Locally produced hazy IPA’s will take center stage at the first ever New England IPA Fest, November 18 (12-4pm) at the Terrace at Delaware Park. 12 Gates Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Big Ditch, BlackBird Cider Works, Bolton Landing Brewing (helmed by former 12 Gates/Old First Ward Brewing brewer Shawn Kerr), Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing, Flying Bison Brewing, Resurgence Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing, Thin Man Brewery (with some other possible surprises) will all have NEIPA’s on tap, and for $30 you can sample them all (you’ll also receive a signature a Terrace tulip glass). Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.
Woodcock Brothers Brewing is turning five years old on November 18 (12pm) and in honor of the special occasion, they are tapping not one, not two, not three, not four, but five specialty brews at their 5th Anniversary Party. The limited beers include a Barrel Aged Honey Saison (aged six months in Tommyrotter Gin Barrels), Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Porter and Barrel Aged Nitro Irish Stout (both aged six months in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels) and a pair of IPA’s on cask (TBA). There will also be free chowder (until supplies run out) and live music all day from 12-10pm.
Lockport’s New York Beer Project has been brewing fresh craft beer for two years now and what better way to celebrate that feat than with a brand new triple IPA, Righteous Dudette (the older sister of their Righteous Dude Double IPA), at their Righteous 2 Year Anniversary Party, November 18 (8pm-1am). The 70’s-themed gala will feature music from Disco Duck on Floor 2, free tasters of Righteous Dudette for all of those who are dressed in 70’s-inspired attire and a prize will be awarded for the biggest hair. Crowlers of Righteous Dudette will go on sale at 10am (limit 4).
12 Gates and Buffalo Brewpub have teamed up on the new Buffalo Breakfast Stout, and while that beer won’t be ready until December, you can enjoy a number of 12 Gates’ beers as they take over the Brewpub on November 3 (4-7pm). Head brewers from both locations, Scott Shuler (12G) and Chris Townsell (BB), will be on hand to shake hands and kiss babies, while also talking beer as they possibly imbibe a few. 12 Gates will have their flagships Cherry Vanilla Wheat and West Coast Style IPA on tap, in addition to their well-received Mountains of the Moon NEIPA.
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.