All spokes on the local brewing wheel were in fine form at the fifth annual Farm to Pint event at Hamburg Brewing Company this past weekend. Local farmers, maltsters, and hop farmers were on full display at the event, which celebrates beer created exclusively from locally sourced ingredients.
We’ve been in attendance for all of these Farm to Pint events and the fifth iteration, which was ticketed for the first time in 2018, was as well done as it has been in prior years. All of the beers were easy to obtain (both inside and outside on the patio), the brewers themselves were readily accessible, and the tickets even included a free order of pretzel bites, which definitely hit the spot after a handful of 10oz. pours.
Which brings us to the star of the show, the beer. This year’s F2P tap list was one of the strongest in recent memory, with a number of memorable hazy and juicy IPAs, a pale ale fermented in a pickle pail and a one brewed with crushed donuts. And before you ask, no, our favorites list isn’t entirely made up of IPAs, well, not entirely at least. Just go ahead and take a look for yourself, and if you can find any of these beers on tap around the area, you do it.
Ellicottville Brewing Whiney Wheat – Fermented with Traminette grape juice, this beer was simply lovely. Yes, a beer can be described as lovely, you wanna fight about it? Really nice notes of white wine and soft peach.
Hamburg Brewing Ground and Glazed – This one is brewed with crushed Red Velvet donuts from Paula’s Donuts, so that pretty much makes it a must-drink. Beyond that, it was great – a beer that tastes like having a coffee and a donut. It’s roasty with a hit of vanilla glaze.
Rusty Nickel Pickle Pail Palletizer Pale Ale – Easily one of the more wild beers we’ve had recently. This shouldn’t have worked, but it did. The dill and cucumber shines through. This one was born after Rusty Nickel had a fresh pilot batch of Palletizer Pale and no fermenter to put it in, so they dumped it into an empty pickle pail. A happy accident for sure.
Thin Man Brewery Aura Tart Belgian Ale – A collaboration with Ontario’s Block 3, Aura is yet another banging tart saison from Thin Man. Tart and very refreshing notes of Belgian candied sugar and Riesling grape juice.
Another Farm to Pint event and another Farm to Pint Week is in the books, so until next year, here’s hoping that you are keeping on thinking and drinking local. We know we will. Cheers. For more information on all things F2P, please visit www.BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.Org/F2P.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.