Buffalo Beer Buzz: WNY Trail Pass Launches, New Releases from Resurgence, CBW, Pressure Drop, Big Ditch Anniversary, Five & 20 Virtual Toast

WNY Beer Trail Launches 2020 Trail Pass Program

The WNY Beer Trail has launched the 2020 Trail Pass and it could not be easier to participate. When you purchase a program booklet, you’ll enjoy two half price beers during your first visit at each of the 31 member breweries, bars, and restaurants (more being added). Purchase your Trail Pass today, and through May 15, WNY Beer Trail will donate $7.16 of each purchase to WNY Hospitality Relief, which directly benefits bartenders, wait staff, cooks, and cleaners that have been without work since the shutdown. Find out more information, and to purchase your own 2020 Trail pass, by clicking here.

Pressure Drop Brings the Haze with Sticky Icky

If you’re looking for hops, they are coming this week at Pressure Drop Brewing. Not only are they releasing a super fresh batch of their beloved flagship Sticky Trees IPA (canned this week), they are also debuting Sticky Icky IPA, a hazy version of Sticky. Mosaic hops shine; it’s skunky, sticky, and dank with tropical undertones. Cans of each are available for pre-order right now at their online store. 4-packs are $15 each. Once you pre-order, you can pick up your order between 12pm-5pm on May 16 on their loading dock, located behind the Barrel Factory at 65 Vandalia Street.

Big Ditch Brewing to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary with New Beers

While we can’t be together for Big Ditch’s fifth anniversary this year for obvious reasons, we can still celebrate with their anniversary beers. Celebratory libations include A Little Short of Madness, a 14.3% Quadruple IPA featuring Nelson Sauvin, Hallertau Blanc, and Simcoe hops ($18, 100 25.4oz. crowlers available), Big Ditch Breakfast Blend, an imperial cream stout blended with Public Espresso + Coffee cold brew coffee blended with maple syrup ($18, 80 32oz. crowlers) and Squeezer kettle sour ($15, 100 32oz. crowlers). All 3 will be released on May 15 (12pm.). Pre-orders available online at 9am the morning of the event.

Community Beer Works to Release New Passion Fruit IPA

The shutdown certainly hasn’t slowed the beer releases down at Community Beer Works, who will release That Passion Fruit IPA on May 15 (3pm). That Passion Fruit IPA is a fruited version of CBWs That IPA, this time fermented with passion fruit. It’s subtly sweet with tart tropical fruit and That IPAs hop blend. Visit communitybeerworks.com/deliveries to place your order starting at 8pm on Thursday, May 14. That Passion Fruit IPA is a small batch limited release and will be available in 16oz. 4-pack cans.

Resurgence Brewing Continues Social Distancing Series with Quarantine Heartthrob

This weekend, on May 16 (10am), Resurgence Brewing will release the fourth beer in their Social Distancing IPA Series, Quarantine Heartthrob. This hazy New England is exploding with hoppiness and is brewed with Amarillio, Mosaic, Citra, Vic Secret, Palisade and Rakau hops for tropical notes of papaya, mango, citrus zest and ripe berries. A nice creamy body is complimented with a bubbly and drier finish. The artwork was designed by local artisan Craig Cheape, whose art you can find on most Pressure Drop Brewing cans. You can pre-order Quarantine Heartthrob now on HopMule for Saturday pickup on HopMule.

Share a Virtual Toast on 5/20 at 5:20 with Five and 20 (Spirits and Brewing)

If you didn’t know, we are smack dab in the middle of May 2020, aka Five and 20 Month, for the first and (probably) last time in our lifetimes, so we should all raise a toast to the brewery of the same name – Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing. On May 20, at exactly 5:20pm, you can do just that – join the brewery in a Virtual Toast on their Facebook Live. The brewery will also release a pair of seasonals later this month, Golden Loop IPA and Lim Wit Radler. Both will be available in the coming weeks.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the 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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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