Thanks to the play of rookie Rasmus Dahlin, winger Jeff Skinner and goaltenders Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark, the Buffalo Sabres have won five straight and sit third in the Atlantic Division. Pearl Street is celebrating their resurgence with a pair of beers inspired by our hometown team, Lord Stanley Scotch Ale and Captain Jack, their 21st Anniversary Imperial Lager, named in honor of our own captain, Jack Eichel. Lord Stanley is a full-bodied Wee Heavy-style Scotch Ale, while Captain Jack is a robust 8.2% ABV and dry hopped with Citra hops. Both are on tap now at Pearl Street.
Pressure Drop Brewing, one of Buffalo’s newest breweries inside Lakeward Spirits at the Barrel Factory, is celebrating their first year on November 21 (6-9pm) by opening up their brewhouse for a party. Your ticket gets you a limited edition printed glass, two drinks (cash bar afterwards), food from Buffalo’s Best Cucina and an all-access pass to the brewery. In honor of the event, Pressure Drop are tapping a special anniversary beer, a hazy double IPA version of Sticky Trees brewed with London Ale III yeast, as well as Counterclockwise, an English-style pale ale. Tickets ($28) can be purchased at Eventbrite.
Kick start your Thanksgiving Eve with 13 stouts at Big Ditch’s Stoutsgiving (11am), which will feature the release of Bourbon Barrel Aged and non-BBA 2018 Towpath, Big Ditch’s signature imperial stout, as well as The Detour Series, four variants of BBA Towpath, including Stoutsgiving Pumpkin Pie, Raspberry Truffle, Coconut Cream and Vanilla Latte. Also available are BBA Towpath (2016, 2017), non-BBA Towpath (2016, ’17, ’18), Devin’s Robust Porter, Dave’s Dry Stout and casks of Blackberry Make Me Wanna Stout and Chocolate Milk Stout with vanilla beans, cinnamon, and chipotle pepper. Bottles of the Detour Series and 2018 BBA Towpath available.
Skip the long lines, fistfights and endless aggravation of traditional Black Friday shopping and instead head down to Elmwood’s Thin Man Brewery for the release of their Bourbon Barrel Aged Forever Cordial Imperial Stout, a collaboration with Florida’s 3 Sons Brewing Co., November 23 (11am). Bottles of the massive 14.5% bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, which was brewed with black cherries and cacao nibs, will run $20. In addition, Thin Man will be selling bottles of their Double Barrel Aged Ookla The Mok Imperial Porter for $15 and Ookla Gold Foil Teku glasses for $20 (buy the combo for $30).
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.