Borderland Festival to Highlight WNY’s Best Beer Via Sampling, Live Brew & Beer Talk

The second annual Borderland Music + Arts Festival, a two-day music and arts festival featuring over 22 bands, local culture, tastemakers, artisans and food at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora on September 21 & 22, will feature a bigger emphasis on the local craft beer community, with a 100% craft beer lineup, a panel discussion on the local beer scene featuring all local beer experts, samplings from local breweries and even a live brew that will happen onsite, held in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.

During the two-day festival, the Buffalocal™ “Beer Paddock” will feature 20 taps with a line-up of signature and seasonal beers from participating breweries. Breweries include12 Gates, Community Beer Works, Flying Bison, Resurgence, 42 North, Rohrbach Brewing Company, Blackbird Cider Works, and Canada’s Collective Arts. The 2019 Borderland beer line-up is as follows:

  • 12 Gates – Resting Peach Face, Festbier
  • Community Beer Works – Frank, Let’s Go Pils
  • 42 North Brewing Company – Borderland IPA, Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale
  • Rohrbach Brewing Company – Scotch Ale, Blueberry Ale
  • Resurgence Brewing Company – Cosmic Truth, Oktoberfest
  • Collective Arts – Jam up the Mash, Life in the Clouds IPA
  • Flying Bison – 716 Kolsch, Aviator Red
  • Blackbird Cider Works – Estate Reserve, Chandler Street Cherry

And if you don’t know what you want to drink, the BNBA will provide beer docents to help curate what goes into your glass. And if that’s not enough, the BNBA is holding free beer samplings so you can taste before you buy. Among the breweries sampling their wares on Day 1 are 42 North, Lilly Belle Meads, West Shore Brewing, Rohrbach, Collective Arts, Resurgence Brewing and Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing. Then, on Day 2, 12 Gates, West Shore, Community Beer Works, Brickyard Brewing, Collective Arts and Five &20 will be on hand to sample beer. These will take place both Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-3pm.

Additionally, the Borderland Festival will host a “live brew” on-site at the festival on Saturday. In partnership with the Buffalo Niagara Brewer’s Association (BNBA), local brewers will brew on-site and engage with fans to discuss the process of brewing. And, finally, on Sunday afternoon, the BNBA will host a ‘Brew Talk” roundtable with regional brewers and brewery owners. Panelists include Hannah Trujillo (VP of Brewing Operations, 42 North), Dan Syracuse (Owner, Pizza Plant) and Chris Smith (Owner, CBW).

Gov’t Mule, led by former Allman Brothers guitarist, Warren Haynes, will headline Saturday night, while bluegrass band, Greensky Bluegrass, headlines Sunday. The line-up also includes Mavis Staples, Shakey Graves, The Wood Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters and The Sheepdogs, among others.

Very limited tickets still remain and can be purchased at BorderlandFestival.com. You can also find more information, including vendors and a full schedule of music and exhibits, at the site.

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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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Celebrate Sour Beer Day at Funky Fruity Friday at Coles & Mr. Goodbar

 Are you a sour beer lover? Then today is the day for you, and your taste buds perhaps more importantly. In honor of Sour Beer Day, you can enjoy a wide array of all things sour – from sessions and fruited to Sour IPAs and barrel aged – Mr. Goodbar and Coles (5pm) have what you desire. The unique event is free to attend; all you have to do is show up and drink some of the sour stuff.

Both Goodbar and Coles will have dozens of tart treats on draft and in bottles and cans. Here is the latest, up-to-date beer list for both venues. Keep in mind that this beer list is tentative and subject to change. There may also be some additional beers available that are not listed here.

Goodbar will also have their free Happy Hour buffet at 6pm and again at 7:30pm, featuring wings, a vegetable platter and more.

Mr. Goodbar

Draft

– Grimm Super Shine Gose
– Gun Hill City Island Gose
– Discord Disconnected Sour IPA
– Mikkeller Guava Mikkellerita Sour IPA
– Almanac Cherry Sournova (Aged in oak barrels with cherries and vanilla beans)
– Springdale Remarkablend Flanders Red (30% Belgian Red Ale aged in sherry casks, 22% Gold Lager with strawberry juice refermented in bourbon barrels, 48% Gold Lager with strawberry juice refermented in red wine barrels)
– Collective Arts Jam Up the Mash
– Dogfish Head SuperEIGHT Gose
– DESTIHL Synchopathic
– DuClaw My, My, My Key Lime Pie Sour IPA
– Perennial Prism Farmhouse Ale
– Petrus Aged Red
– Three Heads Blackberry Gose (cask)

Bottle/Can

– Brooklyn Bel Air Sour
– DESTIHL Blueberry Gose
– Dogfish Head Sequench Ale
– Duchesse De Bourgogne Flanders Red
– Prairie Pink Guava Funk
– Stillwater Insetto
– Two Roads Persian Lime Gose
– To Øl Marmelade
– Ritterguts Gose Urgose Märzen
– Anchorage Anadrommous Black Sour


Coles

Draft

– Sixpoint Firecracker Sour IPA
– Thin Man Minkey Boodle
– Duclaw Purple Passion Gose
– K2 Brothers Mango/Peach/Lime Milkshake IPA
– Troegs Raspberry Tart Ale

Bottles/Can

– Crooked Stave
– Bells II : The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Leaves of Grass Series) Gose

For more information on Fruity Funky Friday, visit their Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/505387493579646/.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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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Pack Your Antacids: New York Beer Project Presents Funk Fest

If you’ve got some Tums or Rolaids (or in my case, Zantac 150), it’s time to stock up and pop ‘em if you got ‘em, because, in honor of Sour Beer Day, New York Beer Project are funking up the taps (in a good way) at the first ever Funk Fest: A Celebration of Sours on September 20 (5pm).

NYBP are pulling out all the sour stops for Funk Fest; not only are they returning four of their most beloved sour offerings, they are debuting half a dozen new brews, including a sour take on a classic refreshing beverage, four Berliner Weisse variants born out of a friendly competition between NYBP brewers, and a barrel aged sour.

“We have a great lineup of past favorites plus new ones, including four takes on a Berliner Weisse,” NYBP Head Brewer Jason Crossett says. “It’s been a lot fun watching our brewers’ creative juices flow and come up with some unique ideas and twists on a traditional German-style sour. It also was a lot of fun! [It] breaks up the daily routine of brewing flagships as well as seasonal beers. Everyone put a lot of thought in to these beers and even went outside their knowledge base to try something new. Can’t wait to try them all!”

Now for the important stuff. Here is all of the sour beers you can expect to see for Funk Fest.

Returning favorites:

  • Moscow Mule (4.4%): Gose brewed with Motueka hops, lime zest, Kaffir lime leaves, fresh ginger, coriander, and fleur de sel (sea salt).
  • Superhero (4.5%): Sour brew with lemon peel and Mosaic hops. Aged with blueberries, raspberries, tart and cherries. Fermented with a Belgian Saison strain.
  • Supernatural (4.2%): Sour brewed with Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Aged with passionfruit.
  • Superfunk (6.25%): Barrel aged blend of two beers that took nearly 2 years in the making. Blend of a farmhouse saison and barrel fermented sour (in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels). It packs a rustic barnyard character with flavors of ripe apricots and mild notes of wood, spice and citrus. Moderate tartness and finishes dry.

New beers:

  • Barrel Aged Papaya Gose (4.8%):Last year NYBP brewed a gose with Azacca hops then fermented it with papaya and dry-hopped with Galaxy. They aged a portion of it in Lockhouse Gin barrels that were previously aged with Blackbird cider. The barrels lent aromas of juniper spice and citrus while imparting flavors of tart and sweet apples to go along with the tropical fruit flavors already present.  Effervescent and refreshing.
  • Pink Lemonade Sour (3.8%):Their newest full-scale kettle sour from the creative brewers at our Lockport location. Brewed with fresh lemon zest and juice, Mosaic and Huell Melon hops and finished with a blend of raspberry and strawberry puree. It holds a bold pinkish color with reddish hues. It offers a light body with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity. Blast of strawberries and lemon zest with just the right amount of raspberries to round out the tartness and add some depth of flavor. Light and refreshing just like lemonade should be.

Brewer’s Friendly Competition Beers (Berliner Weisse as base style):

  • Berliner Weisse Aged in Casa Larga Chardonnay Barrels (4.6%):Aged in second use barrels that previously aged a farmhouse ale brewed with sage. Ben Elford, who heads up brewing operations at NYBP Victor, brewed this. Soured with Lallemand wild brew strain and fermented with house strain. Pale straw colored beer brewed with pilsner malt, wheat, and Hersbrucker hops. Chardonnay barrel character evident on the nose. Pleasant tartness up front with a wheat grain finish.
  • Da Crusher (7.2%):Brewed by John Hyman and Jason Crossett with pilsner malt, white wheat, flaked wheat and oats. Soured with a blend of lactobacillus strains: Brevis and Delbrueckii. Late addition hops with Mosaic, Nelson, and Azacca. Fermented with German ale yeast strain with a secondary fermentation on 12lbs. of fresh organic blueberries from Child’s Blueberry Farm out of Hinsdale, NY. Lightly dry-hopped with Mosaic and Nelson hops and aged with guava puree to add complexity. Da Crusher is fruit forward lending some sweetness to balance the acidity with aromas of blueberries, grape, and tropical fruit. Flavors of blueberry, guava, and grape, with light floral and citrus to compliment. Smooth with a light creamy texture.
  • PEACH, please (4.5%):Brewed by Chris Ceccato and Pat Bradley with lager malt, white wheat, oats, and Amarillo hops. Soured with Greek yogurt then fermented with Champagne yeast. Secondary fermentation on 14lbs. of fresh peaches from Susice Farms in Ransomville, NY. Dry-hopped with Amarillo hops. A refreshing beer that is tart and fruity. Aromas of peach, apricots, and citrus. Strong peach flavor with moderate acidity and somewhat dry finish.
  • Strawliner Winner (7.7%):Brewed by Sean Hamilton and Alec Campbell and brewed with pilsner malt, white wheat, Topaz and Huell Melon hops. Soured with Greek yogurt and fermented with a blend of kolsch yeast and Brett Bruxellensis. Secondary fermentation and aging with over 10lbs. of fresh strawberries. This beer has a light pinkish color with complex aromas of barnyard funk, leather and fresh strawberries. Moderate tartness and very refreshing.

Whether you’re an experienced sour seeker or just a tart trainee, Funk Fest really does have something for you, from the lighter end of the sour spectrum with sessionable sours and easy-drinking goses to bigger bodied, more imperial style brews. And if you’ve yet to try a sour beer and have been sitting around wondering what all of the hype is about, this is the perfect opportunity to try a few and see what you like.

For more information on Funk Fest, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/920266878320638/.

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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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Buffalo Beer Week Day 8: It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday

As I write this, I’m indifferent. Sure, it’s Friday, which is awesome and we have Fruity Funky Friday at Coles and Goodbar and  Funk Fest at New York Beer Project on tap for tonight, but that also means there is only today, then the weekend, left for Buffalo Beer Week. While I won’t entirely miss just how freaking busy I have been on the daily, I look forward to being able to take naps again. Yes, I’m old.

Regardless, there are tons of events going on today. From beer festivals and sour beer events to tap takeovers and beer walks, there’s something for everything tonight. If you want to go out and just grab a beer and listen to some live music, then that’s on the docket for today as well. Take a look for yourself.

Today is also the final day to win some free beer from my friends at Buffalo Brewing. And it’s easy to get in the running. They are giving away a case of beer – fresh cans of 1932 Oat Cream IPA and 1906 New England IPA – now through 11pm tonight. All you have to do is visit them on Instagram (@buffalobrewingcompany), follow them and tag three friends in the comments. If you win you can pick up your beer on Saturday during retail hours. It’s just that easy. A few clicks and you could be one case of beer richer.

Woodcock Brothers is gathering up over 20 New York State breweries serving all fall seasonal style brews at their Wilson headquarters, along with live music (Experimental Sandwich, 7pm), food trucks, distilleries, ciders and lawn games at the third annual NY Fall Beer Festival (6pm). $3 per drink ticket, good for a 5oz pour.

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary Buffalo Beer Week in the beautiful Village of Lewiston. Start at Brewed & Bottled Craft Beer Shop (5pm), where you’ll taste beer and learn about history of craft beer in the area. Sample beers at select village establishments from there. Pay as you go.

In honor of Sour Beer Day, New York Beer Project are funking up the taps (in a good way) at the first ever Funk Fest: A Celebration of Sours (5pm). They are pulling out all the sour stops as, not only are they returning four of their most beloved sours, they are debuting half a dozen new brews, including a sour take on a classic refreshing beverage, four Berliner Weisse variants born out of a friendly competition between NYBP brewers, and a barrel aged sour.

Pizza Plant Transit are tapping a few Mortalis Brewing beers (5pm). They are featuring Orion Double IPA (Mosaic, Citra & Nelson hops) and Venus Strawberry Fig Newton Milk Stout.

Osborn Nash will be performing at Big Inlet (6pm), Tommy Link will take to the stage at Four Mile (6pm) and Qwister will perform at 12 Gates (8pm).

Are you a sour beer lover? This day is perfect for you! Enjoy a selection of session, fruity and barrel aged sours at Mr. Goodbar and Coles in honor of Sour Beer Day at Fruity Funky Friday (5pm). Mr. Goodbar will tap Gun Hill City Island Gose, Discord Disconnected Sour IPA, DuClaw My, My, My Key Lime Pie Sour IPA, Almanac Cherry Sournova and more, while Coles will tap Upstate Lemonade Sour, LIC Beer Project Gal Friday (Cherry & Vanilla) Berliner Weisse, Sixpoint Firecracker Sour IPA, Thin Man Minkey Boodle and bottles of Crooked Stave. Free entry. A la carte pints.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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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Buffalo Beer Week Day 7: Into the Homestretch We Go

We are entering the home stretch of the tenth annual Buffalo Beer Week, and since there are only a few days left of this glorious time of year, the time in nigh to put something local in your glass. If you have yet to hit a Beer Week event, then tonight is the night because Pearl Street’s annual Tapping of the Pumpkin is tonight, which is always one of Beer Week’s best events.

There’s also a bunch of beer releases from New York Beer Project and Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing, and if you missed them yesterday, Big Ditch and Buffalo Brewpub tapped their Beer Week collaboration, Honey Marzen, and In the Mix Brewing released their Maple Espresso Brown Ale, brewed with Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters Maple Creme Coffee, maple syrup and local honey.

Want to win some free beer from my friends at Buffalo Brewing? Good, because it’s easy to get in the running. They are giving away a case of beer – fresh cans of 1932 Oat Cream IPA and 1906 New England IPA – now through 11pm tonight. All you have to do is visit them on Instagram (@buffalobrewingcompany), follow them and tag three friends in the comments. If you win you can pick up your beer on Saturday during retail hours. It’s just that easy. A few clicks and you could be one case of beer richer.

Now onto today’s events…

It’s not truly fall until you drink a pint of beer from an actual pumpkin. Yes, for the sixth straight year, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery hollow out a pumpkin, jam a tap in it, fill it with their Pumpkin Spice Ale and serve it directly to you (5pm). Grab a pint poured directly from a real pumpkin. There will be pint specials, maple-cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses (if you’re into that sort of thing) and the first pour will be at 5pm from PSG head brewer Chris Herr.

The official release of Five & 20’s fall seasonal, Haulin’ Oats Brown Ale, in bottles (5pm). In addition to the beer release, enjoy $2 off all drafts, food by Bird, live music and special swag giveaways. The brewery will also be offering guided informational tours of the brewery/distillery and the TimberFish project on site.

Join the Buffalo Beer Goddesses as they celebrate seven years of promoting women in the craft beer industry at their 7th Anniversary Party at Mr. Goodbar (7pm). $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Tickets include food, door prizes and one pint.

New York Beer Project is tapping a pair of beers, West Coast Destination IPA and Vanilla Muffin Oatmeal Stout and 42 North is taking over the taps at World of Beer (7pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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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Shelton Brothers Announce Participating Breweries for The Festival 2019

Shelton Brothers Importers have revealed the final list of participating breweries for The Festival 2019, which will take place at the historic Central Terminal on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5. The Buffalo Central Terminal is located at 495 Paderewski Drive. Complete lists of all American and International breweries that will be pouring can be found below. The list includes two Buffalo breweries, Thin Man Brewery and Rusty Nickel Brewing.

As expected, the list is a who’s who of brewers from across the world’s stage, including heralded International beer producers such as Cantillon, De Ranke, Drie Fonteinen, Freigeist, Haandbryggeriet, Nøgne Ø and Põhjala, notable Canadian brewers like Bellwoods and Dieu Du Ciel and American outlets like De Garde, Jester King, Santa Adairius, Other Half, The Veil, Trillium and Tired Hands.

The annual festival, which features the world’s best beer and best breweries, has anchored in such major markets as Denver, Atlanta and Louisville in recent years. The Festival 2019 attracts beer lovers from all corners of the globe.

The Buffalo Central Terminal was an active railroad station from 1929 to 1979, designed by architects Fellheimer & Wagner for the New York Central Railroad. It’s now owned by preservation group Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, which is working to restore and re-purpose the complex to its former glory.

International participants:

– 8 Wired – New Zealand
– Au Baron – France
– Baird – Japan
– Bellwoods – Canada
– Blaugies – Belgium
– Boundary – Northern Ireland
– Brasserie Dunham – Canada
– Brew By Numbers – England
– Brewski – Sweden
– Buxton – England
– Cantillon – Belgium
– Carakale – Jordan
– Casa Bruja – Panama
– Cloudwater – England
– Cold Hand – Denmark
– Collective Arts – Canada
– De La Senne – Belgium
– De Ranke – Belgium
– Dieu Du Ciel – Canada
– Drie Fonteinen – Belgium
– Frederiksdal – Denmark
– Freigeist – Germany
– Fyne Ales – Scotland
– Godspeed – Canada
– Haandbryggeriet – Norway
– Hercules – Mexico
– Hopfenstark – Canada
– Jing A – China
– La Calavera – Spain
– La Débauche – France
– La Sirene – Australia
– Magic Rock – England
– Mean Sardine – Portugal
– Montseny – Spain
– Naparbier – Spain
– Nøgne Ø – Norway
– Page 24 – France
– Pasteur Street – Vietnam
– Põhjala – Estonia
– Ribela – Spain
– Ridgeway – England
– Sahtipaja – Sweden
– Schneeeule – Germany
– Thiriez – France
– To Øl – Denmark
– Toccalmatto – Italy
– Trois Dames – Switzerland
– Trois Mousquetaires – Canada
– Two Metre Tall – Tasmania
– Wildflower – Australia

American Participants:

– 18th Street – Indiana
– 3 Sons – Florida
– Arizona Wilderness – Arizona
– Artisan Beverage Coop — Massachusetts
– Beachwood – California
– Birds Fly South – South Carolina
– Blackberry Farm – Tennessee
– Bluejacket – Washington DC
– Brouwerij West – California
– Dark Matter Coffee – Illinois
– De Garde – Oregon
– E9 – Washington
– Fonta Flora – North Carolina
– Frecon – Pennsylvania
– Garden Path – Washington
– Good Word – Georgia
– Green Bench – Florida
– Green Bench Cider & Mead — Florida
– Grimm Artisanal Ales – New York
– Honest Weight – Massachusetts
– Jackie O’s – Ohio
– Jester King – Texas
– Kent Falls – Connecticut
– Long Beach Beer Lab – California
– Other Half – New York
– Perennial – Missouri
– Rusty Nickel – New York
– Sante Adairius – California
– Scratch – Illinois
– Strange Roots – Pennsylvania
– The Veil – Virginia
– Thin Man – New York
– Three Magnets – Washington
– Tired Hands – Pennsylvania
– Trillium – Massachusetts
– Two Roads – Connecticut
– Urban Roots – California
– West County – Massachusetts
– Wolves And People – Oregon
– Wooden Robot – North Carolina
– Yazoo – Tennessee

For more information on The Festival, visit https://www.sheltonbrothers.com. The Festival 2019 is presented by Shelton Brothers and Rhizome Productions Inc.

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: Fruity Funky Friday, Woodcock’s Packed Weekend, Ballpark Brew Bash, Belt Line Can Debut

Celebrate Sour Beer Day at Funky Fruity Friday at Coles & Mr. Goodbar

Are you a sour beer lover? This day is perfect for you! Enjoy a selection of session, fruity and barrel aged sours at Mr. Goodbar and Coles in honor of Sour Beer Day on September 20 (5pm). Mr. Goodbar will tap Gun Hill City Island Gose, Discord Disconnected Sour IPA, DuClaw My, My, My Key Lime Pie Sour IPA, Almanac Cherry Sournova and more, while Coles will tap Upstate Lemonade Sour, LIC Beer Project Gal Friday (Cherry & Vanilla) Berliner Weisse, Sixpoint Firecracker Sour IPA, Thin Man Minkey Boodle and bottles of Crooked Stave. Free entry. A la carte pints.

Woodcock Brothers Packs Weekend with NY Fall Beer Fest, Cocktoberfest

On September 20 (6pm), Woodcock Brothers is gathering up over 20 New York State breweries serving all fall seasonal style brews at their Wilson headquarters, along with live music (Experimental Sandwich, 7pm), food trucks, distilleries, ciders and lawn games at the third annual NY Fall Beer Festival. $3 per drink ticket, good for a 5oz pour. The next day, Woodcock will hold Cocktoberfest, featuring live music (Restless Souls, 1pm, Penny Whiskey, 5pm) and German food specials. $20 gets you a ceramic Woodcock 20oz mug, your first pour free, and every 20oz. mug pour for the price of 16oz. Ein prosit!

Ballpark Brew Bash Beer Festival Returns to Sahlen’s Field

The ninth annual Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Sahlen’s Field on September 21 (4-7pm) as part of Buffalo Beer Week. The event, sponsored by Consumers Beverages, features over 50 breweries from across the globe, local favorites and New York institutions, including Big Ditch, Thin Man and Pressure Drop, as well as Barrier, Lawson’s Finest, Mikkeller and more. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com. General admission ($35 presale, $5 day of) tickets include a souvenir tasting glass and 20 drink tickets. VIP tickets ($75) include access to special VIP section with 20+ special beers and cask ales, food and more.

Belt Line Brewery to Hold First Ever Can Release

Belt Line Brewery will hold their first ever can release, A Beer with Citra New England IPA, during Beer Week’s final weekend, on September 21 (12pm). A Beer with Citra, the latest in their A Beer With… series, is brewed with a copious amount of Citra hops balanced by Centennial and El Dorado hops. This IPA delivers flavors of orange rind and candied sugar with soft, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The can art for A Beer With Citra was designed by Buffalo ex-pat Courtney Menard. 4-pack 16oz. cans will cost $16 (plus tax) or $84 (plus tax) for a case.

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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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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Buffalo Beer Week Day 6: Happy Humpday

It’s Wednesday, or Humpday for those so inclined, and there’s a bit of a light schedule today in terms of Buffalo Beer Week goings on. One of our favorite fall beers – Gordon Biersch’s Festbier – makes its triumphant return today, Beer School starts at Gene McCarthy’s, and if you’ve ever wanted to know what a full, operational brewery inside of a grain silo looks like, today is your lucky day because Riverworks Brewing is holding exclusive tours of their unique brewhouse. So all you have to do is make it through your workday, then head out and grab a beer. And maybe some tacos too. Yeah, that sounds pretty tremendous.

One of my favorite annual events during Beer Week – Gordon Biersch’s Festbier Tapping Party (5pm) – will feature live music, food and games. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Hospice Buffalo. Gordon Biersch’s Festbier has a lighter body with a robust, hoppy flavor, thanks to Hallertau and Tettnang aroma hops.

Rusty Nickel Brewing are breaking out the good stuff for Steak, Cigars, Beer & Whiskey (6:30pm). Tickets available via Rusty Nickel’s website. Each ticket includes a steak dinner from Ebenezer Ale House, a cigar from Nice Ash Cigars, local whiskey and bourbon tastings and of course, a flight of Rusty Nickel brews.

Get an exclusive tour of Riverworks Brewing at Buffalo Riverworks (6:30pm), a brewery built right inside the giant six-pack in former grain silos. Don’t forget to grab a few beers while you’re there. I hear the new Rejuvenator IPA is solid.

Gene McCarthy’s is holding their first monthly Beer School (7pm) with a focus on Oktoberfest with beer sausage. Michelle Stevens (aka Madame Fromage) will organize and present a beer/food menu for each class and will provide information on cooking with beer and provide recipes of the dishes offered. Gene’s will offer two beer/food pairings in larger portions, each plate matched with a 10oz. beer. $25 per class ($200 for the entire year (10 classes, $20/class, no refunds)).

42 North will host the first annual Aurora Fest (6pm) to benefit Aurora Adult Day Services. Your $40 ticket includes two drinks, full taco bar and live music by Jordan Rose & Rob Montone. You can also enter to win a Borderland Festival weekend package including a pair of 2-day passes and 42 North’s Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale will be on tap for the festivities.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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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Buffalo Beer Week Day 5: A Titular Tuesday On Tap  

Isn’t it great how Buffalo Beer Week makes an otherwise mundane Tuesday seem like something truly special? There are so many awesome events going on today, a few of which I’ve had marked on my calendar since I first found out about them, namely the Oktoberfest and Beerfest screening at Lafayette Brewing and the Buffalo Beer Symposium at the Buffalo Cider Hall. If you happen to see me out tonight, make sure you say hi, then buy me a beer. Well, you don’t really have to buy me a beer, but if you’re nice enough to do so, I’m not going to turn it away. So keep reading and keep scrolling to see what’s on tap for today, Buffalo Beer Week Day 5.

Lafayette Brewing is releasing their annual Oktoberfest beer, a smooth, crisp and toasty version of the classic style lager that blends a variety of classic, rich German malts. And if that wasn’t enough, the brewery is also hosting a screening of one of the greatest beer movies ever released, Beerfest, while you drink the new beer from Das Boot. 5:30pm.

The Buffalo Beer Symposium (Buffalo Cider Hall, 6pm) is a panel discussion, featuring Matt Kahn (Big Ditch), Mike Shatzel (Thin Man), Scott Donovan (Blackbird) and more, on the history and future of brewing in Buffalo. The panel features brewers and industry experts that will discuss the evolution of brewing in Buffalo and where the craft beverage industry is headed. Both the public and industry members are invited to join us. Free entry.

Looking for something different during Beer Week? Why not try your hand at some meads and painting? Lilly Belle Meads is pairing up with local artist Diane Sypniewski for an evening of Meads & Masterpieces (6pm). She will guide you through the creation of this work of art while enjoying locally brewed craft meads and beverages at Lilly Belle Meads’ Potions Bar. At the Potions Bar, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to mix some classic potions and the ability to create your own. Seating is limited. $40 ticket includes all painting supplies, artistic instruction and a chance to become a Potions Master. Lilly Belle Meads will also have additional appetizers and snacks available for purchase.

There are a number of takeovers around town today as well. Hamburg Brewing is hitting the taps at World of Beer at the Walden Galleria (6pm), Pressure Drop is bringing a number of their beers to Hatchets and Hops (6pm) and pizza is taking over the kitchen menu at Belt Line Brewery (4pm).

New York Beer Project is hosting a German Beer Dinner (6:30pm), a gourmet four-course dining experience that pairs each German-inspired dish with one of NYBP’s ales and lagers. The brewing team will be on hand to walk everyone through each pairing in this sensory experience. Later on, they are hosting the North American Comedy Brewery Tour (7:30pm), an evening of laughing and drinking at New York Beer Project where you can indulge in the finest that comedy has to offer. Gene McCarthy’s is also hosting their Trivia Tuesday (7pm) and 12 Gates will host an Open Mic Night (6:30pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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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Buffalo Beer Week Day 4: Back to Work, But At Least There’s Beer

Like the title of this article says, it’s Monday, so we’re all back to work, right? Unless you’re like me and work the weekends. Thankfully for all of us, this is no ordinary Monday, as it’s a Buffalo Beer Week Monday, meaning that it doesn’t have to be part of the normal wake up, drink coffee, work, go home, eat dinner, go to bed routine. Well, you can do all of those things, but just add a few beers somewhere in that process. And if you’re looking for something to drink, there’s no shortage of big events going down today.

Hotel Henry is teaming up with a handful of local breweries and cideries including Froth Brewing, Thin Man, 42 North and BlackBird Cider Works for a true Farm to Pint & Plate craft beer and food pairing on September 16 (6pm). Pair Froth’s Stardog Double IPA with seared scallops, Blackbird’s Tart Cherry Perry cider with porchetta, 42 North’s Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale with a spiced chocolate nut bar from 100 Acres Bakery and Thin Man’s Pills Mafia with rabbit quesadilla. Each $55 ticket includes four sampling glasses of craft brew, one full draft of your choosing, and four tasting plates.

12 Gates Brewing are releasing cans of their Community Beer Works collab Resting Peach Face, a sessionable peach sour. $12.69 4-pack/ $76 case 16oz, cans (+ tax & deposit). Pints of Resting Peach Face will be $5.

The Buffalo Beer Geeks are hosting a charitable bottle share at Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen on September 16 (5pm), with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit the Kevin Guest House, whose mission it is to provide a home away from home for patients and their families traveling for medical care. For a donation (ticketing information at EventBrite) and some geeky bottles, you can join in on the share and donate to a good cause. The Buffalo Beer Geeks club will be on site selling their newest glassware. Light complimentary bites will be served. Kitchen will be open too.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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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