Head down to the waterfront and celebrate all things local craft beer at the 4th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place Saturday, June 24th, from 4-7pm at the Outer Harbor – a marquee event sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.
The festival will feature more than 40 breweries, including all 20 local breweries such as 12 Gates Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Big Ditch, Buffalo Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing, Flying Bison, Old First Ward, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing Company, Pan Am Grill & Brewery, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., Windy Brew, and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company.
In addition to all of the Buffalo-Niagara breweries you know and love, the 2017 Buffalo Brewers Festival will also play host to a New York State Cider tent (featuring Blackbird Cider Works & others announced soon), a Farm to Pint tent (all beer included in this tent was brewed with NYS ingredients), and an Ontario Beer Tent spotlighting some of the best breweries north of the border.
There will also be a Guest Brewery tent, featuring beer from breweries such as Ommegang, Smuttynose, Firestone Walker and some surprises to be announced soon.
The Brewers Festival celebrates all things local, not just beer. Local farmers and chefs, food trucks will also be on hand. Food will be available from Allen Burger Venture (ABV), The Whole Hog Truck (roasting a T-Meadow Hog), Gourm Asian Bistro, The Cheesy Chick, Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Chow Chocolate and Reverie Creamery. There will be vendors selling beer-centric wares and the BNBA’s Buffalo Beer League, WNY Brews podcast, Step Out Buffalo, NY Craft Malt, Niagara Malt and Sheldon Grains.
This year there will be a two Meet the Brewers (MTB) sessions. Meet the Brewer session one with beer & cheese; session two with beer & chocolate. Our fourth iteration of MTB at the Buffalo Brewers Festival, we present an interactive taste experience with five local brewers paired with the cheeses of Reverie Creamery from Chautauqua County. Local cheese purveyor and Reverie founder Riko Chandra will present a collaborative cheese & beer pairing between the brewers. This is an experience that will leave you wondering why you ever thought that any other beverage would pair better with cheese than beer brewed right here in Buffalo. This is not to be missed. (only 75 tickets available).
There will be plenty of parking available at the Buffalo Brewers Festival, both on the street and at the old Pier site.session featuring Scott Wisz of Chow Chocolat that puts his awesome locally crafted chocolate with local beers of superior quality. If you have never considered beer to be the best choice of beverages to pair with chocolate, attend this event to learn something new. Scott’s chocolates are already featured at Ommegang and Dogfish Head. Attend this session to experience these delightful treats with five local breweries. (only 75 tickets available).
Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and at Aurora Brew Works, Consumers Beverages, Premier Gourmet and at the Buffalo Bisons Box Office. There are various types of tickets available, including Brewer’s Fest GA Ticket ($35, includes all beer tastings, 4-7pm), Brewer’s Fest Ticket (early admission, $45, includes all beer tastings, 3-7pm) and Designated Driver Ticket ($15, available at gate, 3-7pm, includes admission and a free bottle of water. Tasting glasses are not provided to designated drivers). New this year is an Early Bird Ticket at $30 for a GA ticket (available until June 1st).