Brickyard Brewing, West Shore Brewing Purrfect the Haze with Das Blep


Brickyard Brewing and West Shore Brewing, the same breweries that brought you White Bronco New England IPA and Green Flyer NEIPA, have teamed up on Das Blep Double Dry Hopped NEIPA, a hazy creation not short on cat puns. Cans will be released at both locations on September 22; Brickyard will be selling cans on the street during the Hops & Harvest Festival 10am and West Shore will then be selling cans during their Oktoberfest party at 5pm. Each location received approximately 22 cases each.

Meteer and Dziomba showing off their work

Das Blep, a beer born out of a love of cat videos and photos between Brickyard’s John Meteer and West Shore’s Josh Dziomba, was brewed at Brickyard and canned by Revolution Canning with Galaxy, Nelson and Vic Secret to produce notes of white peach, over-the-top tropical fruit and white wine. Blep is brewed with all Galaxy and Nelson with Vic Secret and even more Galaxy and Nelson added to the dry hop.

“Think white grape and Juicy Fruit,” Meteer says. “It’s absurd. It tastes completely different from any other IPA we’ve ever brewed. It’s leaps and bounds outside the realm of juiciness. If you’ve had [Green] Flyer, you know how good it is, and if you’ve had White Bronco, you know how good it is, so when Josh and I were talking about collaborating, I said, ‘let’s just go for it.’ We got a great deal on some Nelson hops and we just went for it.”

Dziomba’s Das Blep can art star Penny

The name Das Blep comes from the viral Internet trend of posting photos of cats with their tongues hanging out, either slightly or entirely on full display. Meteer and Dziomba say that the idea for the name of the beer came from hours and hours of viewing the Blep Reddit page, which features nothing but photos and videos of cats blepping. The Das portion of the name was inspired by it being released during Oktoberfest.

“I’m not kidding, 90 percent of my phone is cat pictures,” Dziomba says. He actually owns four cats, one of which, Penny, is predominantly featured on the can art, blepping, naturally. Meteer owns three cats and has fostered many more over the years, a total of 22, the latest being Zelda, a rehabilitated feral kitten who currently needs a home. Meteer has found good homes for all of his fosters, including a pair to Big Ditch Brewing’s Owner Matt Kahn.

Meteer’s foster cat Zelda

Dziomba says that not only is Das Blep by far the most expensive beer he has ever made, it also has everything that you could possibly want in a hazy beer, thanks in large part to the combination of the Galaxy and Nelson hops that were used to brew it.

“The beer is soft and delicious; tropical fruit meets white wine – literally a flavor palette that you’ve not seen from us. This is probably the most expensive beer I’ve ever made. Beyond the most expensive beer I’ve ever made,” Dziomba says. “This beer has everything you could want – super soft mouth feel, a tropical beginning and super grape notes on the back end. The Galaxy, Nelson combination is something special. I

Some Blep and my cat Sylvester

don’t know if I’ve ever been as excited about a beer that I’ve made than this beer. I love Nelson because it gives the beer a grape, stone fruit note that’s not quite resin or floral, and you’re getting straight tropical fruit from the Galaxy and the Vic Secret is going to do the same thing. There’s a reason these hops are as expensive as they are. I’ve been wanting to brew with these hops forever.”

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to get an advance taste of Blep, and what Meteer and Dziomba say is true. It starts with tropical fruit aromas that open into a soft fruit cocktail of peach, papaya and pineapple. It’s fantastic. But don’t just take my word for it, grab some yourself. As a matter of fact, you should probably go out of your way to get some of Das Blep. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Meteer and Dziomba are brewing some of the best hazy beers around that no one is talking about, so grab some Blep today and see why.

A bonus kitty selfie of Meteer

For more information on the release of Das Blep, click here.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 10: Last Call For Alcohol and a Humble Thank You

As we embark on the final day of the ninth annual Buffalo Beer Week, we, the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, are nothing but thankful and truly humbled for the support we as a beer scene have received over these past ten days. Buffalo Beer Week, hell, the entire Buffalo-Niagara beer scene, would be nothing if not for you. We owe each and every one of you a hearty handshake and perhaps a bro-hug. Or maybe just a beer. We cannot thank you enough for buying a local pint, hitting a brewery or attending an event this Beer Week. YOU helped make this Beer Week as big and as successful as it was.

Quite honestly, it’s because of you that this year’s Opening Gala at Flying Bison was the biggest it’s ever been, it was because of you that the Ballpark Brewbash was again a true marquee event on the beer calendar and it was because of you that the Borderland Music and Arts Fest was an instant classic. Frankly, none of this is possible without you. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule and hard earned money out of your wallet to order a pint of local craft beer and walk into a local brewery or corner bar and ask for something local. It’s because of all of you that Buffalo Beer Week exists and gets bigger and better year after year. We think a round of applause for all of you is in order, or at least another round of beers.

So this is it Buffalo, this is your last chance to dance, at least in terms of Buffalo Beer Week. Take a look at what’s on tap for today, then go out and raise a pint to the end of yet another Buffalo Beer Week. We’ll see you all next year.

Buffalo Beer Week ends with the Happy Ending Taproom Brunches, taking place at Thin Man Brewery, Four Mile Brewery, 42 North Brewing, Community Beer Works, Riverworks Brewing, Lafayette Brewing, New York Beer Project, Brickyard Brewing Company will be featuring a Sunday brunch for the closeout event of Beer Week. 11am.

Bring your appetite and singing voices (or just your listening ears) to Lilly Belle Meads for a delicious brunch followed by a Beatles Sing-Along. All are welcome and encouraged to call out songs. If you call it, you lead it and we all sing along. 10am.

The inaugural Borderland Music and Arts Festival continues today and runs all weekend at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. The two-day music and arts festival celebrates the rich history of the region through performances by both international and local artists, craft beer, food, artisans, and more. Tickets and more information on the event can be purchased at Borderlandsfestival.com.

It’s that time a year again, the time when we say goodbye to someone who has been so good to us over the past few months – Community Beer Works’ beloved Belgian Witbier, Rutherford B. Haze at Community Beer Works Funeral of Rutherford B. Haze. Start with a fabulous beer brunch pairing, 11am-2pm, at Hot Mama’s Canteen, immediately followed by HMC & CBW 2nd Line NOLA funeral parade. The 2nd Line Jazz Funeral will be led by Brass Pro and the Waterfront Revivalist. CBW will provide swagtastic items. Wear your finest black, bring a bright umbrella and just dance down the street. The band will lead in a group song of “When the Saints” feel free to sing. Then Brass Pro will perform in front of the bar and inside. 11am.

It’s time to brew up your favorite malt-forward recipes for the Malt Madness Homebrew Competition at Rusty Nickel. Rusty Nickel is approaching this homebrew comp a little different as they are splitting the categories in an unorthodox way – beers will be judged by SRM instead of style. Winners of each category will receive a medal, and the winner of the Best in Show competition will be invited to brew their beer at Rusty Nickel and have it on tap in the tasting room. And better yet, I’ll be serving as one of the judges for the competition, along with some other members of the Buffalo Beer League. Register at EventBrite. 3-6pm.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 9: The Penultimate Saturday

If Buffalo Beer Week were a concert, today would be the day that the band plays a popular song right before they close their set with their radio single. Therefore, this is it, the second last day of Buffalo Beer Week, which just has happens to fall on a Saturday. Funny how that works, right? Cards on the table – we planned it that way. As you would expect, today is one of the busiest days of all of Buffalo Beer Week.

There’s a lot happening today in East Aurora, including the first ever Borderland Music and Arts Fest, Woodcock is hosting another beer fest up in Wilson, and Brickyard Brewing and West Shore Brewing are dropping another hazy treat for beer fans.

The inaugural Borderland Music and Arts Festival kicks off today and runs all weekend at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. The two-day music and arts festival celebrates the rich history of the region through performances by both international and local artists, craft beer, food, artisans, and more. Tickets and more information on the event can be purchased at Borderlandsfestival.com.

East Aurora Tour de Pub cards will be available at 42 North Brewery, Aurora Brew Works, and at the Borderland Music and Arts Festival. The card entitles the holder to special local featured brews & promos at participating EA pubs.

Brickyard Brewing and West Shore Brewing, the same breweries that brought you White Bronco New England IPA and Green Flyer NEIPA, have teamed up on Das Blep Double Dry Hopped NEIPA, a hazy creation not short on cat puns. Das Blep, a beer born out of a love of cat videos and photos between Brickyard’s John Meeter and West Shore’s Josh Dziomba, was brewed at Brickyard with Galaxy, Nelson and Vic Secret to produce notes of white peach, over-the-top tropical fruit and white wine. Cans will be released at both locations on September 22 during Oktoberfest celebrations at each brewery. Brickyard will be selling Das Blep cans on the street during the Hops & Harvest Festival at 10am.

Celebrate the end of summer and the near conclusion of Buffalo Beer Week in style with a Seafood Boil at Rusty Nickel Brewing in collaboration with the Ebenezer Ale House and an open bar. Tickets for the event can be purchased at EventBrite. 3pm.

Woodcock Brothers’ Cocktoberfest features live German music, authentic style German food specials, including house-made beer bratwurst with kraut and potato pancake, wiener schnitzel with braised red cabbage and potato pancake, sauerbraten with spatzle and braised red cabbage. Woodcock’s fall seasonal brew Cocktoberfest Lager will be featured on draft as will be available in 16oz. 4pks. There will also be several other house beers and a few special seasonal beers on draft as well. Dress up in your finest Lederhosen or German garb and receive $1 off a pint of beer. 12pm.

Also, get $1 off all pints of New York State beer at Mr. Goodbar, Thin Man takes over the taps at World of Beer (3-6pm), Buffalo Brewing Company is taking over the taps at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle (6-10pm), Zak Ward performs at 12 Gates (8pm) and Grizzwoode takes the stage at Eli Fish (9pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 8: It’s Finally Friday

It’s finally Friday. Enough said, right? There’s a bit of a lighter slate for tonight’s festivities as we gear up for a monumental weekend of events, but the second Friday of Buffalo Beer Week is buoyed by two massive events in the annual Ballpark Brewbash at Coca-Cola Field and the third annual New York Fall Beer Festival up at Woodcock Brothers. So, if you like beer festival, then tonight is tailor made for you.

But aside from those events, there’s plenty of live music around town tonight to go out and see.

The 2018 Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Coca-Cola Field and features over 50 breweries from local and regional favorites as well as other well-known national breweries, who will be serving their wares both out on the field and inside on the concourse. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com and at any Consumer’s Beverages locations. 6-9pm.

Woodcock Brothers is gathering up over 20 New York State breweries serving all fall seasonal style brews, along with live music, food trucks, local distilleries and ciders and lawn games at the third annual NY Fall Beer Festival. $3 per drink-ticket, each ticket gets you one 5oz pour of any of the over 20 different libations featured, including beer from Big Ditch, Resurgence, 42 North, New York Beer Project, Four Mile, East Aurora Brewing, Ellicottville and Old First Ward Brewing as well as Ommegang, Saranac, Singlecut and Upstate Brewing. The event is open to the public. 6pm.

There’s also $1 off all craft pints at Mr. Goodbar, $5 pints of select IPA’s and $5 fish tacos at Murphy Brown’s, New York Beer Project Triple Crown Imperial Stout tasting at Black Button Distilling (5-8pm), Nick Kody and the Creek Road Band take the stage at Four Mile Brewing (6pm), Shake Stage perform at Lilly Belle Meads (7pm), Adam Schmidt performs live at 12 Gates (8pm), and Justin Williams will be playing at Eli Fish (9pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 7: One Day Closer To The Weekend

Buffalo Beer Week rolls on today as we inch closer to this weekend one day at a time. But don’t look past today just because it’s Thursday, because today is one of the busiest Beer Week days by far. There’s a lot of fun stuff happening tonight around town to fill your dance card, though you might be a little less enthused when you’re trying to stay awake in your office come Friday morning. But don’t let me deter you from not going out tonight.

The Buffalo Beer Mob is taking over! Habitat for Humanity Buffalo is teaming up with the BNBA for a city-wide local-beer tap take over with Women Build guest bartenders. Habitat Buffalo volunteers will be on hand at partnering bars, breweries, and restaurants to serve beer during Happy Hour to raise funds for Habitat Buffalo’s Women Build. Participating bars and breweries include Blackbird Cider Hall (Blackbird Cider Works), Colter Bay (Four Mile), Fat Bob’s Smokehouse (Community Beer Works), Pizza Plant Transit (West Shore Brewing), Pizza Plant Canalside (Resurgence Brewing), Rusty Nickel (RNBC’s FemAle launch), Schnitzel & Co. (Flying Bison), Aurora Brew Works (42 North) and Hamm & Fattey’s (Hamburg Brewery). 5:30-8:30pm.

Pressure Drop Brewing continues their can release barrage with Dog Birthday Party, their third collaboration with Thin Man Brewery. Cans and draft will be released at both locations. Dog Birthday Party is a Graham Cracker Stout with Cinnamon, Vanilla and Brown Sugar. Some vanilla extract and cinnamon were added in the whirlpool, chocolate and biscuit malt with a little bit of honey as well. $13.99/4pk. 5pm.

New York Beer Project are releasing their Vanilla Muffin Oatmeal Stout. This Oatmeal Stout is made predominantly with locally made malt from Niagara Malt and New York Craft Malt as well as hops from Vertical Vines in Lockport. Meet the farmers, malt producers, hops farmers, and brewers whose products and skill created this beer. 6-8pm.

Rusty Nickel Brewing are celebrating Buffalo Beer Week with the fifth release of their FemAle beer series, a Belgian Tripel named “Girls, Girls, Girls!” Proceeds from each pint will benefit the Haven House. There will be live music from Wacko Fest and guest bartenders from Women Build will take over the bar as part of the Buffalo Beer Mob (6-8pm). All tips that they collect while they are bartending will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Buffalo. Representatives from the Buffalo Chapter of the Pink Boots Society will also be on hand to talk about their organization. 6pm.

Hamburg Brewing are bringing back their Gary’s Wild Hops. This year they changed from a hoppy ale to a dark ale. All of the hops from this beer were grown and picked from East Prairie Hop Farms, right down the road in Collins. This dark wet hopped ale (brewed within 48 hours of being picked) has 3lbs of cascade hops per barrel and is weighing in at 6.5% abv with the perfect roasty, smooth finish. Stop in today and try one! 5pm.

Not only will a pumpkin be tapped, meaning you can literally drink beer out of a pumpkin, Pearl Street will be releasing their Pumpkin Spice Ale for the special occasion. This medium-bodied amber ale is brewed with 350lbs. of real pumpkin, spiced with pumpkin pie spices, and aged on vanilla beans. PSG then pours it through a real pumpkin to add to the fun of the season. Try it with a special brown sugar-cinnamon rimmed glass. Meet the brewers and grab something to eat at Brawlers Deli with special pint prices. 5-8pm.

Join the Buffalo Beer Goddesses for their sixth annual Buffalo Beer Week anniversary celebration at Mr. Goodbar. $10 cash admission ($5 for BBG members) includes 1 free pint of beer (first 50 attendees), samples of drinks from women-run businesses Young Lion Brewing and Lilly Belle Meads, plus Blackman Cider Co., Goodbar’s famous chicken wings and more snacks provided by BBG members, door prizes and fun times with the BBGs and friends. 7pm.

Receive a free Pod at either Pizza Plant location when you purchase a draft card, get half-off pints at Five & 20 (5-8pm), celebrate Halfway To St. Patrick’s Day at Flying Bison with live music from Emerald Isle (5-9pm), take your best shot at identifying the Local Mystery Beer On Tap at Hamm & Fattey’s (5-10pm), get $2 off growler fills at 12 Gates Brewing (4-6pm) and grab a pour of their weekly Randall beer – Marshmallows and Chocolate infused into their American Stout. There will also be a free Big Ditch tasting at Alchemy Wine and Beer (6:30-8:30pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: CBW Launches Let’s Go Pils, NY Fall Beer Fest, Brickyard, West Shore Drop Das Blep, Rusty Nickel Release New FemAle Series Beer

New York Fall Beer Fest Returns to Woodcock Brothers Brewing

On September 21 (6pm), Woodcock Brothers is gathering up over 20 New York State breweries serving all fall seasonal style brews, along with live music, food trucks, local distilleries and ciders and lawn games at the third annual NY Fall Beer Festival. $3 per drink-ticket, each ticket gets you one 5oz pour of any of the over 20 different libations featured, including beer from Big Ditch, Resurgence, 42 North, New York Beer Project, Four Mile, East Aurora Brewing, Ellicottville and Old First Ward Brewing as well as Ommegang, Saranac, Singlecut and Upstate Brewing. The event is open to the public.

Brickyard Brewing, West Shore Brewing Purrfect the Haze with Das Blep

Brickyard Brewing and West Shore Brewing, the same breweries that brought you White Bronco New England IPA and Green Flyer NEIPA, have teamed up on Das Blep Double Dry Hopped NEIPA, a hazy creation not short on cat puns. Das Blep, a beer born out of a love of cat videos and photos between Brickyard’s John Meeter and West Shore’s Josh Dziomba, was brewed at Brickyard with Galaxy, Nelson and Vic Secret to produce notes of white peach, over-the-top tropical fruit and white wine. Cans will be released at both locations on September 22 during Oktoberfest celebrations at each brewery. Brickyard will be selling Das Blep cans on the street during the Hops & Harvest Festival at 10am an cans will be available at West Shore at 5pm.

Community Beer Works Rallies the Team with Let’s Go Pils

Community Beer Works are getting into the football spirit and are embracing both the Buffalo Bills and the Bills Mafia with the release of Let’s Go Pils, an American Pilsner, on September 23 (11am). CBW will selling them off the loading dock as they can them. 16oz 4-pack cans will run $9.99+ tax and deposit. For the new project, CBW has partnered with 26 Shirts to support causes and organizations that are vital to Buffalo with a portion of every sale to be donated to the Andre Reed Foundation. You can grab some cans for your tailgate or enjoy a tall, cold pint every Sunday as you watch the Bills play on CBW’s brand new 12-foot video screen.

Rusty Nickel Brewing to Release FemAle Series #5

Rusty Nickel are celebrating Buffalo Beer Week with the fifth release of their FemAle beer series, a Belgian Tripel named “Girls, Girls, Girls!” on September 20 (6pm). Proceeds from each pint will benefit the Haven House. There will be live music from Wacko Fest and guest bartenders from Women Build will take over the bar as part of the Buffalo Beer Mob (6-8pm). All tips that they collect while they are bartending will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Buffalo. Representatives from the Buffalo Chapter of the Pink Boots Society will also be on hand to talk about their organization.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Every Day Is Some Dog’s Birthday Party: Thin Man & Pressure Drop Team Up Again

First, they brought us Panic Attacks, then they gave us all Night Terrors, and now they are throwing a Dog Birthday Party. Only in the craft beer world, right? The collaborative juices between Pressure Drop Brewing and Thin Man Brewery continue to flow with Dog Birthday Party, their third collaboration with Thin Man Brewery. Dog Birthday Party is a Graham Cracker Stout with Cinnamon, Vanilla and Brown Sugar. Some vanilla extract and cinnamon were added in the whirlpool, chocolate and biscuit malt with some honey.

Cans will go on sale at both breweries at 5pm on September 20 and will run $13.99 per 4-pack. While you may remember Pressure Drop Head Brewer Karl Kolbe’s dog Joe Strummer from the Strummer Belgian Blonde Ale cans, the cans for Dog Birthday Party feature Pressure Drop COO Lexi Craine’s beloved pooch Dexter.

Thin Man’s Rudy Watkins says that the idea for a graham cracker stout came from a collective burnout from hazy IPAs between he and Kolbe and just wanting to do something different altogether. Not to mention it’s now September (news flash people), which is about the right time for the beer in your glass to take a darker turn.

Watkins’ K-9 companion Scarlett dressed for the occasion

“The beer is wonderfully called Dog Birthday Party,” Watkins says. “This is the third beer we have brewed together and it’s the result of [Pressure Drop Head Brewer] Karl [Kolbe] and I trying to come up with something different and fun. We figured that it was a reasonable thing for two very hop-forward people to make a cinnamon vanilla stout. We’re a bit burned out on IPAs at the moment, so we were poking around and looking at doing something really different. Plus this is coming out for Buffalo Beer Week at the end of September, so we’re looking for something to sip on at the beginning of fall. We bandied around a whole bunch of different ideas and flavors we wanted to brew with and settled on the graham cracker aspect. I am very excited for this beer.”

Kolbe largely agrees, saying that, as a brewer, he has been waiting for the weather to turn a bit colder. He also says that he’s been looking to brew a stout with a graham cracker note because he has a bunch of recipes kicking around, and, it’s not another IPA.

“Our vision with Dog Birthday Party is, it’s going to be winter soon,” Kolbe says, “even if no one is willing to admit it. Winter is on its way and we, as brewers, are done with all of this heat and humidity, and are looking forward to colder weather. I’m always a sucker for a stout, period. We’ve done two stouts and a porter here at Pressure Drop, Rudy makes boss stouts over at his place, and I just so happen to have a handful of stouts recipes to pic from, and we really didn’t want to make another IPA. Once Rudy suggested using graham cracker I said, ‘I like eating graham crackers.’”

Kolbe adds that Dog Birthday Party should lend itself more to Pressure Drop’s Bruxelles Stout, just minus the all of the Belgian characteristics, for those of you that remember that beer. Kolbe said that one of his goals with DBP was to create an everyday-drinker of a stout.

Kolbe and his trusty sidekick Joe Strummer

“It’s a bit more sessionable of a stout,” Kolbe adds. “It’s just gonna be a sexy, flavorful, all-around good beer.” Kolbe says that they wanted to do something along the lines of their Bruxelles Stout, which was 5.8%. “That was such a good beer that we are trying to do something similar with Dog Birthday Party.”

Kolbe admits that it was his wife who came up with the name Dog Birthday Party. “It literally went down like this,” he says, “my wife said the words Dog Birthday Party, Rudy said ‘there’s a good beer name’ and then I said ‘I want to make that beer with you. And that all happened in about six seconds.’ We were sitting around drinking a bunch of good sour beer and the next thing you know, Dog Birthday Party was born.”

Who knows what the future holds, but if recent history has taught us anything, it probably will not be too long before we see another Pressure Drop x Thin Man beer. Hell, Karl and Rudy are probably already talking about what they plan to do next, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/298034014121245/ for more information on the Dog Birthday Party release.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 6: Happy Humpday

You’ve made it to the middle of your work week. Or maybe you’re not working – maybe you’re unemployed, maybe you’re independently wealthy. What do I know? Who am I to judge? Regardless, it’s Wednesday, which in itself is cause to celebrate, and as you damn well know by now, it’s Buffalo Beer Week, so there’s plenty of opportunity for you to get out into the wild and raise a toast to putting the tough half of your week behind you.

Five & 20 in Westfield are offering something different with a scenic bike ride. Take your pick of two cycling cruises through the farmlands and town of Westfield, NY, starting and ending at the brewery. Hang out after your ride and enjoy some beer or wine and food. Free to participate. Drinks and food available for purchase after your ride. Two routes: 5pm: Scenic Lake Route: (led by Five & 20’s own Bob Dahl) medium-paced, flat, approximately 25-30 miles. 5:30pm: Slow Roll to Town: (led by Five & 20’s own brewer, Paul Alessi) very relaxed-pace, approximately 5 miles. Meet at the brewery. 5pm.

Steak, Cigars, Beer & Whiskey at Rusty Nickel Brewing: The name says it all, right? What else could you possibly need? Each ticket includes a steak dinner with Ebenezer Ale House, along with a cigar from a selection of Nice Ash Cigars, local whiskey and bourbon tastings with Black Button Distilling and Southern Tier Distilling Company and a flight of Rusty Nickel brews. Representatives from each business will be on site to discuss pairings and to present their products in depth. Tickets at EventBrite. 7pm.

Resurgence Brewing is bringing their brewhouse to 716 Food and Sport for a special on-site collaboration pilot brew (2:30-5pm), before they take over the taps with 2017 Imperial Sponge Candy Stout, 2017 BBA Imperial Sponge Candy Stout, Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin, Black Currant Kettle Sour, Head in the Clouds Double IPA and Resurgence IPA. 5pm.

42 North Brewing and Community Beer Works are swapping places, well their bartending staffs are at least. Head to 42 North to hang with your fav CBW beertenders and stop out to CBW to see your fav 42N beertenders. 5pm.

Gordon Biersch are tapping their Festbier, and are celebrating the perennial release with live music from the Auslanders and food and games. A portion of proceeds will go to benefit Hospice Buffalo. 5pm.

Buffalo Brewpub are welcoming a number of brewing friends from Rochester for the 585 Tap Takeover, including CB Craft Brewers, Triphammer Bierwerks, and Rohrbach Brewing Company. Three Heads Brewing will also collaborate with Buffalo Brewpub on a limited edition Altbier. 5pm.

Have you ever wanted to tour the silo brewery at Riverworks Brewing? Take part in a meet and greet with the Riverworks brewers, and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery, which is built inside a giant six-pack, the only brewery built into a grain silo in the world. 6:30pm.

Also, New York Beer Project is taking over the taps at World of Beer (7pm), Flying Bison is hosting their Weekly Cornhole Tournament (6pm), Four Mile Brewing will be at Hamm & Fattey’s with their Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale and the evolution to their Citra Dry Hopped Cream Ale (12pm) and get $ off all hoppy beers at Mr. Goodbar all day long.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 5: Tuesday Brewsday

And then there was Tuesday. Let’s face it – Tuesday’s are usually boring. It’s not quite the middle of the week, not quite the beginning of the week. It’s just a day, normally. Well, not during Buffalo Beer Week, because there’s a number of events to attend tonight. I know, by now you’re probably sick of me saying it, but there is really a lot to do.

From beer education events and trivia to beer pairings and opportunities to meet and talk shop with brewers, the only Tuesday of BBW presents all of those opportunities for you!

Truly learn about beer at Drinking in Style, which takes place at Trocaire College. Brian Barrows, director of Trocaire’s Brewing, Distilling, & Fermentation Science Program, will discuss and offer tastings of beers that have been brewed “to style.” The event is free. 7pm.

Lafayette Brewing Co. are holding their Fourth Annual Oktoberfest, featuring a meet and greet with Lafayette’s brewing team. Enjoy $3.50 pints as well. 5pm.

Rusty Nickel Brewing is holding a one-of-a-kind pairing with the experts, as they guide you through an in-depth and educational food and beer deconstruction and recipe development. Your ticket includes a meet and greet with RNBC Head Brewer Dave Johnson, along with Kitchen Manager Marcus Hunger and Owner Nate Springer of the Ebenezer Ale House along with four courses, four beer tastings, and a specialty beer glass. 7:30pm.

Head Brewer Paul Alessi of Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing will be at Hamm & Fattey’s in Hamburg sharing his story as well as some of his brews. 6pm.

New York Beer Project presents ‘A Spectacular 4 Course Magical Beer Pairing Evening.’ Join NYBP for an unforgettable sensory experience that pairs food, craft beer and magic, featuring NYBP Executive Chef Jesse Billinghurst, Head Brewer Jason Crossett, and Magician Garrett Thomas. 6:30pm.

Also, 12 Gates Brewing are offering $2 off all growler fills in their taproom (4-6pm), Busted Stuff is performing at Gordon Biersch (6pm), the Buffalo Beer Goddesses are holding a special trivia night at Flying Bison during Food Truck Tuesday (6:30pm), Steelbound Brewery is taking over the taps at World of Beer (7pm), and there is also trivia at Gene McCarthy’s (7pm) and Schnitzel and Co. (7:30pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street is offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 4: A Cure For Your Case of the Mondays

The start of a new week has arrived, but thank goodness it’s still Buffalo Beer Week. Sure, we are all taking that long walk back into our offices today, but at least you can take solace in the fact that BBW continues to churn with a handful of events and beers tonight for you to enjoy once you punch the clock at the end of the day.

So, if you have a case of the Monday’s, then take a lunch break and head over to Gene McCarthy’s, because Old First Ward Brewing are tapping #Smashtag, their absolutely insanely good New England IPA. As always, this one will not last long, so grab a Beef on Weck and a few pints to help break up the monotony of your workday.

Check out BlackBird Cider Works’ brand new Buffalo Cider Hall at the Buffalo Beer Week Brewer’s Social. This is a great opportunity to stop out and see the new Buffalo Cider Hall as well as their BuffaLocal Beer and Cider draft line-up. 6:30pm.

Certified Cicerone Tom Robson of East Hill Creamery and Chef Jim Gaurino are teaming up to pair the award-winning cheeses of East Hill Creamery with local craft beer from 42 North Brewing, Steelbound, Hamburg Brewing, and Resurgence Brewing at Shango Bistro. Meet the chef, the cheesemaker, and the brewers, taste, and learn. A la carte small plates. $35 (cheese and beer).

Rusty Nickel is holding a special edition of DJ Trivia with special beer trivia questions in honor of Buffalo Beer Week. Bring your team and compete for the top spot. 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place teams all win Rusty Nickel Brewing gift cards. 7pm.

Oktoberfest at Murphy Brown’s brings $4 fall seasonal beer goblets and $4 off bratwurst pizzas. New York Beer Project will also be sampling their Triple Crown Imperial Stout at Premier Gourmet (5-7pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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