Resurgence Brewing Launches Three New Canned Beers

The canned beer family at Resurgence Brewing Company is set to grow by three as a trio of can releases will take place on June 21 – Loganberry Wit, one of their most beloved beers and one of their first ever offerings, Peter B. Porter, an annual favorite, and Conehead IPA, a new hazy IPA dedicated to a true Buffalo institution.

It’s been a longtime coming for Loganberry Wit, which was a true launch beer for the brewery when they opened back in 2014, and continues to be a favorite of customers to this day. This beer was brewed in a traditional wit style with some mild banana and light fruit esters with a subtle loganberry finish. Resurgence’s President Jeff Ware says that while he doesn’t consider Loganberry Wit a true flagship, it was always destined to be canned due to its loyal fanbase.

“Loganberry really is not a flagship beer for us, although it does have a strong fan base,” he says. “Like all off our packaged beers, the decision was made due to customer requests. It is a really easy drinking “gateway beer” with a Buffalo twist. I think they are going to go quick!”

Ware says the same goes for popular season Peter B. Porter, a peanut butter porter featuring balanced doses of chocolate, cocoa and toasted peanut butter.

“We are giving the people what they are asking for. This beer has a strong cult following. We had customers buying crowlers of it by the case. We decided to make it a little easier on them and put some package beer together. This one will be tap room only and very limited!”

Conehead IPA is a Mosaic hopped IPA that clocks in at 5.5%; it’s hazy, juicy and crushable with a subtle hop kick. As you might have figured out by the name, Conehead was made in conjunction with the Buffalo Bisons for the man himself, Buffalo’s favorite beer-slinging institution, Conehead, aka Tom Girot, who, as you would expect, is a big craft beer fan.

“Conehead IPA made with the Bisons and to Conehead’s preferences (he is a big craft beer fan),” Ware says. “We have a great partnership with the Bisons and this is just another example of that. Craft beer and baseball. What could be better?”

Loganberry Wit cans will sell for $10, Peanut Butter Porter for $11 and $12 for Conehead IPA (prices subject to change). All three releases will be 4 pack 16oz. cans. All beers will be available on draft as well.

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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These Beers are Pouring at the Buffalo Brewers Festival

The party of the summer goes down this Saturday, June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside at the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival. The event will feature over 30 Buffalo & WNY breweries, cideries and meaderies making for a tap list of over 50 brews. Batavia’s Eli Fish Brewing, who have only been open a few short months, will make their Western New York debut at the festival, just one of the many highlights this year’s fest presents.

But then again, you are not here to read a lengthy preamble, you’re really only looking for the meat and potatoes, right? You want the full list, so without further ado, here it is, the full tap list (subject to change) for the 2018 Buffalo Brewers Festival.

12 Gates: Cherry Vanilla Wheat, Coffee Porter English Porter, Radler German Radler, Hermetic IPA

4 Mile: The Pils Have Eyes [Imperial Pilsner Collab with Resurgence], Polynomial Pale Ale

42 North: Treaty Saison, Borderland IPA

Big Ditch: FC Session Wheat IPA, Beautiful River Saison, Hayburner IPA

Blackbird Cider: Buffalo Bluegrass Kentucky Barrel Aged Hard Cider, Lakeside Loganberry Hard Cider

Brickyard Brewing Company: White Bronco NEIPA, Saison des Fleurs

Buffalo Brewing Company: 1910 Czech Pilsner, 1825 Triple Dry Hopped IPA, 1817 Triple Dry Hopped Double IPA

Buffalo Brewpub: 12 Gates / Buffalo Brewpub Passionfruit Mango Kolsch, Blueberry Wheat, Nickel City Dark

Community Beer Works: Frank APA, The Whale American Brown Ale, That IPA, Ein Bier Bitte Hefe

Eli Fish Brewing: Awry Rye Saison, Brewers Wife Blonde Ale

Ellicottville Brewing Company: Blueberry Wheat, IPA, Foggy NEIPA

Five & 20: Grape Lakes Wheat w/ Concord Grapes, Can-Am Copper IPA

Flying Bison: Erie County Fair APA, Larkin Lager, Bisonberry Kolsch

Gordon Biersch: Saison, Hefeweizen, NYS IPA

Hamburg Brewing: Small Town Saison, Two Two Mango Ale, Hamburg Pilsner

New York Beer Project: Watermelon Saison, Righteous Dude DIPA, Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch, Lockport Lager

OFW Brewing: Not A Pale Ale, Against the Grain Hefeweizen, Razpputin Raspberry Ale

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery: Gin and Tonic Saison, Trainwreck Amber Ale

Pressure Drop: Sticky Trees IPA, Bruxelles Stout, Citra Screamer Cream Ale

Resurgence: Cucumber Saison, Re Warding IPA (Collaboration with OFW), Black Currant Kettle Sour

Rusty Nickel: Farmhouse Saison, Palletizer Pale Ale, Pedal Pusher Biere de Garde

Sato Brewpub: Bento Cream Ale, Urban Samurai White IPA

Southern Tier: 8 Days A Week Blonde Ale, Lemon Drop Sun, Science is the Art: The Psychic Laser

Steelbound Brewery: EVL Double IPA, Udderly Insane Pale Ale, Heff Another One, Nutty Blond Ale

Thin Man: Burning Money NEIPA, Buffalo Pills Pilsner, Minkey Boodle Raspberry Sour, Aura Saison

Westshore: Green Flyer NEIPA, Experimental Berliner Weiss, Saison

Windy Brew: Wild Mango Pale Ale, Dim Lager IPL, Wild Raspberry Farmhouse Saison

Woodcock Brothers: North 425 Pilsner, Honey Saison, Kumquat Berliner Weisse

Lilly Belle Meads: Ginny Bee Goode Saison Mead, Bee Witty Belgian Style Mead

A number of Farm-to-Pint beers, made exclusively from local ingredients, will be available, food vendors include Lloyd Taco and Ru’s Pierogi, and new this year, you can purchase pints of your favorite beer right at the festival (limited availability, prices may vary). An after party will be held at Clinton’s Dish at Canalside following the festival’s conclusion. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison. After you drink a few, or all of them for that matter, either or, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite version right at the festival in the People’s Choice Competition. There will also be a number of local vendors on hand, including Smokers Haven Cigars, Travelling Growler, NY Craft Malt, Crooked Creek Hops, Trocaire College and Bavarian Nut Company.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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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Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 4

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab.

12 Gates Brewing

Coffee Porter: Dark chocolate, light roast, and toffee pair with traditional English hops to create this smooth porter. Classic. I’ll have at least one. At least.

German Radler: A German Hefeweizen blended with pink lemonade and grapefruit juice. You had me at radler. It’s going to be sunny, so the line will be long for this thirst quencher.

Hermetic IPA: An IPA with loads of hops to give it tons of dank tropical fruit and citrus flavor and aroma, including pineapple and grapefruit. This was one of my favorite beers from last year’s fest. Can’t wait to enjoy some more of this beer.

Southern Tier Brewing

8 Days A Week Blonde Ale: Infinitely drinkable with a hint of Centennial hops for fruity notes and low bitterness for an easy finish. Bring on the blonde ales. Please and thank you.

Lemon Drop Sun: Just enough hop bitterness and lemon tartness to keep your taste buds tingling for another sip. Yet another light crushable offering, which is not a bad thing.

Science is the Art: The Psychic Laser Double IPA: Tropical, fruity, piney and citrusy notes from Mosaic, Equanot, and Simcoe hops. My name is Brian and I love IPA’s. Enough said.

Eli Fish Brewing

“Awry” Rye Saison: A beautifully clear, lightly hopped saison with a noticeable rye body. It finishes dry and clean. A rye saison sounds like a nice break from the norm given this tap list.

“Brewers Wife” Blonde Ale: Mildly hopped blonde ale built with a generous amount of wheat. Another blonde ale? See above. Bring them on. Bring them all on.

Thin Man Brewery

Burning Money NEIPA: Drenched with flavors & aromas of pine & tropical fruits – orange juice, pineapple juice, mango juice, juice and more juice. This has long been one of my favorite Thin Man beers, so yes, I’ll be partaking a few times.

Buffalo Pills Pilsner: Combines German pilsner malt and traditional German hops in a crisp, easy drinking lager. If you know me, I’m a major proponent of craft pilsners. Let’s get it.

Minkey Boodle Raspberry Sour: Bright acidity mingles with round raspberry character and a crisp body. One of the best sours Buffalo has ever produced at Buffalo’s premier beer fest? Um, yes please.

Aura Wild Saison: A collaboration with Ontario’s Block Three Brewing brewed with Riesling juice. Its tart and refreshing.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

See also:

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: Buffalo Brewers Festival, Bidwell Wild Back at Big Ditch, 3 New Resurgence Can Releases, Pizza Plant’s Craft Beer Cruise

Don’t Miss the Fifth Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival This Saturday

The party of the summer goes down this Saturday, June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside at the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival. The event will feature over 30 Buffalo & WNY breweries, cideries and meaderies making for a tap list of over 50 brews. A number of Farm-to-Pint beers, made exclusively from local ingredients, will be available, food vendors include Lloyd Taco and Ru’s Pierogi, and new this year, you can purchase pints of your favorite beer right at the festival (limited availability, prices may vary). An after party will be held at Clinton’s Dish at Canalside. Purchase tickets at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com, Ticketfly and all Consumer’s Beverages.

Big Ditch to Release Bottles of 2018 Bidwell Wild Ale

On June 23 (12pm), Big Ditch Brewing will be releasing bottles of 2018 Bidwell Wild, a mixed fermentation beer made in collaboration with Elmwood Village Farmers Market and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery (500 mL bottles, $15, 1 case limit). Bidwell Wild uses unsold fruit from the farmers as a source of wild yeast and bacteria instead of brewer’s yeast. Its aged 2 years in Leonard Oakes wine barrels. The result is a sour beer with fruit and berry notes. A portion of sales will be donated to the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. 1oz. pours will also be available for $1.

Resurgence Brewing Plans 3 Big Can Releases

A trio of can releases will take place on June 21 at Resurgence Brewing – Loganberry Wit, one of their most beloved beers and one of their first ever offerings, Peanut Butter Porter, an annual favorite, and Conehead IPA, a new hazy IPA dedicated to a true Buffalo institution. Conehead IPA is a Mosaic hopped IPA that clocks in at 5.5%; it’s hazy, juicy and crushable with a subtle hop kick. Loganberry Wit cans will sell for $10, Peanut Butter Porter for $11 and $12 for Conehead IPA (prices subject to change). All beers will be available on draft as well.

Enjoy Craft Beer on the High Seas With Pizza Plant

Pizza Plant’s annual Craft Beer Cruise sets sail on June 20 (6-9:30pm). Your ticket ($65) gets you 4 craft beers (or wine) plus a full Pizza Plant buffet. This year beer includes Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion #10 IPA, Ommegang Witte, Lord Hobo Virtuoso NE DIPA and Flying Bison 716 Kolsch. There will also be a cigar table onboard, as well as live music and dancing. The booze cruise starts boarding the Miss Buffalo 2 at the Erie Basin Marina at 5:30p, and will depart at 6p. A few tickets still remains for the cruise, and can be purchased 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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A Guide to Thin Man’s Summer Solstice Fest: Beer, Food, Parking, Music

In honor of their two-year anniversary, Thin Man Brewery is once again shutting down and taking over Elmwood Avenue for the second annual Summer Solstice Street Festival on June 16 (12-10pm), a full day of live music, beer and food.

There will be grilled fireman’s style chicken, Lloyd’s Tacos, Allen Burger Venture burgers and more for those looking to eat, and both bars inside will be open for full beer, wine, and cocktail service. Also, a beer truck will be outside with the taps flowing for quick access. All Thin Man beers sold outside will be $6 and all ABV and Thin Man food will be $6 or $12.

Beer releases will be happening periodically throughout the day as well. Thin Man’s 2nd Anniversary beer, a double dry-hopped New England IPA with Galaxy, Azacca and El Dorado hops, will be available all day long. And for Executive VIP ticket holders, beers include a cask of Vanilla Captain Perk Imperial Stout, which will be tapped at noon and bottle pours of Thin Man Nib Nut Imperial Stout, as well as a number of very special bottles that we can’t announce quite yet.

Rotating releases (available to all):

3pm: Fresh Fruit Minkey Boodle – Thin Man’s house sour Minkey Boodle hit with a ton of extra fruit post fermentation. Sweet raspberry heaven.

5pm: Double Barrel Ookla – Ookla The Mok Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon & Rye barrels, then blended together.

7pm: Bourbon Barrel Forever Cordial – Forever Cordial (a collaboration with Florida’s 3 Sons) aged in Tommyrotter Bourbon barrels.

Summer Solstice will feature live music all day, including performances from Funktional Flow, who kick things off at 12:30pm, (1:20pm) PA Line, (2:10p) The Observers, (3p) CPX, (3:50p) Leroy Townes, (4:40p) Max Muscato, (5:30p) Bold Folly, (6:20p) The Jumpers, (7:10p) Humble Braggers, (8p) Dreambeaches and (9p) Radarada. Then, as if that wasn’t enough for one, after all of the bands are done for the day, the party will shift upstairs for the Official Summer Solstice Street Festival AFTER PARTY with Basha.

You can still purchase tickets at www.seetickets.us. VIP and Executive VIP tickets are sold out but General Admission tickets are still available for $15 advance and $20 day of. GA tickets include entrance to the festival, commemorative event Thin Man pint glass and your first beer fill.

As far as parking for the event goes, since Thin Man is closing Elmwood between West Utica and Hodge, you will still be able to access the Gallagher Ramp from West Utica and walk directly to the festival entrance from the ramp.

For more information on Thin Man’s Summer Solstice II, head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/2011211472239051/.

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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Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 3

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab.

Flying Bison Brewing

Erie County Fair American Pale Ale: The Erie County Fair’s first homebrew contest winner brewed with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo & Simcoe hops and dry-hopped with Mosaic & Centennial. Enjoyed this the first time around and am looking forward to it again. One of my must-drink beers.

Larkin Lager: A light golden Munich Helles lager. Clean, crisp, and refreshing take on a classic style. One of my all-time favorite Buffalo beers. So simple, yet so great. You’ll find me in line on multiple occasions for this.

Bisonberry Kolsch: Golden ale with a pinkish hue and berry aroma from blueberry puree & blackberry concentrate. One word – refreshing.

Big Ditch Brewing

FC (Fantastically Crushable) Session Wheat IPA: An extremely light and crisp summer beer, hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra hops. A perennial favorite beer of mine when the weather turns warmer.

Beautiful River Belgian River Saison: A refreshing Belgian-style saison featuring floral, pear, and pepper notes.

Hayburner IPA: A citrusy IPA with primary notes of orange, melon and grapefruit, and a slightly earthy finish. It wouldn’t be a Buffalo beer festival without at least one pour of this. But I’m fairly sure I didn’t need to tell you that.

Steelbound Brewery

EVL DIPA Double IPA: Double dry-hopped with Simcoe, Citra, and Michigan Copper for flavors of berry, pine and mango. If you ask me, this festival needs as many DIPA’s as possible. Look for me in line multiple times for this beer.

Udderly Insane Pale Ale: Slightly sweet, creamy, light citrus, brewed with oats and lactose. You had me at lactose. I’ll see you in line.

Heff Another One Hefeweizen: Hints of citrus, banana and spice, dry-hopped with Citra. A hefe dry-hopped with Citra sounds intriguing. I won’t be missing this.

Nutty Blond Blond Ale: Bright, refreshing and lightly sweet. I love blondes, so a cold, fresh blonde ale on the waterfront sounds awesome to me.

Windy Brew

Wild Mango Pale Ale: Aromas of wild mangos with notes of vibrant, fresh mangoes that hit you at the end. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, this sounds damn refreshing.

Dim Lager IPL: An India Pale Lager with a wonderful hop aroma with fresh pine and grapefruit flavors, and a bitter sweet finish. The only IPA at the Brewers Fest, so don’t miss this.

Wild Raspberry Farmhouse Saison: Windy Brew’s farmhouse saison and added fresh raspberries giving you a refreshing taste of summer. Pretty sure that description says it all.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

See also:

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: IPA Can Release at Woodcock, Thin Man Summer Solstice, 2 Beers Return at 42 North, Four Mile Gets Hazy

Woodcock Brothers to Release Mosaic Dry Hopped IPA Cans

On June 16 (12pm), Woodcock Brothers Brewing will debut the next in their dry hopped IPA series, Mosaic Dry Hopped Woodcock IPA. The beer, which uses the same malt bill as XPA 6.2, features Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo hops, with huge heaping late additions of Mosaic. The result is a dankly tropical, full bodied, balanced IPA with minimal bitterness. It’s supremely drinkable, hazy and hoppy. The beer will be available in 4-packs (1 case/6 4-pks limit per person) and on draft (brewery only).  A limited amount of cans will hit distro in the coming weeks after the initial brewery release.

Thin Man’s Summer Solstice Festival to Once Again Take Over Elmwood

In honor of their two-year anniversary, Thin Man Brewery is once again shutting down Elmwood Avenue for the second annual Summer Solstice Street Festival on June 16 (12-10pm), a full day of live music, beer and food. There will be fireman’s style chicken, Lloyd’s tacos, Allen Burger Venture burgers and more for those looking to eat and both bars inside will be open for full beer, wine, and cocktail service. Also, a beer truck will be outside for quick access. RADARADA, Funktional Flow and Leroy Townes, among others, will take to the stage to perform. Buy tickets at www.seetickets.us.

42 North’s Peach Milkshake IPA, Island Sour Return

If you missed it the first time (it went fast), 42 North’s Peach Milkshake IPA will make its return to taps on June 19 (4pm). Batch #2 features Rakau, Mosaic, Azacca & El Dorado hops, along with peaches, lactose and vanilla. Plans call for this beer to be canned before the end of the month. In the meantime, Island Farmhouse Sour will be tapped on June 13 (4pm). It’s brewed with no hops but a mix of roots, spices, and orange peel instead, with mango, passionfruit and guava added for a complex tropical fruit combination. No crowler/growler fills on either.

Four Mile to Explore New England IPA’s with The Unapologetic Series

Four Mile Brewing are delving deep into the haze craze with their new beer line, The Unapologetic Series. Starting with Haze 4 Dayz, a collaboration with Ontario’s Grand River Brewing, which can be found around town currently, 4MB will soon debut Clouded Judgement, another hazy creation featuring Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops and lactose. The third beer, to be released later this year, will be Severed Ego. “The Unapologetic Series will take you on a delicious journey through NEIPAs,” the brewery says. “Our cloudy renditions will challenge your perception of what an IPA can be and ultimately who we are.”

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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Community Beer Works Puts Their Beer to Work Once Again to Give Back

Whether you know it or not, Community Beer Works’ Frank, their beloved flagship American Pale Ale and first beer they ever brewed, is one of the most generous guys in Buffalo. Behind donations in exchange for a pint of Frank, CBW has helped to raise thousands of dollars for a variety of local causes, including Planned Parenthood, Journey’s End and the Boys & Girls Club. That’s a fitting resume for a beer that was brewed to be ‘Buffalo’s beer.’

Now, Community Beer Works is not only once again putting Frank back to work to empower good, they are putting all of their beer to work this time by partnering with Slow Roll Buffalo for this year’s Ride for Roswell. All night tonight (3-10pm), $1 from EVERY PINT you buy at CBW’s Lafayette HQ will be donated to Roswell Park. Every single pint sold in their taproom tonight will help fuel cutting-edge cancer research and compassionate patient-care programs at Roswell Park.

The cause is once that certainly near and dear to CBW’s Director of Marketing, Video & Design, Mike West.

“I was raised by two women: my great-grandma June (that legally adopted me when I was 3), and her daughter, my great-aunt Marcia,” he says. “My grandma June developed Alzheimer’s late in her life, and ultimately succumbed to cancer. My aunt Marcia also succumbed to cancer, much too young in her 50s. They were both incredibly strong women that taught me how to be strong; how to stand up for myself; how to be independent; how to laugh at anything (and how to swear at anything, Marcia). They showed me that strength is not a gender, and it’s also not something you do alone.”

“It’s been years since I’ve had them in my life, but I think about them often. And not only is the Ride for Roswell an obvious charity to honor both of them, it also falls within a week of both of their birthdays; my grandma’s on June 20 and aunt Marcia’s on June 26. Five years of participating in the Ride, and 6 months of working at CBW coming together…come have a drink with me. For my great-grandma June, for my aunt Marcia, and for too many countless others…we’ll have a good time, because that’s what they would want.”

Over the last year, CBW has led a true grassroots charge to foster a communal change through sales of their beer, and have raised and donated $750 to Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York Action Fund, $2,775 for Journey’s End Refugee Services of Buffalo, $1,335 for Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY, $770 for Pinball EDU Charity, $833 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns and have also worked to donate to TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), who provide comfort through a national support network at no cost to families and loved ones, WNY Crisis Services and Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER.

For more information on the event, click here, and for more details about CBW’s team and their partnership with Slow Roll Buffalo, visit their fundraising page.

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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Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 2

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab. If you missed last week’s preview, we took a look at New York Beer Project, woodcock Brothers, Community Beer Works and Ellicottville Brewing. Now, onto four more breweries and even more beer.

42 North Brewing

Treaty Saison: This dry and tart Saison holds true to this authentic Belgian style with flavors of light fruit and lemongrass. If you have yet to have this bad boy, now is your chance to find out why I named it one of my can’t-miss beers at last year’s fest.

Borderland IPA: A drinkable West Coast style IPA with tons of tropical fruit notes. Heavy use of Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe hop make the tropical fruit aromas jump out of the glass. I don’t mean to sound like that guy, but you can never have enough IPA’s.

Resurgence Brewing

Cucumber Saison: Made with all local malt from WNY Craft Malt in Batavia and locally grown cucumbers, this farmhouse saison has a tart dill pickle taste that backs up the fresh, grassy funk. Now here is a beer that will pair perfectly with the sun and the heat.

Re-Warding IPA (Collaboration with OFW): A New England IPA with Mosaic, Zythos and Galaxy hops featuring a ripe mango nose with flavors of pineapple and papaya. Just like City Hall, you can’t fight the haze crazy. So let’s just give in. You’ll see me drinking one at some point.

Black Currant Kettle Sour (Farm to Pint Beer): A blend of berry and currants that finishes dry with a clean tartness. To be honest, I’ve had this beer at the brewery and I’m not sure that I’ll write about a more refreshing beer in these previews.

The Pils Have Eyes Imperial Pilsner (Collaboration with 4 Mile): A 7% imperial German-style pilsner dry hopped with El Dorado, Motueka, and Saaz. Let’s face it, pilsners are great and they only get better when they clock in at 7%.

Buffalo Brewing Company

1910 Czech Pilsner: Named for the year that Buffalo Brewing Company opened at 1571 Clinton St. This pils is lemon and citrus forward and very drinkable. Time to add another pils to your must-drink list.

1825 Triple Dry Hopped IPA: Named for the year that the Erie Canal was completed. This IPA is floral with a nice punch of bitter hops.

1817 Triple Dry Hopped DIPA: Subtle citrus with big dank hops. There won’t be many, if any at all, double IPA’s at the Brewers Fest, let alone triple dry hopped ones, so hop on this bandwagon while the keg is still pouring.

Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing

Grape Lakes American Wheat Ale: Brewed with NY Concord Grape juice, which imparts a rose like color and a balanced fruit flavor and aroma. This one is an easy drinker and will quench your thirst and also cleanse your palette.

Can-Am Copper IPA: This beer has a brilliant copper color with a sweet biscuit note from the NYS 1886 Aromatic malt. Generous NYS hop additions add plenty of flavor and aroma. This IPA sounds good on its own without me hyping it up, so just make sure to grab a pour come June 23.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

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Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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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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Pressure Drop Brewing Plans Incredibly Fresh Can Debut

Pressure Drop Brewing will hold their first ever can release, their flagship mosaic IPA Sticky Trees, on Sunday, June 10, which might just be the freshest can release Buffalo has ever seen, because plans call for the beer to be canned right when as you order it.

Cans (16oz. 4 packs) will go on sale starting at 2pm on the loading dock of the Barrel Factory (next to the parking lot behind the building). There is no limit for this release, with approximately 50-60 cases available. Be sure to bring your ID if you’re under 35. And if you cannot make it down this weekend, and if there are any cans left to be had, 4 packs will be available in the Lakeward Spirits tasting room, aka Pressure Drops’ HQ.

Sticky Trees will be canned by Revolution Mobile Canning out of Geneseo (who Head Brewer Karl Kolbe speaks very highly of), who will set up shop in Pressure Drop’s brewhouse on Sunday morning. Then, according to Kolbe, after a few test runs, cans of Sticky Trees will be canned fresh to order while you wait.

“Who doesn’t want beer that is literally 30 seconds old?” Kolbe says. “I don’t see a reason not to do it. My philosophy on the West Coast IPA’s is the fresher the better. I feel that with a lot of the New England styles, you give those things 10 days, they get better, but not with West Coast IPAs.”

The label art, which you can see above, was created by local tattoo artist Craig Cheapé, which is something Kolbe is incredibly excited about. “All of the art for all of cans is from 100 percent local artists,” he says. “The Sticky Trees can art was done by a friend of mine, Craig Cheapé, a tattoo artist who works at Tattoo Don’s Nickel City, who I’ve known since I was six years old. We just rapped on the phone one night for ten minutes and he gave me exactly what I wanted three days later. I absolutely love the label; it’s so freaking dope.”

Kolbe adds that Cheapé will also be doing the artwork for Citra Screamer and that Strummer can artwork will be designed and created by Tara Steck, who works in the Lakeward Spirits taproom. “She’s an amazing artist,” he says. “I only want to use local artists for cans and I want all of them to be different.  They will all have a similar theme.”

If you’re unfamiliar with Sticky Trees, it has hints of grapefruit and citrus on the nose, with loads of dank resin to back it up. The beer is well balanced with a moderate ABV and low IBUs with that telltale West Coast crisp dry finish.

“It was a little bit of label art timing, it’s our best-selling beer by far and I absolutely love it,” Kolbe says of why Sticky Trees will fill the brewery’s first cans. “I have had people harassing me for cans of this beer for four months now. It’s a consistent beer for us to make as well.”

“I’m loving this idea [of canning],” Kolbe adds. “I’m just jazzed that people like my beer. I’m so humbled by the positive response to what we do, which makes it all worthwhile. It’s the most positive experience.”

Plans call for Citra Screamer Cream Ale to be canned next, followed by Strummer Belgian Blonde Ale. Kolbe says that they are thinking of also canning some one-offs down the line, like perhaps a future batch of Space Monkey DIPA (I was also privy to a taste of Space Monkey DIPA Episode II, which is now a hazy IPA, thanks to the addition of flaked oats and London Ale III yeast. It should be on tap in a week or so.). He says that canning will be sporadic in the future while they dial in a set schedule, adding that Buckstar Porter cans could also be released this fall.

For more information on the can release event, head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/303688260168954.

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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