The beer list has been announced for the 2019 Brewers Invitational, which takes place January 27 (2-5pm) at New York Beer Project. Limited tickets remain and are on sale now ($45) and include a commemorative glass, voucher good for beer-centric gourmet snacks and access to over 50 innovative brews. Such beers include Big Ditch Pina Colada Milkshake IPA, Belt Line Brewery Rye Nelson IPA and Crosscut Stout with Barrel Aged Whistle Pig Coffee, Brickyard Brewing Chardonnay Barrel Aged Brut IPA, SATO Brewpub Brut IPA with Orange Juice and West Shore Brewing Oatmeal Stout with Marshmallows and Chocolate. Tickets at EventBrite.
Will Buffalo Bert and Buffalo Mack see their shadows? Will we get six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Find out at Flying Bison’s Sixth Annual Buffalo Groundhog Day, January 26 at 12pm. The event will feature live music from five local bands, local food trucks, Flying Bison beer and Buffalo Distilling cocktails in addition to a weather prediction from Bert and Mack. Tickets include three beer/cocktail tickets, a donation to local animal charities and an animal demonstration from Hawk Creek Wildlife Center Inc. Tickets are available at Buffalogroundhogday.com. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 at the door.
Classes are starting up for the spring semester at Trocaire College’s Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science Program. Intro to Brewing, which runs Mondays, January 28 – May 13 (6-8:30pm, $495) covers historical aspects of brewing and distilling with ingredients, equipment and process requirements involved in brewing and distilling. Sensory Evaluation of Beer, Wednesdays, January 23 – May 8 (6-8:30pm, $495) will teach students to develop sensory skills and learn terminology used in the alcohol beverage industry. Science of Brewing and Distilling, Saturdays, January 26 – May 11 (9-11:30am, $495) includes in-depth lessons on yeast and bacteria microbiology. Visit https://trocaire.edu/brewing/ for more information.
Brickyard Brewing has launched a new beer series entitled Ahab’s Voyages, created by Head Brewer John Paul Meeter as he seeks to rediscover a lost pale ale homebrew recipe of his. The first installment is Ahab’s Ale (Voyage I), an American Pale that features Citra, Cascade and Mosaic hops, that balances flavors of pithy citrus, fleshy fruit, and dankness. The brewery is also launching a new weekly cask series, Firkin Fridays, which kicks off on January 25 (4pm). Up first will be the return of Taco Tuesday White Bronco, our house favorite with Lime, Jalapeño and Cilantro in the cask.
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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.