Hyatt Place Teams with Big Ditch for Brews and Bites Package

If you are looking to stay and play, or are an out-of-town beer fan with an eye on visiting a new brewery, you are going to want to consider staying at the Buffalo/Amherst Hyatt Place hotel with their Brews and Bites package. The new partnership with Big Ditch Brewing features a great hotel stay, along with the best of what Big Ditch has to offer, all rolled into one neat little package.

The Brews and Bites package features not only a stay at the Hyatt Place, which includes a complimentary breakfast, but also a $50 gift card to Big Ditch and a certificate for a pair of pint glasses and 64oz. growler with a free fill. About the only thing this package does not include is transportation (more on this later).

Now, booking this package online is no easy task. But I can help. After visiting www.hyattplaceamherst.com, enter your dates of stay in the upper right hand corner and click ‘Book Now,’ which will take you to a new page. Below the header, you will find a selection of Hotel Packages. You have to click through the carousel of packages to bring up the ‘Brews and Bites’ package. And off you go.

The hotel itself is tremendous. Located right next to the I-90, which is perfect for those coming in from out of town, the hotel offers plenty of parking, pristine rooms and great customer service, which greeted me immediately upon my arrival. At check-in, I received my Big Ditch gift card and glass/growler certificate (which you don’t have to immediately redeem, which is nice), as well as a few complimentary bottles of water. From there I headed up to my room.

I was placed in a corner room on the fourth floor, which was great. It’s a rather small detail, but this was the best smelling hotel room I’ve walked into. Another small footnote – there was a complimentary Granny Smith apple waiting for me, which is my favorite type of apple, so that was nice, as well as a few more complimentary bottles of water. I quickly broke out a small Bluetooth speaker I packed and played some music as I cracked a bottle of Flying Bison Brewing Juice Caboose IPA and relaxed before dinner. I should have brought a Big Ditch can from my beer fridge, but hindsight is 20/20, right?

The only downfall I found with this hotel/brewery package was transportation. I was under the assumption that I would be able to take the complimentary hotel shuttle down to Big Ditch and back, but that was not the case as the shuttle only travels within 5 miles of the hotel (the brewery is approximately 9.2 miles away). After finding this out, I grabbed an Uber since I didn’t want to drive myself. To be completely honest, if the hotel offered a free shuttle ride back and forth, the ‘Brews and Bites’ package would  be one of the absolute best deals around. While the $50 gift card is great, it’s sort of offset by the $33 in Uber charges I incurred. Again, I just want to be transparent.

After nearly hitting two deer and getting cutoff on the 33, my Uber dropped my wife and I off at Big Ditch. Once we were seated, we started with a plate of the Fried Pickles (highly recommended indeed), a pint of Dayburner Session IPA for me and a glass of wine for her. From there we split a Breuben and fries (I’ve long contested that Big Ditch’s version of the Reuben is one of the very best in the city), before I enjoyed a pint of Folly (New Belgium collaboration) IPA as a digestif. Afterwards, we grabbed a beer at Misuta Chows and had a Manhattan nightcap at Lucky Day before Ubering back to the hotel.

The next morning we slept in (checkout isn’t until noon) and enjoyed our complimentary breakfast – eggs, bacon and cinnamon monkey bread – before departing and heading home. Like I said, aside from the transportation issue, this was an absolute blast and a must for all beer fans.

Looking forward, the Brews and Bites package would be a good fit for those coming into town for the Shelton Brothers Festival this October. The Central Terminal, where The Festival is being held this year, is 9.2 miles from the hotel (roughly a $16-$17 Uber ride). Not only would you be staying right off of the 90 in a great hotel, you’d also be able to experience one of the area’s must-visit breweries in Big Ditch and beyond that, the Buffalo/Amherst Hyatt Place is only a mile down the road from renowned beer bar Moor Pat and soon-to-be-opened brewery Britesmith Brewing, which could make for a nice walk.

For more information, and to book your stay, please visit www.hyattplaceamherst.com.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column for Step Out Buffalo. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Beer List at Borderland Music Fest Goes Mostly Local

By all accounts, last year’s inaugural Borderland Music & Arts Festival was a rousing success, but that isn’t stopping festival organizers from making a few tweaks for the fest’s sophomore run. One change coming in 2019 is happening on the beer list, which remains 100% craft this year, but this time around, most options will be local.

Among the options this year will be beers from 12 Gates Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Community Beer Works, Big Ditch Brewing, Resurgence Brewing, Flying Bison and Hamilton, Ontario’s Collective Arts Brewing, as well as cider from BlackBird Cider Works.

“Proud to announce that year two of the Borderland Festival will remain a 100% craft event,” 42 North Owner John Cimperman says. “While this year we will also have craft wine and spirits, all the beer on site will be from within the Borderland region (Buffalo/Niagara/Southern Ontario).”

The 2019 Borderland Music & Arts Festival will take place September 21 and 22 in East Aurora at Knox Farm State Park. This year will feature performances from Gov’t Mule, Shakey Graves, Greensky Bluegrass, Mavis Staples, The Wood Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams Grateful Grass featuring Oteil Burbridge, The Sheepdogs, Rayland Baxter, The Felice Brothers, Ghost Light, Liz Cooper and the Stampede, Mikaela Davis, Grant Farm, Floodwood with Vinnie Amico of moe., Miller and the Other Sinners, Hayden Fogle Band, Dead Alliance Buffalo, Folkfaces, Wolf Camp, PA Line, Booty and the Kidd and the Leroy Townes Band. There will also be local artisans and food available.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.borderlandfestival.com.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column for Step Out Buffalo. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: New Steelbound Location, Thin Man’s Summer Solstice, Pizza Plant’s Craft Beer Cruise, Fatty Beer Co. to Open Soon

Steelbound to Open Second Location in Springville This Summer

Ellicottville’s Steelbound Brewery and Distillery are expanding their talents a few miles north with plans to open a second location in Springville this summer. Tentative plans call for the Steelbound Brewery & Restaurant of Springville to open its doors in July at the former Papa Jakes, which is located at 243 W. Main Street. The new 7,600 square foot space will feature a new 3-barrel brewing system, which will focus on experimental beers. All of the brewery’s big batch beers (Alpha Ralpha IPA, Subabrew IPA, etc) will continue to be brewed in Ellicottville. There will be seating for over 300.

Limited Tickets Remain for Thin Man’s Third Annual Summer Solstice Fest

Thin Man Brewery is once again shutting down Elmwood Avenue for the third annual Summer Solstice Street Festival on June 15 (12-10pm), a full day of live music, beer and food. There will be Thin Man menu items, Allen Burger Venture burgers and more, both bars inside will be open for full service and a beer truck will be outside as well. This year’s anniversary beer is a Galaxy/Citra Blueberry/Apricot Sour. RADARADA, Witty Tarbox and Funktional Flow, among others, will take to the stage. Both levels of VIP tickets have sold out and only General Admission remain. Tickets at EventBrite.

Hit the High Seas on Pizza Plant’s Annual Craft Beer Cruise

Pizza Plant’s annual Craft Beer Cruise sets sail June 18 (5:30-9pm). Your ticket ($70) gets you four craft beers (or wine) plus a full Pizza Plant buffet. Beers include Resurgence Brewing The Surge NEIPA, Ommegang Witte, Community Beer Works’ Bang A’Uey NEIPA, Dogfish Head Seaquench and a surprise keg. There will also be a cigar table onboard as well as free samples (include Prison City/Ommegang Prost Cologne) and live music. Feel free to bring bottles to share! The cruise starts boarding the Miss Buffalo II at the Erie Basin Marina at 5:30, and will depart at 6. Tickets at Eventbrite.

Fattey Beer Co. Coming Soon to Downtown Buffalo

Fattey Beer Company, a new venture from Nik Fattey of Hamm & Fattey’s fame, is set to open soon in downtown Buffalo at 5 Genesee Street, next door to Overwinter Coffee, around the corner from Misuta Chows and up the road from Big Ditch Brewing. The beer store/bottle shop/bar hybrid will feature 12 taps as well as roughly 500 packaged beers. The space will also be dog friendly and will feature a version of Grandpa’s Beer Fridge (much like Hamm & Fattey’s), board games, mug club, limited food options and craft root beer. The shop should be open very soon.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column for Step Out Buffalo. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Community Beer Works Exemplifies Name with New EVA IPA

Community Beer Works isn’t just a clever brewery name – it truly defines who they are and what they are about. The West Side beer producers are showcasing why the C in CBW really does stand for community with EVA IPA, a beer they are brewing exclusively for the 2019 Elmwood-Bidwell Summer Concert Series. EVA IPA will only be available at the concert events this year (along with another CBW beer, possibly Rutherford B. Haze or The Whale).

EVA IPA, an easy-drinking IPA that will be available at the first concert of the summer on June 18, initially came about when Mr. Goodbar Owner Bobby Rabb approached CBW about possibly brewing a beer for the concert series earlier this year. Goodbar was CBW’s first retail account years ago.

“Bobby approached us about it in January or February and we wondered if this was something we would have the bandwidth for,” CBW President Ethan Cox says, “And with the new brewhouse, we definitely do. We were pretty excited that there was something on the table like this for us and we were actually able to do it. A big part of our start was having beer out at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, so it’s now cool to be able to return to the area with this beer and actually have people drink it onsite, instead of just buying it to go. It’s really gratifying for us to have people actually enjoy the beer.”

CBW’s Brand Manager Chris Groves says that EVA IPA is truly a beer for the West Side of Buffalo, a beer brewed for the area, by the area, as CBW has long called the city’s West Side their home. Groves adds that, beyond that, most of the brewery staff also live on the West Side.

“[EVA IPA] is a beer for the institution of the West Side of Buffalo,” Groves said. “We are supper happy about this. It is our neighborhood and our most favorite place. We could live anywhere we wanted to but the West Side is home to us. One thing that a lot of people might not know about us is that the majority of people who work for CBW also live and work on the West Side, so we all live and breathe our businesses here and where we sleep.”

The 22nd season of the Elmwood-Bidwell Summer Concert Series kicks off June 18 and runs through August 6 with concerts held Tuesday evenings (7- 9pm) in Bidwell Parkway between Elmwood and Potomac Avenues. Every concert is free and open for the public and donations and beverage sales support the Elmwood Village Association.

“The Elmwood-Bidwell Summer Concert Series is such a canonical event of the Elmwood Village summer scene,” Cox adds. “I think it is great.”

2019 Elmwood-Bidwell Summer Concert Series schedule:

  • 6/18 – The Struggle
  • 6/25 – RNSM
  • 7/2 – Coast Guard Concert Band
  • 7/9 – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 7/16 – Workingman’s Dead
  • 7/23 – Rabbit Jaw
  • 7/30 – Creek Bend
  • 8/6 – Buffalo Brass Machine

For more information, visit http://elmwoodvillage.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 for Step Out Buffalo. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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42 North Creating ‘Beer Campus’ Destination in East Aurora

An aerial view of the expansion project

“A lot of breweries are opening satellite locations, which is great, but we’re focused on doubling down on East Aurora and creating a true destination,” 42 North Brewing Owner John Cimperman says. “Between the brewery, 42 Below Barrel House and this new expansion, we have a chance to create a true beer campus.” The new 6,600 square foot expansion will allow 42 North to not only increase their brewing capacity and packaging ability, but will also allow them to up their footprint and investment in their hometown of East Aurora.

“We actually debated it, opening another location in another town,” Cimperman admits. “We had a lot of people trying to pull us into other buildings in other areas of Western New York, but we ultimately wanted to focus our resources here in East Aurora. There is room to grow for us here. This is the Mothership.”

Inside the new production area

With the expansion, 42 North will have the capacity to produce 15,000 barrels of beer annually. They are currently on pace for 3,000bbls this year. “I think that’s a really good sweet spot for a regional brewery,” Cimperman says. “We now have the facilities to not only brew the beer, but also to can it, package it and store it as well.”

To make way for the expansion, 42 North knocked down a neighboring building that they acquired last fall. They then connected their new structure to their existing brewery. The new space will feature an expanded production area with a new dedicated canning line (they plan to continue to bottle manually), additional fermenters and bright tanks and a massive new cooler you can fit a forklift in. The space will also house a new bookable banquet/party/meeting area, offices, storage and four brand new AirBnB units, one handicap accessible unit downstairs and three more upstairs, which overlook the beer garden, as well as one with a window into the brewhouse itself. The new space also features three glass garage doors that will open right into the beer garden.

Garage doors open into the beer garden

“I keep pushing the guys to brew more beer,” Cimperman jokes, “and they kept asking me ‘where are we going to put it?’ The primary reason we built this building is for this area. If we are going to expand, we needed more room for packaging and a much bigger cooler, so that’s the primary reason we bought this space. But we also asked ourselves, as we start to create this destination, what else can we do with this venue? What can we do to drive more people into the taproom and grow our brand, so the big idea was these four AirBnB units.”

The AirBnB units, which measure approximately 400 square feet each, will all have their own theme, Buffalo, Music, Agriculture and Prohibition chiefly among them. “Each room is going to have its own unique feel to it,” Cimperman says. Moving forward, they will be branded The Lofts at 42.

Three upstairs AirBnB units

He explains that when you book one of the units, you’ll check-in at the bar to get your room key and a growler of beer before you head off to your room. The inspiration for the lofts came from his stay at the Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery in Calistoga, California.

“We stayed at the Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery, a beer/brewery hotel, 20 years ago and we never forgot it. Also following most recently, what BrewDog has been doing with their Doghouse hotel in Columbus, Stone Brewing is opening a hotel in San Diego and Dogfish Head’s Inn, inspired us. This helps us bring more people into the brewery and into the taproom, and for us it’s a nice way for people to come here and share their stories.”

The expansion as seen from the beer project

They will also be adding 8-9 parking spots to their parking lot, as well as a backlit giant steel 42 North Compass logo to the outside of the building.

“This [project] just fits this town perfectly,” 42 North’s Brand and Distribution Manager Zach Keller adds. “To stay here in town now, there’s the Roycroft or the Hampton Inn, two very different types of places to stay, and we think we’re somewhere in the middle. The Roycroft truly is the essence of East Aurora, and we feel we are more contemporary. The transparency that these rooms will have, from looking directly into the brewery and out into the beer garden, is going to be educational, fun and sexy. We’re stoked for these. From the lofts to 42 Below, you’re going to be able to walk around this place and experience multiple facets of our process.”

Inside the new building

They are hoping to be open by late July / early August, with Cimperman indicating that they might be open even before that.

“There are a lot of chances for a lot of happenings here for us,” Keller adds. “For instance, there’s the Backyard Bash, which takes place every Tuesday in the summer, where hundreds of people hang out in the parking lot behind Vidlers [5 and 10] and enjoy live music. It fits nicely with everything else that’s going on around here.”

A view from the parking lot

“This definitely fits the vibe of what is currently happening in East Aurora,” Cimperman says.

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

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column for Step Out Buffalo. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Froth’s First Can Release, Resurgence’s 5th Anniversary, 2nd Annual People’s Choice Award, CBW’s EVA IPA

Froth Brewing to Hold First Ever Can Release

Froth Brewing Company, one of Buffalo’s newest breweries, will hold their first ever can release on June 9 (10am). The brewery will release Lemon Cherry Sourbet, the next installment of their Sour IPA Sourbet Series, which was done with milk sugar, Mosaic hops, candied lemon peel and sweet cherry purée (think cherry lemonade sorbet) and DiMaggio, their flagship Double IPA, which is soft, juicy and big bodied. It was brewed with Motueka and Mosaic, then triple dry-hopped with Galaxy. Both Lemon Cherry Sourbet and DiMaggio will be available in 16oz. 4-pack cans. Limits will be officially announced on June 8.

Resurgence Pulling Out All the Stops for Their Fifth Anniversary

In honor of their fifth anniversary, Resurgence Brewing are throwing a circus…er…Beercus, June 8 (12pm). The party will feature everything you could want, including specialty beer releases, live music, food and more. Great Foodini food truck (5-9pm) will be on hand, the Buffalo Aerialists will perform (6:30-9pm), as will the Plagarists Band (8-11pm), throw axes with Hatchet and Hops AxeWagon (1-5) and the first ever RBC Duck Races will be held (1:30-3pm) (proceeds benefit Erie County SPCA Wildlife Dept.). Beer releases include Brut Lager, Anniversary DDH IPA and Raspberry Lemonade Sour. Special anniversary glassware (first pint free) will be sold.

Cast Your Vote for People’s Choice Fruited Sour at Buffalo Brewer’s Festival

The sixth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, June 22 (3-6p) at Canalside, will feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is fruited sour. A number of local breweries will brew a variation of a fruited sour, then you drink them all and cast your vote in the ballot box for your favorite beer! Thanks to a partnership with the New York State Brewers Association, the festival will be a little different this year, as a number of NYS breweries will join all your favorite local breweries. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.

CBW to Brew Exclusive Beer for 2019 Elmwood-Bidwell Summer Concert Series

Community Beer Works have announced that they will brew the official beer for the 2019 Elmwood-Bidwell Summer Concert Series, EVA IPA, which kicks off June 18 with The Struggle. The series will also play host to performances from RNSM (June 25), Coast Guard Concert Band (July 2), Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (July 9), Workingman’s Dead (July 16), Rabbit Jaw (July 23), Creek Bend (July 30) and Buffalo Brass Machine (August 6). The concerts will be held Tuesdays from 7pm- 9pm in Bidwell Parkway between Elmwood and Potomac Avenues. The concerts are free. Donations and beverage sales support the Elmwood Village Association.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column for Step Out Buffalo. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Happy Fourth Anniversary to Rusty Nickel Brewing

Rusty Nickel Brewing, the plucky little brewery nestled comfortably behind the Ebenezer Ale House in West Seneca, is turning four years old today. They grow up so fast, don’t they? Soon they’ll have a new second location downtown (36 Broadway if you must know), and we’ll look back on these golden times. Now is a time for celebration and celebrate we shall.

The event will feature plenty of food, including specials such as grilled chicken with Ms. Browns BBQ, sausage sandwich, grilled vegetables, Horns Up beer cheese mac-n-cheese and fruit salad, as well as all of your favorite Rusty Nickel brews on tap, including four special releases such as Pater’s Up! Patersbier, Haberstroh Mango Hefeweizen and a mystery anniversary beer, cocktails and mixologies, bloody marys, wine, spirits, and hard cider.

Honey Nut Beer-I-O’s (6.5% ABV) – One of Rusty Nickel’s most adventurous creations designed to emulate the sensational aroma experienced when approaching the First Ward and Harbor Districts of Buffalo. The secret ingredient is a certain cereal a local manufacturer churns out on a daily basis that are little “O” – shapes and wonderfully delicious. Finished off with a heavy dose of local honey, this is one of the most unique beers.

Pater Up! (4.0% ABV) – A Patersbier, which is also the first of their new Belgian-Style Baseball beer series, also known as an Enkel, is Rusty Nickel’s take on a simple style that uses all NYS base malts paired with Belgian yeast and Belgian hops creating a light. It’s a not too sweet beer that has a crisp finish.

Haberstroh Mango Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV) – This traditional German Hefeweizen is made with fresh mango and traditional German yeast which produces a light banana flavor. A true patio beer that’s also perfect for the oncoming summer months.

Fuzzy Navel (5.5% ABV) – This unique American Wheat made with tons of fresh orange zest and seasonal white peaches has just enough flavor and is an easy summer drinker to rock out on the porch. Ultra-light and refreshing this brew embraces the cloudy haze of a quality wheat and resembles the fresh adult cocktail we all know so well.

There will be live music all day long, starting with an open mic session (12-2pm), MYQ F will then take the stage from 2-4pm, followed by Undercover (4:15-5:15pm), Wacko Fest (5:30-8:45pm), Jokuken (9-10:30pm) and finally a Jam Session with Wacko Fest, Jokuken & Friends (10:30-11pm).

For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/553973935098740.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column for Step Out Buffalo. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Third Times a Charm: Rock the Gates Volume 3 Is Bigger and Better

Rock the Gates, 12 Gates Brewing’s biggest party of the year and one of the unofficial signs of the start of summer, is going to be bigger and even better in its third year. The annual blowout takes place at the brewery on June 1 (11am). You probably don’t need a reason to get out of the house to enjoy the warm weather with a fresh cold beer in your hand, and to save you a few moments, the forecast is calling for a chance of rain early in the morning and later at night, with cloudy skies filling the rest of the day, so it appears as even Mother Nature wants you to go to Rock the Gates.

As has become custom, Rock the Gates will feature the release of a special beer, and this year is no different. Hop on the Mic IPA will be released via 4-pack 16oz. cans. This 6.5% ABV American IPA loaded with Galaxy, Citra, and El Dorado hops for a punch of tropical fruit and citrus. You can also purchase the beer by the case.

Speaking of beer releases, Rock the Gates will feature eight more new beers, if you purchase a VIP ticket (more info on that below). The Exclusive VIP Tent tap list includes:

10-Ply Milkshake IPA (6.0% ABV): This IPA is packed with lactose, strawberry puree, and vanilla beans for a thick and delicious finish.  12 Gates used copious amounts of Michigan Copper and Belma hops to give it an extra kick of strawberry and fruit punch. ****CONTAINS LACTOSE****

Breaking the Seal Micro IPA (2.8%): Below the threshold of a Session IPA resides the Micro IPA. Coming in at a skinny 2.8% ABV but packing loads of fruitiness, this beer makes the promise that you will break the seal before the alcohol kicks in.

Dirty Dangles DIPA (9.0%): This Double IPA features two malts (Perl and Golden Promise) and one hop (Mosaic) to create a sticky pineapple juice bomb with a clean finish.

It’s Pronounced Goh-Zah (3.5%): A slightly tart, slightly lemony (coriander), and slightly saline beer that is refreshing and effervescent and great on a sunny Buffalo day.

Mr. Finish Line Rye IPA (6.3%): This IPA was brewed by Brewer Dave as part of the Co-Pilot Series. Look for prominent tropical citrus and pineapple complimented with soft spiciness from the rye malt.

Pertnear East Coast Style IPA (7.6%): This softly bittered IPA is hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Galaxy. It is nice and hazy, super fruity, and slightly giggly. ****CONTAINS LACTOSE****

Tacocat (Wood and fruit aged German Pilsener) (5.3%): A palindrome of a beer that makes its appearance only a few times a year. We take our base Pilsner and age it on tequila oak and limes to create a super summery easy drinking beer. Or maybe we just like to put sombreros on cats and take pictures. You decide.

Under the Blood Orange Moon Blood Orange Wit (5.0%): Summer in a glass. This light Belgian Witbeer was fermented with Belgian Blood Orange Candi Syrup to yield a citrusy and spritzy summertime beer.

You can also expect a full bill of live music as Rock the Gates will feature all tribute acts this year. The All or Nothin Band, a Tom Petty tribute, will open things up (12-2:30pm), before Unleash the Lion, a Pearl Jam tribute, returns to the RTG stage (3-5:30pm). Later on, AC/DC tribute act OCD/C (6-8:30pm) performs, before The Hip Experience, a Tragically Hip tribute band, closes the night at 9pm. The band will perform the Hip’s Fully Completely album in its entirety during the first set, and then a medley of hits during the second set.

There will be prize giveaways throughout, including a raffle for a one-of-a-kind 12 Gates branded kegerator. Proceeds from the raffle will go to benefit WNYHeroes.org.

Amongst the food options available, Sahlen’s hot dogs will be served and the Coyote Café food truck will also be on hand.

Tickets for Rock the Gates Volume 3 are $15 presale ($20 door) and include a voucher for a 12 Gates pint glass (while supplies last) and 1 beer, while VIP tickets ($50 pre-sale / $60 door) include a limited edition swag bag, 12 Gates branded Teku glass, 2 beers, snacks and VIP Tent Access, which includes all eight exclusive beers. Admission is free for active military and veterans (must show a valid government issued I.D. at the gate).

For more information, click here.

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.12

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42 North Brewing Launches Day Trekker IPA, Proceeds to Benefit Trail Maintenance

42 North Brewing Company has launched Day Trekker IPA and is partnering with the local mountain bike community to support its launch. The Day Trekker IPA is described as a ‘crushable’ IPA that complements a day in the great outdoors of Western New York.

42 North has partnered with the Western New York Mountain Biking Association (WNYMBA) to support their goals of designing and maintaining trails, as well as promoting responsible trail use. As part of the partnership, 42 North will donate a portion of sales of the Day Trekker IPA to WNYMBA and help promote additional volunteerism and membership for WNYMBA.

“The 42 North brand is strongly associated with the outdoors. Our customers, and our staff, are all outdoor enthusiasts and we thought we’d create a beer that complements one of their passions,” stated John Cimperman, Founder of 42 North. “WNYMBA does great work in the community. Whether you mountain bike, hike, or snowshoe, we have all benefited from their upkeep and maintenance of our parks and trails,” Cimperman adds.

WNYMBA actively hosts trail maintenance days every spring. In addition to their work at Hunter’s Creek, the Darien Lake State Park trails, and Sprague Brook Park, WNYMBA is undertaking an aggressive project to construct the Stone Tower Trail in Allegany State Park. Joe Crumlish, President of WNYMBA, states, “We have always been great partners with 42 North. This partnership goes to the next level and will be a big help is providing some additional funding to support our mission.”

42 North Brewing Company, based in East Aurora, is frequented by many outdoor enthusiasts due to its close proximity to Knox Farm State Park, Hunter’s Creek, and Sprague Brook Park. 42 North also hosts a weekly run from the brewery every Thursday and is a sponsor of the 42 North Cycling team, also based in East Aurora.

The brewery officially kicks off the partnership on National Trails Day on June 1st. In addition to a portion of each case sold through distribution going to WNYMBA, 42 North is donating $1 from each pint sold in their East Aurora, NY taproom to the cause throughout the month of June.

Day Trekker IPA is a 4.9% sessionable IPA brewed with cascade, cashmere, and aurora hops and, as the brewery states, the “ideal beer for a day of hiking, biking, or paddling the streams of Western New York”. The Day Trekker is available on tap and in cans and will be available at Consumer’s Beverage, Wegman’s, and other select retailers in the region.

You can watch the partnership video here: https://youtu.be/HekMqKjaW8E.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Jamestown Brewing Grand Opening, Ballpark Brewers Series Release, Kolsch Day at 42 North, Rock the Gates at 12 Gates, Rusty Nickel’s 4th Anniversary

Jamestown Brewing Company Sets Grand Opening Date

After a few delays, Jamestown Brewing will now hold their official grand opening on July 12. “We want to thank you for your patience over the past few months,” the brewery announced recently. “We love our loyal fans and appreciate you sticking around.” The brewpub and restaurant will feature craft beers, helmed by former Gordon Biersch and Woodcock Brothers Head Brewer Matt Redpath, as well as wine and mead paired with farm-to-table food sourced directly from local farmers. Jamestown Brewing Company is located at 119 W. 3rd Street in Jamestown. More information is expected soon. Visit https://jamestownbrewery.com or email info@jamestownbrewery.com.

2019 Ballpark Brewers Series Beer Packs Now on Sale

The 2019 Ballpark Brewers Series, which features beers from Community Beer Works, Resurgence Brewing and Big Ditch Brewing, as well as a collaboration between all three, are currently on sale at Consumers Beverages. The packs feature Big Ditch’s Dayburner Session IPA, Resurgence’s The Surge New England IPA, Community Beer Works’ Czech Swing Pilsner and the collab, Short Hop, a hoppy blonde ale. You can also enjoy the Ballpark Brewers Series beers during Buffalo Bisons home games at Sahlen Field beginning on May 28 and in all three taprooms on May 31. The Ballpark Brewers Series was first released in 2015.

Third Annual Kolsch Day at 42 North Brewing

42 North Brewing are celebrating all things kolsch at their 3rd Annual Kolsch Day on June 2 (12-8pm). In honor of the beer style, they will be serving their Westphalia German-style Kölsch in traditional stange glassware, and running tabs for those participating until they are finished. “We’ll give you a punch card, every refill of the Stange glass is a punch,” the brewery says. “Pretend you’re in Cologne and add up your punches at the end to see which one of your friends likes Kolsch them most.” There will also be music by The Auslanders, as well as German-themed food.

Happy Fourth Anniversary to Rusty Nickel Brewing

Rusty Nickel Brewing is celebrating their fourth anniversary on June 1 (12pm). The event will feature plenty of food, all of your favorite Rusty Nickel brews on tap, including four special releases such as Pater’s Up! Patersbier, Haberstroh Mango Hefeweizen and a mystery anniversary beer, cocktails and mixologies, bloody marys, wine, spirits, and hard cider. There will be live music all day long, starting with an open mic session (12-2pm), MYQ F will then take the stage from 2-4pm, followed by Undercover (4:15-5:15pm), Wacko Fest (5:30-8:45pm), Jokuken (9-10:30pm) and finally a Jam Session with Wacko Fest, Jokuken & Friends (10:30-11pm).

Ring in the Summer with Rock The Gates at 12 Gates Brewing

Usher in summer at 12 Gates with the Rock the Gates Volume 3, a day of entertainment and special beer releases, on June 1 (11am-11pm). The event will feature the exclusive release of Hop on the Mic IPA (16oz. 4-packs). Tickets are $15 presale ($20 at the door) for General Admission and include a 12 Gates pint glass and 1 beer and VIP tickets ($50 pre-sale / $60 door) include swag bag, 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. Tickets at EventBrite.

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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