Resurgence Reveal Beery Lineup for May Kegs & Eggs

While it has only been three months since Resurgence Brewing last expanded their big board for their recurring Kegs & Eggs event, it certainly has been a long three months. The next such installment of the experimental beer series will take place on Sunday, May 7 at 11am (until 5pm or the kegs runs dry).

Unlike February’s installment of Kegs & Eggs, in which Resurgence’s bar, kitchen and brew staffs teamed up and squared off against each other to create their own beer, May’s version returns the event to its roots as a sheer showcase for experimentation in the brewing process.

Breakfast will be served at the brewery, who will be handling the food preparation in-house this time around, while you sip on one or six of the experimental brews that the brewery will be rolling out for the event, which includes a Centennial IPA, Banana Stout, Sour Weisse, Passion Fruit Kolsch, Milkshake Lactose IPA, Pineapple IPA, Rye Dunkel Weissen and Mimosa Bar Orange Hefeweizen. Additionally, two mystery casks will be tapped for the event.

A fresh breakfast burrito and a few flights certainly sound in order.

For more information, check out the May Kegs & Eggs event page 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 at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: 2018 Can-Am Craft Beer Festival, New York Beer Project to release Perry’s Ice Cream beer, Local Breweries Clean Up at Tap NY Fest, Resurgence to Release Cosmic Truth in Cans

Canadian-American Brewery Pairings Set for 2018 Can-Am Craft Beer Fest

17 Canadian breweries will team up with 17 Buffalo-Niagara breweries to create one-of-a-kind collaboration beers that will be exclusively available at the first annual Can-Am Craft Beer Festival, set to take place on April 7, 2018, in Niagara Falls, New York at The Conference and Event Center. The actual brewing process will take place both in the Buffalo-Niagara region and in Ontario as each Canadian brewery will host an American brewery and each American brewery will host a Canadian brewery. All of the exciting brewery pairings, as well as which breweries are brewing where, can be found over at www.buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org.

New York Beer Project, Perry’s Ice Cream Partner on Unique Beer

New York Beer Project are giving us all summer vibes by doing what they do best – brewing beer – by teaming up with Perry’s Ice Cream on Panda Paws Porter, which highlights the tastes in Perry’s Panda Paws Ice Cream. According to head brewer Jason Crossett, the new beer will feature notes of chocolate, fudge and peanut butter. It’s the first in a series of three ice cream inspired beers, with a Caribbean Coconut Blonde Ale coming in July and Pumpkin Pie Ale scheduled for late August. Additionally, a dollar from each pint of Panda Paws Porter will go to charity.

Local Breweries Clean Up at Tap NY Beer Festival

A number of Buffalo-Niagara breweries collected medals at the Tap NY Craft Beer and Food Festival, headlined by Community Beer Works winning the Governor’s Cup for the Best Craft Beer in New York State for their The Whale Brown Ale (Whale also won Gold in the Brown Ale category). 12 Gates Brewing grabbed a pair of medals, including Gold in the Wheat Beer category for Cherry Vanilla Wheat and a Bronze in Light/Dark/Strong Lagers for Water Mill Pils, Big Ditch won Gold for Deep Cut DIPA in the Strong India Pale Ale division and Bronze in English Style Stout for Towpath and 42 North won Bronze in the Barrel Aged Beer category for Oak-Aged Borderland IPA.

Resurgence Releases the Cosmic Truth in Cans

Cosmic Truth Session IPA (4.3% ABV) is the latest release in Resurgence Brewing’s canned beer line, as 16oz. 4-pack cans will be available at the brewery on May 13 (12pm). “The session-able Cosmic Truth is a little lighter on the palate than some of our IPAs with the same characteristic pineapple, tropical fruit and citrus profile you love from your favorite New Zealand hops,” the brewery says of the beer. In addition to cans of Cosmic Truth, Resurgence will also be selling t-shirts and coasters to mark the occasion. There’s no limit at the taproom and Resurgence can’t guarantee availability anywhere else.

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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Collaboration Not Competition: 34 Ontario, Buffalo Breweries to Team for Unique Can-Am Craft Beer Festival

17 Canadian breweries will team up with 17 Buffalo-Niagara breweries to create one-of-a-kind collaboration beers that will be exclusively available at the first annual Can-Am Craft Beer Festival, set to take place April 7, 2018, in Niagara Falls, New York at The Conference and Event Center.

The first-of-their-kind brewery pairings were decided via a draft that saw logos of participating breweries pulled from oak barrels and matched up on a big draft board. Representatives from each brewery, as well as tourism officials and other dignitaries from the brewing world were on hand to draw names.

“While the festival is not taking place until next April, it’s going to take some time for the breweries to collaborate to make unique craft beers for our first CanAm and the upcoming NFL draft allowed us to do something fun with our draft,” said Willard Brooks, president of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. “It was a tremendous event and just a prelude to what will be a great festival next April as I am sure the competitive juices of the breweries will be flowing to make what will be some really exquisite craft beers.”

The actual brewing process will take place both in the Buffalo-Niagara region and in Ontario as each Canadian brewery will host an American brewery and each American brewery will host a Canadian brewery.

Now, onto the pairings…

The following Buffalo-Niagara breweries will each host a respective Ontario brewery – 12 Gates Brewing will host Nickel Brook Brewing Company (Burlington, ON), Resurgence Brewing – Niagara Brewing Company (Niagara Falls, ON), Thin Man – Block Three Brewing Company (St. Jacobs, ON), West Shore Brewing – Niagara College Teaching Brewery (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON), Big Ditch – Beau’s (Vankleek Hill, ON), Woodcock Brothers – Cowbell Brewing Company (Blyth, ON), Rusty Nickel Brewing – Lock Street  -Brewing Company (St. Catharines, ON), Hamburg Brewing – Brimstone Brewery (Ridgeway, ON), 42 North – Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. (Dundas, ON), Ellicottville Brewing – Flying Monkey’s Craft Brewery (Barrie, ON), Flying Bison – Great Lakes Brewery (Etobicoke, ON), Four Mile – Grand River Brewing (Cambridge, ON), New York Beer Project – Royal City Brewery Company (Guelph, ON), Community Beer Works                – Redline Brewhouse (Barrie, ON), Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing – Niagara Oast House Brewers (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON), Buffalo Brewing Company – Railway City Brewing Co. (St. Thomas, ON) and Southern Tier – Wellington Brewery (Guelph, ON).

On the flip side, the following Ontario breweries will each host a respective Buffalo-Niagara brewery for another round of brewing – Beau’s – Flying Bison, Block Three – Resurgence, Brimstone, – Rusty Nickel, Cowbell Brewing, – New York Beer Project, Grand River -12 Gates, Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Buffalo Brewing Company, Niagara Oast House – Southern Tier, Royal City – 42 North, Redline Brewhouse – Thin Man, Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. – Community Beer Works, Wellington Brewery – Four Mile, Lock Street – Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing, Great Lakes – Hamburg Brewing, Niagara Brewing – Big Ditch, Nickel Brook – Ellicottville Brewing, Flying Monkey’s – Woodcock Brothers and Railway City – West Shore Brewing Company.

“34 WNY & Ontario breweries drove from near & far to attend the first ever press conference for Canadian American Beer Festival.  The pure excitement on the part of both brewers and organizers for this very unique cross border collaboration is unprecedented.  This bodes very well for the CanAm – which we believe can grow into a major North American beer festival smack dab on the international border.  Expect awesome!”

Follow the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation and Buffalo Beer League on Twitter (@buffbeerleague) and on Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) for everything related to the 2018 Can-Am Craft Beer Festival.

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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First Annual Can-Am Craft Beer Festival to Pair Ontario, Buffalo-Niagara Breweries

17 Canadian breweries will team up with 17 Buffalo-Niagara breweries to create one-of-a-kind collaboration beers that will be exclusively available at the first annual Can-Am Craft Beer Festival, set to take place April 7, 2018, in Niagara Falls, New York at The Conference and Event Center.

The new cross-border beer fest will see owners and representatives from 34 craft breweries from across Southern Ontario and Western New York collaborating on special one-off craft beers, which will be unveiled for the first time at the 2018 festival.

Beaus – All Natural Brewing, Block Three, Brimstone, Cowbell, Flying Monkeys, Grand River, Great Lakes Brewing, Lock Street Brewery, Niagara Brewing Company, Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Niagara Oast-House, Nickel Brook Brewing, Railway City Brewing, Redline Brewhouse, Royal City, Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. and Wellington Brewery comprise the Ontario brewery contingent, while Four Mile Brewing, Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, 12 Gates, 42 North, Big Ditch, Buffalo Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing, Flying Bison, Hamburg Brewing Company, New York Beer Project, Resurgence Brewing, Southern Tier, Thin Man, West Shore Brewing Company, Windy Brew and Woodcock Brothers will represent the Buffalo-Niagara region.

The pairing will be decided via a draft process, to be held Wednesday, April 26 at 2pm at the Conference and Event Center Cataract Room (101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY), which will see dignitaries and tourism officials pulling logos of participating breweries from oak barrels. The breweries will then be matched up on a draft board.

Following the completion of the draft process, we will have a full write-up on all of the unique brewery pairings, complete with all of the necessary information, as well as photos from the press conference and draft. Stay tuned to www.buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: New Saison at Woodcock, new cans from 12 Gates, Cabin Fever Beer and Wine Fest, Collective Arts comes to Buffalo

Woodcock Brothers Plans New Honey Saison

The taplist at Woodcock Brothers Brewing is set to grow by one thanks to a new Honey Saison (7.8% ABV). The new seasonal is brewed with locally produced wildflower honey from Beck’s Bees and a French Saison yeast strain. According to Woodcock, it’s soft and round on the palate with a touch of honey sweetness. To take things one step further, some of the Honey Saison will be aged in Tommyrotter Gin barrels for approximately 3-6 months. The beer will be on tap May 5th at the brewery with distribution to the rest of Western New York in late May.

12 Gates to Release Coffee Porter in Cans

Following in the footsteps of their West Coast Style IPA and Cherry Vanilla Wheat, 12 Gates Brewing will release another one of their flagships, Coffee Porter (5.8% ABV), in 6-pack cans on April 26. The porter, which is brewed with traditional English hops like East Kent Goldings and Northern Brewer, features cold-brewed, micro-roasted coffee from Western New York roasters in order to impart lightly roasted flavors of smooth dark chocolate and toffee. 6-packs of Coffee Porter will available at select Tops, Wegmans and Consumers Beverages locations as well as at the brewery to-go (cases are also available at the brewery).

Hit the Slopes with All of Your Favorite Local Breweries

All of your favorite local breweries will strap on their skies (we can only hope) and hit the slopes at the second annual Cabin Fever Beer and Wine Festival on Apr. 28 (4pm-7pm) at the Tamarack Lodge in Colden. 12 Gates, 42 North, Big Ditch, Ellicottville Brewing, Flying Bison, Four Mile, Hamburg Brewing Company, Resurgence, Rusty Nickel and Southern Tier will be on hand serving their best beers at the event, which will also features live music from Wagner & Winston, auctions, raffles and door prizes. Presale tickets are $30 ($40 at the doors) and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com.

Hamilton’s Collective Arts Comes to Buffalo

For the first time ever, beer from Hamilton, Ontario’s Collective Arts Brewing is coming to Buffalo and there’s plenty of ways to celebrate. On Apr. 28 (6pm), Thin Man Brewery will host the CA team, with live music and Series 7 Art Gallery (beer: Saint of Circumstance Blonde, Rhyme & Reason Pale, Ransack the Universe IPA, Dry Hopped Sour, IPA #2). Lewiston’s Brewed & Bottled will also host the release (Apr. 28, 5-8pm), featuring art displays and demos from Black Lab Metal Fab & Legacy Eyewear (RTU, IPA #2 on tap, SOC, Dry Hopped Sour, IPA #2 cans) as will World of Beer (Apr. 27, 5-7pm) with IPA #2, RTU, State of Mind IPA and SOC.

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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4th Annual Farm-to-Pint Event Returns to Hamburg Brewing Company

The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association & Hamburg Brewing Company present the fourth annual Farm to Pint (F2P) event, which celebrates beer created exclusively from locally sourced ingredients. The event features 20 beers by Western New York breweries and showcases local farmers, maltsters, and hop farmers like Niagara Malt, NY Craft Malt, East Prairie Hops and Domoy Farms. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at Hamburg Brewing Company, 6553 Boston State Road in Hamburg on Sunday, May 14 from 12-8pm.

“F2P celebrates Buffalo Niagara’s exciting new growth of hops and small grains farming which has given local brewing companies the ability to produce craft beer from local sources right here at home,” Willard Brooks, Chairman of the BNBA Board of Directors, said. “The addition of so many independent, locally owned breweries is truly making Western New York a real tourist draw for craft beer and food enthusiasts alike.”

Limited edition brews will be available for purchase from 12 Gates Brewery, 42 North, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Five & 20 Brewing & Distilling, Flying Bison, Four Mile Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing, New York Beer Project, Old First Ward, Pearl Street Brewery, Resurgence Brewing Company, Rusty Nickel Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Woodcock Brothers and Windy Brew.

Hamburg Brewing Company John Russo says that an event such as this is an important one because ‘the idea of farm to pint is more than just beer.’

“It’s important to use locally grown ingredients because it supports those around us who do grow local ingredients and to let the consumer know ‘Hey, this stuff was grown down the road,’” Russo says. “It’s for the same reason people purchase food at farmers markets, fresh locally grown product. It’s also not just about hops and barley. This region is great for extracting maple sap from trees and making the commonly known maple syrup! We want to promote Farm to Pint because it draws attention to a topic that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to beer. Most people do not realize that you can make beer from ingredients grown in your own backyard. The idea of farm to pint is more than just beer. It’s a fun way to interact with those who make up the different steps it takes to get the liquid in your glass.”

The growth in the craft beer industry is supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s farm brewery bill, which calls for designated “farm breweries” to use, until the end of 2018, at least 20 percent NYS hops and 20 percent of all other ingredients in their beer, a number which rises to 60 percent from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2023 and 90 percent from January 1, 2024. Both Hamburg Brewery and Old First Ward Brewing are now designated as “farm breweries.”

Russo says that HBC brews a handful of beers throughout the year that utilize the best of what NYS sourced ingredients have to offer.

“Hamburg Brewing uses local ingredients as often as they are cost effective and available,” Russo says. “We have a beer called House Dressing that is available year round. We also do a wet hop beer every hop harvest where we pick hops grown locally and on site here in HBC’s half acre hop yard and brew with them within 48 hours. Beers like this provide great hop flavor and aromatics due to the extra oils on the plants when picked.”

Farm to Pint will be held at Hamburg Brewing Company, located at 6553 Boston State Road in Hamburg, on Sunday, May 14, 12-8pm. In addition to all of the beer, there will be locally raised meat and vegetarian grilled skewers available for purchase throughout the day. The Hamburg Brewing taproom will not be offering its usual beer menu, usual food menu, be conducting tours, or serving flights. Growler fills will be available starting at 6pm.

“People should come check out Farm-to-Pint for a variety of reasons,” Russo says. “The first is of course that there is beer, but also there will be the people responsible for getting it into your glass. There will be brewers and representatives from different WNY region breweries, hop farmers, barley farmers, maltsters, local chefs, etc. In addition to that, nowhere else will you be able to try all of these locally grown beers in the same place. It really should be another fun day at Hamburg Brewing.”

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Welcoming our Neighbors to the North: Canada’s Muskoka Brewery Brings the Moonlight Kettle Series to Buffalo

The selection of beer available in Buffalo continues to grow nearly on the daily; the latest addition coming from Muskoka, Ontario, Canada’s aptly named Muskoka Brewery, who is bringing their monthly Moonlight Kettle beer series to the Queen City, starting with their April entry, Cool As Cuke American Pale Ale (4.7% ABV).

Cool As Cuke is an unfiltered pale ale made with cucumber and lemongrass. According to the brewery, the recipe features “approximately 350L of fresh cucumber juice per batch of Cool As Cuke, meaning you’re getting an awesome hit of cucumber in every sip.”

It pours a sharp golden color with immediate notes of ripe cucumber on the nose, with a substantial cucumber bite following in the first sip. The finish is a bit dry, though it remains refreshing all the way through. It’s an easy drinker given its ABV, a beer best suited while enjoying yard games like horseshoes and cornhole or relaxing poolside this summer.

Each month, Muskoka team members volunteer to join Muskoka’s brewers to create, name and brew their own beer. The result is 12 completely unique, untamed brews that are truly experimental and meant to bring about the wonder and spontaneity of unexpected medleys. These one-of-a-kind brews, which range from a dry-hopped session kettle sour to a saison with raspberry and lavender, have never before been released at retail locations, and feature limited-edition styles and flavor combinations.

“As the core of our business, it’s important that everyone knows how to make beer, and the Moonlight Kettle program has really taken on a life of its own,” Muskoka President Todd Lewin says of their Moonlight Kettle Program. “Employees volunteer to participate, and it’s become so popular that bookings are already full through to the end of 2018. Two team members are paired with a brewer to research and choose their style, and name and brew their beer. They’re involved every step of the way and end result is a unique beer that the team really takes pride in.”

The 2017 line-up release dates for Western New York include these well-crafted and innovative beers:

  • July: Summertime Siesta, Dry Hopped Session Kettle Sour (3.5%)
  • September: Season’s Change, Saison with Raspberry and Lavender (6.5-7%)
  • December: Portly Gentlemen, Porter with Vanilla and Cinnamon (6%)

Muskoka beer drinkers can also participate in the Muskoka Passport Program by visiting any participating bar or restaurant serving the Moonlight Kettle line-up to get a passport. Each Moonlight Kettle Series brew you try will earn you a stamp; bring your completed passport to any bar carrying Moonlight brews to receive your special edition Muskoka Kettle tee. Grab your passport while you can – limited numbers available.

Participating bars and restaurants include Local, Fat Bob’s, the Terrace, Ebenezer Ale House, Allen Street Poutine, Murphy Brown’s Craft Beer Emporium and Beer Market Rochester. The Moonlight Kettle Series beers will be available in 4pks at Consumer’s Beverages as well as on draft around the city.

Find out more at muskokabrewery.com as well as on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Tumblr. 

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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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Community Beer Works Turns 5, Upstate Brewing comes to Pizza Plant, Resurgence & Big Ditch can new IPAs, Double Trouble with Four Mile & CBW

Help Community Beer Works Celebrate 5 Years

Buffalo’s first nanobrewery, Community Beer Works, is turning five. They grow up so fast don’t they? Well, now it’s time to celebrate. On April 22 (12pm-8pm), CBW will be showing off their soon-to-be new digs at 520 7th Street for their 5th Anniversary Extravaganza Party. For the price of admission (tickets are $15 pre-sale at Eventbrite.com and $20 at the door), you’ll receive a 16oz. stainless steel 5th Anniversary pint along with one free pour as well as access to a special 5th anniversary beer, food trucks, Dram Box, live music and more. For more information, head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/1685696058112141/.

Upstate Brewing Brings Their Fab 5 to Pizza Plant

Elmira’s Upstate Brewing is bringing five of their best beers to Canalside as part of Pizza Plant’s Fab Five Series (4pm-7pm), which sees great breweries bringing a handful of their best to Buffalo. This time around Upstate will have their Mole Imperial Stout (8% ABV), El Dorado Double IPA (7.7%), Ipso Lacto Dry-Hopped Berliner Weisse (3.4%), Brunch Coffee Brown Ale (6.3%) and 2017 IPA (7.5%). Upstate owner Mark Neumann will also be on hand to answer any and all questions you might have about any of his beers. This is your chance to try more great beer from New York!

Resurgence, Big Ditch Release New Cans

Resurgence Brewing and Big Ditch Brewing are about to take Buffalo’s IPA game to the next level with the release of two new canned IPA offerings. On April 20 (4pm), Resurgence is releasing their Head in the Clouds Double IPA (8.4%) in 16oz. 4-pack cans ($13). The beer features notes of white peach, orange, pineapple, grapefruit and papaya. Then, on April 22 (12pm), Big Ditch is releasing the first in their small batch Lock IPA series, Packet, which features Galaxy, Mosaic, and Pacific Jade hops in 16oz. 4-pack cans ($14.99). Cans will be on sale in each brewery’s respective taprooms.

Four Mile Gets Into Double Trouble At Ulrich’s

Raise a pint to another work day gone as Four Mile Brewing gets into some Double Trouble at Ulrich’s Tavern when they team with Community Beer Works for a special happy hour tap takeover. On April 21 (5pm-7pm), they will take over the taps at the historic watering hole with CBW bringing along their Whale Brown Ale (5.9%), Rutherford B. Haze Belgian Wheat (5.9%) and That IPA (4.6%) and Four Mile answering with their Pale Ale Batch #3 (5.7%) and Mango Wheat (5.4%). Four Mile’s Olean taproom also has new hours – Thursday-Saturday (12pm-11pm) and Sunday (10am-9pm) with Brunch from 10am-2pm.

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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Buffalo Beer Buzz: OFW Barley Wine Festival, Big Ditch cans Deep Cut again, Five & 20 go big, Gordon Biersch gets chairtable

Celebrate All Things Barley Wine at Old First Ward Brewing

Do you prefer your beers to be big? Like really, really big? Then you’ll want to get your ticket today to Old First Ward Brewing’s Barley Wine Festival, which takes place at Gene McCarthy’s on April 15, 2-4pm. For the price of $25, you will receive 10 3oz. pours of different barley wines from all around the country, a small artisan cheese plate with crackers as well as a commemorative glass. The Beer Messiah will be on hand to speak about the barley wine style and there will also be raffles. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com.

Third Times a Charm for Big Ditch Deep Cut Cans

Big Ditch’s Deep Cut Double IPA is returning to cans for a third time on April 15. Approximately 50 cases will be available this run (4-pack 16 oz. cans, $14.99). Additionally, the brewery is rolling out a trio of new small batch Innovation Series IPA’s to enjoy on draft – Trois IPA (brewed with Saccharomyces Trois, a wild strain of saccharomyces, and Azacca, Mosaic, Simcoe and Zeus hops), Non-Trois IPA (made with house yeast instead of Trois yeast) and Dave’s New England-style IPA 1.0 (Hallertau Blanc, Amarillo and Simcoe hops, from the mind of Dave O’Connor, 3rd shift Lead Brewer).

Five & 20 Brewing Rolls Out the Imperials

Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing are amping up the ABV with the release of two new imperial offerings, Double XING Imperial IPA (7.5% ABV) and Imperial Stout (10.5% ABV). The former is dry hopped with hops from local grower Hanover Hops in order to add bright citrus and grass flavor and aroma to the beer. This DIPA has powerful citrus and grass flavors and a slight malt note that lingers on the palate. The latter features rich aromas with notes of coffee, smoke and dark fruits like black currants with roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oats on the palette.

Gordon Biersch Gives Back with New Beer Release

Gordon Biersch is helping to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with the release of their new Maibock (7.3% ABV) at a baseball themed fundraiser on Apr. 19 (6-8pm). Represent your favorite team at the event, which will take place in the bar & cocktail area. Tickets are $10 (cash only) and include two 21oz. Maibock beers (expect a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a light fruity sweetness), passed appetizers, live music from Flatland Fire and a silent auction. All proceeds will go directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Enjoy a great beer for a great cause.

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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April 8: A Day For Beer

If there was ever an argument for the necessity of Uber and Lyft in the city of Buffalo, it would be days like April 8. For, on this faithful Saturday, beer-filled event after beer-filled event await those who love local beer (if you’re reading this chances are you really like local beer). Maybe the stars have aligned perfectly, but whatever the case, we’re all benefactors of all these events somehow landing on the very same day.

From beer releases to tap takeovers to beer festivals and other beery celebrations, there is literally something going on to satiate all walks of beer fan. Suffice to say, keep your calendars clear because you’re not going to want to miss any of these events. Hell, you’re might want to be in two, three, maybe four places at once, and if you possess the ability to do such a thing, the more power to you, but please tell us the secret.

Here’s a rundown of can’t miss events:

Celebrate Spring At Second Annual Thawfest

The second annual Thawfest at Buffalo Riverworks is fast approaching and although VIP tickets are all sold out, a limited amount of General Admission tickets ($39, includes custom commemorate tasting glass) remain. The celebration of all things local, which includes breweries, wineries and distilleries, takes place on April 8 at 6:30pm. Over 50 local breweries, distilleries and vineyards will be on hand to sample from, Kurt and The Loders provide live music and you can watch the Sabres play the Florida Panthers on Riverworks’ 25 foot LED TV. Tickets are available at www.thawfest.com. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10. (More info)

Buffalo Breweries Unite At Coles

While July 16 is the true Buffalo Day, Apr. 8 might soon become a close second as some of the best beer from some of the area’s best breweries will come together as Buffalo Breweries Conquer Cole’s on Apr. 8 (11am-1am). The event will feature all of your favorites, from Big Ditch Brewing’s Hayburner and Deep Cut and Community Beer Works LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL! Session IPA and De Maas to Thin Man Bliss and Burning Money and Flying Bison’s Aviator Red and New York Beer Project’s Raspberry Kolsch, just to name a few. (More info)

Hop Heads Of The World Unite At Resurgence Brewing

Calling all hop heads – it’s time to drink…er…IPA…Your Face Off – at Resurgence on Apr. 8 (11am) as the brewery’s employees square off against each other in a specialty in-house IPA competition. Just like their March Kegs & Eggs event, Resurgence’s bar, kitchen & brew staffs will be pitted against each other and each will create their own beer in a battle off for bragging rights, only this time, everything brewed will be an IPA. Expect 8-10 IPAs to be available, plus some special casks tapping throughout the day. Vote at the brewery or on social media for your favorite beer. (More info)

Get Phresh At Souther Tier Brewing With New IPA

Southern Tier Brewing is getting Phreshie with it with the release of their latest IPA, aptly titled Phreshie (6.5% ABV). According to the brewery, Phreshie is ‘an IPA to drink today.’ The beer exhibits bright floral and citrus notes with subtle lemon aroma, backed by a moderate bitterness that’s offset by a smooth mouthfeel and sweet malty backbone. Phreshie was brewed in one small batch and lives up to its name as it will be packaged on Thursday for its Saturday release. Phreshie will be exclusively available at the Lakewood brewery in 4-pack 16oz. cans (limit 12 cans per customer). (More info)

Hit the Beach at New York Beer Project’s Margaritaville Party

Winter is over (hopefully) and the team at New York Beer Project is celebrating by throwing an indoor beach party. Yes, indoor, you read that right. The Beer Project Floor Two will be the “official” gathering spot for the Indoor Beach Party of the year, which will feature all sorts of beachy goodness, including costume contests, beach balls, craft beer margaritas at the NYBP Party Bar. There will also be live music from The Gimme Buffet Band, beginning at 8:30pm. Don’t forget your sunscreen, and maybe a towel. (More info)

Saison Day at Thin Man Brewery

Allagash Brewing will be in town come April 8 and they are coming to Thin Man to help celebrate the fourth annual Saison Day (12-8pm). A wide variety of beers including Allagash’s beers, as well as their own, will be flowing through Thin Man’s many taps. As a bonus, also in attendance will be one of Allagash’s brewers, who will be on hand to answer any beer questions attendants may have. After you grab a seat at the bar, we suggest pairing a Tokyo Burger with Thin Man’s Charleroi Saison to get you into the spirit of Saison Day (before moving on and tackling the many Allagash offerings of course). (More info)

Tentative beer list:

Draft:

– Thin Man Brett The Technique (Brett Saison / Turbid Mash (release for this beer))
– Thin Man Regicide (Hoppy Farmhouse)
– Thin Man Mini Brett Run WLP648 (Brett The Technique conditioned w/WLP648/Brett Brux)
– Thin Man Mini Brett Run TYB184 (Brett The Technique conditioned w/TYB184)
– Thin Man Mini Brett Run TYB207 (Brett The Technique conditioned w/TYB207)
– Thin Man Mini Brett Run Omega All The Bretts (Brett The Technique conditioned with Omega All The Bretts)
– Thin Man Hustler of Culture (Tart (Brett/Lacto/Pedio aged) Amber Saison)
– 42 North Sour Farmhouse (tart farmhouse ale w/orange peel and spices added, dry-hopped w/galaxy)
– Allagash Saison
– Allagash Interlude (Mixed Fermentation Barrel Aged Saison)
– Allagash Astrid (Brett Saison aged in Aquavit barrels)
– Allagash Dawnlander
– Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale (Hoppy Saison)
– Oxbow Bowie (Smoked Saison)
– Oxbow Grizacca (Azacca hopped grisette)
– Oxbow Crossfade (Hoppy Brett blended Saison)
– Blackberry Farms Fence Line (Huell Melon Hopped Saison)
– Kent Falls Double Dry Hopped Farmer’s Table (Low ABV hoppy farmhouse)
– Dieu Du Ciel Saison Du Parc

Bottle:

– Allagash FV13 (Sour Golden Ale)
– Allagash Farm To Face Peach
– Anchorage Rondy Brew (Wood Aged Fruited Brett Saison)
– Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage (Brett Saison w/sage)
– Crooked Stave Surette (Barrel Aged Saison)
– Crooked Stave Vielle (Dry-Hopped Barrel Aged Brett Saison)
– De La Senne/Thirez 20th Birthday Session
– Fantome Artist #2
– Fantome Dark Forest Ghost
– Fantome Dark White (Saison w/spices)
– Fantome Desert Ghost (Saison w/spices)
– Fantome Forest Ghost (Saison w/Brazilian spices)
– Fantome La Dalmatienne
– Fantome Saison
– Jester King/Live Oak Kollaborationsbier
– Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza
– Jolly Pumpkin/Anchorage Calabaza Boreal (Saison w/grapefruit peel, juice & peppercorns)
– Prairie Americana (Dry Hopped Saison)
– To/Ol Barrel Aged Snowball Saison (White Wine Barrel Aged Saison)

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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