Buffalo Beer Buzz: Pumking Family Reunion, 12 Gates Double NEIPA Drop, World of Beer 4th Anniversary, Thin Man / Crooked Run Collab

Southern Tier Getting the Family Together for Pumking Family Reunion

Even though it seems that fall themed beers arrive earlier and earlier each year, Southern Tier Brewing are getting the family together on August 27 (4pm) for a Pumking Family Reunion, a full day of big beer featuring the entire lineup of Southern Tier’s beloved pumpkin themed beers. All of the brewery’s Pumking varieties will be available on tap at the Empty Pint in Lakewood, including Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout, Cold Press Coffee Pumking, Rum Barrel Aged Pumking and the debut of a new surprise variant. The Pumking family will be available for flights and sampling.

12 Gates Brewing to Release New Double New England IPA, Anastatis

Newly minted Head Brewer Matt Gordon is kicking off his 12 Gates tenure with a bang, an 8% Double New England IPA named Anastasis, which will be released August 23 (12pm), shortly after it was canned to ensure freshness. “I knew I wanted my first project to be a DIPA with some big flavors and aromas that would be a dangerously unnoticeable 8% ABV drinker,” Gordon says of Anastasis. Expect huge tropical notes with some melon, tangerine, citrus and a hint of strawberry. Live music from Joe Squared (8pm). Anastasis is a limited release available only in 12 Gates’ taproom.

World of Beer to Celebrate 4th Anniversary with Special 12 Gates’ Collab Beer

In honor of World of Beer’s fourth anniversary on August 24, the Walden Galleria-based gastropub have enlisted the help of 12 Gates Brewing for a special anniversary beer, 12 Gates / World of Beer Berry Blast, a light and tart fruited Berliner Weisse brewed with blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry puree that clocks in at 5% ABV. WOB are celebrating their anniversary all month, as the beer is on tap right now. The anniversary party (11am) will feature $3 pints of Berry Blast all day long, as well as prize giveaways and cake. For more information on the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2468847116507119/.

Thin Man to Release Crooked Run Collab, Sticky Toffee Imperial Stout

For their latest collaborative brew, Thin Man Brewery headed south to team with Leesburg, Virginia’s favorite sons, Crooked Run Brewing, the result of which is Sticky Toffee Imperial Stout with Candi Sugar and Vanilla, which will hit taps August 24 (12pm) at both Elmwood and Chandler locations. Look for notes of vanilla, dark sugar and dates with maple sweetness and a rich mouthfeel. As it warms, caramel comes forward with smooth alcohol warmth. Thin Man is also dropping a new hazy brew, Darling Vicci, a New England IPA brewed with Vic Secret hops for notes of pineapple, orange and passionfruit.

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 Breweries Invade Rochester’s Flour City Brewfest

A number of Buffalo-area breweries are set to invade the 25th Annual Flour City Brewers Fest in Rochester this weekend, including 42 North, Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Hamburg Brewing, New York Beer Project, Pressure Drop, Resurgence Brewing, Rusty Nickel and Thin Man. The event takes place on Saturday (6pm) at the Rochester Public Market.

The festival will feature over 80 breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries. There will also be food from a dozen vendors, including Rubino’s Italian Food, The Meat Ball Truck Company and Neno’s Gourmet Mexican Street Food, live music from Mud Creek and the Secondhand Sidekicks, custom-built lounge areas to relax and enjoy a beer, a special 25th anniversary beer from Rohrbach Brewing and more. Brewed in celebration of 25 years of the Flour City Brewers Fest, Rohrbach’s 25 Peachy Years is a Double New England-style IPA with peaches.

Among the breweries set to attend the fest are Prison City, Fifth Frame, Other Half, Genesee Brewhouse, Mortalis, Abandon Brewing, Rising Storm, Stoneyard, Swiftwater and Triphammer. Cider will be available from OSB Ciderworks and Blackbird Cider Works, as well as mead from 810 Meadworks, spirits from Black Button Distilling and Iron Smoke Distillery and wine from Heron Hill and Living Roots. There will also be a number of other vendors on hand, including the New York Hop Guild, 1886 Maltworks, 585 Rochester Pedal Tours and the New York State Brewers Association.

A limited amount of general admission ($45) tickets are still available at www.flourcitybrewersfest.com and include access to sampling, 6oz. glass and a $5 food voucher good for any food vendor. Tickets go up to $50 the day of.

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: Number 17 at Brickyard, Blackbird’s Summer Fest, Buffalo Brewing Teams with History Museum, Big Inlet’s Mayville Bluegrass Festival

Brickyard Brewing Drops New Josh Allen-Inspired IPA

Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing have released a beery tribute to the new savior of Buffalo football Josh Allen, aptly titled Number 17, a West Coast-style IPA that packs as much hops as our hurdling quarterback. Number 17, which is on tap at the brewery right now, is an old school hoppy IPA with a firm malt body, nuanced bitterness and a clean finish. It’s dangerously drinkable. El Dorado and Summit hops provide subtle bitterness, and push strong notes of orange peel, honeysuckle, melon, and dank, piney goodness. The beer is a tweaked homebrew recipe of BBC Home Brewer John Paul Meteer. 

Summer Fest Returns to BlackBird Cider Works for Ninth Year

BlackBird Cider Works will celebrate the ninth annual Summer Cider and Craft Beer Festival on August 17 (1pm) in Barker. Ciders from BlackBird and beer from New York Beer Project, Woodcock Brothers, 12 Gates, Flying Bison, and Big Ditch will be available. Lloyds Taco Truck will also be on hand. Standard tickets ($15 presale/$18 door) include a BlackBird tasting glass and eight tasting tickets and Deluxe tickets ($25 presale/$28 door) include a glass, eight tickets, and two 12oz. draft cider tickets. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com. The event is part of Western New York Cider Week (August 16-25). Ciderweekwny.com for more information.

Buffalo Brewing to Release New Beer on Buffalo History Museum’s Portico

Celebrate the progress of the Buffalo History Museum’s portico renovations on August 16 (5pm) at the Party for the Portico. The event serves as the launch of a new partnership between the museum and Buffalo Brewing Company. Named after the year the museum was founded, 1862 Cream Ale will be available exclusively at museum events and BBC. A percentage of sales will benefit the museum. The Sheila Divine will perform with food available from Center Street Smokehouse and The Green Box. Tickets are $10 presale for members ($15 at door) and $20 general admission presale for non-members ($25 at door).

2019 Mayville Bluegrass Festival Comes to Big Inlet Brewing

Big Inlet Brewing are resurrecting the Mayville Bluegrass Festival, which originally ran from 2002-2009, on August 17 (11am). Now a one-day event, the festival will feature live performances from Doug Yeomans and Mountain Run, Creek Bend featuring the Panfil Brothers, The Blue Grasshoppers Reunion, The Blue Mule Band, Deep Fried and Dipped in Honey, Three Legged Hill, Generic New Grass, Old Dawg Bluegrass, Amanda Barton and Bill Ward, Good for Nuthin String Band, and more. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.biginletbrewing.com. The brewery offers some seating and tables, but it is advisable to bring your own lawn chairs.

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 Brewing Presents First Donation to WNYMBA

As announced this past May, proceeds from the sales of 42 North Brewing Company’s Day Trekker IPA benefit the Western New York Mountain Biking Association. 42 North Founder, John Cimperman, presented the first check to WNYMBA members at a special ceremony at 42 North taproom in East Aurora. The check for $1,575 represents the proceeds from June sales of Day Trekker. 42 North will continue to donate proceeds from every case sale to WNYMBA for their continued maintenance and restoration of trails in Western New York.

Joe Crumlish, President of WNYMBA, states, “From day one, 42 North has supported WNYMBA. Mountain biking and outdoor adventure is part of their DNA. This partnership will be a big help is providing some additional funding to support our mission.”

“Keep drinking so we can keep writing checks,” Cimperman added with a laugh.

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.

The 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 artwork on the Day Trekker 12 ounce can features a map of the Ellicottville trail system. Day Trekker is available on tap and in cans at Consumer’s Beverage, Wegman’s, Tops, and other select retailers in the region.

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Brickyard Brewing Pay Tribute to Josh Allen With New Beer

Football is back, the Buffalo Bills won their first game (preseason, yes, but a win is a win), and Josh Allen played well (6-11, 66 yards), so where else would you rather be than right here, right now (I miss you Marv)? Well, perhaps one answer would be in Lewiston at Brickyard Brewing, who have released a beery tribute to the new savior of Buffalo football, Number 17, a West Coast-style IPA that packs as much hops as our hurdling quarterback (see what I did there?).

Number 17, which is on tap at the brewery right now, is an old school hoppy IPA that features El Dorado and Summit hops for notes of pine, citrus and melon. The beer is a tweaked homebrew recipe of BBC Home Brewer John Paul Meteer.

“We say hello again to number 17 on the field, and at the BBC! Introducing Number 17, our new Josh Allen inspired West Coast IPA,” Brickyard says. “Born in California, but with a decidedly Buffalo feel. [It features] a firm malt body, without sticky sweetness, is balanced by nuanced bitterness and a clean finish. Dangerously drinkable. El Dorado and Summit hops provide subtle bitterness, and push strong notes of orange peel, honeysuckle, melon, and dank, piney goodness.”

Meteer says that the original Number 17 IPA was born out of homebrew experimentation in hopbursting, back before New England was officially a recognized beer style.

“I wanted something with a West Coast IPA vibe, because Josh is a Cali boy,” Meteer says. “But he seems to fit so well in Western New York that I wanted to soften the bitterness. It’s kind of a hybrid East-West Coast IPA.”

As for why he decided to honor Josh Allen with a beer in the first place, Meteer simply says, ‘because he’s the fucking man.’

“I hear a lot of bad stories about athletes,” he continues. “All I ever hear about him is good stories. And I’m excited for this season. I think that the all of the ‘experts’ predicting a lousy [Bills] season will be eating crow his year.”

Number 17 is on tap now at Brickyard Brewing and is available for a limited time.

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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World of Beer, 12 Gates Brewing Team on Special Anniversary Beer

As World of Beer prepares to celebrate their fourth anniversary on August 24, the Walden Galleria-based gastropub have called upon the help of 12 Gates Brewing for a special anniversary beer, 12 Gates / World of Beer Berry Blast, a light and tart fruited Berliner Weisse brewed with blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry puree that clocks in at 5% ABV. WOB will be celebrating their anniversary all month long, as the anniversary beer is on tap now.

“Even with all that fruit, it still has a great tartness and is very sessionable,” new 12 Gates Head Brewer Matt Gordon says. “I’m expecting this beer to be a fan favorite while it lasts.” He adds that the WOB team was very involved throughout the process. “The WOB team stopped by 12 Gates to finalize the flavors and amount of puree they felt everyone would enjoy. As much fun as it sounds, tastings are very hard work. We all had to sample the beer with ‘X’ amount of puree in it, then try another variation with a different amount of puree and compare. Drinking beer and being critical was a job that morning and we all made sure to do it with a smile.”

When the decision was made to brew an anniversary beer, 12 Gates was World of Beer’s first and only choice for a brewery, says Product Manager Sean Wieder, because of the existing relationship between the two establishments.

“We had always talked about the possibility to partner with a local brewery to collaborate on a beer,” Wieder says. “We knew our four year anniversary was approaching and wanted to do something cool, new, unique, and special for our loyalty members. 12 Gates has always been good to us and we try to help them out any chance we can because they would easily do the same if we ever needed anything. I also knew that 12 Gates has brewed beers for others before, such as MyCity Brew (Byson Brown Dunkel) and 103.3 The Edge (Barbaric Blonde). So, when the bosses finally gave me the go ahead to start looking into local breweries who would collaborate with us, 12 Gates was my first choice.”

He adds that WOB and 12 Gates have already discussed future anniversary beers, depending on how well the customers respond to Berry Blast. “We wanted to do something special and different. To give people the opportunity to be a part of a beer is something special that most servers and bartenders don’t get to be a part of, and it’s always best to reward those that help you to be successful. We saw that another World of Beer [location] did a collaboration on cask and we wanted to take that one-step further. We wanted to be part of something that we can halfway call our own.”

Wieder explains that a fruited sour was the right choice for the anniversary beer because not only is it one of the better selling styles at World of Beer, the entire staff agreed they did not want to make anything heavy and the fruited sour style is one of 12 Gates’ fortes.

“12 Gates has been putting out fruited sours left and right recently and they are all top notch. If you haven’t had an opportunity to try any of them I highly recommend you do. We have had just about every one of their sours on tap, whether it be Passionfruit, Key Lime, Blueberry, etc.; they all were all gone within days. So I believe a big reason we picked that was because it’s a style I knew 12 Gates is very successful at making.”

Looking back at his experience and time with World of Beer, Wieder says, “I would say that out of everything that we have built in the last four years, the thing we are most proud of is the relationships we have built. Although World of Beer itself is a corporation, if you ask any one of our loyalty customers or any beer reps we deal with, we don’t give you any bit of a corporate feel. We strive ourselves in being local and helping out local businesses and members of the Buffalo community. We have events with local breweries all the time, we have charity events for Pixie Mamas Animal Rescue Shelter twice a month, and we do everything we can to build of local relationships on a daily basis.”

“It’s hard to pin point any specifics because there is just so much that we do,” he continues. “Every week we have trivia and we have a brewery sponsor it. One thing I am very excited about is I started a “Brewery Trivia War,” once a month where two breweries will compete against each other during trivia for a chance at a permanent draft line the following month. In addition to this they also give out swag, pour samples, and every customer votes on which brewery they think will do better. Then a pair of random customers who guessed the winning team correctly will receive a $25 gift card. It’s just something fun and different for both the customers and the brewery reps.”

As expected, as World of Beer regularly has approximately 500 beers available in bottles, cans and on draft at any given time, it was a difficult process for Wieder to nail down his favorite beers over the last four years. He points to the growth of the Western New York beer scene as a reason he can’t. “I am really impressed with how much the local beer market has advanced in the city of Buffalo throughout the four years we have been open. These local breweries and beers can go head to head with any other city and give them a run for their money.”

The anniversary party starts bright and early at 11am and will features $3 pints of the anniversary beer, as well as prize giveaways and cake. For more information on the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2468847116507119/.

“We will continue to try and do cool, unique things and try to improve our customer experience,” Wider concludes. “We will continue to support local charities and businesses. We will always put our customer and employees first and continue to strive towards greatness. We are always open to new ideas and doing what we can to make our community a better place for those to live. In addition we will always support local breweries and do whatever we can to promote the Buffalo beer industry.”

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 Brewing, Buffalo History Museum Announce New Partnership

Buffalo Brewing Company will be the exclusive beer sponsor of the Buffalo History Museum, launching on August 16 when The Sheila Divine performs at Party for the Portico.

This partnership includes the debut of a signature beer, 1862 Cream Ale. Named after the year the Buffalo History Museum was founded, 1862 is a cream ale that will be available exclusively at museum events and Buffalo Brewing Company’s tasting room and beer garden. A percentage of beer sales will be donated to the museum.

1862 Cream Ale is brewed with Simcoe and Citra hops with Pilsner and Vienna malt for light, drinkable notes of citrus. The beer is on tap now at Buffalo Brewing.

“For Buffalo Brewing Company this is an extremely natural fit,” shared Heather and John Domres, Jr., founders and owners of Buffalo Brewing Company. “The brewery pays homage to the communities’ history with commemorative years as beer names. We display the brewing industry’s proud past in this great city. Our brewery is proud to support a Buffalo institution that preserves our city’s history and helps teach future generations about Buffalo’s proud past. 1862 Cream Ale celebrates the birth of that institution. Its straw yellow color, light body, and mild hop profile make this the perfect beer to enjoy at the museum’s events!”

“Buffalo has a long history of pubs, breweries, and brewhouses,” said Melissa Brown, executive director of the museum. “They have served as a source of conviviality and bonding for generations. Shared experiences serve as one of history’s finest means of transport. Glimmers of our heritage shine through the new establishments flourishing throughout the region. To be ingrained into this part of Buffalo’s culture by partnering with the fantastic Buffalo Brewing Company – a brewery dedicated to proudly showcasing many of the significant years in Buffalo’s history, is an honor. We can’t wait to join the community in tasting the new 1862 Cream Ale at Party for the Portico!”

Party for the Portico is a 21 and over event celebrating the progress made on the portico restoration to date. Presale tickets are available through August 16 and are $20 for General Admission; $10 for members. Tickets will be available at the door the night of for $25 general; $15 members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.buffalohistory.org or call Angelica Rodriguez, Membership & Events Coordinator, at (716) 873-9644 ext. 318.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Buffalo Beer Week, The Dude Hates Cancer, 42 North’s Borderland Festival IPA cans, Booze & Brews Festival

Tenth Annual Buffalo Beer Week Brings 100 of Beer Events Over 10 Days

Buffalo Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene, returns for its tenth year, September 13-22. The lineup features hundreds of events, including over a dozen featured events, starting with the Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala on September 13 at Flying Bison Brewing (5-9pm), which will feature live music, food trucks and beer from all of your favorite local breweries. Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary tasting glass. To see all the events and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com (coming soon). The theme this year is ‘ten years of craft beer.’

The Dude Hates Cancer, Resurgence Present Homebrew for a Good Cause

The Dude Hates Cancer and Resurgence Brewing are once again teaming up to present the 6th Annual The Dude’s Charity Homebrew Competition on August 10 (12pm) at Resurgence’s Niagara Street location. For a $25 donation (tickets available at Eventbrite) to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (100% goes to charity), you can sample beers from 20+ homebrewers and cast your vote to help to pick a winner. Since its inception, The Dude Hates Cancer has raised over $295,000 for LLS. The campaign currently runs in two cities, Philadelphia (where it was founded in 2006) and Buffalo. For more information, visit http://buffalo.thedudehatescancer.com/.

42 North Rolls Out Special Borderland Festival IPA Cans

In honor of the second annual Borderland Music and Arts Festival next month, 42 North Brewing has again released a special edition can of their flagship Borderland IPA. The limited edition 16oz. can integrates the festival’s branding and features the entire festival lineup. Cans will see limited distribution throughout Western New York. The commemorative Borderland IPA cans can be found at Buffalo area Wegmans, Tops, Consumer’s Beverage, and local craft beer stores, as well as AJ’s Beer Warehouse in Rochester. The 2019 Borderland Music & Arts Festival will take place September 21-22 at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora.

Flying Bison, Buffalo Distilling Team Up for Booze and Brews Music Festival

Flying Bison Brewing and neighbor Buffalo Distilling are joining forces for the second annual Booze and Brews Music Festival, a full day of music, food and drink spanning both locations, on August 10 (1pm). There is music until sunset on the outdoor stage in Flying Bison’s Beer Garden and then inside at Buffalo Distilling until the day ends. $10 gets food/drink specials at both locations and performances from The Someday Maybe Band, The Steam Donkeys, A Band Named Sue, 10 Cent Howl and Randle and the Late Night Scandals (Outdoor Stage, 2-9pm) and the Denzell Ward Band (Indoor Stage, 9:30pm).

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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Resurgence Brewing Launches Pop Up Beer Gardens in Olmsted Parks

Resurgence Brewing Company will launch the first of their roving beer gardens this weekend, August 2 and 3, at Delaware Park. It is the pilot for their ‘Pints in the Park’ Pop Up Beer Garden collaboration with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Resurgence plans to set up mobile beer gardens in different parks throughout Western New York with a portion of the proceeds going back to the park.

“We have some wonderful parks here in Buffalo, and this is just another great way to get out and enjoy them,” Resurgence Owner Jeff Ware said. “There are a lot of awesome spots we can eventually get to, great spots that are totally underutilized.”

Pints in the Park will feature several draft beer offerings, yard games, music and food (TBD). All are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and their own food.

Assuming the weather cooperates, Resurgence plans to hold two more Pop Ups through the month of August and roll out a larger program next summer. See below for details on events. For more information, please visit Resurgencebrewing.com or call (716) 768-6018.

Locations and Hours:

Delaware Park Agassiz Circle (198 & Parkside Entrance):

Friday Aug. 2 3pm – Dusk
Saturday Aug, 3 Noon – Dusk

Riverside Park (exact location TBD):

Friday Aug. 16 3pm – Dusk
Saturday Aug 17 Noon – Dusk

Cazenovia Park (exact location TBD):

Friday Aug. 30 3pm – Dusk
Saturday Aug. 31 Noon – Dusk

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Thin Man Brings Buffalo Beer to the World’s Stage

Thin Man Brewery are doing their part to make Buffalo beer a global entity by proudly carrying the sigil for our beer scene onto the world’s stage at the recent ArtBeerFest in Caminha, Portugal, where they were only one of six North American breweries invited to pour. But that wasn’t all that was on their overseas agenda as the brewery also took part in a once-in-a-lifetime collaborative brew at Colossus Brewing in Porto, Portugal alongside Barrier Brewing Company from Long Island, Seven Island Brewery of Corfu, Greece and MØMBrewers of Portugal, a Double IPA with Centennial and Citra hops, pineapple, passionfruit, toasted coconut & vanilla.

And in case you were wondering, Thin Man poured Burning Money IPA, Minkey Boodle, Activate the Juices and Bliss DIPA at ArtBeerFest.

Thin Man, who have also poured at the Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen in Denmark in both 2018 and 2019, landed on the beer list at ArtBeerFest thanks to Brand Ambassador Mike Shatzel’s friend Kostas Pougatsias, Seven Island Brewery owner, who introduced him to festival promoter Octavio Costa.

“My friend Kostas from Seven Island came to New York City to do some collaborations and I made an intro to Barrier Brewing in Long Island,” Shatzel says. “I made the trek to NYC for the collab and we had a great time hitting Brooklyn up. A few days later, he made the introduction to Octavio. After seeing a few videos of the festival, we quickly agreed to attend.”

ArtBeerFest has sparked something of a culture shift in Portugal’s beer scene, with Costa stating that the fest has led to the opening of a number of breweries across the country. The annual event features beer samplings, brewer shows, curated tastings, vendors, workshops, master classes and labs from around the world.

“ArtBeerFest,” Pougatsias says, “it’s a movement and a state of mind that gets together people from around the world to celebrate beer culture and friendship at one of the most beautiful corners of Portugal!”

“ArtBeerFest,” Costa adds, “since the beginning, has been focused on the idea of broadening the knowledge base and consumer experience in our market. We never had a beer culture in Portugal until [about] 2012 or 2013. The festival was actually a mark in the short history of beer in my country and from that time, we saw dozens of projects multiplying. I can say that 80% of the breweries were born after the experience in Caminha. ArtBeerFest offers something for each drinker, something new for a beer geek and, the most important thing; it has been doing the job for the breweries and consumers at the same time.”

Costa says that he knew he had to have Thin Man at ArtBeerFest this year after a chance encounter with a few cans of Minkey Boodle.

“We are lucky to belong to an awesome global beer network,” he says. “Joining people around the world to have intense days of friendship, community and fun. The handsome mates at Greek brewery Seven Island, who we invited last year, introduced Thin Man to me. It’s a chain reaction. We believe in friendship. If our common friends made those introductions, it’s done. Last February I was traveling for some collab brew days in Chicago and New York, and by coincidence I had some cans of Minkey Boodle with a mate during my last day in NY. Finally there, I knew we just made the right choice once again by listening to a friend’s advice on them.”

“We do all this, each in his own way, for the love of beer and the craft beer community!” Pougatsias adds. “Traveling and meeting new people in some amazing festivals around the world, it’s all about making your family bigger and your experiences more enjoyable while you spread the idea and culture of beer craft. I consider both Octavio and Mike my fellow warriors, fighting side-by-side as crusaders against the evil spirit of cheaper, no-good industrial beer in a global effort as we try to make a better future for the next generations. I am so glad to be part of this big family and I wouldn’t be if I didn’t meet guys like Octavio & Mike. That’s changed my life completely!”

Thin Man’s inclusion at ArtBeerFest 2019 could lead to more invitations being sent to American breweries in the years to come, because, as Costa puts it, the European beer scene is attracted by American beer.

“I do think that more US breweries will take part in the festival,” Costa says, “I’m really sure of that. Europe is a business destination. The festival is a great door to knock on, not just for the Portuguese market, but the European one as well. Apart of that, our strategy aims to be visible as a great festival in the US. We’re attracted by US beers. We’re more open to tasting and to new experiences. US beers have that hype for us. We see it as an argument to help grow and upgrade the beer culture in Europe.”

Shatzel adds that Thin Man’s appearance at events like ArtBeerFest in Portugal and MBCC in Denmark introduces Buffalo beer to consumers and to markets that would otherwise have no way of having access to it.

“I think Thin Man being at such respected festivals such as ArtBeerFest and at MBCC for Copenhagen Beer Week for the last two years gets Buffalo’s name out to such a wide audience that’s difficult to achieve through traditional methods,” Shatzel adds. “It establishes a name to the Buffalo beer scene to places where they would never have made an association otherwise.”

Thin Man spreading the good word of Buffalo beer to the global masses is far from over as the brewery has also been invited to pour at 8×8 Brewing Project Festival in Beijing, China in October and another festival in Poland at the end of November. Stay tuned for more information on those.

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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