Three’s a Charm: Make It Three Years for Lockport’s New York Beer Project

Lockport’s first post-Prohibition brewery, New York Beer Project, is set to mark three years since they first opened their doors, and what a three years it has been for Western New York’s ‘Destination Brewery.’

From raising over $16,000 for Oishei Children’s Hospital through their partnership with Perry’s Ice Cream (18 months and counting), a collaborative effort that has spawned Panda Paws Porter and fan favorite White Christmas, which sold out in four weeks last year, to donating a portion of sales of their Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch to the American Cancer Society of WNY in October, NYBP has long used their beer to give back.

It’s that strong sense of community that has allowed New York Beer Project to not only continue to succeed, but to expand. They are currently in the process of constructing a second facility up the road in Victor, NY. That communal support keeps the brewery thriving according to Owner Kelly Krupski, who says the people themselves are one of her major highlight of this past year.

“Among my 2018 highlights is the overwhelming response from our supporters,” she says. “It’s humbling and we never take that for granted.”

She adds that they would have never imagined being on the verge of opening a second location, but that they have learned so much since opening their doors just three short years ago.

Head Brewer Jason Crossett

“What a crazy, exciting, inspiring journey these past three years have been. If you had told us back when we opened [that] we’d be building a second location, almost as big as the first, I’d say you were nuts -but here we are, serving record breaking crowds, and about to open our amazing new NYBP Beer Hall in Victor! We’ve learned so much since we opened the doors on November 19, 2015. Most times the learning curve wasn’t at an easy angle – we’re talking 180 degrees straight up – don’t look down – hold on tight – holy shit, but it’s been an exciting ride, one we wouldn’t give up for anything.”

Head Brewer Jason Crossett shares in her excitement, adding that the brewery’s success has allowed him to increase his brewing team. “This past year has been great!” he says. “We’ve added another talented brewer to our team, Ben Elford, giving us three amazing brewers! (Greg Zorn and Pat Bradley are the other two on our team).”

To date, NYBP has brewed over 150 unique beers, including over 50 in the past year alone. Krupski says that number is a sheer testament to the talent and work ethic of Crossett and NYBP’s team of brewers.

“We’re extremely proud of our craft portfolio. We came out with over 50 unique styles and combinations of unique variations of local hops and ingredients this year alone,” Krupski says. “Most of them are only available at our Lockport location, and soon to be Victor. That’s a testament to Head Brewer Jason Crossett and his fantastically creative brewing team.”

Those beers include NYBP flagships such as Destination IPA, Righteous Dude Double IPA, Lockport Lager, Gameday Wit and Supernatural Sour, as well as more experimental offerings like The One New England IPA, Carrot Cake Ale and Red Velvet Cake Ale. Among all of those beers, a few have stood out to Crossett from the past year, including HammuRYEbi’s Code, a barrel aged rye in Black Button Rye Whiskey barrels, a collaboration brew with Ontario’s Royal City, Mason’s Honey Blond, Hard Day’s Night American Porter (“a perfect balance of roast, dark chocolate, and coffee with a light caramel sweetness,” Crossett says. “Reminds me of one of my all-time favorites, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald”), Ben’s West Coast Destination and Greg’s Righteous Cousin Vinnie (“both great representations of a West Coast-style IPA), and Righteous Dudette Triple IPA.

Looking back at 2017, a handful of memories stick with Crossett, including brewing collaboration beers with Royal City and Cowbell for the Can AM Beer Festival. “Although the actual event ultimately fell through, it did give me an opportunity to get to know the brewers at each brewery and create long lasting friendships. Truly awesome people making great beer!”

“Mixology sessions with Scott Donovan and crew at Blackbird [Cider Works] to come up with a beer/cider hybrid, which we released this past September (Snakebite),” he continues. “We blended our Gameday Wit with his Estate Cider to create a beautifully tasty beverage.” Hosting the Brewer’s Invitational – “it was great to have all the other WNY breweries in house showcasing the amazing beers they make.” Working with Jason Evchich and his foundation, Mason’s Mission, in crafting a beer (Mason’s Honey Blonde Ale) to help raise money for his foundation. “I’ve gotten to know him a lot over this past year and to meet his wife and family. I definitely gained a great friend from this,” and brewing Class is in Session IPA with all the other WNY breweries for Buffalo Beer Week.

NYBP’s future location in Victor

In terms of the future, it’s pretty easy to know what both Krupski and Crossett are looking forward to – their new Victor location. For Crossett, it’s about both locations collaborating on beers.

“I’m looking forward to both breweries collaborating on beers and I’d love to see some blending of barrel aged beers from both locations,” he says. “It certainly would be a lot of fun with the potential for making some amazing unique beers!”

“We just launched our new NYBP Victor Facebook page, where every day you’ll find a treasure trove of information and education on this amazing facility that explores New York State brewing history and recreates the opulent Atlantic Garden Beer Hall, circa 1871. The FB page will also be the place to get insider information on all the exciting announcements, such as the reveal of the new NYBP Victor head brewer, our creative new Executive chef relocating from a well-known vacation destination, as well as the opening lineup of craft we will have for thirsty Western New Yorkers. [All of the] grand opening deets can be found here as well,” Krupski adds. Follow NYBP Victor Beer Hall at www.facebook.com/NYBPVictorBeerHall.

While New York Beer Project officially turns three on November 19, they are celebrating the day before, where they will be releasing four Imperial Stouts, each with a different yeast strain (limited release only, 5 gallons each). “We brewed a 10.25 % Imperial Stout that we are going to age in bourbon barrels. We had a lot of residual sugars left over with making that beer that we rinsed the grains again and collected 25 gallons of wort. Each brewer chose a different yeast strain to ferment with and aged with different ingredients to yield four different stouts,” Crossett says.

The four beers include version’s fermented with NYBP’s house lager strain aged on chai tea, fermented with a Belgian Stout strain aged on sweet cherries, fermented with a Farmhouse strain aged on maple syrup and oak chips and fermented with an American Ale strain aged on cacao nibs (“blending this with the cherry aged version is tasty!” Crossett adds).

Things gets underway at 10am with an anniversary brunch (complimentary champagne toast), then crowlers of Righteous Dudette Triple IPA go on sale at 2pm (first 10 people receive souvenir Righteous Dudette poster) and White Christmas Belgian Ale returns at 5pm ($1 from every pint donated to Oishei’s). Also, from 2-5pm, purchase an Anniversary Teku Glass and receive complimentary tastings of four variations of Imperial Stout. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1942266459187026/.

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: Woodcock Turns 6, CBW/KCBC Team Up for Can Drop, 12 Gates / Buffalo Brewpub Buffalo Breakfast Stout, Five & 20 Commiseration

Woodcock Brothers to Celebrate Sixth Anniversary in Wilson

Woodcock Brothers Brewing are turning six, and are celebrating with, what else, a big party on November 17 (12pm). Their annual tradition of serving free chowder will continue on the patio starting at noon until supplies run out. Woodcock will also use the special occasion to tap this year’s version of Barrel Aged Stiff Mitten, their spiced winter ale brewed with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice aged 1 year in former Kentucky Straight Bourbon barrels that previously housed cider from Black Bird Cider Works. There will also be live music starting at 1pm, with Blue Rocket Trio performing at 7pm.

Community Beer Works, Brooklyn’s KCBC Team Up for Huge Can Sale

On November 18 (10am), Community Beer Works are welcoming Brooklyn’s Kings County Brewers Collective to town for a massive can sale. For the first time ever, CBW will be selling cans of The Whale (12oz. 6-packs), Thick & Sticky DIPA (16oz. 4-packs) and That IPA (now in 12oz. 6-packs), while KCBC will have Wolf Ov Sibieria DDH DIPA (collaboration with Behemoth), Hop-erol Spritz DDH Brut IPA with Hibiscus & Orange Peel (Root+Branch, Interboro & The Well collaboration), Robot Fish #13 IPA, Vital Juices: Strawberry/Mango Barrel-Aged Sour (Perennial Artisan Ales collaboration), Marble of Doom Blackberry Pomegranate Sour and Janiak Maniac Pilsner.

12 Gates, Buffalo Brewpub to Release Buffalo Breakfast Stout in Cans

12 Gates Brewing and Buffalo Brewpub have again teamed up to brew Buffalo Breakfast Stout, their annual collaboration sweet stout that combines all things Western New York. BBS features maple syrup from East Aurora, chocolate bark from Antoinette’s Confections in Depew, cold press coffee from Kornerstone Roasters in Kenmore, and bourbon from Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing in Westfield. The 6% seasonal treat will be available at both locations on draft, as well as in 16oz. 4-pack cans, starting on November 16. A limited amount of cans will hit distribution, so look for it wherever great beer is sold.

Five & 20 to Release New 12% Barrel Aged Stout, Commiseration

Five & 20 will release their latest barrel aged monster, Commiseration, a 12.8% bourbon barrel aged imperial stout just in time for the impending dreary winter ahead, on November 16. Brewed with Cascade and Chinook hops and aged seven months in freshly emptied Five & 20 bourbon barrels, Commiseration features rich chocolate aromas and notes of sweet bourbon, coffee, dark fruit, brown sugar and raisins. Commiseration will be released at Five & 20’s nex t Barrel Room Jam with Abby & Pat Doyle of Gem City Revival (5:30-8:30pm). The beer will be available on draft or to go in 22oz. bottles.

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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12 Gates Dissolution: A Baltic Porter by Name, Taste and Definition

By definition, Baltic Porters are traditionally high in alcohol and robust in taste, a pair of descriptors perfect for 12 Gates Dissolution Oak-Aged Baltic Porter, a tasty 9.6% Baltic Porter aged one year on bourbon oak. Dissolution, now in its second year, will be released at Philosofest III on November 21 (4-11p).

The 2018 version of Dissolution opens with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, booze and cola before opening to bigger notes of vanilla, coconut, cocoa powder, booze, oak, faint dark fruit and subtle cola. It presents a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel with a sharp and snappy, booze-laden finish.

Dissolution Oak-Aged Baltic Porter will be available in 22oz. bottles during Philosofest III. Only 100 bottles will be available and are first-come, first-serve. Philosofest is free and open to the public.

For more information on 12 Gates’ Philosofest III, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/905649219646365/.

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: Thin Man Take Precautions, 42 North DIPA & Coffee Porter, Riverworks Cereal Ale, Southern Tier DIPA

Thin Man to Take Precaution with New Imperial Stout Perfect for the Season

Thin Man Brewery will release Take Precaution, an 11% Imperial Stout perfect for the impending winter season, on November 10. Take Precaution features tons of dark malt character with notes of roasted coffee, honey, jaggery sugar, chicory and dark fruit (roasted plum) with a balanced finish. “You know how IPAs brag about how many pounds of hops they use per barrel?” Thin Man’s Rudy Watkins says. “This has a pound of grain per can. That’s just dumb. Hilarious and inefficient. But sometimes hilarious inefficiency is what you need.” Take Precaution will be available on draft and in 4-packs 16oz. cans.

New Double IPA and Coffee Porter On Tap at 42 North

42 North Brewing are releasing a new Double IPA dubbed Dragonship this week (November 7) and are sending their all-NY-ingredient NYtro Coffee Porter to retail on November 9. Dragonship DIPA is brewed with Norwegian Voss yeast and triple dry-hopped with Zythos, El Dorado, and Amarillo to deliver huge tropical fruit flavors and heavy haze. NYtro Coffee Porter is brewed using malt from NY Craft Malt in Batavia, hops from Crooked Creek Hops in Addison and coffee from Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora. Dragonship will hit retail accounts November 12 and NYtro Coffee Porter is currently available at the brewery.

Enjoy Your Favorite Breakfast Cereal in a Glass at Riverworks Brewing

Riverworks Brewing are putting their neighbors, General Mills, to work and have transformed the popular breakfast cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch into a beer with Imperial Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ale, which features heaping loads of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and a little lactose, which was then aged on vanilla beans. This high alcohol, full-bodied copper colored ale clocks in at 8.2% and was brewed with 35 pounds of cereal in the mash and boiled with cinnamon and lactose for a creamy and spicy winter seasonal. Imperial Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ale is on tap right now at Buffalo Riverworks. Limited quantities are available.

Southern Tier to Release Last Beer of Science is the Art Collection

Paradox of the Powerful, the final installment of Southern Tier Brewing’s Science is the Art Unfiltered Double IPA Series, will be released at the Empty Pint in Lakewood on November 8 (6pm). The beer features whole cone Mosaic hops and Citra and Simcoe hop dust to produce juicy tropical flavors and aromas and notes of grapefruit and berries. You can also enter to win limited edition autographed art prints and meet the artist behind Southern Tier’s Science is the Art Collection, Christopher Balaskas, the creator of can artwork for the series, at Southern Tier Brewing’s Empty Pint on November 8.

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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Party Like Its 1905 with Buffalo Brewing Company’s First Ever New England IPA

New England IPAs, those du jour hazy juice bombs that have taken the brewing industry by storm, have quickly woven their way into the fabric of the Buffalo beer scene. They are the beers you know and love – Flying Bison’s Juice Caboose, Big Ditch’s Lock IPA Series, 12 Gates’ Mountains of the Moon, Old First Ward Brewing’s #Smashtag and any number of unfiltered creations from Thin Man Brewery (Trial By Wombat, Filthy Flow, Night Terrors, Smooth Maneuvers, etc, etc). Pretty much every Western New York brewery has released their very own version of a NEIPA, except Buffalo Brewing Company, until now that is.

1905 NEIPA, named in honor of the year that Buffalo’s venerable Albright-Knox Art Gallery opened its doors, clocks in at 7% and features a hop combo of Simcoe and Vic Secret on the hot side and is dry hopped with El Dorado, Galaxy, Idaho 7 and Mosaic. As a matter of fact, 1905 NEIPA features 4.5 pounds of hops per barrel.

Buffalo Brewing Company’s Owner and Head Brewer John Domres says that it was just time for them to add a New England IPA to their tap list, adding that he has become a bigger fan of the style over time as he drinks more of them. And it helps that, as he says, everyone has been asking when they were going to produce something hazy.

“We’re just doing a series of beers we haven’t brewed before in half batches,” he says. “We brewed this beer because we had been asked since opening about a New England IPA. We thought it was time to brew one. Besides the fact that I have been drinking a lot of Other Half and Treehouse beers lately and have really started to enjoy the style.”

1905 NEIPA taps at noon on Saturday, November 3. Stop in for a fresh pint and grab some to go. In honor of the special tappening, BBC is running a 1905 NEIPA crowler special – 2 32oz. crowlers for $19 plus tax and deposit. This beer will go quickly. Domres says that only to barrels will be available and expects it won’t last through the weekend.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/Buffalo-Brewing-Company-748154695217131/ for more information.

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: NYBP 3rd Anniversary, Philosofest III at 12 Gates, Murder Mystery at Pressure Drop, Southern Tier Releases Old Fashioned

New York Beer Project Marks Three Years with Big Bash

The lights have been on at Lockport’s New York Beer Project for three years, and they are celebrating on November 18 (10am) with an all-day party. Things gets underway at 10am with an anniversary brunch (complimentary champagne toast), crowlers of Righteous Dudette Triple IPA go on sale at 2pm (first 10 people receive souvenir Righteous Dudette poster) and White Christmas Belgian Ale returns at 5pm ($1 from every pint donated to Oishei Children’s Hospital). Also, from 2-5pm, purchase an Anniversary Teku Glass and receive complimentary tastings of four variations of Imperial Stout (Farmhouse Ale, American Ale, Belgian Stout, Lager Strain).

Party All Night Long at 12 Gates Brewing’s Philosofest III

Spend the busiest party night of the year, Thanksgiving Eve, with 12 Gates Brewing at Philosofest III, on November 21 (4pm). The annual event will feature live music all day and night – MJ & The Way (Mike & Mandy Music Trio) perform 4-7pm before the 45 RPM British Invasion band takes the stage 8-11pm. The event also serves as the official release of Dissolution Oak-Aged Baltic Porter in 22oz. bottles (expect notes of vanilla, coffee, oak, plum, raisin, cranberry, and red wine). Only 100 bottles will be available and are first-come, first-serve. Philosofest is free and open to the public.

Join a Live Action Murder Mystery at the Barrel Factory, Pressure Drop Brewing

Grab a fresh pint of Pressure Drop Brewing beer at Death at the Distillery: A Prohibition Murder Mystery Dinner, which makes its Barrel Factory premiere on November 2 (6:30pm), based on real-life characters that lived in Buffalo during prohibition. This interactive performance includes a buffet dinner and dessert served in the Lakeward Spirits event center and fully interactive live-action murder mystery (question the suspects, gather clues and solve the crime). Tickets are $57 per person (purchase yours at http://buffalohistorytours.com/murder-mystery-buffalo/) and include the performance and dinner. The show returns to the Barrel Factory on November 4, 11, 16, 23 and 30.

Southern Tier Brewing Releases Massive 16% Cocktail-Inspired Beer

Southern Tier Brewing have released Old Fashioned, the newest entry into their Barrel House Series, a massive cocktail-inspired beer brewed to emulate the Old Fashioned cocktail (bourbon, bitters, orange peel, cherry) that clocks in at 16% ABV. Old Fashioned is brewed with local maple syrup, tart cherry juice, dried orange peel, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom & chichona bark and then aged in bourbon barrels. “If you liked Manhattan, or any of the previous ones, you’re going to enjoy this one,” the brewery says of Old Fashioned. Old Fashioned is available in 500ml bottles and on tap wherever great beer is sold.

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: Halloween Parties, Pizza Plant Beer Tasting, Resurgence Kegs & Eggs, CBW’s #SquashGoals

Celebrate Halloween Weekend at Local Breweries & Bars

Western New York’s bars and breweries are getting spooky for the season. On October 26 (8pm), the Barrel Factory (Pressure Drop Brewing) is hosting Horror Movie Trivia with the Horror Brew Podcast and Southern Tier Brewing is hosting King-O-Ween (6pm), with the Pumking family of beers on tap, music and costume party. On October 27 (3pm), West Shore Brewing is hosting the Creepy Crawler Bar Crawl ($10) in Clarence, Woodcock Brothers are releasing Stiff Mitten Winter Ale at their Halloween Party (7pm) in Wilson, Windy Brew’s Halloween Party happens in Strykersville at 6pm, Mr. Goodbar is throwing their annual Halloween Party (10pm) and Flying Bison is holding a Halloween Party & Party Costume Contest (5pm). New York Beer Project is hosting the Halloween Harvest Weekend on October 28 (2pm), then Community Beer Works’ Abby Normal Halloween Party goes down October 31 (7p), featuring dinner and a movie (Young Frankenstein), costume contest and Monster Mash dance party.

Pizza Plant’s Annual Beer Tasting Turns 30

One of Buffalo beer’s longest running events, Pizza Plant’s Annual Beer Tasting, hosted by Flying Bison Brewing’s mustachioed Beer Wizard Tim Herzog, is turning 30 this year. The 2018 edition of the event, which is happening at Pizza Plant’s Transit location, takes place on October 24 (7pm). The event features Herzog hosting a journey through beer, from light to dark to extreme as you sample, discuss and learn about beer along the way. Tickets are $40, which include 12 samples, a Pizza Plant logo glass to keep, and breadsticks to soak up all of that beer. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Resurgence Brewing Puts a Sweet Spin on Kegs & Eggs

Resurgence is putting a sweet spin on their Kegs & Eggs series, which returns October 28 (11am), with 8 candy beers, including IPA Flight: Head In The Clouds with new dry hop, Citmo with pineapple, Cosmic Truth with mango and passionfruit & Resurgence IPA with orange, mandarin and lemon, Stout Flight: Peanut Brittle Brown, Orange Chocolate Hefeweizen, Cherry Sponge Candy Stout & Bier de Noel and casks of PB Porter with Jelly and Sponge Candy Stout with Snickers. There will also be fresh cans of PB Porter and Citmo IPA available. Food includes waffle bar, breakfast burritos and breakfast pizza. Niagara Chocolate will be sampling candy. Costumes encouraged.

Community Beer Works’ #SquashGoals Returns to Taps

In yet another sign of the changing of seasons and the onset of fall, Community Beer Works are re-releasing their #SquashGoals Imperial Brown Ale on October 24 (6pm). #SquashGoals is brewed with spices and a hefty amount of butternut squash to create notes of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. #SquashGoals will be available on draft or in 32oz crowlers to go. And while you stop down to the brewery to grab a pint, join CBW’s Pumpkin Carving Contest (pumpkins and carving tools will be provided) to win prizes as silent black and white horror films will be playing in the background.

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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New York Beer Project, Woodcock Brothers & CBW Use Beer to Give Back

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a trio of local breweries are using their best asset – their beer – to help give back. Lockport’s New York Beer Project and Wilson’s Woodcock Brothers Brewing are donating a portion of proceeds from beer sales to further cancer research all month long. Community Beer Works are also doing their part to give back with a number of events this month.

Woodcock, along with their distributor Certo Brothers, will donate $1 from every sale can sold of Jubilation, an American IPA infused with grapefruit, to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In 2015, one of Woodcock’s owners, Andrea Woodcock, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to early detection via a routine mammogram and to the dedication of the staff at Roswell Park, she is now cancer free.

“Jubilation is a salute to the joy we felt at hearing the great news,” the brewery says. “We brewed it to commemorate all those affected by breast cancer. To give back to the amazing medical industry that works tirelessly to help those that are diagnosed. And to bring awareness to the fact that a yearly mammogram and early detection are the keys to breast health.”

New York Beer Project are putting their signature pink beer, Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch, to work and are donating $1 from each pint sold at participating venues to the American Cancer Society. You can currently grab a pint and help the cause at Jack Astors, Deep South Taco, Panorama on Seven and Gramma Mora’s. More venues will be added soon.

“Pink beer? Ummm – unapologetically ‘Yes,’” NYBP Owner Kelly Krupski says. “We were one of the first breweries in WNY to brew something pretty, thanks to the addition of 550lbs of fresh raspberries. This beer is actually good for you with copious amounts of Vitamin K and antioxidants. In our constant attempt to #MakeADifference, because we all truly can if we try, New York Beer Project is thrilled to team up with American Cancer Society for Drink Pink October. NYBP and ACS kicked off their serendipitous partnership in August with the uber-fun Celebrity Bartending event that raised over $2,500 for the WNY American Cancer Society. Now, for Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Cancer Society’s #MakingStrides716 campaign, New York Beer Project and ACS are excited to announce that they are continuing their partnership by #MakingADifference drinking local craft beer.”

“We make beer for a living – how fun is that- so we feel really great about being able to spread the good vibes. You know, it’s like the proverbial pebble and the ripples extending way beyond – yada yada – but we really feel it, and live it every day,” the brewery adds.

Not one to be left out when it comes to giving back to their community, Community Beer Works have a pair of charitable events on their calendar this month. First up, on October 17 (5-8pm), the brewery is putting their Frank Pale Ale to work once again, this time for Arts Access, which provides residents in WNY receiving public assistance with an Arts Access Pass, which gives them and their family free admission and transportation to museums and theaters. During the event, CBW will donate $5 the Arts Access for event $5 Frank purchase.

A few days later, on October 18 (6-9pm), CBW is hosting a fundraising happy hour to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association WNY. The Association will be on-hand to collect donations and further their mission to end Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementias. Receive $1 off pints of core beers when you donate at least $10 in CBW’s taproom.

CBW has led a true grassroots charge to foster a communal change through sales of their beer in the past, having 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), WNY Crisis Services and Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER.

If you know me, or have read my writing, it’s no secret that I’m passionate about beer, particularly when local breweries use it to give back. I am especially passionate about donating to breast cancer research as my family has been stricken by the disease and I have lost loved ones to it. As soon as I heard what Woodcock was doing, I immediately purchased cans of Jubilation to help out in some small fashion. I’ll be doing the same with Walter’s Jelly Donut soon. If you have the means, I sincerely hope you do the same. You’ll be making a bigger difference than you think and together we can showcase the true power of our beer scene. Thank you in advance.

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: 42 North’s 3rd Anniversary, new Brickyard beers, Brew Academy at Niagara College, NYBP, Woodcock & CBW Give Back

42 North Celebrates Their Third Anniversary in East Aurora

42 North Brewing are celebrating their third anniversary on October 20 (12pm) with an entire day of craft beer, music and food. The party will take place all over 42 North – taproom, 42 Below Barrel House and the Biergarten. Special beer releases include Confucius Apricot Sour, Brett Belgian Pale, Flanders Red Ale and 2016 Red Army Imperial Stout, live music starts at 2pm with Ben & Gary (taproom) and Folkfaces will perform at 8pm. Food will be provided by Rolf’s Wood Fired Flat Bread (parking lot), a free Hor’s D’oeuvres Beer Pairing takes place at 42 Below (4-6p) and more!

Brickyard Brewing Releases a Handful of New Beers

Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing have been busy working in the brewhouse and have a number of new releases to show for it. Totes McOats, an oatmeal stout with notes of coffee, chocolate, caramel and cream, I Can’t Even Pumpkin Milkshake, brewed using Blue Hubbard squash, lactose, vanilla beans, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and Wet & Wild Kolsch, brewed with fresh hops from Freedom Run Winery, have been tapped. They’re also working on a Galaxy / Denali hopped IPA, gluten-reduced Apple Cider Lager and Brut IPA (hopped with Nelson / Halle Blanc, portion will be going into a freshly emptied Chardonnay barrel).

Join the Brew Academy at Niagara College Teaching Brewery

Niagara College’s Teach Brewery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is offering a weeklong Brew Academy that delivers extensive hands-on industry training. There are five courses – Day in the Brewery, where you will experience the role of a brewmaster, Brew Production, which highlights all the elements involved in producing quality beer, Discover Brew Ingredients, which showcases ingredients such as barley / malts, hops, yeasts, fruits & spices, Brew Packaging, which covers beer packaging and packaging line techniques and Brewery Trends, Operations & Health and Safety, which leads you through top trends in the brew industry. Each course is $195. Canadianfoodandwineinstitute.ca for more information.

Woodcock, New York Beer Project, CBW Give Back Through Beer

New York Beer Project and Woodcock Brothers Brewing are donating a portion of proceeds from beer sales to cancer research this month. Woodcock, along with distributor Certo Brothers, will donate $1 from every sale can sold of Jubilation, an American IPA infused with grapefruit, to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. New York Beer Project is also donating $1 of every pint sold of their Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch at any participating bar to the American Cancer Society. Community Beer Works will donate $5 to Arts Access for each $5 purchase of Frank Pale Ale on October 17 (5-8pm).

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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Introducing Canvass: The Latest Member of Big Ditch’s Lock IPA Series

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Canvass, the newest member of Big Ditch Brewing’s Lock IPA family. The fifth beer in the series is named after Canvass White, one of the Erie Canal’s civil engineers. He studied the canal systems of England for the better part of a year, walking over 2,000 miles of their canals, before building our own. He is also credited with inventing a means of waterproofing the canal with the use of a special type of waterproof cement.

Canvass is brewed with El Dorado, Mosaic, and Falconer’s Flight hops, imparting big ripe melon and tangerine aromas and flavors, to go along with a subtle sweetness. 4-packs of 16oz. cans are priced at $14.99 (1 case/pp limit). According to Big Ditch, this first batch is a bit more limited than others.

Big Ditch Owner Matt Kahn admits that Canvass might be the driest Lock entry yet, and adds that if you miss out on the first batch, there are already plans to do a second batch of the beer in the future. “We only did a 20bbl batch of this as we were quite sure what to expect upon scale up of this recipe. So, less than normal…we’re never quite sure if we’ll sell out or not, but it’s always a possibility,” Kahn says.

“Besides the El Dorado / melon thing, this beer is fairly dry on the palate, perhaps the driest Lock IPA we’ve done so far,” Kahn says. “If we do a second batch (and we plan to), it will probably be a little bit fuller which should smooth out the finish. But, the dryness makes this 6.1% ABV IPA very, very drinkable. This beer has big ripe melon and tangerine aromas and flavors, with a subtle sweetness from the hops and a dry finish. We think / hope people will like it!”

As evidenced by the above photo, I was lucky enough to be treated to an advance taste of Canvass. For me personally, this is the best Lock IPA since Fip. It opens with bright white peach and pineapple, followed by notes of peach, citrus, melon and pear. There’s a persistent dryness throughout thia beer that continues from the initial sip to the last drop.

Kahn says that Canvass is the product of some trial-and-error on Big Ditch’s part as they brewed several different variations of the beer with different recipes. “One had Rye in it, one was 7.5% ABV, one used Huell Melon,” he says.

“We’ve been working on this one a long time. We wanted to make El Dorado the focus of one of these beers and tried several different versions. Ultimately, we used it as a highlight hop with a Mosaic focus and some Falconer’s, which when used in the kettle yields some nice melon flavor, which is what this beer has.”

As for what’s next in the Lock Series, Kahn readily admits that the next entry will be something of a departure from the beers we’ve had drank and loved (you remember the names – Packet, Fip, 363, Dibble). “It might be a Double IPA, it might be a milkshake, or it might have fruit in it. We’re just starting to kick around ideas now,” he says.

In addition to Canvass, Big Ditch will also have fresh Deep Cut Double IPA cans on sale (4-packs of 16oz. cans are $14.99). Also, if you happened to miss out, limited bottles of Pinot Noir Barrel Aged and Gin Barrel Aged Beautiful River Farmhouse Saison are also available in the taproom.

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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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