Get ready to see a lot more of Community Beer Works. In addition to their existing Lafayette Avenue location and satellite brewery at Hydraulic Hearth, Buffalo’s first nanobrewery has announced plans to expand to a 14,000 square foot retail operation at 520 Seventh Ave. Plans call for a reported investment of over $1 million into the new site, which will include a packaging center, tap room/kitchen and possible outdoor beer garden. They’ve also announced a new three story brewpub and barrel bar (complete with basement 3BBL brewhouse) coming to 324 Niagara Street in Niagara Falls, a development partnership with Buffalove Development and Savarino Companies. Embeer Buffalo!
Pearl Street is celebrating its 19th anniversary by doling out some Liquid Courage, their new 19th anniversary beer, a 10.2% oatmeal stout. Described as ‘smooth and rich, with overtones of toast, dark chocolate and booze,’ Liquid Courage was brewed with English Fuggle hops for a complex hop flavor that compliments the roast from the grain. “The oatmeal and honey malt round the flavor out for balance and complexity,” head brewer Chris Herr says. “This is the cabernet sauvignon of beers – dark, rich and complex with a long finish.” The beer will be released on Tuesday, November 22 at 5pm.
The Buffalo Cask Fest at Mr. Goodbar returns for yet another year, December 1-4, and it’s even bigger in 2016 with the addition of the VIP Brewers Night ($20, Dec. 1, 7pm), an intimate gathering featuring eight special casks (tentatively 12 Gates Brewing Coconut Stout, 42 North Brewing Barrel Aged Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale, Big Ditch Brewing Deep Cut, CBW Amazing Larry, Flying Bison Brewing Hoppy Brett, Hamburg Brewing Blackberry Gose, Resurgence Brewing Biere De Noel, Old First Ward – Irish Red w/Chicory). And for $10 more, add a Presale sheet worth $20 of cask beer good for the duration of Cask Fest.
The night before Thanksgiving is the biggest drinking night of the year, so why not do said drinking at Stoutsgiving at Big Ditch? Beginning at 11am on November 23, you can imbibe five available stouts, including Make Me Wanna Stout, a coffee stout brewed with Revolution coffee beans from Public Espresso, Vanilla Oatmeal Stout, Towpath Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout on cask with bourbon-soaked oak chips and the new 10.8% ABV Bourbon Barrel Aged Towpath Imperial Stout, available in 22oz. bottles. Don’t worry; Big Ditch will be cracking a few for limited 9oz. pours. Kick your holiday weekend off right with Stoutsgiving!
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.