Buffalo Beer Buzz: Beer List for Brewer’s Invitational, Groundhog Day at Flying Bison, Trocaire Brewing Program Spring Semester, New Brickyard Beer Series

Official Beer List Announced for the 2019 Brewers Invitational

The beer list has been announced for the 2019 Brewers Invitational, which takes place January 27 (2-5pm) at New York Beer Project. Limited tickets remain and are on sale now ($45) and include a commemorative glass, voucher good for beer-centric gourmet snacks and access to over 50 innovative brews. Such beers include Big Ditch Pina Colada Milkshake IPA, Belt Line Brewery Rye Nelson IPA and Crosscut Stout with Barrel Aged Whistle Pig Coffee, Brickyard Brewing Chardonnay Barrel Aged Brut IPA, SATO Brewpub Brut IPA with Orange Juice and West Shore Brewing Oatmeal Stout with Marshmallows and Chocolate. Tickets at EventBrite.

More Winter or Spring? Find Out at Flying Bison’s Groundhog Day Party

Will Buffalo Bert and Buffalo Mack see their shadows? Will we get six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Find out at Flying Bison’s Sixth Annual Buffalo Groundhog Day, January 26 at 12pm. The event will feature live music from five local bands, local food trucks, Flying Bison beer and Buffalo Distilling cocktails in addition to a weather prediction from Bert and Mack. Tickets include three beer/cocktail tickets, a donation to local animal charities and an animal demonstration from Hawk Creek Wildlife Center Inc. Tickets are available at Buffalogroundhogday.com. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 at the door.

Spring Classes Begin at Trocaire’s Brewing & Distilling Program

Classes are starting up for the spring semester at Trocaire College’s Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science Program. Intro to Brewing, which runs Mondays, January 28 – May 13 (6-8:30pm, $495) covers historical aspects of brewing and distilling with ingredients, equipment and process requirements involved in brewing and distilling. Sensory Evaluation of Beer, Wednesdays, January 23 – May 8 (6-8:30pm, $495) will teach students to develop sensory skills and learn terminology used in the alcohol beverage industry. Science of Brewing and Distilling, Saturdays, January 26 – May 11 (9-11:30am, $495) includes in-depth lessons on yeast and bacteria microbiology. Visit https://trocaire.edu/brewing/ for more information.

Brickyard Brewing Launches New Pale Ale Series, Weekly Cask Program

Brickyard Brewing has launched a new beer series entitled Ahab’s Voyages, created by Head Brewer John Paul Meeter as he seeks to rediscover a lost pale ale homebrew recipe of his. The first installment is Ahab’s Ale (Voyage I), an American Pale that features Citra, Cascade and Mosaic hops, that balances flavors of pithy citrus, fleshy fruit, and dankness. The brewery is also launching a new weekly cask series, Firkin Fridays, which kicks off on January 25 (4pm). Up first will be the return of Taco Tuesday White Bronco, our house favorite with Lime, Jalapeño and Cilantro in the cask.

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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Raise a Glass for a Great Cause with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo’s Craft Brew Cards

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo has collaborated with a number of Western New York bars, breweries and distilleries for the House Beer Built Tour, which features a number of coupons for free beer, mead and cocktails at over two dozen locations. The fundraising campaign supports Habitat Buffalo’s mission of building homes for families in Buffalo and across Erie County.

The purchase of a House Beer Built Tour card, you can get free beers from breweries such as Resurgence Brewing, Big Ditch Brewing, SATO Brewpub, Flying Bison Brewing, Community Beer Works, 12 Gates Brewing, New York Beer Project, Pressure Drop Brewing, Brickyard Brewing and Hamburg Brewing and bars and brewpubs like Schnitzel & Co., The Irishman, Buffalo Roadhouse Grill, Keglers, Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, Aurora Brew Works, Pizza Plant and World of Beer. You will also be able to get free cocktails from Lockhouse Distillery, Black Button Distilling and Buffalo Distilling and mead from Lilly Belle Meads in Clarence.

The House Beer Built Tour cards will also score you free beers at Hofbrauhaus and North Tonawanda’s Prosper Brewing when they open.

Cards are $30 and can be purchased at the Habitat for Humanity Buffalo office (1765 South Park), the ReStore (501 Amherst Street), and Transit Lanes in Williamsville. Each coupon is valid through the end of 2019.

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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Join Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver at Exclusive Tasting Event

Join world renowned Brooklyn Brewing Brewmaster Garrett Oliver as part of the 2019 National Geographic Live series at Kleinhan’s Music Hall, February 8 (7pm), for a special beer-tasting event. The Brewmaster’s Table: A Beer Tasting Event with Garrett Oliver features Oliver discussing some of his favorite beers, explaining the history of beer and telling back-stories.

The intimate talk will unfold over a two-hour period with food stations provided by local restaurants, including Oliver’s Restaurant, Creekview Restaurant, SEAR Buffalo and Brite-Smith, as well as beer from Flying Bison Brewing, Big Ditch Brewing, Labatt Brew House, and Oliver’s own Brooklyn Brewery.

Attendance for the event is limited to only 300. A VIP ticket gets you reserved seating and admission to an intimate meet-and-greet with Oliver (VIP subscriptions to National Geographic Live series will also be available). Limited tickets for the event remain and can be purchased at https://kleinhansbuffalo.org/event/brewmaster-garrett-oliver (General Admission, $95, VIP, $125).

The event is sponsored by Try-It Distributing, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Oliver’s Restaurant and Brite-Smith Brewery. Proceeds from the event will help support the National Geographic Live Series at Kleinhans, which is sponsored by Hadley Exhibits and Hodgson Russ with in-kind support by Inn Buffalo and Print Plus.

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: Froth, Belt Line Open, Woodcock, Buffalo Brewing, Flying Bison Release New Haze

Two New Breweries, Belt Line Brewing and Froth Brewing, Are Open for Business

Buffalo’s roster of breweries has increased by two, now that Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen (545 Swan Street) and Froth Brewing Company (700 Military Road), have opened their doors. Belt Line has five beers available – Farm to Tap: Honey Kolsch, This Is…Farmhouse Ale, High Green Pale Ale, Not-lanta New England IPA and Cross Cut Oatmeal Stout, as does Froth – The Autograph NE-Style Blonde Ale, Loyal to the Grain Pilsner, Bread NEIPA, DiMaggio Double NEIPA and Mounds Bar Chocolate Stout. Belt Line’s hours are Wednesday/Thursday/Friday (4-8p) and Saturday (12-6p). Froth’s hours are Wednesday (4-10p), Thursday (4-11p), Friday/Saturday (12p-12a) and Sunday (12-6p).

Buffalo Brewing Company Drops New Hazebomb

Buffalo Brewing has released 1893 Oat Cream New England IPA, their third attempt at a hazy IPA. Named in honor of the year that the Erie County Savings Bank Building opened on Sheldon Square, this beer is brewed exclusively with Mosaic hops for notes of dank pine and a smooth mouthfeel. 1893 Oat Cream features the same base recipe as BBC’s 1817 and 1825 IPA’s, but loaded with oats. It’s triple hopped in the fermenter and hopped again in the whirlpool. Find it on tap now at Buffalo Brewing’s Larkin taproom. You can grab two 32oz. crowlers to-go for $19.

Woodcock Unveils New Version of Hoppycock IPA

Woodcock Brothers have re-released their former house IPA Hoppycock, which was discontinued due to the declining popularity of British-style IPAs, this time freshly reworked as a hazy IPA much more akin to their XPA series. Hoppycock IPA v.2 is brewed with Mosaic, Citra and Azacca hops, which is then double dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic for an intense citrusy and tropical aroma and flavor. As the brewery says, ‘this is quite literally the opposite of the last beer you’ve had labeled “Hoppycock.”’ Hoppycock is on tap now at Woodcock’s taproom in Wilson and is available in crowlers to go.

Thundersnow, Blizzard Bock Back on the Board at Flying Bison

Both Thundersnow IPA and Blizzard Bock Dark Lager have made their return to Flying Bison. Both are on tap and ready to-go in six-packs. Forget everything you know about Thundersnow if you’ve had it before – this beer is completely different from its previous iteration. Brewed with Glacier, Denali, Centennial and Cascade hops and flaked barley for notes of creamy pineapple, mango, lychee and dankness, Thundersnow is a hazy IPA that clocks in at 7.7%. On the opposite end of the beer spectrum, Blizzard Bock is a malty, toasty, smooth and satisfying German-style dark winter lager. Both beers are available now.

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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Fruited Gose, Baltic Porter Tabbed as Latest Additions to Thin Man Family of Cans

Thin Man Brewery’s beloved family of cans is set to grow by two with the addition of Glow Worm Blackberry / Guava Gose and Ookla The Mok Baltic Porter, which will be released at the brewery, Saturday, January 12 at 11am. Both will be available in 4-pack 16oz. cans.

Cans of Glow Worm and Ookla will head out for local distribution after the release. Supplies are limited (case limit each per person). Glow Worm 4-packs will cost $13.99, while 4-packs of Ookla will run you $14.99. Thin Man still has gold Ookla the Mok teku glasses available and will be running specials for those that buy the beer and a glass. Keep an eye on Thin Man’s social media for more information.

Glow Worm is a 4.4% gose fruited with guava and blackberry. It’s tart but not overly sour, sessionable and bursting with fruit. Ookla the Mok exists on the opposite side of the beer spectrum. Not only does it sit at 9.6%, the smooth, flavorful Baltic porter presents notes of crisp cocoa, chocolate and dark molasses.

The initial batch of Glow Worm featured boysenberry and guava, but has since featured blackberry in each batch, because, as Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins so candidly puts it, blackberry is much easier to get his hands on. Watkins says that it was a bit of trial and error to nail down the fruit pairing precisely, but once they found the blackberry and guava combo, they knew they were onto something.

“Glow Worm is nice and flavorful, but it’s not like palate-wreckingly intense,” Watkins says. “It has some nice sourness to it. The guava is so intense and the blackberry is so restrained. It’s a really guava-forward gose. It’s not salty at all, but that little bit of salinity adds a little more mouthful to a lower alcohol beer and the coriander adds a little bit of lemon / citrus character but it’s not really a big contributor.”

Watkins says that the inspiration behind Ookla The Mok was a Baltic Porter from Quebec brewery Les Trois Mousquetaires, which he says was one of the best beers he’s ever had. He says he brewed Ookla The Mok as an homage to that beer.

“I feel like I tricked someone by getting this beer in cans. I never thought they would let me can this beer. The original run of Ookla was meant to go into barrels but we decided that it stands pretty well on its own. Nice chocolate notes with a little bit of smoke to it, not too much roast, a little nutty with some nice sweetness as well. I am really excited about this beer. There’s definitely a bunch of this coming home with me. This is a really awesome beer.”

Rudy and I partook in some cans at the bar at Thin Man while chatting for this article. Glow Worm was better than I remember (it’s been nearly a year since I’ve last had it). Thin Man nailed this fruit profile – the guava is so prominent, but the blackberry does enough to remind you it’s there. It’s not too sour or acidic, but just tart enough. Additionally, Ookla was pretty much everything you’d want in a Baltic porter – a smooth combination of booze, smoke, roast, chocolate and oak that hides its 9.6% ABV all too well.  I have a bottle of the Double Barrel Aged version and plan on doing a side-by-side in the near future.

Tentative plans call for another canning run of Glow Worm before Thin Man’s second location at 155 Chandler Street opens up, which should be sometime around late-March / early-April. And for those wondering, Thin Man will have another batch of Minkey Boodle cans available soon, but as for other canned beer coming soon, Watkins says that things are currently in limbo due to the government shutdown.

Get more information on the beer release at https://www.facebook.com/events/752721221768906/.

Thin Man are rounding out their weekend by releasing three brand new collaborations on Sunday. Starting at 11am, three new collabs – 3 Prong Spear, brewed with Barrier Brewing and Seven Island Brewery, an IPA brewed with blood orange puree (cans available as well), Purgatory Leisure Hour, brewed with Gun Hill Brewing, a Belgian Strong Ale aged for one year on Brett and grapefruit, and Vision of Incoherent Space, brewed with LIC Beer Project, an Imperial IPA featuring a blend of English and American malt and flaked wheat, then double dry hopped with Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, and El Dorado hops – will be tapped.

Looks like you might want to bring a cot, sleeping bag, or maybe just a pillow for the bar, to Thin Man this weekend.

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: New Releases From Thin Man, 42 North, 12 Gates & Four Mile

Thin Man to Release New Gose, Porter in Cans

Thin Man Brewery’s canned lineup is set to grow by two with the addition of Glow Worm Blackberry / Guava Gose and Ookla the Mok Baltic Porter, both of which will be released at the brewery on January 12 (11am). Glow Worm is a 4.4% gose brewed with guava and blackberry. It’s tart but not overly sour, yet sessionable and bursting with fruit. On the other side of the coin, Ookla the Mok Baltic Porter presents notes of crisp cocoa, chocolate and dark molasses that swirls around in this strong dark lager. Both will be released in 4-pack 16oz. cans.

42 North to Throw Viking Party in Honor of New DIPA Cans

42 North Brewing are set to turn East Aurora into a scene out of Old Norse mythology on January 12 (12pm) as they throw a huge Viking Party in honor of the release of their Dragonship Double IPA in cans. Dragonship is brewed with Norwegian Voss Yeast and triple dry-hopped with Azacca, El Dorado, and Zythos for huge tropical fruit flavors and aroma. Viking dress hats and costumes are encouraged at the release party, while Snout BBQ will be on hand smoking turkey legs for the occasion and the first 35 people will receive a Dragonship Viking “Saga” poster. Skol!

12 Gates Brewing Landing Strip IPA to Make Can Debut

12 Gates Brewing are set to release their Landing Strip IPA in 16oz. cans on January 15. 4-packs will be available for sale hours after they come fresh off the canning line. And for those that completed the entire 12 Gates of Christmas this year, the brewery is offering a special case price. Landing Strip is brewed with German 2 Row, White Wheat, Carapils, Crystal 20 and Dextrose malts and Columbus, Citra and Mosaic hops. It’s then dry-hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe to create a softly bittered tropical IPA with loads of pineapple and tangerine and a touch of pine.

Four Mile Brewing to Tap New Double IPA

Four Mile Brewing are upping the hop quotient at their Olean taproom with the release of their latest hoppy creation, Allegewi Double IPA. This true West Coast-style Double IPA offers notes of passionfruit, pear, citrus, and pine. “Legends roam the mountains and banks of the Allegheny. The Allegewi stood tall, strong, and proud. One must respect the living examples of the ferocity of man and nature,” the brewery says of the new brew. Allegewi Double IPA is currently available on draft only at the brewery as of right now, but tentative plans call for it to be canned this fall.

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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Drink Local, Drink Better: The Buffalo Beer League’s Favorite Buffalo Beers of 2018

In case you haven’t noticed, there are some truly special things happening in Buffalo beer right now. There are so many excellent brews dropping weekly that it’s nearly impossible to try them all. Trust me, I speak from experience. But I, along with the rest of the Buffalo Beer League, tried most of the latest releases our beloved breweries graced us with this past year. And to be honest, we are better beer drinkers because of it.

Perhaps not surprisingly, our list is riddled with haze and hops, though we didn’t exclusively prefer juice bombs these past 365 days. A handful of sours cracked the list, as did a few stouts. But for another year, IPA’s dominated our year-end list (not that there is anything wrong with that). 2018 was also a special year for Buffalo beer because there were so many memorable collaborations that made this list. And if you know anything about us, you know we love and appreciate it when local breweries team up.

Therefore, here are Buffalo Beer League’s favorite beers of 2018. Myself, along with fellow BBL co-founder Scott McMillan and BBL generals Jesse Walters and Mark Jowett, joined forces recently to hash this list out. This was by no means an easy process, because when we say there are special things happening in Buffalo beer right now, we aren’t just blowing smoke or being homers – there’s a lot of really good beer being brewed here.

12 Gates Brewing Ancient Chaos Tropical Stout – It was a close call between this guy or 2018 Grave Concerns. It stood out at a BBL bottle share with notes of vanilla, coffee, marshmallow and chocolate. Too bad these were pretty limited or else I’d love to try and age a bottle.

42 North Brewing Halt, Who Gose There? – Seeing as how this was one of the best beers we’ve ever had from the East Aurora outfit, I’d be hard-pressed to leave this one off. 42 North had a great year in terms of producing delicious liquid (Pre-Emption IPA, True Line IPA, Meridian Myth IPA), but none blew us away like this gose. This was literal fruit juice. Blackberry, blueberry, raspberry. All the berries.

Big Ditch Brewing Double Dry Hopped Hayburner IPASoft hops and massive citrus made for yet another Big Ditch banger. This might have been the best beer to touch our lips in 2018, which is saying something because of the other bangers to come out of Big Ditch this year – Passionfruit Hayburner, Canvass, etc. We miss this beer.

Brickyard Brewing / West Shore Brewing Das Blep New England IPA – Speaking of true bangers, Das Blep fits the bill for sure. Northtowners Brickyard and West Shore collabed on a killer hazy bomb here – tropical fruit aromas with a soft fruit cocktail of peach, papaya and pineapple. Just fantastic. I’d like to thank John Paul Meeter and Josh Dziomba’s cats for making this beer happen.

Community Beer Works / Big Ditch Power Ballad IPA – This was an early frontrunner for beer of the year in our books. Resinous hops and big pineapple with soft and creamy tropical fruit that rounded out nicely after a few weeks. I’d like to join everyone else asking CBW and Big Ditch to brew this one again.

Western New York Brewery Collab Mr. Goodbar 50th Anniversary Hazy IPA – When nearly every brewery in WNY teams up on a special beer for one of our favorite bars, it has to make this list, right? It also helped that the beer, Mr. Goodbar 50th Anniversary Hazy IPA, kicked ass – a creamy combo of pineapple, citrus and mango with a touch of the bitter. 

New York Beer Project Funky Zombie #4 – One of our favorite beers from this past Brewers Invitational. So much going on in this beer. A blend of 58% mixed fermentation red sour aged for nearly 13 months in Cabernet Sauvignon Oak barrels from J. Lohr and 42% fresh Blonde Farmhouse Ale, brewed with French Saison yeast and 168 lbs. of apricot. I don’t know about you, but those are all pretty nice words.

Old First Ward Brewing #Smashtag – What kind of year-end beer list would this be without #Smashtag? One of the preeminent hazebombs of Buffalo with its soft, creamy waves of peach and pineapple and such. The Double Dry Hopped version was nearly just as good. With their Heisenberg Imperial Hefeweizen and First Ward Problems (Thin Man collab), OFW Brewing is one to watch in 2019.

Resurgence Brewing Black Currant Kettle Sour – This could actually be any number of Resurgence beers – CitMo 2.0 and Head in the Clouds Double IPA among them, but we decided on the Black Currant Kettle Sour because it might just be the best sour Resurgence has ever brewed. Sweet currants up front followed by a tart pucker. Finishes like a dry red wine that keeps you coming back.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Ben & Gared’s Paczki Milk Stout – We’ve had a lot of underwhelming donut beers before, but this stout was not one of them. In fact, this strawberry jelly filled treat (bonus points for being served on nitro), was easily the best Rusty Nickel beer we’ve had.

SATO Brewpub / Pressure Drop Brewing Mortys Killing Mortys NEIPA – Pressure Drop’s Karl Kolbe and SATO’s Drew Hardin took the best of each coast to give us maximum haze, maximum fruit and maximum Rick & Morty references on Mortys Killing Mortys. This hazy brew was all the citrus and stone fruit you’d want in a glass with enough West Coast bitter to back it up. Just more proof that collaborations are king!

Thin Man Brewery Fresh Fruited Minkey Boodle – There was so much fruit in this Fresh Fruited Minkey Boodle, hence the name. Easily one of the best sours we had in 2018, one that was on par with any Joose that The Answer is currently producing, which is saying something. Thin Man had a nice year beer-wise, which should be no small secret to anyone who drinks their beer, and Trial By Wombat IPA and their 2nd Anniversary New England IPA are also worth mentioning here.

For as banner a year that 2018 was for our beer scene, 2019 might just be the best year ever for this scene. Flagship events like the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational (January 27, New York Beer Project), Farm to Pint Week and the Buffalo Brewers Festival (June 22, Canalside) return, this year will also see the debut of the Canadian-American Beer Festival (April 13, Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls, USA). Resurgence will also open their massive new location in the Old First Ward, Rusty Nickel and Woodcock will open their second locations, and a handful of new breweries should open their doors, including Froth Brewing, Prosper Brewing and Beltline Brewing. So, in other words, buckle up.

Now is a great time to be a fan of Buffalo beer. We just hope that you’ll sit back and come along for the ride. We’ll save you a seat.

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: CBW, 42 North Drop NEIPA’s, Brew Academy at Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver in Town

Community Beer Works to Release Bang A ‘Uey NEIPA in Cans

Community Beer Works are set to release their first ever New England IPA, Bang A ‘Uey, in cans on January 4 (3pm). Bang A ’Uey is brewed with Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc hops with heaps of oats and Conan yeast for bright aromas of papaya, passion fruit and subtle notes of grape. 16oz. 4-pack cans will be available for purchase just hours after being canned. Bang A ‘Uey will then be available wherever great beer is sold soon after that. CBW will then host the First Friday After Party that night (8pm), featuring performances from DJ Milk and the Stripteasers.

Pre-Emption NEIPA is Back at 42 North Brewing

Pre-Emption New England IPA cans are returning to 42 North Brewing on January 5 (12pm). The first release of the Pre-Emption Series features Galaxy, Azacca, Denali, and Mosaic hops. Pre-Emption is brewed to be hazy and juicy with complex fruit aromas and flavors. A few days later on January 8 (4pm), 42 North will tap their version of Sierra Nevada Brewing Butte County Proud IPA and will donate 100% of Resilience IPA sales to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, to support victims of the California Camp Fire, which killed at least 85 people and destroyed over 13,000 homes.

Join the Brew Academy at Niagara College Teaching Brewery

The Brew Academy of Canadian Food & Wine Institute, a one-week extensive program which delivers extensive hands-on industry training, returns to Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake, February 25 – March 1. There are 5 courses – Day in the Brewery, where you will experience the role of brewmaster, Brew Production, which highlights all the elements involved in producing quality beer, Discover Brew Ingredients, which showcases ingredients such as barley, malts, hops & yeasts, Brew Packaging, which covers beer packaging and Brewery Trends, Operations & Health and Safety, which leads you through top industry trends. Each course is $195. Canadianfoodandwineinstitute.ca for more information.

Join Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver at Exclusive Beer Tasting Event

Join renowned Brooklyn Brewing Brewmaster Garrett Oliver as part of the 2019 National Geographic Live series at Kleinhan’s Music Hall, February 8 (7pm), for a special beer-tasting event, featuring Oliver introducing and talking about a handful of his favorite beers, explaining the history of beer and the back-stories during the evening. The intimate talk will unfold over a two-hour period with food stations provided by local restaurants. Attendance limited to 400. VIP ticket gives you reserved seating and admits you to meet-and-greet (VIP subscriptions to National Geographic Live series also available). Purchase tickets at BPO.org (General Admission, $95, VIP, $125).

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: New Beer Releases, New Year’s Eve Parties, Pizza Plant Big Holiday Bash, Habitat For Humanity’s Tour Cards

Stock Up on Recent Beer Releases for the Holiday Week Ahead

The holidays can be hectic – baking, shopping, wrapping, spending time with family and the list goes on. Thankfully, all those things are easier with beer, so now is the time to stock up for your holiday celebrations. Resurgence Brewing has fresh cans of Head in the Clouds Double IPA and Brut IPA and Community Beer Works has cans of Electronic Dream Phone IPA (a collaboration with Kings County Brewing Collective). There is still some Big Ditch Brewing Citraburner IPA at the brewery and Pressure Drop Brewing has cans of Space Monkey Episode 3: Revenge of the Space Monkey IPA available. Ellicottville Brewing just dropped Black Daze Black New England IPA in cans and Steelbound has canned Last Minute IPA. 42 North has cans of Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale and NYtro Coffee Porter, Thin Man Brewery has a new batch of Trial By Wombat NEIPA cans and Woodcock Brothers also just released XPA 16. So many beers, so little time.

 

Ring In the New Year at These Local Breweries

 

As the calendar pages fall away to reveal the New Year, it’s time to celebrate, and a number of local breweries are getting ready to party. Grab your best costume as Rusty Nickel Brewing celebrates history’s most iconic duos at their New Year’s Eve Keg Drop. Tickets cost $65 (EventBrite). Ring in the New Year near the Electric Tower at Big Ditch. Tickets are $70 (EventBrite). New York Beer Project are celebrating the end of 2018 in style with a free party. It’s Brew Year’s Eve at Buffalo Riverworks. Tickets cost $140 per couple ($80 solo, BuffaloRiverworks.com). Head to Community Beer Works’ new HQ for their first ever NYE Party/Keg Drop. Event is free. 42 North are also dropping a keg to celebrate the oncoming year. $10 at the door. Mr. Goodbar are hosting karaoke from 10pm-2am and Marquee Grand performs at 11pm ($3). Drink specials all night. Happy New Year!

Pizza Plant Hosts Big Holiday Bash with Founder’s Brewing for a Good Cause

Pizza Plant Transit are welcoming Founder’s Brewing to town for their Big Holiday Bash on December 27 (6pm). The event will feature a whole host of Founder’s most beloved offerings on draft and in bottles, including Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Better Half (Old Ale with Molasses Aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels), Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale, Azacca IPA and 2016 Imperial Stout. If you purchase a flight, you can then get a bottle of KBS for only $5. Also, if you bring an article of clothing to donate, you will receive some Founder’s swag in return.

Raise a Glass for a Great Cause with Habitat for Humanity’s Craft Brew Tour Cards

Habitat for Humanity collaborated with a number of bars, breweries and distilleries for the House Beer Built Tour, which features coupons for free beer, mead and cocktails at 25 places. You can get free beers from Resurgence, Big Ditch, SATO Brewpub, Flying Bison and Community Beer Works, as well as Aurora Brew Works, Pizza Plant and World of Beer, free cocktails from Lockhouse, Black Button and Buffalo Distilling and mead from Lilly Belle Meads in Clarence. Cards are $30 and can be purchased at the HFH office (1765 South Park), the ReStore (501 Amherst Street), and Transit Lanes in Williamsville.

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.river

 

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Stay Resilient: Area Breweries Join Sierra Nevada Resilience Project for Wildlife Relief

The recent catastrophic California Camp Fire destroyed entire neighborhoods and communities, leaving over 153,000 acres of land and over 13,000 buildings and homes burned and decimated in its wake, while killing at least 85 people. Nearby Sierra Nevada Brewery, true pioneers and a pillar of the craft beer world, took it upon themselves to use their best weapon – beer – to help give back and start to rebuild.

And from tragedy, the Resilience Project was born, started by Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman, who called on everyone in the industry to take his Resilience Butte County Proud IPA recipe and brew the beer to help those affected in his home state. Proceeds from sales will go directly toward the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, which will help rebuild and support areas most affected by the Camp Fire.

Thus far, over 1,400 breweries worldwide have taken up arms and joined the project, including a number of area breweries – 42 North Brewing, Flying Bison Brewing, Brickyard Brewing, Rusty Nickel Brewing, Pressure Drop Brewing, Thin Man Brewery, Ellicottville Brewing, Labatt Brew House and Batavia’s Eli Fish Brewing.

Grossman’s ask is a major reason why Flying Bison decided to take part because, according to founder and Buffalo beer’s most recognizable mustache, Tim Herzog, how do you say no to someone like Ken Grossman?

Flying Bison’s Christina Killourhy brewing up Resilience IPA (Photo credit: Flying Bison)

“Who says “no” to Ken Grossman?” Herzog says. “Flying Bison has been community involved ever since we started. The Resilience Project is a good deal larger in scope than anything we have been involved in before, but this is a tragedy bigger than most can imagine. They have no home, no food, and no way to start again. The hope behind this is to give the victims some help to get started again.”

“Being involved in the community has been a huge part of craft brewers’ MO since the beginning of the movement,” Flying Bison Head Brewer Colin Herzog adds. “Beer brings people together to engage and socialize with each other and with that comes the desire to help where needed, and the folks in California dealing with this terrible disaster need a lot of help.”

Taking part in the Resilience Project was a no-brainer for Thin Man’s Rudy Watkins, who cites Sierra Nevada as one of his biggest inspirations as a brewer.

“How could we not make this beer? We have the opportunity to raise a significant amount money for people who have suffered from a horrible disaster. Sierra Nevada has been an inspiration for my entire brewing (and drinking!) career. The project is a testament to the amazing people that make up the craft beer industry – from Sierra and the folks organizing this, to Country Malt, who donated the ingredients to us, to the folks who are going to walk into the pub & give their money to those who suffered from the fire.”

Ellicottville Brewing was honored to be able to help give back, according to brewer Dan Minner, who says the brewery was eager to help out once they found out about the Resilience Project.

“Like the rest of the country we heard the developments of the campfire and the horrible Devastation that happened in Butte County as it developed. It has taken its toll on town like Paradise not only in the precious lives of the victims it claimed and those who are still missing, but also the infrastructure and more than 14,000 homes of the surrounding community. We have had the great privilege of visiting that beautiful part of the country and spending a day with our colleagues at Sierra Nevada. When we heard of this project and this interesting new idea of a sort of a “brewsourcing” fundraiser we were eager to use our skills to help those in need. Please come visit EBC and all the local breweries serving it up during this giving season.”

Pressure Drop’s Karl Kolbe drops hops into their Resilience IPA (Photo credit: Pressure Drop)

Former Northern California resident and current Pressure Drop Brewing Head brewery Karl Kolbe, who spent year honing his craft at Knee Deep Brewing, says he jumped at the chance to help out because he has experienced the effects of a wildfire up close and personal.

“Having lived in northern California for 12 years, I know all too well the effects of wildfire on a community. While living in Auburn, California, our small Sierra foothills town experienced a wildfire that destroyed over 100 homes and businesses. The town of Paradise is just over an hour drive from Auburn. Seeing my neighbors experiencing this tragedy hits us hard. I’m thankful that Sierra Nevada Brewing has given us this opportunity to work as a community to help the people affected.”

Batavia’s Eli Fish Brewing didn’t give it a second thought once they got the call asking them to take part.

“We decided to brew the Resilience IPA as soon as the Brewers Association sent the email requesting support,” Owner/Brewer Jonathan Mager. “We saw it and had to do it, even before we knew thousands of fellow brewers had the same reaction. It’s an amazing idea to get thousands of brewers to brew the same recipe and donate the proceeds to a single cause. The Camp Fire in California definitely hit close to home for Sierra Nevada who started this whole project, and we applaud them for the incredible foresight, determination and dedication it took to pull this project off. It blows us away, we are a tiny brewery in Batavia, NY, and we get the opportunity to be part of such an incredible nationwide movement. It’s truly remarkable how the entire brewing community embraced the idea. Also, the amount of aid that the Camp Fire relief fund will receive as a result of this project is truly humbling.”

Ryan Brady of the newly opened Labatt Brew House adds that it was the true sense of community amongst the brewing industry that drew him to take part. “I think one of the best things about beer is that it brings people together (typically for fun), and being able to use that power to help a community out that has been severely damaged is a great opportunity.”

Rusty Nickel shares Brady’s sentiment, according to Head brewer Dave Johnson. “For us, it’s about being small but still being able to be part of something big that should really make a difference. Beer can be powerful.”

The shocking footage of the aftermath of Camp Fire caught the attention of Brickyard Brewing Head Brewer John Paul Meeter. “It’s just about how shocking the footage was. You hear about fires, but I had never seen anything like that. If I was one of those people out there I would literally have no idea how or where to even start rebuilding.”

42 North owner John Cimperman says that 42 North answered the bell because they believe in brewing beer for the greater cause, and because some of his team, like Pressure Drop’s Karl Kolbe, has California roots.

“42 North answered the call from Sierra Nevada for a couple of reasons,” Cimperman says. “As an industry, we can do a lot of good through collaboration. This is another example. Also, our team has some Northern California roots and wanted to support a place, and people, that are important to us.”

Flying Bison, Ellicottville and Brickyard currently have their versions on tap at their respective taprooms. You can expect Pressure Drop, Rusty Nickel and Thin Man’s Resilience IPA’s in late December and 42 North and Eli Fish will have their versions in early January.

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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