Buffalo Beer Buzz: Oktoberfest Celebrations, SATO Brewpub Opens, Woodcock IPA in Cans, Trocaire College Brew School

Oktoberfest Season Is in Full Swing, Time to Celebrate

Oktoberfest season in upon us and plenty of places are getting in on the action. Gordon Biersch is tapping their Fest Bier on September 13 at 6pm (2 for $10 beers, all proceeds benefit ALS Association). Flying Bison host their annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 16 (12pm) ($10 admission for 16oz stein and drink ticket), as will Resurgence Brewing (12pm) ($10 stein, includes first fill, $1 off after that). New York Beer Project hosts NYC Oktoberfest on Sept. 17 at 4pm & German Oktoberfest Sept. 24 at 4pm (Red IPA brewed with German cherries and PROST! German Lager on tap). Prost!

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Woodcock Brothers Release New Year-Round IPA in Cans

Woodcock Brothers Brewing were such big fans of their XPA 10 that they tweaked the recipe for their new year-round IPA, and are releasing it in 16oz. 4-pack cans on Sept. 16 at noon. Brewed with Simcoe and Chinook hops, Woodcock IPA is vibrantly hoppy and features citrusy, fruity, and herbal aromas and flavors. Release will be initially brewery only, with distribution to craft beer stores, Consumer’s Beverages, Wegmans and Tops to come soon after. No purchase limits, $10.99 per 4-pack. There will be live music 12pm-3pm and a special conditioned cask version of the Woodcock IPA will be available.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1684767541533793

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SATO Brewpub Opens In Former Dun Building on Pearl Street

SATO Brewpub is now open (110 Pearl Street) with a unique selection of Japanese-influenced Belgian beers on tap. Head Brewer Drew Hardin, formerly of Community Beer Works, and brew team Jonathan Huber and Joshua Supry, have crafted a beer menu that includes Say Wit You Will Witbier (5.1%), an unfiltered Belgian wit with coriander and orange peel (Quat Life?, a kumquat version, is coming soon), Urban Samurai White IPA (6.4%), Rabbit in the Moon Belgian Specialty Ale (4.8%) and Aggretsuko Stout (5.3%), a Belgian Stout. CBW Yuz Not That IPA currently on guest tap. Flights available. Visit https://www.facebook.com/satobrewpub/ for hours.

Trocaire College Launches New Brewing Science Program

Trocaire has become the latest college to add a brewing program as its brand new Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science program will officially launch this fall. The new program will be led by Brian Barrows, who has worked for California’s 21st Amendment Brewery and Bear Republic Brewing Company. Courses will run at Trocaire’s Williamsville location on Transit Road. A certificate of completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete all courses. The first two of five courses launch Sept. 20, with additional beer-centric classes and events following in October. For more details and to register for classes, visit https://trocaire.edu/brewing.

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Circle the Wagons: 7 Perfect Buffalo Tailgating Beers

It’s that time again; the time when thousands upon thousands of diehard Buffalo Bills fans, aka the Bills Mafia, descend upon Orchard Park to fill the parking lots of New Era Field, Erie Community College and every vacant lot and field you can fit a group of cars in within walking distance of the stadium.

Buffalo fans are serious about their tailgating, and are just as serious about the beer that fuels the game before the game. Grills, games and great beers are the name of the game before the clock strikes kickoff each week, and while there are more beer options out there than you can shake a stick at, we compiled a list of seven Buffalo born beers that would make a great addition to any tailgating lineup. You won’t find any fizzy yellow macro stuff here (not to name names, but *cough* Labatt Blue *cough*).

This list offers a pretty good variety of beer styles too, from a bigger bodied beer like a coffee porter and New England IPA to brews that go down a bit easier, like a light lager and pilsner. So, before you hit your local beer store for Sunday morning, let us help you write your shopping list.

12 Gates Brewing Coffee Porter (5.8%): Skip the drive thru at Tim Hortons. Just find a parking spot, set up your tailgating accoutrements and crack one of these bad boys to get your coffee intake for the morning. It’s smooth and roasty, making for a good first beer to grab out of the cooler.

42 North LuchaBrew Mexican Lager (5%): Whether you’re playing beer pong, flip cup, Kan Jam, cornhole or just simple catch, this is the beer to reach for. LuchaBrew is light and easy drinking, so stock up on these if you plan on imbibing more than a few before the game.

Big Ditch Cinnamon Apple Amber Ale (6.8%): Fall game days call for fall beer, so why not get something sweet and deceptively strong with some body, like Big Ditch’s Cinnamon Apple Amber. They use locally pressed cider from New York state grown apples along with cinnamon, allspice, oatmeal and brown sugar in this one. This is a nice change of pace beer.

Flying Bison Brewing Juice Caboose (7.5%): I could not not include an IPA on this list, right? And what better IPA to enjoy before heading into New Era Field than Flying Bison’s latest creation Juice Caboose, a juicy New England style IPA with major notes of citrus, pineapple and melon. Another good reason for Juice Caboose on this list? If you happen to enjoy a few of them, it might not matter to you what happens on the field.

Hamburg Brewing 550 Game Time Pale Ale (5.2%): Well, this one was essentially a no brainer – a pale ale brewed specially to bring tailgating? Sounds like something that should be on this list. Subtle citrus and mild malt bitterness with a crisp finish. Pun time! Drink a Game Time before game time. Boom.

Resurgence Brewing Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale (6.2%): Tailgating starts early, we know this. So why not treat yourself to 16 ounces of cappuccino, and some spices, pumpkin and vanilla to go along with it. This is a sweet and delicious fall beer for a fall Sunday morning.

Southern Tier Brewing Pilsner (5%): Another beer perfectly suited for your tailgating gaming needs because STBC Pils is crisp and refreshing with a great dry finish. This one is crushable in so many words and will pair well with hot dogs, burgers, sausages, and diving through folding tables.

Drink responsibly, be safe and above all else, go Bills! If you need a ride home, try Lyft. New users can download the Lyft app and use the promo code ‘BNBA’ to receive four $5 credits towards rides.

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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New York Beer Project, Perry’s Ice Cream Extend Partnership

Originally three “limited edition” beers were planned for the New York Beer Project/Perry’s Ice Cream collaboration to brew ice cream inspired beers for a great cause.

The owners of Perry’s Ice Cream and New York Beer Project have announced plans to continue this unique collaboration for the entire year, with the goal of raising $10,000 for Buffalo Woman and Children’s Hospital by next year’s Memorial Day weekend. So far, $3,765 has been raised and donated to date with just these three initial brews.

The newest beer in the Perry’s inspired lineup has been tapped – a Pumpkin Pie Porter, with the ice cream flavors or pumpkin, vanilla, and graham cracker, although no ice cream was actually used to brew the beer. NYBP Brew Master Jason Crossett used a combination of malts and adjuncts of fresh vanilla beans, and pumpkin puree to suggest the flavors in the ice cream.

As with the previous three beers in the collaboration, $1 from each pint sold at New York Beer Project Lockport location will be donated to the hospital.

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Japanese, Belgian Inspired Beers on Tap at SATO Brewpub

SATO Brewpub is set to open in the basement of the historic Dun Building, in the former Soundlab space, with a unique selection of Japanese-influenced Belgian beers on tap.

Head Brewer Drew Hardin, formerly of Community Beer Works, and award-winning homebrewers Jonathan Huber and Joshua Supry, have crafted a beer menu featuring Japanese and Belgian inspired offerings. All spent grain from the brewing process goes directly to Erba Verde Farms in East Aurora.

SATO will open with four beers on tap, a lineup that includes Say Wit You Will Witbier (5.1%), a light and refreshing unfiltered Belgian wit brewed with coriander and orange peel (a version with kumquat will be brewed in the future), Urban Samurai White IPA (6.4%), a favorite of this writer, Rabbit in the Moon Belgian Specialty Ale (4.8%) and Aggretsuko Stout (5.3%), a dark and roasty, yet very smooth, Belgian Stout, named in honor of the Hello Kitty character, an anthropomorphized red panda who relieves the stress of her daily life by becoming angry, drinking beer and singing death metal in a karaoke bar. Yes, you read that correctly. SATO Brewpub has room for an additional two beers for a total of six beers on tap. Flights will be available.

“Josh, John and I have worked on a few recipes to open with,” Hardin says, “and as we move forward, they will be different. They will be beers you can have a couple, or four, (responsibly) over the bar. There will be some weird and crazy beers also. We really want to push the drinker’s response. I want you to eat food with our beer. Bites and flights will be my favorite, a three beer flight with three small dishes from our kitchen. One does not live on beer alone (no matter how hard he tries).”

Hardin has a number of beers in mind for the future, including a Wasabi Stout, Belgian/French hybrid Saison (with and without sudachi fruit), Belgian Amber with green tea, a revolving White IPA/Belgian Pale Ale series (jokoto, koto, shinto), Wakizashi Session IPA and Yokozuna Rice Lager. He also has plans for sour beers, such as a plum gose with Japanese sea salt, Yuzu Berliner Weisse and Cherry Blossom Sour Pilsner.

“I am so lucky to be graced with the opportunity to take up my place as head brewer and chief of culinary chaos at SATO Brewpub,” Hardin says. “I am super excited to produce a different and unique experience for beer drinkers in Buffalo. Anyone who knows me knows I appreciate great beer as a conduit to a great experience (IE conversation or cuisine). I have had an amazing, life changing ride working for Community Beer Works. They are some of the best people I have ever met in my life. Like a true family, we don’t always agree, but we hold the love and faith of growing together as a family to form something unique, much like the Buffalo Beer community.”

SATO Brewpub will offer a unique menu of authentic Japanese cuisine, including, naming a few, Yakitori skewers, rice bowls, noodle bowls, house-cut okonomiyaki fries and steamed buns stuffed with barbeque pork. Customizable Bento Boxes will also be available for lunch.

In addition to beer, SATO will also offer a full bar with a selection of wine, sake and cocktails. SATO Brewpub’s beer will also soon be available at its sister locations, SATO and SATO Ramen.

“As for Sato, [SATO owners] Josh and Satomi [Smith] are great to work with. It has been a rollercoaster. The building itself is an amazing work of art. If you don’t know, google the history of the building. The lobby is glorious, a brewery in a basement; its building a ship in a bottle. The city is keeping tight wraps on this architectural monolith. Putting a project like this in a building of this kind has been a challenge. It’s a lot of sacrifice for the sake of space. However, some of the best food, beer, and company, I have ever had has been spawned by imperfect conditions. I hired a set of brewers I knew could handle a project like this. I’ve seen John and Josh brew long before I knew them and saw they were passionate. Having been asked to join SATO, I had to make a choice, and after talking with my staff and SATO, it became almost clear I should step up and brew my ass off.”

For more information, please visit www.satobrewpub.com and https://www.facebook.com/satobrewpub.

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: BNBA & Lyft, New NYBP Ice Cream Beer, Pair of New Beers from CBW, Hamburg Brewing 4th Anniversary Party

Lyft and the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association form Partnership

Western New York is a destination for craft brewing and it’s now possible to get to your favorite local taproom in a new way thanks to a partnership with ride-hailing company Lyft and the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA). “We obviously see a natural synergy with breweries because we want to make sure people get home safely. Safety is our number one priority,” said Sara Lasner, Director of Community Affairs for Lyft. John Cimperman, BNBA member and owner of East Aurora-based 42 North Brewing said his brewery has seen an uptick in business from ride-hailing patrons, including those from as far away as Lewiston and the Southern Tier. New users are being encouraged to download the Lyft app, using the promo code “BNBA.” For every new download, the Brewers Association gets a $10 “finder’s fee” that will go towards growing the organization, and each user gets four $5 credits towards rides.

New York Beer Project to Release Next Ice Cream Inspired Beer

Continuing in their collaborative beer series with Perry’s Ice Cream, New York Beer Project is set to unleash the next installment, Pumpkin Pie Porter (6.4%), September 7 at 5pm. Pumpkin Pie Porter pairs the flavors of pumpkin and vanilla with the malty flavors reminiscent of pumpkin pie crust baking in the oven. “It’s a treat for your taste buds,” NYBP says of the beer. $1 from every pint of Pumpkin Pie Porter sold at New York Beer Project will go to benefit Buffalo Women and Children’s Hospital. To date, the NYBP/Perry’s beer and ice cream partnership has raised over $4,000.

Community Beer Works Meets Lil’ Bub, Teams With 12 Gates on New Beer

Community Beer Works will be busy this week. First off, they’ve teamed with 12 Gates Brewing to release a new kettle sour peach Berliner Weisse, Resting Peach Face (3.6%), which will hit taps at 12 Gates on Sept. 6 at 4pm. The finished project is sweet and then tart. CBW will also supply a special one-off beer, This Bubs For You (4.4%), their Amazing Larry Cream Ale dosed with lime, for a special meet-and-greet fundraiser with celeb cat Lil Bub, Sept. 9 (11am) at Black Sheep. 100% of the proceeds benefit homeless and shelter pets. For more information, visit www.blacksheepbuffalo.com.

Hamburg Brewing Celebrates 4th Anniversary

Cheers to Hamburg Brewing Company as they celebrate their 4th Anniversary on Sept. 16 (12pm). The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature an exclusive fourth anniversary beer, a special food menu and live music featuring Strictly Hip. The food menu will be announced during the week leading up to the event but the exclusive beer will remain a surprise. Flights, tours and growler fills will not be available during the party. As parking will be tight for the event, Hamburg Brewing suggests ridesharing. Use promo code ‘BNBA’ on Lyft to receive a $5 ride credit!

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: 12 Gates Fest Bier Release, New Woodcock Wet Hopped IPA, Tour de Cask at Flying Bison, Festival of Hops at 42 North

12 Gates Brewing Celebrate Fall Early with New Fest Bier

While it may not yet be fall officially, 12 Gates Brewing are getting into the spirit with the release of their Fest Bier on September 1 at noon. The authentic Munich Oktoberfest Lager pours a golden color with a malty, easy to drink character. After the Fest Bier is tapped, German music will be streaming throughout the day, there will be $7 specials on Bavarian pretzels, a Stein Hoist Competition at 6pm (limited to first 20 entrants, $3 entry fee includes beer fill for 32oz mug, $25 gift certificate to the winner), and live music from Steve Balesteri, 7-10pm. Prost!

Woodcock to Release New Wet Hopped IPA

Woodcock Brothers Brewing is releasing the second of their Wet Hopped IPA series, a Chinook Wet Hopped IPA brewed with Chinook Wet hops and Simcoe, on Sept. 1. “We absolutely LOVED last year’s Wet Hop IPA; it was a huge hit with our customers and fans,” the brewery says of their wet hopped IPA series. “Tons of rain this year in WNY resulted in this crop of hops from Niagara Hops being pungently aromatic and very, very sticky.” The Chinook version follows Woodcock’s Centennial Wet hopped IPA brewed with Centennial wet hops and Citra. Both are available at the brewery.

Buffalo Beer Goddesses Present the 2nd Annual Tour de Cask

The Buffalo Beer Goddesses will host the second annual Tour de Cask, Sept. 3 (1-5pm), at Flying Bison. The event, which funds the second annual Buffalo Beer Goddesses Cicerone Scholarship Fund for WNY Women, will feature an all-local lineup of casks from Flying Bison, Old First Ward Brewing, Community Beer Works, 12 Gates, Big Ditch Brewing, Resurgence Brewing and Buffalo RiverWorks. Tickets are $30 and are available only via Eventbrite.com. Each attendee will receive a token for one half pint from each brewery (ride your bike for an extra token). Food will be made available and included in ticket price.

42 North Hosts First Annual Festival of Hops

The First Annual Festival of Hops is coming to the biergarten at 42 North Brewing on Sept. 2 (1-4pm). During the festival, local farmers will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their product to home brewers, local breweries or anyone else that’s interested. Participating vendors include Hunters Valley Hops (East Aurora), East Prairie Hop Company (Collins), Koester Hops (Eden), Cole Farms (Colden), New York Craft Malt (Batavia), EZ Acres Hops (Boston) and Crooked Creek Hops Farm with more TBA. If you grow hops, or your product contributes to the F2P culture in WNY, contact justine@42northbrewing.com to become a vendor.

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 at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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TimberFish Holds First Commercial Fish Stocking Event at Five & 20

TimberFish Technologies’ first commercial fish stocking event was held September 8 at their treatment/production system at the Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing facility at 8398 West Main Road (Route 20) in Westfield, New York. Three different species of fish were introduced into a unique aquatic ecosystem that produces its own feed from stillage and brewery wastes and washwaters.

The fish stocking event was attended by representatives from state, county and local governments and will initiate a major innovative advancement in seafood production that incorporates currently unused byproducts from beverage and food processing facilities. TimberFish will be utilizing a $100,000 grant from Empire State Development, and a $10,000 grant from Directed Energy to continue development of this project.

The current commercial facility at the site will serve to launch larger commercial installations throughout New York State. These can benefit economically depressed areas by creating well-paying jobs and a revitalization of local economies while preserving the aesthetics and biodiversity of the rural lifestyle. A single large commercial facility producing two to three million pounds of seafood per year would directly employ over 40 people and add over $15 million to a local economy.

About Timberfish Technologies

TimberFish Technologies develops innovative ecotechnologies for aquaculture
and agriculture, that address some of the key issues facing humanity in the 21st
century. These technologies will help restore the global ecology and assure the
futures’ food supply by economically producing local sustainable seafood from
renewable resources that are not otherwise used as a food source and are not
grown on agricultural land. For more information on the company see www.timberfishtech.com.

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Lyft Is the Official Rideshare Partner of Buffalo Breweries

LYFT IS THE OFFICIAL RIDESHARE PARTNER OF BUFFALO BREWERIES

Partnership supports growing craft industry of Western NY Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo Niagara Brewer’s Association (BNBA) is proud to announce Lyft as its official rideshare partner. This partnership will connect Lyft’s safe, reliable, and affordable service with the fans and patrons of the 25 breweries, distilleries, and craft bars that make up the BNBA membership.

As official rideshare partner of the BNBA, Lyft will have a presence at all BNBA festivals and events and will also provide special benefits and promotional offers to BNBA members and their patrons throughout the year.

“We are thrilled to partner with Lyft, and help promote the benefits of ridesharing,” stated Willard Brooks, President of the BNBA. “This partnership will also help us achieve our mission of promoting the Buffalo region as a world-class craft beer destination. “

“Lyft is proud to support the re-birth of the craft industry in the Buffalo Niagara region,” said Jaime Raczka, Regional Director, New Markets, Lyft. “By working alongside the BNBA, our goal is to offer the craft fans a safe and convenient way to experience all the great venues in the region.” Craft beer fans are encouraged to download the Lyft app with a special BNBA promotional code. All funds generated from this partnership will be focused on promoting the Buffalo Niagara region as a world class craft beer destination.

About The Buffalo Niagara Brewer’s Association (BNBA)

The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association exists to unify the Buffalo Niagara craft beer
community in order to increase regional sales of craft beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness, consumer education, and to monitor and assure a thriving craft beer and brewing industry within the Buffalo Niagara Region. For more information about the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, including membership, please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org.

About Lyft

Lyft is the fastest growing ridesharing company in the US and currently operates in 350 communities across the country. A full list of cities where Lyft operates, along with coverage maps, can be found at www.lyft.com.

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Five & 20 Chooses One of Their Own as New Head Brewer

When it came time for Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing to select a new head brewer to replace the departing Jimmy Walsh, they looked within and chose on of their own in former brewing intern Paul Alessi.

After Walsh accepted a brewing position at Goochland, Virginia’s Lickinghole Creek Brewery, Five & 20 had a pretty sizable hole to fill and chose a familiar face in Alessi to do, someone who was already familiar with the brewery itself.

Alessi started out as an intern with Five & 20, where he worked under Walsh (aka ‘The Great Jimmy Walsh’ as Alessi himself puts it). He studied Brewing Science at Erie Community College and was a founding member of the Stumblin’ Falls Homebrew Club. On top of his experience, Alessi is also currently studying to be a Cicerone. So, after Walsh returned to his home state of Virginia, Alessi was invited to step up to the position of Head Brewer.

“Paul has a passion for beer and brewing, specifically in the WNY region,” Five & 20 says of Alessi. “He is a proud member of the first Brewing Science graduating class at ECC and a founding and active member of the Stumblin’ Falls Homebrew Club in WNY (for almost 20 years.) He has traveled to various parts of the world, tasting great beer and visiting different breweries, and is currently studying to become a certified Cicerone. Paul is proud to work for an independent WNY craft brewery and is excited to continue to collaborate with local farmers to create great locally crafted beers.”

Alessi candidly admits that the promotion to the lead brewing role came as a bit of surprise. He also says that very familiar (and much missed) person turned him onto Five & 20 in the first place.

“The promotion was definitely unexpected, and has been quite the challenge,” Alessi says. “However, I’m certainly up for it. Five & 20 has a great support system in place for me, as I am able to reach out to our distillers and winemakers for any questions I might have. I’ve had several great teachers throughout the past couple years. They include former professors at the ECC Brewing Science program, our former head brewer Jimmy Walsh, and other local brewers. I realize I wouldn’t be where I am today without the guidance from all of those great teachers. When I was looking for a place to intern, it was my late microbiology professor Kevin Wise, who told me about Five & 20. His excitement for me to be working at a brewery/distillery/winery, [one] that did so many unique projects, was enough for me…and the rest is history.”

So, now onto the important things – the beer. Five & 20 has released the second vintage of Rhiskey Business, their Rye Pale Ale aged approximately 7 months in freshly dumped rye whiskey barrels. Alessi says that the brewery is also currently exploring aging their Barleywine in either Sherry or Port barrels.

“Congratulations on stepping up, Paul, and best of luck to Jimmy in his new brewing venture at Lickinghole Creek,” Five & 20 says.

Check out www.fiveand20.com for more information.

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 at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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Go Back To School – Beer School – At Gene McCarthy’s

 

Summer is pretty much over, which means it’s time to go back to school – Beer School that is – at Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing. Yes, you read that right – school has never been this cool before.

Beer School is your chance to earn a degree in beer studies. It’s a 10 month course taught by the brewing team at OFW Brewing, which will allow you to further explore the wonderful world of fresh, locally crafted artisanal beer.

Beer School will start this September and happen on the third Wednesday of each month, from 7-9pm (see the entire course schedule below). Each student will be treated to a course on beer styles – history, flavors and character – to be sampled as well as studied. At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to earn a diploma that will not only be available for display along with your many other degrees, but will also give you a discount on Gene McCarthy’s Annual Mug Club mug.

During Beer School you will study local, national and international examples of beer styles. Local brewers will be invited to class when they brew a beer that is in style with the curriculum, so come and hear brewers from your local favorite breweries talk about their beers.

The cost per evening/class is $25 and those wanting to sign up for the all ten courses will receive a $50 discount by paying $200 before August 25 (class sizes limited to 40 students). And for your money, you will receive your first pint of OFW beer free, as well as anywhere from a half dozen to ten samples of a singular beer style, each and every class. The cost also covers a beer/food pairing buffet.

Beer School dates:

Wednesday, September 20 – Wheat Ales – (Summer in the city!)

Wednesday, October 18 – Oktoberfests (Prosit!)

Wednesday, November 15 – Stouts (A great beer for a cold night)

Wednesday, December 20 – Holiday Beers (Tis the season to spice things up!)

Wednesday, January 17 – Imperial Beers (Big, bad and bodacious!)

Wednesday, February 21 – IPAs (Hop heaven!)

Wednesday, March 21 – Irish Red Ales (Ah up, mate!)

Wednesday, April 18 – Guess the Beer Style (It’s April and OFW is aiming to fool you!)

Wednesday, May 16 – Pilsners (Time to celebrate the end of winter!)

Wednesday, June 20 – Review, test and graduation party

You can sign up for Beer School right now at http://www.genemccarthys.com/product-page/beer-school-10-week-course-discount-offer.

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 at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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