While it may not yet be fall officially, 12 Gates Brewing are getting into the spirit with the release of their Fest Bier on September 1 at noon. The authentic Munich Oktoberfest Lager pours a golden color with a malty, easy to drink character. After the Fest Bier is tapped, German music will be streaming throughout the day, there will be $7 specials on Bavarian pretzels, a Stein Hoist Competition at 6pm (limited to first 20 entrants, $3 entry fee includes beer fill for 32oz mug, $25 gift certificate to the winner), and live music from Steve Balesteri, 7-10pm. Prost!
Woodcock to Release New Wet Hopped IPA
Woodcock Brothers Brewing is releasing the second of their Wet Hopped IPA series, a Chinook Wet Hopped IPA brewed with Chinook Wet hops and Simcoe, on Sept. 1. “We absolutely LOVED last year’s Wet Hop IPA; it was a huge hit with our customers and fans,” the brewery says of their wet hopped IPA series. “Tons of rain this year in WNY resulted in this crop of hops from Niagara Hops being pungently aromatic and very, very sticky.” The Chinook version follows Woodcock’s Centennial Wet hopped IPA brewed with Centennial wet hops and Citra. Both are available at the brewery.
The Buffalo Beer Goddesses will host the second annual Tour de Cask, Sept. 3 (1-5pm), at Flying Bison. The event, which funds the second annual Buffalo Beer Goddesses Cicerone Scholarship Fund for WNY Women, will feature an all-local lineup of casks from Flying Bison, Old First Ward Brewing, Community Beer Works, 12 Gates, Big Ditch Brewing, Resurgence Brewing and Buffalo RiverWorks. Tickets are $30 and are available only via Eventbrite.com. Each attendee will receive a token for one half pint from each brewery (ride your bike for an extra token). Food will be made available and included in ticket price.
The First Annual Festival of Hops is coming to the biergarten at 42 North Brewing on Sept. 2 (1-4pm). During the festival, local farmers will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their product to home brewers, local breweries or anyone else that’s interested. Participating vendors include Hunters Valley Hops (East Aurora), East Prairie Hop Company (Collins), Koester Hops (Eden), Cole Farms (Colden), New York Craft Malt (Batavia), EZ Acres Hops (Boston) and Crooked Creek Hops Farm with more TBA. If you grow hops, or your product contributes to the F2P culture in WNY, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to become a vendor.
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 email@example.com, on Twitter at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.