Kick start your summer season at the Rock the Gates Festival at 12 Gates Brewing, June3, 12-11pm. There will be live music all day, food trucks will be on hand, prizes will be raffled off throughout the day and the 2017 Rock the Gates Fest will feature the debut of Ancient Chaos (8.3%), a dark saison aged on black currants and pinot noir oak from Leonard Oakes Winery. Only 200 bottles will be available ($12 each). Tickets are $10 for General Admission, $25 for VIP and $50 for the Ripley Package. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://rockthegates.com/.
The permits are in and all of the necessary paperwork has been filed, meaning that the taps at Riverworks Brewing inside Buffalo Riverworks are now officially flowing – seven of them to be exact. In addition to Pearl Street’s flagship Trainwreck Amber, Riverworks will be pouring Conveyor Cream Ale, brewed with corn, Wheeler Wheat, an unfiltered German Hefeweizen, Rejuvenator IPA, a New England-style IPA, Bin House Ale, a nutty brown ale, New York State Rye Pale Ale, made with local malts and hops, and Double Decker XPA, brewed with El Dorado and Idaho 7 hops. Check out http://buffaloriverworks.com for more info.
The newest version of Woodcock Brothers XPA is coming out June 2. The 12th version of this exponentially hoppy East Coast IPA uses Citra, Ekuanot (formerly Equinox) and Azaaca hops. Woodcock says with XPA 12 they were going for ‘mountains of tropical, citrusy, juicy hop flavors.’ It’s brewed with a London Ale III yeast strain and a dry hop edition during fermentation to ‘coax those juicy, fruity flavors to the max with this batch.’ Cans go on sale at the brewery starting at noon with a 1 case limit per person. Limited amounts will be available at WNY retailers too.
Rusty Nickel Brewing is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary on June 3 (12-11pm). $10 gets you access to live music all day long from the likes of Oliver Lynn, Randle and the Late Night Scandals and more to be announced, a RNBC Anniversary glass and your first beer for free (excludes imperials). Rusty Nickel is releasing 2 new specialty beers to mark the occasion, FemAle Series #3 and Fuzzy Navel Wheat, and will be showcasing specialty cocktails made with spirits from Lockhouse Distillery, Black Squirrel and Black Button Distilling as well as wines from Midgard Winery and 21 Brix Winery. Admission is $5 for all Mug Club members.
Southern Tier Brewing has taken their Phreshie game to the next level. Double Phreshie IPA, which will be released June 3 at noon at their Lakewood location, features Amarillo, Chinook, CTZ & Simcoe hops for big citrus, stone fruit & earthy character with a dank edge. It’s a hop head’s dream at 80 IBUs, 8.2% ABV and its malt bill leaves just enough residual sweetness to perfectly balance its hoppiness. This super-limited small batch is meant to be drank right away & is going to go quick. 4-pack cans will be for sale as will crowlers and growlers to go.
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.