features unique beer pairings including Reverie Creamery cheeses paired with several local breweries and local chocolatier Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates and several local breweries.

Now, without further ado, here is the complete brewery and tap list for the fourth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival:

BNBA WNY Brewers Tent:

– 12 Gates (Hermetic IPA | Saison)
– 42 North (Borderland IPA | Tart Farmhouse Saison)
– Big Ditch (Hayburner IPA | Squeezer Sour Kolsch)
– Buffalo Brewing Company (1901 IPA | 1842 Vienna Lager)
– Buffalo Brewpub (Blueberry Wheat | Amber Ale)
– Community Beer Works (The Whale | Interrobang IPA)
– Ellicottville Brewing Company (Fistful of Peel Citrus IPA | Blueberry Wheat)
– Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing (Lim Wit Hefe | Double X-ing DIPA)
– Flying Bison (Lemondrop Lager | Low Gear Session IPA)
– Four Mile (New England Pale Ale | Green Street IPA)
– Gordon Biersch (German Pilsner | West Coast IPA)
– Hamburg (Summa This | Roots Tropical Pale Ale)
– New York Beer Project (Supernatural Kettle Sour | Panda Paws Porter)
– Old First Ward (Short Sleeves Hoppy Wheat | Mashtag IPA)
– Riverworks Brewing Company (Conveyor Cream Ale | Rejuvenator IPA)
– Pearl Street Brewery (Train Wreck Amber)
– Pan Am/Lafayette Brewing (Rough Rider Porter)
– Resurgence Brewing (CitMo IPA | Cosmic Truth Session IPA)
– Rusty Nickel (Slice O’ Havens Imperial Cream Ale| Palletizer Pale Ale)
– Southern Tier (Nu Skool IPA | Unfiltered 2xIPA)
– Thin Man (Juicemaster Mango/Passionfruit Sour| Bliss DIPA)
– West Shore Brewing (American ESB | West Shore Wheat)
– Windy Brew (Sheldon Bush Cream Ale | PTSD IPA)
– Woodcock Brothers (Woodcock IPA | Honey Saison)

Guest Brewers Tent:

– Other Half Brewing (DDH Space Diamonds DIPA| DDH All Citra Everything IPA)
– Industrial Arts (Safety Glasses SIPA | Power Tools IPA)
– Ommegang (Rosetta Kriek | Sour Pale Ale)
– Firestone Walker (Luponic Distortion #6 | Bretta Weisse)
– Singlecut (Softly Spoken Magic Spells DIPA)
– Gun Hill (Booby Trap Saison)
– Brouwerij de Ranke (XX Bitter)
– Mill House (Northwest Territory DIPA)
– Thirsty Dog (Wulvers Barrel Aged Wee Heavy)

Farm-to-Pint Tent:

– Hamburg Brewing (F2P Honey Ale)
– Four Mile Brewing (F2P Maple Brown)
– Woodcock Brothers (F2P 425 Pilsner)
– Flying Bison (Newport Pleasureale IPA)
– Rusty Nickel – (Wit & Wisdom Witbier)
– Southern Tier – (Imperial Cherry Gose)
– Windy Brew – (Sheldon Helles)

NYS Cider & Mead Tent:

– BlackBird Cider Works (Dabinett |Et Trois)
– Chateau Buffalo (Baldwin Cider | Pirouette Perry)
– Mac Jac (Black Currant | Blood Orange)
– Blackman Cider Company (Semi Sweet | Hopped)
– Bellweather Cider (King Baldwin | Cherry Street)
– Lilly Belle Meads (Honey & Hops Mead | Bobby Bouchet-style Mead)

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

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: Meet the Brewers at Buffalo Brewers Fest, Kolsch Day at 42 North, Craft Beer Cruise with Pizza Plant, SommerBrau release at Gordon Biersch

Buffalo Brewers Festival returns for 4th year

The date for the Buffalo Brewers Festival, which returns for its fourth year on June 24 (3-7pm), is rapidly approaching, and you can still purchase tickets right now at www.buffalobrewersfestival.com. In addition to over 40 breweries, cideries and meaderies slinging their suds at the Outer Harbor, new this year is the Farm to Pint Tent, which features local sourced beers, including new offerings from Rusty Nickel Brewing and Flying Bison, made from ingredients sourced from area malt houses and hop farms. Tickets are also available at Consumers Beverages, Aurora Brew Works, Premier Gourmet, the Buffalo Bisons Box Office and TicketFly.

Second Annual Kolsch Day at 42 North Brewing

42 North Brewing are celebrating all things kolsch at their 2nd Annual Kolsch Day on June 25 (1-6pm). In honor of the beer style, they will be serving their Nelson Sauvin Kölsch in traditional stange glassware, and running tabs for those participating until they are finished, meaning that the Tapkeeper on duty will be refilling your stange glass with fresh kölsch beer until a tallied coaster is placed upon the glass, signifying you are done drinking. There will also be music by The Auslanders in the biergarten, as well as German-themed special menu items. This event is free to participate.

Hit the high seas with Pizza Plant’s Booze Cruise

Pizza Plant’s annual Craft Beer Cruise returns on June 21 (5:30-9:30pm), departing from the Erie Basin Marina aboard the Miss Buffalo 2. Your ticket ($60) will get you on to the ship, as well as a free beer tasting, free wine tasting from Empire Merchants and Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, free food, including homemade chicken sausage, pasta, salad, and homemade megachip cookies and free live music, courtesy of Slim Chance Slim Chance and the Can’t Hardly Playboys. Tickets are only available only at www.eventbrite.com (they will not be available at either location or on the day of at the boat).

Celebrate Sommer(Brau) with Gordon Biersch

Gordon Biersch is going Hawaiian for the release of their annual summer seasonal, SommerBrau (4.8%), which officially hits taps on June 21 (5-7pm). The light bodied kolsch-style beer is brewed true to style by using a special top fermenting yeast strain, imported specially from Germany. Additionally, it’s brewed with 80% pale-malted barley and 20% malted wheat and German Tettnang hops. Come dressed in your favorite Hawaiian shirt for a chance to win prizes as you enjoy beers 2 for $10. Live music for the night will be provided by Busted Stuff. All proceeds will go to benefit the Craftworks Foundation.

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 Brewers Fest Tap Spotlight: Riverworks Brewing Company

In an effort to help you better plan your drinking itinerary for the fast approaching Buffalo Brewers Festival, we will be featuring select beers in our Tap Spotlight series leading up to the marquee summer event. Because, let’s face it, there’s going to be a more than a few beers on tap, so we want to make sure you know what ones to target early.

Riverworks Brewing Company, one of Buffalo’s newest attractions that recently opened inside of the old grain silos at Buffalo Riverworks, are bringing two beers to the festival that you are not going to want to miss – Conveyor Cream Ale and Rejuvenator New England-style IPA.

There might not be a better option for a first beer at the festival than Riverworks’ Conveyor Cream Ale. It’s light and crisp and gets back to RBC’s roots of being a grain elevator by adding corn in addition to the barley in the grain bill. Imported German hops keep the flavor balanced and smooth.

After that, try the Rejuvenator NEIPA. “It’s called such because of our project rejuvenating a part of Buffalo’s history,” Riverworks head brewers Chris Herr says. “The grain elevator was invented in Buffalo, and we are the only brewery built in to a grain silo in the world. Our IPA is a New England style, which means it’s very aromatic and juicy without being too bitter.”

Pearl Street’s Trainwreck Amber Ale and Pan-American Brewery’s Rough Rider Robust Porter will also be poured as part of the Pearl Street family of beers at the festival.

Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, summer’s marquee beer fest, which takes place Saturday, June 24 from 4-7pm, at the Outer Harbor. The festival will feature more than 40 breweries, including all 20 local breweries, as well as local farmers, chefs and food trucks. The Brewers Fest will also feature two Meet the Brewers sessions, which feature local beer pairings with cheeses from Reverie Creamery and sweets from Chow Chocolates. In additional to the Meet the Brewer Tent, there are be a number of special feature tents, including a NYS Cider Tent, a Farm to Pint tent and an Ontario Beer Tent. Tickets can be purchased right now at www.BuffaloBrewersFestival.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: Pan-American Brewery turns 5, free beer for dad at New York Beer Project, Thin Man celebrates one-year in business, MyCity Brew needs tasters

Pan-American Grill & Brewery Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Come down to the historic Hotel Lafayette and help Pan-American Grill and Brewery celebrate their fifth anniversary on June 16 (4-8pm). Pan-Am will not only be launching their new and improved menu with free samples of new dishes available during the party, their best-selling seasonal beer Cheaters IPA (7%), which is brewed with Amarillo, Citra, and Mosaic hops, will return to their taps. Melon, citrus, and mango are just a few of the tropical flavors you taste while drinking it, all balanced by mild malt sweetness. A special cask will also be tapped in honor of the brewery turning 5.

Bring Dad to New York Beer Project for Father’s Day

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for dad for Father’s Day, why not get him something he’ll love – beer. Head out to New York Beer Project on June 18 for a Father’s Day celebration that includes live music and a new beer release. Brunch will be served from 10am-2pm. NYBP will release I’ll Hefe Nother Hefeweizen and grilled clams will be served at 1pm. For live music, Zac Ward plays from 1-4pm and the River Dogs Blues Band takes the stage from 5-9pm. All dad’s get their first beer FREE with the purchase of an entree, all day long!

Thin Man to take over Elmwood for Summer Solstice

In honor of their one-year anniversary, Thin Man Brewery is closing down Elmwood Avenue, literally, for the first annual Summer Solstice Street Festival on June 17 (12-10pm), a full day of live music, beer and food. There will be a pig roast, seafood boil, Allen Burger Venture burgers and more for those looking to eat and both bars inside will be open for full beer, wine, and cocktail service. Also, a beer truck will be outside for quick access. Aircraft, Uncle Ben’s Remedy and Ten Cent Howl, among others, will take to the stage to perform. Buy tickets at www.eventbrite.com.

Join MyCity Brew’s official tasting panel

From June 14-20, MyCity Brew is giving away 25 taste testing roles for their final selection event, and to enter all you have to do is like their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mycitybrew).  MCB will randomly select 25 people to be an official taste tester in their final selection event. If you already like their Facebook page, a post will be pinned to the top of their page that people can share to be entered to win as well. Winners will be announced on June 21. Earlier this year, MyCity Brew settled on Dunkel (Dark Lager) after tabulating all of the votes.

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 Brewers Fest Tap Spotlight: Flying Bison Newport Pleasureale IPA

In an effort to help you better plan your drinking itinerary for the fast approaching Buffalo Brewers Festival, we will be featuring select beers in our Tap Spotlight series leading up to the marquee summer event. Because, let’s face it, there’s going to be a more than a few beers on tap, so we want to make sure you know what ones to target early.

One of the three beers Flying Bison Brewing Company will be pouring at the festival (along with Lemondrop Lager and Low Gear Session IPA) is their brand new farm-to-pint beer, made with 100% New York State sourced ingredients, Newport Pleasureale IPA (5%). This American IPA is brewed with pale malt & red wheat from Batavia’s NY Craft Malt and East Prairie Hop Farm’s Newport hops.

“Almost each member of the brewery staff has found different descriptors for this beer: pine, cantaloupe, strawberry, lemon, melon, cut grass, store-bought birthday cake with frosting, and even onion in the aroma…just to name a few,” Flying Bison says of Newport Pleasureale. “The hop flavors are very complex and have definitely sparked some interesting conversations. It was especially fun to discover flavors we never knew could come out of this variety. The cantaloupe flavors combined very well with Ted Hawley’s red wheat from Batavia.”

Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, summer’s marquee beer fest, which takes place Saturday, June 24 from 4-7pm, at the Outer Harbor. The festival will feature more than 40 breweries, including all 20 local breweries, as well as local farmers, chefs and food trucks. The Brewers Fest will also feature two Meet the Brewers sessions, which feature local beer pairings with cheeses from Reverie Creamery and sweets from Chow Chocolates. In additional to the Meet the Brewer Tent, there are be a number of special feature tents, including a NYS Cider Tent, a Farm to Pint tent and an Ontario Beer Tent. Tickets can be purchased right now at www.BuffaloBrewersFestival.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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Something is brewing down on the river at Riverworks Brewing Company

After meticulous planning, millions of dollars ($2.2M to be exact), months of anticipations (15 of them) and a massive buildout that included converting former grain silos into a fully functioning brewery, the time has finally come – Riverworks Brewing Company at Buffalo Riverworks is open for business.

And it’s certainly a destination brewery.

Nestled inside the former GLF grain silos, you know, the ones with the Labatt Blue logo painted on them, Riverworks Brewing Company is the world’s only operational brewery housed inside a grain silo. Helmed by head brewer Chris Herr, who also keeps all of the beer flowing at Pan-American Brewery and Pearl Street Brewery, the brew house at RBC is really a spectacle to behold.

Featuring approximately three miles of beer lines throughout the entire Buffalo Riverworks complex (meaning plenty of opportunities and locations to get a fresh pint), 4 30 bbl. fermenters, 4 15 bbl. fermenters, 4 30 bbl. bright tanks and 8 15 bbl. bright tanks, the RBC brew house is truly unique.

While walking through the silos you can see the saw marks on the walls from where the construction team was forced to cut through rebar-re-enforced concrete. On the lower levels, 14 stainless steel serving tanks flow directly to the taps at the Silo Bar and four indoor stations, using a one-of-a-kind distribution system created by Herr.

“We’re very excited to open the only brewery built in to a grain silo in the world,” Herr says. “It’s fun to think about how these silos used to house grain that we’re now using for brewing. We’re excited to offer totally unique beers at Riverworks, and we’re happy that we were able to get them flowing just as the summer starts.”

Speaking of beer, 8 beers are on tap at Riverworks, one of which is Pearl Street flagship Trainwreck Amber Ale. Amongst Riverworks’ year-round offers are:

Conveyor Cream Ale (4%): Light and crisp, Conveyor Cream Ale gets back to Riverworks’ roots of being a grain elevator by adding corn in addition to the barley in the grain bill. Imported German hops keep the flavor balanced and smooth.

Rejuvenator IPA: Called such because of RBC’s project of rejuvenating a part of Buffalo’s history. The grain elevator was invented in Buffalo, and they are the only brewery built in to a grain silo in the world. The Rejuvenator is a New England-style IPA, meaning it’s very aromatic and juicy without being too bitter.

Wheeler Wheat (4.7%): A traditional German hefeweizen, which literally translates to “wheat beer with yeast.” The yeast adds banana and clove spice flavors, which is left unfiltered to accentuate this character. The Wheeler silo is the silo with the rock climbing walls, which is where the name comes from.

Bin House Brown Ale: A bin house is the small building on the top of a grain elevator. Riverworks’ brown ale is a traditional English pub ale, brewed with imported malts and hops for a true taste from across the pond. Medium bodied and full of rich toast flavors, Bin House goes perfect with their modern pub fare.

“The Conveyor Cream Ale is a very light colored, balanced beer that uses corn in addition to the barley in the grain bill to keep the flavor light and let the imported Czech hops shine through,” Herr says.  “The Rejuvenator IPA is an unfiltered IPA that utilizes a blend of some of the best hops to come from the Pacific Northwest – Nugget, Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic. It’s heavily hopped late in the kettle and in the fermenter to add loads of flavor and aroma without becoming overly bitter.”

They also currently have two seasonal offerings:

New York State Rye Pale Ale (5.6%): A rye pale ale made with NYS grain and hops from local growers. It’s spicy and balanced. The rye came from NY Craft Malt in Batavia, the barley from Niagara Craft Malt out of Cambria, and chinook Hops from right here in Western New York.

Double Decker XPA (7%): A seasonal brewed with experimental hops, Idaho 7 and El Dorado, which lend flavors of pungent hops, white grape, and watermelon.

“Our new seasonal coming out in about 2-3 weeks will be a Gin Spiced Saison,” Herr adds, “a French farmhouse ale brewed with the same spices they make gin with juniper, lemon, coriander, and cardamom. It’s my take on a gin and tonic beer, complete by being served with a lime wedge.”

While you can get fresh pours of any of these beers throughout Riverworks, perhaps the most ideal locale to imbibe a pint is at the outdoor Silo Bar – yes, it is exactly as it sounds – a bar built into a silo. Adirondack chairs line the waterfront, offering ample bucolic spots to enjoy a beer. There’s plenty of other seating as well located outside the Silo Bar.

Additionally, there are three rock climbing walls located inside the neighboring Wheeler silo, with three degrees of difficulty – easy, medium and hard. Rock climbing not your thing? Then hit the water, as you can rent hydrobikes and kayaks (you can also launch your own) right on the patio at Riverworks.

To make a long story short, Riverworks Brewing is Buffalo’s newest destination.

For more information, visit www.buffaloriverworks.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: Clam Jam at Resurgence, Hamburg opens patio bar, Homebrewers hit Flying Bison, Beer Goddesses throw Beer Prom

Resurgence Brewing, Bootleg Bucha partner for Clam Jam

Resurgence and Bootleg Bucha are kicking off the summer with a Clam Jam party on June 10 (11am-11:30pm). The party will feature the release of Resurgence’s Lime Berliner Weisse in 16-ounce cans and on tap, the Cuke Duke (a blend of Cucumber Saison and Hibiscus Lime Kombucha), live music, clams in the biergarten, food trucks (O.G Wood Fire Pizza, 12-2pm, Frank Gourmet Dogs, 4-8pm) and more. Special summer throwback beers will also be served throughout the day. Clam Jam is free and guests can purchase a commemorative glass ($8), which includes one drink and 50 cents off each subsequent fill.

New Hamburg Brewing patio bar now open

In a sheer sign that the summer months are indeed finally upon us, the new patio bar at Hamburg Brewing is now open for all of your beery needs. Warmer weather isn’t the only thing on tap at Hamburg’s picturesque patio as the new watering hole features half a dozen taps of beer curated specifically to enjoy while sitting by the water, including (subject to change) White Corner Wheat, Sweet Tang, Roots Tropical Pale Ale, Summa This Hoppy Wheat, Hoppenstance DIPA and Irish Red. There’s also a dedicated tap for ice cold water for those looking for a non-alcoholic option.

Homebrewers unite at Brew at the Bison

Calling all homebrewers! Flying Bison wants you for the annual Brew at the Bison event, the Niagara Association of Homebrewers’ yearly outdoor summer brew day on June 10. Independent brewers and members of Buffalo Beer Goddesses, NAH, Das Hausbrauers von Buffalo and Sultans of Swig will be brewing beers that will be part of a popular choice homebrew competition at the WNY Homebrewers Picnic on August 20th. Start your brew day as early as 8:30am with preheated strike water straight from the brewery’s hot liquor tank. Bring your own equipment and ingredients. Register to brew or join a team: http://bit.ly/2rvCmkh.

Hoppily Ever After: a beer prom for adults

Relive the glory days of your prom, only this time with better beer no doubt, at Hoppily Ever After: A Beer Prom for Adults, June 10 (7pm-12am) at Lakeward Spirits in the Barrel Factory in the Old First Ward. Your ticket price includes two drink tickets, hors d’eouvres and dinner catered by Buffalo’s Best Grill, dancing, a post-prom goody bag, and more. Prom attire is requested, and attendees must be 21 or older. Hoppily Ever After is hosted by the Buffalo Beer Goddesses as a fundraiser for their Cicerone Scholarship for Women. Tickets available at http://beerprom2017.eventbrite.com/ (sales end June 7).

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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