Tickets are now on sale for the second annual VIP Local Brewers Night, November 30 at Mr. Goodbar, which serves as the official kickoff to the Buffalo Cask Ale Festival, which takes place December 1-3. For $25, you will receive samples of special one-off casks from all of your favorite local brewers, including Resurgence Brewing, Big Ditch, 12 Gates, Community Beer Works, Old First Ward, Flying Bison and 42 North Brewing. Finger foods will also be served. This event sold out last year so make sure to get your tickets in advance. A full beer list will be announced shortly.
Celebrate This Halloween in Style with Local Beer
After you don your best Halloween costume, hit the streets for fresh local craft beer. Head to Flying Bison for Night of the Living Ale on October 27 for a costume contest and buy one get one free flights, then stop out to 12 Gates for their Halloween Bash, featuring $1 off pints, live music and a costume contest. On October 28, visit Woodcock Brothers for their Halloween & Stiff Mitten Release Party, featuring the release of Stiff Mitten in cans and a costume content. Brickyard Brewing is also hosting their 9th Annual Halloween Bash, a benefit for March of Dimes. Also on October 28, 42 North will host the Howl at the Moon Halloween Party, featuring a costume contest, live music, a cask of Asylum Porter with scotch bonnet peppers and sour cherries and the release of Sanguine Saison, a mixed fermentation farmhouse ale with Brettanomyces & Saccharomyces.
New York Beer Project will be releasing a pair of new beers for us all to sink our teeth into in the coming weeks. First, on October 26, they will debut Zombie Farmhouse Ale, which is described as a ‘Zombie cocktail with a twist.’ It is a blend of NYBP’s farmhouse ale and a sour beer that has been aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, which produces an extra level of funk. Then, on November 2, 8 Maids A Milkstout will be released. The milk stout features flavors of roasted barley and the perfect amount of sweetness. Time to drink up.
SATO Brewpub and Head Brewer Drew Hardin have been busy in the brewhouse with the end result being a pair of new collaborations coming down the pipeline, including a traditional Sahti with 12 Gates and a New England IPA with Old First Ward Brewing. The Finnish Sahti includes fresh juniper and locally made bread from Breadhive and, once ready, the beer will be available on tap at both 12 Gates and SATO. The NEIPA with OFW, dubbed Citrus Maxima, features the zest of Asian Pomelo fruit as well as a combination of five different hop varieties, including Citra and Motueka.
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.