Plenty of beery highlights at the 5th Annual Buffalo On Tap

 As some of us hit snooze on our alarm clocks before braving the icy cold to descend upon office buildings around Western New York to return to the grind of another work week, we’re still buzzing from the 5th Annual Buffalo On Tap festival, which took place this past Saturday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Suffice to say, it was a blast – catching up with old friends and making new ones while enjoying dozens of beers, both old and new alike. As expected, the beer was the highlight of the night (though the after party at Thin Man Brewery was pretty lit), so we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of a dozen of the best beers Buffalo On Tap had to offer (FYI: doesn’t include VIP and we attended the night session), a list that includes plenty of local offerings for you to seek out if you have not already.

Victory Brewing Blackboard Series #4 Oatmeal Porter with Hazelnut – The second beer we had at the event. It had notes of rich chocolate and candied sweetness, though the hazelnut character was fairly faint.

New York Beer Project White The F White IPA – Bright and citrusy hops dominated the palette. It was clean and refreshing and one of the best IPAs of the night.

Big Ditch NoNang Pale Ale – Another solid pale ale from Big Ditch. Nice hints of citrus and pineapple. Silky hops made for another easy drinker.

Thin Man Hop Pants #1 – A very solid IPA with a nice balance between juice and subtle pine. It was wonderfully smooth. We spent a lot of time at the Thin Man booth thanks to this beer.

Saranac Strawberry Tart Kettle Sour – Very reminiscent of a strawberry kiwi Capri Sun. Somewhat tart fruit juice. A nice surprise. We’re happy this one is getting bottled this year.

Saranac Super-Funk IPA – Thankfully the Brett bite was subtle. Light on the funk and it still possessed some tropical fruit notes.

Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Scottish Ale – Clove and pepper lead the way with some sweet, earthy oak notes. A sipper at 11.6%.

Muskoka Moonlight Kettle: Bierbuik (Belgian Dark Strong Ale) – Ripe dark fruits like raisin, plum and fig. Malty and a bit dry with some caramel notes.

Shiner Birthday Beer 108 – Cold Brew Coffee Ale – Fresh black cold brew coffee dominates. Surprisingly refreshing. Another easy drinker, which meant we had to have seconds.

Uinta Flamingose – Light tartness. Big grapefruit and pineapple. Went down so easy that it was like drinking fruit juice. Not overly acidic either.

Three Heads Brewing Tropical Kind Double IPA – It’s effervescent. Mango, passionfruit and pineapple make this one deadly drinkable.

42 North Brewing 2017 Red Army – The perfect nightcap. Velvety smooth and deeply rich. Big and boozy with big notes of dark chocolate.

Do you agree or disagree with our list? Do you think we missed a beer or two? If so, let us know by dropping us an email at buffalobeerleague@aol.com or tweet us at @buffbeerleague. We’d love to hear from you.

And if you missed Buffalo On Tap, the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association will have plenty of events throughout 2017 where you’ll be able to imbibe on great beer, so stay tuned for more details as we have them.

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

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Remembering Kevin Wise, new Woodcock XPA, Ellicottville gets caffeinated, West Shore Brewing’s new location, opening date

Day Drink With Monks In Memory Of Kevin Wise

Beer blogger, Buffalo craft beer enthusiast and all-around great guy Kevin Wise may be gone but he certainly is not forgotten (we miss you buddy) and he will be remembered at Flying Bison, 1-6pm, at the Day-Drinking With Monks benefit. The event will feature a keg of a Belgian Dubbel that Kevin brewed with Andrew Hardin, using yeast that Kevin propped up from a single isolated cell. Another Belgian Strong Ale was brewed by Flying Bison with all proceeds going directly to Kevin’s family. Innovative jazz quartet Gravy will take the stage at 2pm and there will also be snacks, raffles (50/50, basket auction and Silent Auction), a photo booth and more.

Woodcock Plans Xtra Special Can Release

Hot on the heels of the highly successful release, and subsequent sellout, of their XPA 9.0, Woodcock Brothers Brewing has announced their first-ever brewery only release, a Galaxy & Mosaic version of their XPA, which will be on sale at the brewery in 16oz. cans on Friday, February 3 at noon. According to Woodcock, the beer will be a “bright orange and hazy true New England style IPA featuring tropical flavors of mango, passion fruit, pineapple and stone fruit.” They are shooting for approximately 60-70 cases (roughly half of their normal XPA batch) and there will be a one case limit per customer (subject to change). It’s time to get in line.

Ellicottville New Beers Get Caffeinated

Ellicottville Brewing has ramped up the caffeine level with two of their latest offerings, Foglifter (6% ABV), a coffee porter brewed with locally roasted coffee beans, and Coldspresso (7% ABV), a blonde ale infused with cold-brew coffee. Foglifter is a “medium-full bodied porter brewed with local specialty beans with flavors of subtle, dusty chocolate and bold, dark roast coffee” and Coldspresso is created by a process that involves streaming cold-pressed coffee through a secondary vessel to produce a “rich, smooth, espresso flavor which is less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee ales.” Both brews are available now so go get some more caffeine in your life while you try some delicious local brews.

West Shore Brewing Has New Location, Target Opening Date

Clarence’s brewery-in-planning West Shore Brewing have announced that they are moving their future brewery and taproom to 10995 Main St in Clarence and are currently working towards a targeted opening date of March 1. “There were some unexpected hurdles that came up as we were working towards our production and public start dates,” the brewery says of the news. Additionally, they have promised a new, updated website as well as more information on upcoming beers and the progress of the taproom. Previously, West Shore was hoping to launch with four beers – Historic Rail Pale Ale, Clarence Station Amber, Imperial Series Tower IPA and Erie Limited Pre Prohibition Ale. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: NYBP celebrates first beer, 42 North deploys Red Army, KegWorks closes its doors, Blackbird drops heavy new cider

New York Beer Project Celebrates One Year Since Beer One

While it may be hard to believe, it has been a year since New York Beer Project served their first freshly brewed beer (and have served 55 different beers since) and now it is time to celebrate. And celebrate they will, on Thursday, January 19, with three epic beer tapings. Starting at 11am with the release of their new NYBP Anniversary Plum Sour, New York Beer Project will engage in merry revelry with the release of THEE Barleywine that has been aged 9 months in Jim Beam barrels, which will be tapped at 5pm and then at 7pm, it’s time to break out their 2016 Vintage RIS (Russian Imperial Stout), brewed in conjunction with their grand opening. There will also be Beer Trivia at 7pm.

42 North Deploys Their Red Army

42 North Brewing wants to keep you warm this winter season and will do their part with the release of their 2017 Red Army Russian Imperial Stout. The 9.5% ABV beer, which boasts notes of coffee, chocolate, caramel and dark fruits, will be available in the 42N taproom on Tuesday, January 10. If you can’t make it up to East Aurora (who knows what Mother Nature has in store), 42N has planned for that as approximately 10 WNY establishments will carry the 2017 Red Army through Try-it Distributing as early as Jan. 13th. Additionally, 22oz bottles of Red Army 2017 will be available on Saturday, February 4th at 42 North (limit 2 per customer).

KegWorks Announces Store Closing

KegWorks has announced that they will close their retail operations at 1460 Military Road in an effort to focus on their online store at KegWorks.com. Calling the news ‘disappointing,’ KegWorks says they are “extremely excited about the future of KegWorks and the new offerings” they have coming in the future, including their recently launched Draft Services division. Furthermore, any purchases made at the brick-and-mortar will be recognized by their Customer Care team and all gift cards can be redeemed at KegWorks.com. KegWorks’ Dave Rivers adds that there is the potential to possibly open a new store in 2-3 years.

Blackbird Cider Works Breaks Out The Big Stuff

Blackbird Cider Works are combating the snowfall and dropping temperatures by breaking out the heavy stuff. On Jan. 15 (2-3pm), Blackbird Cider Works will release their 2017 New England Style Cider, a New England Style strong cider (10% ABV) double fermented in French Oak Barrels with brown sugar, raisins and locally produced honey, at their Barker, NY taproom. The event will feature tours led by founder Scott Donovan as well as guided flights with Donovan featuring 3 additional BlackBird limited edition ciders. Attendees will also receive a 6 oz. BlackBird branded sampling glass. Don’t be late however, because only 375 750ml bottles will be available for sale that day for $14.95.

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

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Thin Man grows IPA stable, Southern Tier gets oak’d, CBW gets nostalgic with The Snow, new Woodcock stout hits area

Thin Man Adds New Rotating IPA Series

Thin Man Brewery is adding to its already healthy arsenal of IPA’s (Elmwood Beach, Repeater, Bliss, No Pressure, Burning Money) with the debut of Hop Pants #1 (6.6% ABV), the first release in their inaugural rotating hop IPA series. According to the brewery, each iteration of Hop Pants will cast the spotlight on a different hop blend. “We’re starting off with two classic hops – Amarillo and Simcoe – and one slightly newer one – El Dorado. The citrus of the Amarillo & El Dorado is complimented by the pine from the Simcoe,” Thin Man says. Hop Pants #1 will be tapped at 3pm on Thursday, January 5.

Southern Tier Gets Oak’d

As the calendar flips over to January, Southern Tier Brewing is set to get oak’d with the release of 2X Oak’d IPA (8.2% ABV), the newest addition to the brewery’s seasonal lineup, an Imperial IPA aged on French oak chips that features Centennial, Chinook and Cascade hops and New York maple syrup. “Roasted malts bring a deep amber hue that’s matched by drums of maple syrup, which are added to help boost fermentation & provide a clean, earthy component with a slight residual sweetness,” the descriptions reads. Southern Tier 2X Oak’d IPA will be available on draft and in 12oz. bottles this month.

Community Beer Works Gets Nostalgic With The Snow

With the release of the 2017 version of their seasonal favorite The Snow (which clocks in at a healthy 9.8% ABV this year), Community Beer Works is getting nostalgic and giving all the feels by releasing a three-year vertical of their imperial stout. Hit the brewery on January 5 for the release of not only the 2017 version, but also a tasty flight of past releases of The Snow for $10, which includes 2017 The Snow, 2016 The Snow, 2015 The Snow and 2015 Barrel Aged The Snow. The festivities get underway at 3pm and quantities are limited, so get there bright and early.

Woodcock Brothers’ Imperial Stout To Hit Area Locations

Get ready, because you’re about to see a whole lot more of Woodcock Brothers’ Imperial Chocolate Orange Stout (8% ABV) around the Buffalo-Niagara region. The beer, which has been on tap at the Wilson brewery for a few weeks (a Woodford Reserve barrel aged version was also released for the brewery’s 4th Anniversary in November), hits distribution to WNY area bars, restaurants and stores the first week of January. Imperial Chocolate Orange Stout is brewed with cocoa nibs and orange peel, making for a good beer to imbibe during the colder months or help keep you warm when you’re shoveling the driveway or the walk or brushing off your car. Well, you get the point.

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7 beer-fueled options for your New Year’s Eve celebration

If you’re looking to ring in the New Year with some of the area’s finest craft beer (and honestly, who isn’t?), then you’re in luck, because there are more than a handful of Buffalo breweries and bars ready, willing and able to oblige you.

Here we’ve compiled a list of events for you because, let’s face it, your time is better spent partying. The New Year’s Eve events at Resurgence Brewing and Hamburg Brewing have officially sold out, and the one at Big Ditch Brewing is close (at last we’ve heard).

12 Gates Brewing

7p-1a, free

New Year’s Eve: a night of enjoyment, celebration, and of course, having brews with friends and family! Spend the evening with 12 Gates and they’ll take care of the entertainment. Watch the ball drop on the big screen along with live music from Troy Chiappone and all of 12 Gates beer favorites, including their new Grave Concerns Imperial Stout and Buffalo Tripel. There will also be a complimentary beer toast at midnight.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/236664063438598/

42 North Brewing Company

12p-1a, free

42 North will be holding a NYE Celebration! The taproom opens at noon on Saturday and will stay open until 1a to celebrate the New Year. As the clock strikes midnight, they will be dropping a keg in brewhouse. There will be taproom music with EA’s own, Falling Rock, from 9pm-12:30am. We will be tapping our 2017 Bier de Brut, or Bier de Champagne for the event, which was brewed as a dry Saison with Sauvignon Blanc grape juice and Champagne yeast added halfway through fermentation. The result is a white grape leaning saison beer with complex fruit and spice flavors intertwined.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1948251812068757/

Big Ditch Brewing Company

8p-1a, $65

Where else can you get a view of the Electric Tower fireworks display and ball drop while enjoying some of Buffalo’s best craft beer? At Big Ditch Brewing’s New Year’s Eve celebration of course. For $65 (plus gratuity), you’ll get 4 drink tickets good for beer (Tiramisu Milk Stout, Tower American Barleywine, Make Me Wanna Stout coffee stout, cask of Beautiful River featuring Galaxy, Citra, and Motueka hops), wine or mixed drinks, and enjoy food stations and hand-passed appetizers. There will also be a DJ, karaoke in the Beer Hall and a ‘Simply Social’ Selfie Station with free prints for your Instagram photos. Tickets can be purchased at Bigditchnewyears.eventbrite.com. The celebration runs from 8pm – 1am. Designated Driver tickets are also available ($45+tax/gratuity) and include unlimited soda/tea/coffee.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/277028896031713/

Buffalo Riverworks

7p-12:30a, advance: $110 per couple, $65 single/at door: $130 per couple, $75 single

Brew Year’s Eve will play host to the entire family of Pearl Street beers as well as a very exclusive and special sneak peek of beer from Riverworks Brewing. There will also be a champagne toast, hats & noisemakers, food stations, dessert station, beer & wine stations, open ice skating with rental and live music Urban Renewal.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/280021745726480/  

Mr. Goodbar

10p-???, free

Come chyme in the New Year with the good folks at Mr. Goodbar, who have you covered with drink specials, karaoke & live music! The night will feature $8 PBR pitchers, $1 off NY state pints, $6 double well drinks, $3 shots of Chymes, karaoke upstairs at 10p and The Spin Wires w/ Average at Best downstairs at 10p.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/205806739880919/

New York Beer Project

9p-2a, free

It’s the hottest party of the year, so Join New York Beer Project in welcoming 2017! Join them in their brand new indoor biergarten and party bar in the second floor loft overlooking the brewery and gastropub. Dance while the DJ plays the best music of 2016, all while the fresh craft beer and craft cocktails flow all night long. Admission is free, so get yourself to the hottest new Destination Brewery in all of WNY for the best party of the year!

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/349514715423606/

Rusty Nickel Brewing Company

9p-1a, Under 21 – $22.76, Over 21 – $55.93

Rusty Nickel loves to host and they’re dropping another keg (at Midnight (Brighter and better than last year). There will be music, games and fun for everyone at this optional, but encouraged, 70’s themed party. Includes: Catered Fully Food, Open Bar (NYS Craft Beer, Wine, Spirits, & Cider), a full line Non-alcoholic beverages including craft sodas, custom New Year’s mixologies and cocktails as well as a specialty toast at midnight as the keg drops and pull the poppers. 70’s music and other party tunes will be jamming all night.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/205899179845235/

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

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Final votes for MyCityBrew, Big Ditch & New Year’s, comedy meets beer at Resurgence, microbrewery planned for local mall

MyCityBrew Enters Final Voting Phase

After nearly a full year collecting and tabulating thousands of votes, MyCityBrew’s quest to craft the ultimate Buffalo beer is reaching its final stages as it is now down to the final vote. After nearly 5,000 votes were cast for Lager in the first round, the final round is between a Pale Lager, Pilsner, and Dunkel, and you can cast your vote right now at http://www.mycitybrew.com/vote.html. MyCityBrew is hoping to have the final voting event on January 15. Then, after the final selection is made, Community Beer Works’ own Andrew ‘Drew’ Hardin will brew the final product, which will be available at restaurants and bars throughout WNY. You can find more information at http://www.mycitybrew.com.

Ring In 2017 At Big Ditch Brewing

Where else can you get a view of the Electric Tower fireworks display and ball drop while enjoying some of Buffalo’s best craft beer? At Big Ditch Brewing’s New Year’s Eve celebration of course. For $65 (plus gratuity), you’ll get 4 drink tickets good for beer (exclusive beers will be released throughout the event), wine or mixed drinks, and enjoy food stations and hand-passed appetizers. There will also be a DJ, karaoke in the Beer Hall and a ‘Simply Social’ Selfie Station with free prints for your Instagram photos. Tickets can be purchased at Bigditchnewyears.eventbrite.com. The celebration runs from 8pm – 1am. Designated Driver tickets are also available ($45+tax/gratuity) and include unlimited soda/tea/coffee.

Good Laughs & Good Beer At Resurgence Brewing Comedy Night

On December 28 (8-10pm), Resurgence Brewing will combine the worlds of comedy and craft beer at This Is A Comedy Show: A Night Of Laughs At RBC. Local comedians Eric Lingenfelter, Bennett Solowski and Bruce Wilson will provide the comedic stylings while Resurgence will provide the beery wares, which includes their recently released trio of R&D IPA IV, Coconut Porter and Throwback IPA. Tickets are $20 and are available at http://www.resurgencebrewing.com/ or at the door, though the brewery advises buying ahead of time. ‘Check out some of Buffalo’s best comedians and some of Buffalo’s best beer at a holiday event where you mercifully won’t have to talk to your uncle. Drink, laugh and be merry.’

New Brewery Proposed For Summit Park Mall

A new microbrewery and brewpub have been proposed for The Summit Mall. Mall manager Cynthia Potts says that the proposed beer project goes along with plans for two new giant sports domes, projected to open at the largely vacant mall sometime next fall, adding that a place to eat and drink could help revitalize the mall. According to Potts, the cost, exact design and location of the brewpub have yet to be finalized. A public hearing has been scheduled for January 23 on a possible grant to Big Thunder Brewing Co., which would be operated by the owners of the Summit. Currently, only Sears, Bon Ton and a Save-a-Lot grocery store call The Summit home.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Riverworks Brewing to debut, Four Mile expands, 42 North new beers, ABV celebrates Buffalo music & beer

Riverworks Brewing To Debut New Beer At Brew Year’s Eve

With their eyes on an early 2017 opening date, Riverworks Brewing will premiere two new beers at their Brew Year’s Eve celebration on December 31 at Buffalo Riverworks. While they plan to eventually have five year-round beers on tap, Riverworks will ring in the New Year with exclusive samplings of a new cream ale and New England IPA. The cream ale uses corn in addition to barley to keep the flavor light, while the New England IPA is an unfiltered IPA that utilizes a blend of Nugget, Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops. The Brew Year’s Eve event takes place at Buffalo Riverworks on Dec. 31 at 7pm. Tickets are available at Ticketpeak.com.

Four Mile Brewing Is Getting Bigger

Four Mile Brewing is getting bigger and better down in Olean, NY thanks to a number of ongoing renovation projects. After completing renovations to the second floor of their headquarters in November, which included the construction of a new space that can host private parties, large groups and gatherings, the brewery now boasts a private bar (which was once part of the bar in Four Mile’s tap room) complete with plenty of seating, several TVs, a projector and screen. Four Mile has also expanded its beer production with the purchase of three new 30-barrel beer fermenters. The first two were delivered earlier this year and the third is scheduled to arrive soon.

42 North Rolling Out New Beers In Time For Christmas

42 North Brewing is keeping their tap lines full for the holiday season with the release several new beers. They teamed with Budapest, Hungary brewery Reketye to produce Hibiscus Kiss, a Belgian Double Wit, which was brewed in Budapest in collaboration between 42 North’s assistant brewer, Naz Drebot and Reketye owner/head brewer, Zoltán Reketye-Trifán. Additionally, Ukrainian Christmas Ale returns Dec. 20, Rum Rum Rudolph, 42 North’s 2017 Red Army Russian Imperial Stout aged with rum oak chips, will flow on Dec. 21 and on Dec. 22nd a cask of Candy Cane Asylum Porter Cask will be tapped. Additionally, the 2017 Red Army will be released in January. Happy Holidays!

Buffalo Beer And Buffalo Music Come Together

ABV, or Allen Burger Venture, is the place to be before and after the sold out Christmas shows of Buffalo’s favorite sons, Every Time I Die, Dec. 22-24. Not only will ABV be tapping both of ETID’s exclusive collaboration with Barrier Brewing, Hot Damn! IPA and New Black IPA, Barrier’s collab with Thin Man Brewery, It Tastes Better Than the Truth, will also be available. Also, a number of Barrier beers, including Smackdab IPL, Rebrandt Porter, Kapow! IPA, Evil Giant, Greenroom Pale Ale, Imposter Pilsner and Cycle Saison, will be on tap. All of the fun gets underway Thursday, Dec. 22 at 4pm.

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

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Southern Tier heads to Pittsburgh, World of Beer gets ugly, Pearl Street pairs cookies with beer, Buffalo Brewing expands hours & tap list

15392872_954091411389969_3992312086598007207_oSouthern Tier Brewing Company Heads Even Further South

After months of planning and execution, Southern Tier Brewing has announced that they will officially open their first ever satellite brewpub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in January 2017. The brewpub will open its doors at 316 North Shore Drive and will feature a full food menu as well as both pub-exclusive and classic Southern Tier beers, which will be brewed onsite, as well as a 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor beer garden. “Enough delays and waiting. We’re proud to officially announce that we’re opening up in mid-January 2017!” the brewery says. In the meantime, you can like their official Pittsburgh Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stbcbeerPGH/) and find them on Twitter/Instagram (@STBCbeer_PGH).

15073447_1291603180860017_6196740269832365695_nThings Will Get Ugly (Sweater That Is) At World Of Beer

Eat, drink and be merry at the 2nd Annual World of Beer Ugly Sweater Party, which goes down Friday, December 16 at 6:30pm. Sport your ugliest and tackiest holiday-themed sweater and enjoy some of the finest local brews from the likes of Ellicottville Brewing Company, Four Mile Brewing, Hamburg Brewing Company, Woodcock Brothers Brewery & Southern Tier. Oh, and you can win prizes as well. While the finalized tap list is to be determined, you can expect to see pints of Ellicottville Lloyd’s Christmas Ale, Hamburg 3rd Anniversary Imperial Porter, Woodcock Stiff Mitten and Southern Tier 2Xmas. So sweater up and let’s get ugly.

15285079_1161427313943146_5975537539453801502_nWhy Wouldn’t You Pair Holiday Beer And Christmas Cookies Together?

You know what pairs perfectly with Christmas cookies? No, not milk – beer. Introduce yourself to the marriage of cookies and beer at the 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie and Beer Party at Pearl Street Brewery on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 5pm. Taking place in Brawler’s Deli (located in the basement of Pearl Street), the event pairs freshly made Christmas cookies with local holiday spiced beer – 42 North Brewing’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale, Big Ditch Brewing’s Fresh Baked, Community Beer Works’ Oh Snap! Gingerbread Stout and Pearl Street’s own Gingerbread Cookie Brown Ale. Bring in a dozen homemade Christmas ookies and get a free flight, then pick your favorite to get discounted pints during Happy Hour!

14956646_1328961893803072_4948091055707863163_nBuffalo Brewing Company Extends Their Hours & Tap List

Buffalo Brewing Company has extended their hours of operation to Thursday, where they will now be open 4-8pm (Sunday hours will also be added early next year). In addition to their current roster of 1804 APA, 1813 Porter, 1842 Vienna Lager, 1826 Oktoberfest, 1764 Strong Ale and 1827 Wet Hop Ale, BBC also plans to add 1910 Pilsner, a traditional Czech Pilsner with German and Czech ingredients, and 1901 IPA, a 92 IBU beer featuring generous amounts of Loral, Citra and Mosaic hops (both should be available before Christmas). The brewery is also running a $1 off pint special all December long, as well as a 3/$22 crowler special. Cheers!

 

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: 12 Gates of Christmas, pair of new Big Ditch beers, Hamburg Brewing’s 25 Days of Christmas, Rusty Nickel cocktails

15134735_1270941839629626_5820261778476428298_nA Dozen New Beers For The Twelve Gates Of Christmas

12 Gates Brewing is celebrating the holidays by doing what they do best – brew beer. Although we are a few days into their Twelve Gates of Christmas, which features the brewery releasing a new beer every day for 12 days, there’s still plenty of great new beers to be had. Having already released a Peppermint Stout, Cinnamon Bun Porter, Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, Spruce Pale Ale and Wassail Blonde Ale, the next week brings a Smoked Porter (Dec. 6), Licorice and Juniper Porter (Dec. 7), French Oak and Apricot West Coast IPA (Dec. 8), Rum Ham Dunkelweizen (Dec. 9), Brown Sugar Cinnamon Habanero Porter (Dec. 10), Rose Hips and Hibiscus Wheat (Dec. 11) and Grave Concerns (American Double Stout) Dec. 12).

15284996_1202898576430092_6724570614696283852_nTwo New Beers On Tap At Big Ditch

Big Ditch Brewing has tapped a pair of new beers – their seasonal favorite Fresh Baked and the latest in their Innovation Series, 100% NY. The former is a lightly spiced brown ale reminiscent of fresh baked oatmeal cookies brewed with chocolate malt, toasted English brown malt and house toasted oats. The beer is finished with cinnamon and vanilla. The latter is a pale ale made with 100% local malt from New York Craft Malt and 100% NY Centennial, Cascade, Chinook and Alpharoma hops from Koester Hops and Willet Hop and Grain. Expect light citrus, earth and pine hop flavor and moderate bitterness. Cheers!

15203304_1227631890616334_214421123033269893_n25 Days Of Christmas At Hamburg Brewing

We are only a few weeks away from Christmas so the 25 Days of Christmas are well underway at Hamburg Brewing. The month-long promotion runs through December 23 in Hamburg’s taproom and features daily promotions at the brewery. Here’s how it works – start by picking up a loyalty card and promotion sheet at the brewery, then visit the taproom to participate in the daily promotions throughout December to get your loyalty card punched. Get at least 12 punches to receive a $50 gift certificate and gain entry to the Grand Prize drawing (drawn Dec. 28). Here are the daily promotions as part of 25 Days of Christmas here.

rusty-nickel-brewingRusty Nickel Gets Into The Cocktail Game

Rusty Nickel Brewing is the latest brewery to throw their hat into the cocktail game. They already have the beer, including favorites like Slice O’ Havens and Not Yo’ Granpa’s Cream Ale, and unique mixologies, such as the Vanilla Bourbon Milk Stout and Beermosa, and are now adding locally crafted cocktails, ciders and wines to their ever-growing menu of adult libations. Some local producers the West Seneca brewery is adding to their boozy stable include Niagara Craft Spirits, Niagara Distilling Company, Lockhouse Distillery, Black Squirrel Distillery and BFLO Distilling Company as well as cider from BlackBird Cider Works and wine from Midgard Winery. Stop in and experience the booming local craft cocktail scene.

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Celebrate All Things Cask Beer at the Buffalo Cask Fest

12299269_430821870460613_7090635380027145464_nTonight is the night! The Buffalo Cask Fest, a favorite event amongst craft beer fans, returns to Mr. Goodbar for yet another year. The event runs all weekend long, December 1-4.

And it’s even bigger in 2016 with the addition of Thursday’s now sold out VIP Brewers Night, an intimate gathering featuring eight special casks, a tantalizing beery list that includes:

  • 12 Gates Brewing Coconut Stout
  • 42 North Brewing Barrel Aged Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale
  • Big Ditch Brewing Deep Cut
  • CBW Amazing Larry
  • Flying Bison Brewing Hoppy Brett
  • Hamburg Brewing Blackberry Gose
  • Resurgence Brewing Biere De Noel
  • Old First Ward – Irish Red w/Chicory

And for $10 more, add a Presale sheet worth $20 of cask beer good for the duration of Cask Fest.

14947504_1513708765312227_5822847970543127425_nBeyond the VIP Brewers Night, Cask Fest has a number of other delicious cask offerings for you to enjoy throughout the weekend, with confirmed casks including:

  • Jacks Abby Hoponius Union
  • Dark Horse 4 Elf Winter Warmer
  • Heavy Seas Winter Storm
  • Wagner Valley Sled Dog Dopplebock
  • Thin Man Imperial Coffee Stout w/ Cinnamon, Ancho Chilies and Cocoa Nibs
  • Blackbird New England Style Cider
  • Roosterfish Wildflower Wheat
  • CBW Heatrays
  • 12 Gates Pils

Starting at 6pm on Friday, Goodbar will be hosting a fundraiser for Alliance for the Great Lakes on the second floor. A $5 donation gets you your first pour of cask ale free. P.A. Line takes to the stage at 9pm on Dec. 2 (upstairs) while Two or Less with Max Muscato & the Outer Harbor Band will perform downstairs at 11pm and, on Dec. 3, Wacko Fest with Curiosity’s End at 9pm (upstairs).

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1249755755086717.

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

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