42 North Brewing Company has announced the first annual Barrel Jam, an indoor/outdoor barrel-aged beer, music & winter celebration slated for February 1st, 2020. As one of the first to begin a barrel-aging program in Buffalo, the brewery as been inspired to invite many of the region’s favorite breweries that create their own barrel-aged projects. The event will also host local music acts, a Rail Jam Freestyle Ski competition with Kissing Bridge, local distilleries, and various “Fire & Ice” themed activations throughout.
Joining 42 North for the inaugural barrel-aged festival is: KCBC (Kings County Brewing Collective), Gun Hill Brewing, Abandon Brewing, Zero Gravity, Collective Arts, Prison City, Thin Man, Founders, Big Ditch, Blackbird Cider Works, Swiftwater Brewing, Beer Tree Co. and more TBA. Local bottle shop Aurora Brew Works will be on-site sampling some of their favorite barrel-aged beers as well. Festival goers will receive a festival tasting glass for 4 hours of sampling around the 42 North “brew campus.” The 42 Below Barrel-House, new event space and brewery floor will all be open for sampling. Fun activities and curated food options will be available outside.
To celebrate winter, 42 North has teamed up Kissing Bridge to host a Rail Jam Freestyle Competition where skiers will hit a small rail after gaining speed from the deck of the barrel-house. Live music will run throughout the day with shows from local funk band Farrow, blues guitarist Hayden Fogle Band, and a special “Phish” set from Sam Marabella & his band. Food from a local chef will be cooked on-site along with other food truck options.