Western New York’s bars and breweries are getting spooky for the season. On October 26 (8pm), the Barrel Factory (Pressure Drop Brewing) is hosting Horror Movie Trivia with the Horror Brew Podcast and Southern Tier Brewing is hosting King-O-Ween (6pm), with the Pumking family of beers on tap, music and costume party. On October 27 (3pm), West Shore Brewing is hosting the Creepy Crawler Bar Crawl ($10) in Clarence, Woodcock Brothers are releasing Stiff Mitten Winter Ale at their Halloween Party (7pm) in Wilson, Windy Brew’s Halloween Party happens in Strykersville at 6pm, Mr. Goodbar is throwing their annual Halloween Party (10pm) and Flying Bison is holding a Halloween Party & Party Costume Contest (5pm). New York Beer Project is hosting the Halloween Harvest Weekend on October 28 (2pm), then Community Beer Works’ Abby Normal Halloween Party goes down October 31 (7p), featuring dinner and a movie (Young Frankenstein), costume contest and Monster Mash dance party.
One of Buffalo beer’s longest running events, Pizza Plant’s Annual Beer Tasting, hosted by Flying Bison Brewing’s mustachioed Beer Wizard Tim Herzog, is turning 30 this year. The 2018 edition of the event, which is happening at Pizza Plant’s Transit location, takes place on October 24 (7pm). The event features Herzog hosting a journey through beer, from light to dark to extreme as you sample, discuss and learn about beer along the way. Tickets are $40, which include 12 samples, a Pizza Plant logo glass to keep, and breadsticks to soak up all of that beer. Tickets available at Eventbrite.
Resurgence is putting a sweet spin on their Kegs & Eggs series, which returns October 28 (11am), with 8 candy beers, including IPA Flight: Head In The Clouds with new dry hop, Citmo with pineapple, Cosmic Truth with mango and passionfruit & Resurgence IPA with orange, mandarin and lemon, Stout Flight: Peanut Brittle Brown, Orange Chocolate Hefeweizen, Cherry Sponge Candy Stout & Bier de Noel and casks of PB Porter with Jelly and Sponge Candy Stout with Snickers. There will also be fresh cans of PB Porter and Citmo IPA available. Food includes waffle bar, breakfast burritos and breakfast pizza. Niagara Chocolate will be sampling candy. Costumes encouraged.
In yet another sign of the changing of seasons and the onset of fall, Community Beer Works are re-releasing their #SquashGoals Imperial Brown Ale on October 24 (6pm). #SquashGoals is brewed with spices and a hefty amount of butternut squash to create notes of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. #SquashGoals will be available on draft or in 32oz crowlers to go. And while you stop down to the brewery to grab a pint, join CBW’s Pumpkin Carving Contest (pumpkins and carving tools will be provided) to win prizes as silent black and white horror films will be playing in the background.
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.