42 North Unveils 2019 Limited Edition Borderland Festival IPA Can

42 North Brewing Company has launched a limited edition can for the 2019 Borderland Music & Arts Festival™. The commemorative can of the brewery’s flagship, Borderland IPA, will replicate the music festival poster art and feature the 2019 line-up on the 16 ounce can.

The Borderland Festival, scheduled for September 21st and 22nd at Knox Farm State Park, just 16 miles south of Buffalo, celebrates the rich artisan history and renaissance of the Buffalo Niagara region. The 2019 Festival will feature over 20 bands on three stages, including Gov’t Mule, led by former Allman Brothers guitarist, Warren Haynes, and progressive bluegrass band, Greensky Bluegrass headline the second-year festival. The diverse line-up includes Rock Hall and Blues Hall of Fame legend, Mavis Staples, Austin-based, Americana artist, Shakey Graves, and American folk band, The Wood Brothers. The Grammy winning bluegrass band, The Infamous Stringdusters, will also make their Borderland debut.

In addition to the diverse music line-up, the Borderland Festival will also feature a 100% craft beer line-up. This year’s brewery line-up includes 12 Gates Brewing Company, 42 North Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Blackbird Cider Works, Flying Bison Brewery, Resurgence Brewing, Rohrbach Brewing Company and, representing north of the border, Collective Arts.

Festival Co-Founder, John Cimperman states, “We are proud to feature some of the best beers of the region and highlight the growing craft beer community in Buffalo and Southern Ontario. The Borderland Festival is a great opportunity for fans to expand their boundaries when it comes to both music and beer.”

The Borderland Festival will feature the Buffalocal™ Craft Beer Corral with over 20 beers on tap from the region’s breweries. Additionally, the breweries will collaborate to brew a beer on the festival grounds and offer sampling during the festival from 12 noon until 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The commemorative Borderland IPA will hit store shelves the week of July 21st at Buffalo area Wegman’s, Tops, Consumer’s Beverage, and local craft beer stores, as well as AJ’s Beer Warehouse in Rochester.

For more information on the Borderland Music and Arts Festival, visit www.borderlandfestival.com. More information on 42 North Brewing Company can be found at www.42northbrewing.com.

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The Power of Music & Beer: Ellicottville Brewing, Rock Autism Brew Up Fight Against Autism

Chances are you’ve heard the numbers, and they are truly staggering: autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today. Count Ellicottville Brewing among those who have seen those studies, and they are joining the fight against autism by doing what they do best – brewing beer. The Ellicottville brewery has partnered with local nonprofit Rock Autism, who are striving to raise awareness & acceptance for autism in Western New York by building music and film workshops for youth on the autism spectrum, on Sonnyboi EBC, a New England IPA. Proceeds from sales of the beer will go to benefit Rock Autism, whose objective is for individuals to carve out a career path, spark entrepreneurship and pursue higher education.

Sonnyboi EBC is a 6% New England IPA that features loads of late-addition American Calypso hops for tropical mango, pineapple and citrus aromas and flavors. The beer was named after the anthem of the Rock Autism Music Festival, which Rock Autism founder Max Muscato wrote about his brother Sonny and his struggles with autism.

“Sonnyboi was created through our Innovation 10BBL Series,” Ellicottville Brewing Owner Peter Kreinheder says. “I felt the name suited a golden New England-style cloudy IPA. And with NEIPA’s being as popular in the market, it just made sense.”

Rock Autism Executive Director Alea Conte says that Sonnyboi EBC was born out of a shared vision between the nonprofit and the brewery. Plus, it’s a fun summer beer, so that’s beneficial to pretty much everyone.

“The owner sent beer to our events to help out, introductions were made by one of our board members and after that we ultimately agreed we had the same vision for the Rock Autism cause and wanted it to flourish,” Conte says. “Marc Muscato, father of Max & Sonny and drummer in the band, had the idea. He used to make guitars called SonMax Guitars and wanted to do a beer for years. Together, Max and Marc settled on Sonnyboi, a beer named after Max’s song about his brother. Sonnyboi sounds fun and is the perfect name for a summer festival beer.”

Sonnyboi EBC was brewed to benefit Rock Autism’s major event, [the second annual] Rock Autism Music Festival, which features six bands (The Allman Betts Band, Max Muscato & Outer Harbor – Ft. Sonny Muscato, Handsome Jack, Edalo, J.D Simo, The Space), food (Villaggio, Finnerty’s, Tim & Bonnie’s Pizza and more), drinks and fun activities for the whole family. An estimated two thousand participants are projected for the festival this year with a large portion of autism families in attendance as well. The event will take place in Ellicottville on August 31.

“We select specific worthy causes in cycles. Rock Autism provides opportunity thru music to help autistic kids find purpose and direction,” Kreinheder adds. “Max Muscato and his dad have created a terrific charitable grass roots organization and I wish to support them. The creation of Sonnyboi allowed Buffalo bar and tavern owners to help raise funds for Rock Autism and awareness of its purpose. Thru the Ellicottville Brewing Company Brand we will continue to brew Sonnyboi and financially contribute to the cause.”

Sonnyboi EBC will be on tap at the festival, as well as the brewery, This Little Pig, Frankie Primo’s, Osteria 166, Madigan’s, Finnerty’s (Ellicottville), Villaggio, Allentown Burger Venture, The Eagle House, Creekview, Helium Comedy Club and Town Ballroom, among others. Anyone who would like to carry Sonnyboi EBC can feel free to contact Rock Autism Board Member and Villaggio General Manager Spencer Murray (716-430-8030, spencer@villaggioevl.com).

“This has been a long lasting beneficial relationship for both parties,” Conte adds. “It’s going great and EBC has been a tremendous help to our cause. Sonnyboi EBC has generated a lot of awareness for Rock Autism.”

For more information, to get involved and donate to Rock Autism, please visit https://www.rockautism.org/. For more info on the 2019 Rock Autism Music Festival and to purchase tickets, head to their Facebook 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 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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West Shore Brewing Launches New Mug Club, Announces West Fest 2.0

Clarence’s West Shore Brewing have launched a new Mug Club, which includes access to free beer, exclusive parties and even more exclusive beer. The new club features an annual membership fee of $75, and spots are open now. You can join online today (includes VIP tickets to West Fest 2.0) or sign up in the taproom.

West Shore has also announced their second annual West Fest, a celebration of all things West Shore Brewing in honor of their second anniversary, West Fest 2.0: Beach Party, which will take place July 27 (2pm). The party will features a host of special beer releases, food trucks and live music.

As a West Shore Mug Club member, you are entitled to exclusive beers brewed just for you four times a year (four times a year members will vote on a beer style and a pilot batch of that beer will be brewed just for members), $1 off pints every single day, a free beer during the week of your birthday, discounted ticket prices for all brewery events, an exclusive member party once a year, special can/bottle reserves and more, including tasting event opportunities, merchandise deals, and taste tests.

West Shore Owner Josh Dziomba says that launching an official Mug Club is something the brewery has always had planned, it just took some doing to finally roll it out because he couldn’t get out of his own way basically. And, in his opinion, there are a few key reasons that everyone should join.

“This has been in the works for a long time,” Dziomba says of the Mug Club. “However, partially because I over-analyzed it so much, it fell to the wayside. The cool parts are, well besides the $1 off every pint, is that you will be able to reserve set numbers of cans/cases every time we have a can/crowler release. So, if you are out of town or can’t make it in that day you can still get it. The second part is that we will hold a vote of the members four times a year and we will then brew a special pilot batch that will only be available to Mug Club members. There will be four different styles, so we won’t have any repeats. They could be seasonal, funky, experimental or traditional – whatever the members want. It will be focused on tasting and talking about the process and history of each beer at a special release party for each one.”

West Fest 2.0 will feature three bands, Pine Deer Project, Shawn Duescherer and Fools Like Us, food trucks and a number of special beer releases. Tickets are available on Facebook and in the taproom ($10 General Admission / $25 VIP). Your GA ticket includes your first beer on the house, a limited edition pint glass and access to beer releases (stay tuned for more details). Your VIP ticket includes your first beer, a limited edition pint glass, beer releases, even more special beer releases and guest taps, a VIP party tent and discounts on Akron Fest tickets (August 10 at the taproom).

“With the beach theme, think fruity island style beers,” Dziomba adds of the West Fest tap list. “Like a Gose conditioned on Pineapples and Toasted Coconut, Strawberry Mango Imperial Hefeweizen and Orange Pineapple Green Flyer New England IPA, just to name a few. Plus the VIP tent will have some special variants, and we are also shooting for some guest taps from outside the area.”

For more information on West Fest, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/385227699011194/. You can also stay tuned for updates at https://www.facebook.com/westshorebrewing.

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: 2019 Erie County Fair Beer, Vegan Milkshake IPA at Brickyard, Waldfest, 12 Gates’ Space Party

Flying Bison Rolls Out the Official Erie County Fair Beer for 2019

While the 180th Erie County Fair isn’t until next month, you can get an early taste of the fair at Flying Bison Brewing on July 18 (5pm) as they ‘Roll Out the Barrel’ on the official 2019 fair beer, a German Leichtbier, the 2019 Home Brew Competition winning beer created by John Crossett, Brian Milleville and Mark Zambron. Live classic country music by Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member, Doug Yeomans & Friends. The first Annual Hard Cider Competition Winner, an All American Cider, created by Jeffrey Clift, will be premiered at the Buffalo Cider Hall on July 25 (5pm).

Brickyard Brewing to Release Island Delight Coconut Kiwi Caramel Milkshake IPA

Brickyard Brewing have teamed up with Lewiston neighbor Orange Cat Coffee on Island Delight Coconut Kiwi Caramel Milkshake IPA, which will be released July 20 (11am). A play off of Orange Cat’s best-selling Island Delight latte, this vegan milkshake IPA features lots of oats with Citra and Motueka hops, as well as some light caramel malts to hit the right notes. Soy milk was used at the end of the boil in place of lactose to get that creamy mouthfeel before it was ‘dry-hopped’ with toasted coconut and vanilla beans. Island Delight Coconut Kiwi Caramel Milkshake IPA is draft only.

Waldfest: Festival in the Woods Returns to East Aurora for 44th Year 

It’s that time of year again – time to gather together in the woods and toast giant mugs of traditional German beer. Yes, you guessed it – it’s once again time for Waldfest, the annual Festival in the Woods, which takes place on July 21, 12-7pm, at Spring Garden Park (3838 Two Rod Road, East Aurora). The German American Musicians and the Auslanders will provide authentic German music and food will be available on site as will plenty of authentic German beers. There is also free parking. Tickets are $8 in advance or $15 at the gate. For more information, visit SpringGarden.com.

Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing at 12 Gates 

It’s been five decades since Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, and you can help celebrate the special anniversary at 12 Gates Brewing’s Dark Side of the Moon Party, July 20 (12pm). Wear your best NASA or Pink Floyd shirt for a free beer, which could be Eclipse Pilot IPA, which will debut. $5 house beers all day (excludes guest taps), Pink Floyd on the stereo, live music from Dylan Hund (8-11pm) and live art from Oceana Montalalou, who will be on-site painting. Finished work will be auctioned off (portion of proceeds to benefit Sadie’s Safe Harbor Canine Rescue).

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 Embarks on New Journey in Old First Ward

On the eve of the official grand opening of Resurgence Brewing’s new state-of-the-art 25,000 square foot brewery in the Old First Ward, part of me cannot help but feel like a proud parent. It’s really a tired cliché, but they grow up so fast, don’t they? I remember sending a message on Twitter to RBC Owner Jeff Ware (I didn’t have high hopes of him responding), which led to myself, and a number of other Buffalo Beer Leaguers, touring a vastly underdeveloped Niagara Street location he was planning on turning into a brewery. Seriously, as I drank early batches of Loganberry Wit and Sponge Candy Stout from growlers, there wasn’t even a floor in the brewery. Now they are coming off their fifth anniversary and are opening a second location.

Like I said, they grow up so fast, don’t they?

Resurgence’s new home at 55 Chicago Street will hold their grand opening this weekend, July 11-14. Starting at 3pm on Thursday, the weekend-long celebration will feature Beer Slushies (Frozen Loganberry Wit anyone?) and live music from The Burkharts and Mayday Buffalo with Earth Rider and The Fredtown Stompers performing Friday. Saturday will feature a live DJ, giveaways and a specialty food menu as well.

There will be four can releases Saturday, including R&D IPA 18 DDH Citmo (double dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Vic Secret & Columbus Cryo hops), Head in the Clouds DIPA (cans Saturday, draft Friday), R&D 19 DDH New England IPA (heavy Citra/Mosaic additions in the whirlpool, DDH with Citra Cryo, Amarillo & Galaxy for aromas of soft fruit, peach and candied hops) (draft Thursday, cans Saturday) and Legend of the Cone Mosaic IPA. All four can releases are available for preorder now at HopMule. Regular cans of The Surge NEIPA, Citmo IPA, Cosmic Truth Session IPA and Resurgence IPA will be available as well.

Draft options planned throughout the weekend include Tropical Wit (Pineapple & Kiwi puree infused witbier, rich pineapple nose balanced with candied sweetness from the kiwi) (Thursday), a pair of fruited sours (Key Lime Pie, Raspberry Lemonade) (Friday) and Pineapple Grapefruit Pilsner (available all weekend).

To think that that quick DM has led to a years-long friendship with Ware still blows my mind, as well as with former RBC brewers Dave Collins (now of 42 North Brewing) and Erik Greiner (now of Belt Line Brewery). It makes me cycle through the seemingly endless trove of memories I’ve made thanks to the brewery – from brewing beers together – Brett B Pale Ale, Skittlebrau (brewed with lemon and lime Skittles) and Unbelievably Juicy Jelly Bean IPA (brewed with Starburst Tropical Jelly Beans) – to countless Kegs & Eggs, anniversaries, beer releases, BBL events, suiting up for the Niagara St. grand opening, wearing the ‘Last Call’ siren hardhat, verticals of 2014-2018 Imperial Sponge Candy Stout and 2015-2018 BBA Imperial Sponge Candy Stout, and so much more. Too many to list. And that’s not even to mention all of the great beer over the years. That’s another story. Maybe I’ll write that too.

To sum things up, it’s been a hell of a ride. Over a half decade of good times and great beer are in the books and now it’s time to make a slate of new ones at the Cooperage. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to it. I’ll see you all in the Old First Ward this weekend.

For more information on opening weekend, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/879239205768533.

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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Brickyard Brewing Drops Latest Entry in Unique American Music Beer Series

At its core, craft beer is fundamentally about experimentation and pushing the limits of what beer can be while having fun doing so. Take for example Brickyard Brewing Company’s American Music, a unique hybrid beer series that combines elements of Farmhouse Saisons and New England IPAs. American Music, Take Five, which features Lemondrop and Nelson Sauvin hops, is the latest entry in the series, which has quickly become a favorite of Head Brewer John Paul Meteer.

“It’s our favorite beer to brew. Hazy juicy saison. Rotating hops,” he says. “True NEIPA meets saison mashup. I am in love with this beer. Saisons have been one of my favorite styles since I first starting going deep into craft beer in 2005-2006. Shout out to Alternative Brews for that!”

The beer, inspired by a lyric from the first line of the Violent Femmes’ track of the same name, features the same base recipes as the previous four iterations, though the brewing process has changed somewhat. Meteer says that American Music, Take Five offers traditional fruit notes from a NEIPA as well as the typical spice from a saison.   

“Take Five maintains the original grain bill – European Pilsner, Vienna Malt and lots of unmalted wheat – and the same yeast (French Saison). Process has changed bit, but a huge whirlpool dosing is still the only hop addition. This version was brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Lemondrop hops. Tom (Former intern-turned-Assistant Brewer-turned-Brewer) said this version is, ‘like a spring garden on a cool misty morning.’ He isn’t wrong! There’s slight phenol and ester driven notes of herbs and spices, and a ridiculously satisfying current of citrus and melon running through it. It’s true to its roots as a farmhouse ale, while bordering on being juicy and crushable. At 6% ABV and a smooth 36 IBU, it is a true joy to drink on a warm summer night.”

Brickyard has been brewing their American Music series since shortly after they first opened, and, as Meteer explains, things got off to an auspicious start when it came to bringing his brainchild to fruition. Things were so bad in the beginning that he came ever so close to simply scrapping the entire brew.

“American Music, Take One (inspired by the opening line of one of the best songs of the 90’s) was a complete disaster of a brew day back in 2017. I decided to brew it on a whim one of the first weekends we were open, and a massive mechanical failure kept our kettle from lighting. By the time we finally got the beer to a boil, I had been going at it for 13 hours. I had no idea if the beer would even be worth finishing. So, I decided to throw in a massive whirlpool of Citra and Motueka, and send it to the fermenter. It ended up being something akin to a New England IPA with a saison build, and one of the brewing staff’s favorite beers ever. It inspired a rotating-hops saison that we brew occasionally in the summer.”

American Music, Take Five is on tap right now and available for growler and crowler fills to go.

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: Resurgence Cooperage Grand Opening, Sours & Cigars at 42 North, Spirit of Buffalo Beer Cruises, Enchanted Mountains Brewfest, Bricks & Brews

Resurgence Brewing Plans Chicago Street Grand Opening Weekend

While it has been open for a few weeks, Resurgence Brewing’s new home on Chicago Street in the Old First Ward will have an official grand opening this weekend, July 11-14. Starting at 3pm on Thursday, the weekend-long celebration will feature Beer Slushies and live music from The Burkharts and Mayday Buffalo with Earth Rider and The Fredtown Stompers performing Friday. Saturday will feature a live DJ, giveaways and a specialty food menu as well. There will also be four can releases on Saturday, including DDH Citmo IPA, Head in the Clouds Double IPA, Loganberry Wit, R&D New England IPA.

Drink Local on the High Seas on the Spirit of Buffalo

Nothing says summer more than hitting the open waters with local craft beer in hand, two things you can do aboard the Spirit of Buffalo. Craft Beer Cruises set sail Tuesdays (6-8pm) and feature a two-hour cruise, light snacks and locally-made beer from Flying Bison (August 6, September 3), Pearl Street Brewery (July 16, Aug. 20), 42 North (July 23), Resurgence (July 30, Aug. 27), 12 Gates (Aug. 13, September 10), Community Beer Works (Sept. 17) and Old First Ward Brewing (Sept. 24). The Spirit of Buffalo is located at the Central Wharf at Canalside. Purchase tickets online at www.fareharbor.com.

42 North is Throwing a (Sour) Beer and Cigars Party

42 North Brewing’s 42 Below Barrel House is teaming up with Nice Ash Cigars for a Sours & Cigar Party on July 10 (5pm). 42 Below are rolling out two new sours for the event, which will feature live cigar rolling in the biergarten and live music from the Singlecoils. The beers are Verboden, a Flanders Brown, Flanders Red and Belgian Blonde blend aged in oak barrels for up to 3 years, blended with black currant and red raspberry, and Eletarria, a Flanders Brown, Flanders Red and Belgian Blonde blend aged in oak barrels, spiced with Elettaria cardamomum & vanilla.

Four Mile Presents 4th Annual Enchanted Mountains Brewfest

Four Mile Brewing are bringing together the brightest of the Buffalo-Niagara beer scene for the fourth annual Enchanted Mountains Brewfest, July 13 (2-5pm). Sample over 20 small batch beers brewed by members of the WNY beer scene, who will display their locally made products in the beer garden at Four Mile. There will be a live DJ during the brewfest and live music from 6-10pm for the after party. Tickets are $40 and are available at Eventbrite.com (includes souvenir glass, beer tastings, after party access, live music and food options). $10 Designated Driver tickets will be available at the door.

Local Beer on Display at Bricks & Brews at the Martin House

The seventh annual Bricks & Brews at the Martin House returns for 2019 on July 12 (6-9pm). A stellar line-up of breweries will be on hand. Among those sampling will be 12 Gates, 42 North, New York Beer Project, Big Ditch, Pearl Street, Blackbird Cider, Pressure Drop, Buffalo Brewing,  Community Beer Works, Hydraulic Hearth, Resurgence, Froth, Steelbound, Ellicottville Brewing, Rusty Nickel, Five & 20, Southern Tier, Four Mile, Hamburg Brewing and Eli Fish. Food provided by Lloyd Taco Truck and Anderson’s Food Truck with live music by The Hot Club of Buffalo. Purchase tickets ($70 / $60 Members) at http://martinhouse.org.

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

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Buffalo Brewing Company Plans First Ever Can Release

“Cans make you relevant,” Buffalo Brewing Company Owner/Brewer/Jack-Of-All-Trades John Domres says. “Canning, packaging in general, is so important in the craft beer industry.” The brewery will hold their first ever can release, ‪1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA, on July 6 at 1pm. The beer will be available in 16oz. 4-pack cans ($16, includes tax and deposit) with approximately 30 cases available.

A variant of their popular 1893 Mosaic Oat Cream IPA, 1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA is brewed exclusively with Galaxy hops, lactose, oats and a combination of Golden Promise, Caramel and Carapils malts, clocking in at a healthy 7% ABV.

“So this release has been building since we first opened our doors to the public on July 30, 2016. A lot has changed with our brewery we have expanded in both brewhouse and retail space. We are now getting ready to take the next step in our evolution of growing organically. We made the decision to purchase our own line so we can really have control over what & when we put our beers in cans.”

Domres’ wife Heather designed the beer’s unique art deco can art to mimic the peak of Buffalo City Hall. The beer is named for the year city hall was built. “We actually had a label that was already designed and then 42 North released Pre-Emption NEIPA, which looked almost exactly like what we had planned. Our original logo was an old 1860’s map of Buffalo with a star representing where our brewery is. It was very similar. We scrapped it and went back to the drawing board. Then my wife came up with the idea of mimicking the art deco tiles at the top of City Hall, drew it and I loved it. Not to mention that City Hall is the most iconic building in our skyline.”

The brewery decided to launch their packaged beer tenure with the 1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA because it was convenient and they wanted to make a big splash with it at the same time.

“We started with the 1932 Galaxy Oat Cream because we happened to have Galaxy hops laying around. And these hops are sexy. We wanted to make a big splash with this beer. I made the decision once we saw how popular the 1893 Mosaic Oat Cream IPA was, that a variant of that beer will be our first release. What better than 1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA? I can’t really think of anything better to lead off with so we pulled the trigger.”

Domres adds that canning the beer himself has a few side effects that he is able to pass along to the customer, one being keeping the costs reasonable. “When you buy beer out of our cooler, it should be the cheapest craft beer in Western New York and the best value around.”

According to Domres, after the 1932 Oat Cream canning run, 1890 Loganberry Ale, another new New England IPA and then core brands like the 1910 Czech Pilsner and 1842 Vienna Lager, are next in the pipeline to go into cans, 12oz. 6-packs for those latter two in particular. “The goal is to make a New England and an Oat Cream every month with different hops.” He says that Citra is next up in the Oat Cream series with (possibly) Simcoe following that. He adds that an Ekuanot/El Dorado New England is next up as well.

“I love being able to can my own beer because now I can just grab a 4-pack and bring it home. These are also perfect to take kayaking, just saying. Canning this beer ourselves was definitely the right decision for us. It’s all about control for me; it’s been that way my whole life. It’s stressful, but I’m excited.”

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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Stock Up Properly for Your Holiday Parties with These New Releases

I write the Buffalo Beer Buzz column (which publishes weekly here and over at Step Out Buffalo), but this was one week where even that article wasn’t big enough to encompass all of the great beer releases that our breweries have planned for us. And what better time than a holiday week to have an overabundance of great local beer releases?

Whether your 4th of July party is happening on the 4th or this coming weekend, a number of breweries around the area have designs for some delicious liquid to fill your coolers and make sure you stay hydrated all week long.

Big Ditch Brewing Passionfruit Hayburner IPA / Canvass IPA / Deep Cut Double IPA
Address: 55 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 854-5050
Website: bigditchbrewing.com

First released at their third anniversary party last year, Big Ditch have released Passionfruit Hayburner in cans, as well as fresh cans of Lock IPA #5: Canvass and Deep Cut DIPA, as well as Gateway IPA on draft. Passionfruit Hayburner features hundreds of pounds of passionfruit infused into the beer after fermentation to add an even more intense tropical kick to normal Hayburner. 16 oz. 4-packs for $14.99 (no limits). Gateway IPA is draft only.

Brickyard Brewing Company American Music: Take Five
Address: 436 Center St, Lewiston, NY 14092
Phone: (716) 754-7227
Website: brickyardbrewingcompany.com/

Brickyard’s American Music is a New England IPA / Farmhouse Saison hybrid. The current batch (Take Five) was brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Lemondrop hops. It’s true to its roots as a farmhouse ale, while bordering on being juicy and crushable. This one is on draft now and is available in crowlers.

Buffalo Brewing Company 1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA
Address: 314 Myrtle Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone: (716) 868-2218
Website: www.buffalo-brewing-company.com

Buffalo Brewing Company will hold their first ever can release, ‪1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA on July 6 at 1pm. A variant of their popular 1893 Mosaic Oat Cream IPA, 1932 is brewed exclusively with Galaxy hops, lactose and oats, clocking in at 7% ABV. The wife of Owner/Brewer John Domres, Heather, designed the beer’s unique can art, to mimic the peak of Buffalo City Hall. Available in 16oz. 4-pack cans ($16) with approximately 30 cases available.

Hamburg Brewing Juice Box Boy DDH IPA
Address: 6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075
Phone: (716) 649-3249
Website: http://hamburgbrewing.com

Hamburg Brewing have brought back Juice Box Boy DDH IPA, in cans this time ($12.99 per 4-pack 16oz. cans). This milkshake-style IPA features Palisade, Denali, Simcoe, Centennial & Strata hops as well as mango, tangerine and passionfruit purees, along with vanilla and lactose. For this batch, Hamburg tweaked the recipe with the addition of vanilla, more hops, and more fruit. Cans available at select retail accounts as well.

Pressure Drop Brewing / Stoneyard Brewing Struggle Bus Double IPA
Address: 65 Vandalia St, Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone: (716) 848-9942
Website: https://www.pressuredropbrewers.com

A West Coast Double IPA collab with Rochester’s Stoneyard Brewing, Struggle Bus is equal parts fruity and dank. This one is available now at Brewed & Bottled in Lewiston, Village Beer Merchant and will be at the brewery and Consumer’s Beverages locations this weekend.

Resurgence Brewing Company Pineapple Grapefruit Pilsner
Address: 55 Chicago St, Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone: (716) 768-6018
Website: https://www.resurgencebrewing.com/

This draft only release will be available at Resurgence’s first ever Backyard Brew-BBQ. The second beer ever brewed at their new Chicago Street home in the Old First Ward, Pineapple Grapefruit Pilsner is a fruited version of their Bridge Pilsner. That just sounds refreshing.

Thin Man Brewery Bliss Double IPA
Address: 492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 923-4100
Website: https://thinmanbrewery.com/

Thin Man has finally canned Bliss DIPA, one of their first launch beers and one of their best overall beers. Bliss pours hazy, light gold with a fluffy white head. Dank pine in the nose with ripe citrus, mango, and melon. Available at both of Thin Man’s locations at Elmwood and Chandler.

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Red, White & Blue Fireworks Trio
Address: 908 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Phone: (716) 260-1284
Website: woodcockbrothersbrewery.com/

Woodcock Brothers are tapping a triumvirate of patriotic red, white and blue themed beers at their Wurlitzer location in North Tonawanda on July 4 (11:30am). For the occasion, they will be tapping Red Fireworks Strawberry/Raspberry Kolsch, brewed and conditioned on strawberries and raspberries, Blue Fireworks Blueberry Kolsch, brewed and conditioned on dozens of pounds of blueberries, and Sparkling Sky Double IPA, brewed with Cascade and Denali hops. All three will be available for crowler fills.

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

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: New Cans From Buffalo Brewing, Big Ditch & Hamburg, Woodcock Taps 3 for the 4th, Resurgence’s Backyard Brew-BBQ

Buffalo Brewing Company Plans First Ever Can Release

Buffalo Brewing Company will hold their first ever can release, ‪1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA, this weekend, July 6 at 1pm. A variant of their popular 1893 Mosaic Oat Cream IPA, 1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA is brewed exclusively with Galaxy hops, lactose, oats and a combination of Golden Promise, Caramel and Carapils malts, clocking in at a healthy 7% ABV. The wife of Owner/Brewer John Domres, Heather, designed the beer’s unique can art, to mimic the peak of Buffalo City Hall. 1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA will be available in 16oz. 4-pack cans ($16) with approximately 30 cases available.

Big Ditch to Release Passionfruit Hayburner in Cans

Stock up for your holiday party at Big Ditch Brewing on July 3 (11am) with the release of Passionfruit Hayburner (first time ever in cans), as well as fresh cans of Lock IPA #5: Canvass and Deep Cut DIPA, as well as Gateway IPA on draft. Passionfruit Hayburner features hundreds of pounds of passionfruit infused into the beer after fermentation to add an even more intense tropical kick to normal Hayburner. The beer was initially released for the brewery’s third anniversary party. All beer sold in 16 oz. cans in 4-packs for $14.99 (no limits). Gateway IPA is draft only.

Woodcock Brothers Tapping Into Patriotic Beer Trio for July 4

Woodcock Brothers Brewing are using the 4th of July holiday to release a triumvirate of patriotic red, white and blue themed beers at their Wurlitzer location in North Tonawanda (11:30am). For the occasion they will be tapping Red Fireworks Strawberry/Raspberry Kolsch, which was brewed and conditioned on both strawberries and raspberries, Blue Fireworks Blueberry Kolsch, a beer brewed and conditioned on dozens of pounds of blueberries and Sparkling Sky Double IPA, brewed exclusively with Cascade and Denali hops for notes of tropical fruit and an intense dank. All three beers will be available for both pours and crowler fills to-go.

Hamburg Brewing Cans Popular Juice Box Boy DDH IPA

Hamburg Brewing is bringing back their popular Juice Box Boy DDH IPA, and will release it in cans this time around, beginning on July 3 at the brewery ($12.99 per 4-pack 16oz. cans). This milkshake-style IPA features Palisade, Denali, Simcoe, Centennial & Strata hops as well as mango, tangerine and passionfruit purees, along with vanilla and lactose. For this batch, Hamburg tweaked the recipe with the addition of vanilla, more hops, and more fruit. “This beer will have you kicking & screaming for more,” Hamburg says. Cans of Juice Box Boy should be available at retail accounts the same day.

Join Resurgence Brewing’s July 4th Backyard Brew-BBQ

If you’re looking for something to do come July 4th, take the opportunity to check out Resurgence’s new Chicago Street home at their first ever Backyard Brew-BBQ (12pm). There will be a cornhole tournament (winner gets $50 bar tab), DJ at 7pm and amazing views of the downtown fireworks, as well as plenty of food, including the “2-4-2” deal (2 All American hot dogs for $2), All American Burger ($5), Chicago Dog ($8), Cincinnati Dog ($8), Miami Dog ($8) and BBQ Pulled Pork ($8). Enjoy $4 Bridge Pilsner pints all day or try the brand new Pineapple-Grapefruit Pilsner (also $4).

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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