Community Beer Works doesn’t want to wait 11 months until Christmas. From January 25-29, they will be celebrating Christmas In July In January, a week-long celebration of special events and beer releases. Jan. 25 brings a White Elephant/Yankee Swap for unwanted Xmas gifts (free pints for participants) and the release of GZA Pale Ale (5% ABV), and, from there, a cask of The Whale with Plume Coffee and vanilla will be tapped on Jan. 26, kegs of Heatrays (2016), Oh Snap! Gingersnap Stout and Santa Conquers the Martians Kettle Sour get tapped on Jan. 27, CBW’s Beach Party Luau & backyard BBQ goes down from 12-6pm (GRAVY playing 5-7) on Jan. 28 and the release of Plush Destruction Oatmeal Stout (5.6% ABV) on Jan. 29. Happy Holidays! Well, sort of.
Having already tag teamed with New York’s Barrier Brewing and Germany’s Freigeist, Thin Man Brewery is now setting their sights on Florida – Dania Beach to be exact – and 3 Sons Brewing for their next collaboration beer. The beer, a Chocolate Cherry Cordial Imperial Stout, which will be brewed at Thin Man, will be a homecoming of sorts for 3 Sons brewmaster Corey Artanis, who is originally from Buffalo. The beer will [tentatively] be brewed on January 27 and plans call for a small amount to be released on tap at Thin Man sometime in late February, with the remainder of the brew to be barrel aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels for a special winter release 2018. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Resurgence Brewing is getting us all in the mood for love with the release of their latest bottled offering, Imperial Sponge Candy Milk Stout, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The big 10% ABV brew features ‘decadent aromatics and flavors of rich milk chocolate, caramel and toffee that are sure to excite the senses,’ according to the description. ‘The addition of lactose sugar gives this beer a creamy mouthfeel and a huge sweetness as flavorful as any box of chocolates.’ A limited amount of 22oz. bottles will be on sale ($9 plus tax) at the taproom as soon as the doors open on Saturday, January 28 at noon. This seems like an easy way to get your V-Day shopping done early.
Beer and cigar lovers unite! Rusty Nickel Brewing is bringing together the best of both worlds at Hops and Humidors, a DIY craft workshop fit for even the most discerning gentleman. At the event, which takes place Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30pm, you can customize your very pre-made wooden humidor with StudioHue Craft Parties, sample some of Rusty Nickel’s finest brews and learn about the art of cigar rolling from Smokers Haven. Tickets for the unique event are $35 and include DIY humidor workshop, a Rusty Nickel beverage of choice and cigar seminar (your drink ticket allows choice of any RNBC brewed beer, glass of wine, cider or mixed drink (excluding boubon)). Tickets are available at http://www.rustynickelbrewing.com/.
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.