The doors of Clarence’s West Shore Brewing, located at 10995 Main Street, are now open. This week they will be open Thursday and Friday, 4-8pm, and Saturday, 12-6pm, with two beers on tap, West Shore Wheat and NBB ESB, as well as a pair of beers from Victor’s VB Brewing, Canoe Lager and Coast to Coast IPA, the first time VB’s beers have been available in Western New York. Owner Josh Dziomba says that plans are to add an IPA to the lineup in the coming weeks, as well as another pale ale, cream ale and experimental Dunkelweizen. Visit https://www.facebook.com/westshorebrewing/.
A new brewery will soon be joining Old First Ward Brewing in the Old First Ward. The as-yet-titled brewery, to open inside the Barrel Factory, is expected to produce between 2,200-2,500 barrels annually with a focus on West Coast style beers, including a line of IPAs. The development group, which is led by Buffalo native Lexi Craine, expects the brewery to be open by October, pending both federal and state approval. Craine says she hopes to distribute beer downstate as well as to several neighboring states. Currently the Barrel Factory houses Lakeward Spirits, Snowy Owl Kombucha and Elevator Alley Kayak.
Two new beers have joined the lineup at Hamburg Brewing, Hoptang (5%) and Pineapple IPA (7.2%), the next in the brewery’s Lab Coat Series. The former is a dry hopped grapefruit lager featuring a nice compliment of hops and grapefruit that provides a pleasant balance and the latter is ‘a whirlwind of fruit, hops and malts combined to make something utterly different,’ according to the brewery, leading to a sticky pineapple mouthfeel with a malty back bone. Enjoy one or both today, preferably while sitting down by the water on Hamburg’s patio. There are plenty of seats waiting for you.
Community Beer Works are using their Frank American Pale Ale to give back yet again, this time to Crisis Services of Erie County. On July 7, 3-10pm, your $5 purchase of a pint of Frank results in a full $5 donation to Crisis Services, which offers a number of invaluable services to those in need. In 2017 alone, CBW has donated $750 to the Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York Action Fund, $2,775 for Journey’s End Refugee Services of Buffalo, $1,335 for Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY, $770 for Pinball EDU Charity and Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER.
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.