Consumer’s Beverages, Buffalo Bisons Team for Consumers Pub at Coca-Cola Field

In the continuation of a partnership that has made Coca-Cola Field the destination for great-tasting, locally-brewed craft beers, the Buffalo Bisons and Consumer’s Beverages have announced the transformation of the ballpark’s restaurant to the ALL-NEW Consumer’s Pub at the Park, featuring Buffalocal.

The Consumer’s Pub at the Park will be on the mezzanine level on the first base side of Coca-Cola Field, taking over for the former Pettibones Grille restaurant. In addition to a re-vamped ‘pub-style’ menu, the Consumer’s Pub at the Park will feature Buffalocal beers and beverages from a number of local breweries including Resurgence, Big Ditch, Flying Bison, 12 Gates, 42 North, Labatt, New York Beer Project, Buffalo Brewing Company, Pearl Street Brewing, as well as Blackbird Cider.

This exciting launch of the Consumer’s Pub at the Park is yet another collaboration between the Bisons and Consumer’s Beverages to bring great-tasting craft beers to fans. In 2010, the partners launched the Ballpark Brew Bash craft-beer tasting event that will return for an eighth consecutive year on September 23, 2017 (ballparkbrewbash.com). In 2011, Consumer’s Craft Beer Corner by the Swan St. gate of the ballpark made its debut as a fan-favorite location, especially during the Resurgence Brewing ‘Happy Hour’ before Honda fridaynightbash!® games.

“Consumer’s Beverages has been a tremendous partner for so many years and we’re looking forward to providing our fans with a new favorite locale to enjoy the many fabulous craft beers and beverages that are brewed right here in the Buffalo area,” said Robert Free, Vice President of Food and Beverage for the Bisons. “This new venture continues the Bisons traditions of bringing the best local foods and beverages into the ballpark for our fans to enjoy. More so, this collaboration will feature many special and unique events at the Consumer’s Pub at the Park in the fall and winter months.”

“With our long-time partnership with the Buffalo Bisons and our dedication to Buffalo Beer, it was a natural fit to bring an idea like this to the ballpark. I think we have something really unique here and it helps showcase all of the tremendous talent that exists in the region. We’re proud to be known as Buffalo’s Beer Store and this allows us to participate in Buffalo’s upswing on a different level than we’re used to. It’s a really exciting opportunity for us and most importantly, it’s fun,” said Neil Kavanaugh, owner of Consumer’s Beverages.

While the transformation of Pettibones Grille into the Consumer’s Pub at the Park takes place, the restaurant will continue to serve as a spot for Bisons fans to enjoy dinner and drinks before and during Bisons home games. The restaurant opens two hours before every game and reservations can be made by calling (716) 846-2100.

Fans can follow the progress at PubatthePark.com and on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

About Consumer’s Beverages

Consumer’s Beverages has been the leader in beer retail for 70 years in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Starting as a home delivery service in 1948 and opening it’s first ‘cash and carry’ outlet in 1966, Consumer’s has since grown to 17 WNY locations. With the largest selection, unmatched service and best pricing, they are truly Buffalo’s Beer Store.

About Buffalocal

Buffalocal celebrates the heritage and tradition of Buffalo breweries. Consumer’s Beverages and Try-It Distributing are proud to be partners with many local breweries and cider makers, and Buffalocal is our way to celebrate them in our accounts. When you see the Buffalocal logo, you’ll know you are supporting REAL HANDCRAFTED BEER born and loved in Buffalo.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: West Shore Brewing opens, new brewery coming to Barrel Factory, Hamburg Brewing adds 2 new beers, Community Beer Works gives back

West Shore Brewing is now open for business

The doors of Clarence’s West Shore Brewing, located at 10995 Main Street, are now open. This week they will be open Thursday and Friday, 4-8pm, and Saturday, 12-6pm, with two beers on tap, West Shore Wheat and NBB ESB, as well as a pair of beers from Victor’s VB Brewing, Canoe Lager and Coast to Coast IPA, the first time VB’s beers have been available in Western New York. Owner Josh Dziomba says that plans are to add an IPA to the lineup in the coming weeks, as well as another pale ale, cream ale and experimental Dunkelweizen. Visit https://www.facebook.com/westshorebrewing/.

New brewery coming to Old First Ward’s Barrel Factory

A new brewery will soon be joining Old First Ward Brewing in the Old First Ward. The as-yet-titled brewery, to open inside the Barrel Factory, is expected to produce between 2,200-2,500 barrels annually with a focus on West Coast style beers, including a line of IPAs. The development group, which is led by Buffalo native Lexi Craine, expects the brewery to be open by October, pending both federal and state approval. Craine says she hopes to distribute beer downstate as well as to several neighboring states. Currently the Barrel Factory houses Lakeward Spirits, Snowy Owl Kombucha and Elevator Alley Kayak.

Hamburg Brewing adds 2 new beers to lineup

Two new beers have joined the lineup at Hamburg Brewing, Hoptang (5%) and Pineapple IPA (7.2%), the next in the brewery’s Lab Coat Series. The former is a dry hopped grapefruit lager featuring a nice compliment of hops and grapefruit that provides a pleasant balance and the latter is ‘a whirlwind of fruit, hops and malts combined to make something utterly different,’ according to the brewery, leading to a sticky pineapple mouthfeel with a malty back bone. Enjoy one or both today, preferably while sitting down by the water on Hamburg’s patio. There are plenty of seats waiting for you.

Community Beer Works gives back…again

Community Beer Works are using their Frank American Pale Ale to give back yet again, this time to Crisis Services of Erie County. On July 7, 3-10pm, your $5 purchase of a pint of Frank results in a full $5 donation to Crisis Services, which offers a number of invaluable services to those in need. In 2017 alone, CBW has donated $750 to the Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York Action Fund, $2,775 for Journey’s End Refugee Services of Buffalo, $1,335 for Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY, $770 for Pinball EDU Charity and Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER.

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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Pan-American Brewery becomes Lafayette Brewing Company

Pan-American Brewery, nestled inside of the historic Hotel Lafayette and one of the Buffalo beer scene’s better kept secrets for the past five years, is now officially Lafayette Brewing Company.

Head brewer Chris Herr, who you may know as the man who also brews the beer for Pearl Street Brewery and Riverworks Brewing Company, explains that the rebrand was born out of necessity because conveying the message that they are in fact a brewery has been somewhat of a struggle to this point.

“It has been one of our greatest challenges at Pan-Am to convey that we are a brewery,” Herr says. “Many people think that we are just a restaurant with a craft beer menu, and in some cases I’ve heard that they think we’re brewing beers at Pearl Street and simply bringing them over to Pan-Am. This is obviously not the case for those ‘in the know,’ but it’s been a challenge for us. The fact that the brewery is not as visible as it is in our other locations adds to that challenge. We feel that by re-branding as Lafayette Brewing Company that it will make our business more obvious.”

“Our goal is to convey to the average person and tourists that we are a brewery in addition to a restaurant with a unique beer list brewed in the basement of a beautifully restored historic building in downtown Buffalo. It’s also the licensed name of our brewery already, so it’s more of a push towards our roots. I do think it’s a better representation, as most breweries have food as well, but most restaurants don’t brew their own beer.”

As a member of the Pearl Street family of properties, Lafayette Brewing features a number of flagship offerings such as the Terminator Pale Ale and Roosevelt Red as well as the popular seasonal Cheaters IPA, whose recipes will remain the same for the most part. LBC’s 15-barrel system produces 465 gallon batches year round.

“Our core beers (Lackawanna Lager, High Iron Wit, Rough Rider Porter) will all still be on draft along with Trainwreck, our company wide signature beer,” Herr adds. “In addition to those 6 core beers, we have a constantly rotating list of 4 seasonal beers that are always unique to Lafayette, and generally speaking we shoot for the hoppier styles. This gives us a lot of opportunity to play with new hops, techniques, and incorporating unique flavors in to our beers which is very exciting.”

“We also believe that our strength as a brewpub which brews relatively small batches of beer is mobility – we can change a recipe slightly to try to make it better every time. I always say my goal isn’t to completely change a beer recipe when I revise it, but just to make it taste a little bit better than last time. I want people to keep trying our beer and always think ‘Wow, that’s even better than I remember!’”

The name isn’t the only thing that’s been revamped either – the food menu was addressed as well. The brewery is moving to a higher-end sharable plate vibe for their new menu, which was curated to better pair with their handcrafted beers. The new menu includes chicken wings, Pickle Dippers (fried pickle spears with a zesty jalapeno ranch sauce), Bavarian pretzels with house made beer dip, Wonton Bites, Pulled Pork Nachos, Pot Roast Poutine and the signature Lafayette Pub Plate (assorted meats, cheese, fruits and bread). The brewery has a new Sunday Brunch menu, which includes $10 bottomless Mimosas and also offers a happy hour Monday through Thursday from 4-7pm with $3.50 pints.

“The general vibe of the place will stay the same,” Herr says.

One thing that will not need addressing is LBC’s game room (located in the back lounge), because that space was recently renovated to include a new shuffleboard table, dart boards, foosball table, pool table, pinball machines, couches and televisions. And that’s on top of the fireplace and additional seating next to it.

And if you’ve never been down to Pan-American Brewery, scratch that, Lafayette Brewing Company, or haven’t been down in some time, Herr puts it simply as to what you should expect.

“Great beer and better company, good food and friendly staff,” he says. “Fresh beer and a wide assortment of styles, from light to smooth, hoppy to dark and robust, and everything in between – there simply isn’t a better kept secret in our city than Lafayette Brewing Company. We’re hoping to let that secret out. We have an excellent menu and we’re still walking distance from Key Bank Arena and Canalside, which makes us an excellent spot to pop in and get some food before a major event down town while still avoiding some of the crowds. Did I forget to mention the award winning beer? You can’t miss.”

For more information on the newly minted Lafayette Brewing Company, including their new food and brunch menus, visit www.lafbrewco.com.

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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12 Gates Brewing, 103.3 The Edge partner on new Edge Beer

12 Gates Brewing Company have teamed up with 103.3 The Edge to create a special new Edge Beer, which will be available throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region starting late summer through the rest of the year, as well as on tap at concerts and select venues.

They need your help in helping to determine what exactly Edge Beer will ultimately be. After starting with a list of 23 different beers, the list was narrowed down to four, and your vote is needed in selecting the final style. 12 Gates are brewing four pilot batches – an IPA, a Wheat Pale Ale, a Kentucky Common, and an American Blonde – for the beer drinking public to choose from, with the final vote taking place at 12 Gates’ Williamsville tap room on Friday, July 28.

On July 28, The Edge will be broadcasting live from 12 Gates and that’s when the voting will commence. The four pilot batches will be tapped and participants can enjoy the samples and vote for their favorite. Once all of the votes are tabulated, the winning style will be announced. The prevailing beer style will be then scaled up to 12 Gates’ 30-barrel production system.

According to 12 Gates head brewer Scott Shuler, each of these four styles ‘represents a good cross section of styles that would be good on draft, on the porch, at a concert, or a sporting event.’

“I am super excited to be working with 103.3 The Edge,” Shuler says. “We have a great relationship with everyone over at Cumulus and we look to extend this love even farther. When the idea of brewing a special beer for them came up we jumped at the idea. It is a great way to pour back into the community and reach new people.”

James Kurdziel, The Edge’s Director of Programming, adds that Edge Beer is something the station has been planning for some time and the new partnership with 12 Gates was the final piece of the puzzle.

“We’re really excited to get our Edge Beer off the ground,” he says. “It’s something we’ve been planning and working toward for a while and finding the partnership we have with 12 Gates couldn’t be better. These are pros and they have a lot of buzz around WNY, not only for their great beer, but for their involvement in the community. That’s something we believe in strongly. I can’t wait to get started and for people to see what’s to come.”

For more information, visit www.12gatesbrewing.com and www.wedg.com.

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: 12 Gates & 103.3 The Edge team on new beer, Woodcock adds 2 beers to lineup, New York Beer Project releases new IPA, Big Ditch Deep Cut & Packet return

12 Gates teams with 103.3 The Edge for new beer

12 Gates Brewing and 103.3 The Edge are partnering up for a special beer and are calling on the beer drinking public in order to make the final decision. 12 Gates will be brewing four pilot batches (IPA, Wheat Pale Ale, Kentucky Common, American Blonde) for a special tasting vote on July 28 and the beer with the most votes will be scaled up to 12 Gates’ 30-barrel production system to deliver a beer for late summer through the rest of the year. The beer will be available locally as well as concerts and venues. Stay tuned for more details!

Woodcock Brothers celebrate summer with new wit

Raise a toast to summer with Woodcock Brothers Brewing Belgian Wit, which hits taps this week. This year’s Belgian Wit, which will be on tap at the brewery on June 27, is a hoppy witbier jammed full of Citra hops during whirlpool to amp that big citrus punch. It stays nice and easy at 5% and is light and fluffy on the pallet due to the fortified white wheat we use. Woodcock also recently released the first batch of Salted Caramel Coffee Porter, a dessert style porter brewed with cocoa nibs and salted caramel cold-press coffee from Orange Cat Coffee.

New York Beer Project goes Topless with new IPA

New York Beer Project has added a new IPA to their beer stable, Topless IPA (4.66%). This session IPA is brewed with Bitter Gold, Hallertau Blanc, and Mosaic hops. It’s light and refreshing, with aromas of fresh cut grass, lemongrass and white grapefruit with hints of tangerine, grape and floral spice. Light cracker malt character invades your pallet upon first sip but quickly gives away to a pleasant hop bitterness with white grapefruit, floral spice, and lemongrass. The moderately high carbonation adds to the refreshing character of this beer. Topless Session IPA is on tap at the brewery right now.

Deep Cut, Packet can return to Big Ditch

Two of Big Ditch Brewing’s most sought after canned offerings, Deep Cut Double IPA (8.2%) and Packet IPA (7.2%), are making their triumphant return on June 30 at 11am. For Packet, this will be the last time it will be brewed for the foreseeable future, and approximately 200 cases will be available. There will be no Packet on draft, although single cans will be available for consumption in the tap room. Both batches will be canned 24 hours before they go on sale to assure freshness. Both beers are sold in 16oz 4-packs for $14.99+tax at Big Ditch’s tap room.

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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Meet the Brewers Tent at Buffalo Brewers Festival Combines Great Food & Great Beer

Perhaps the most unique tent at the Buffalo Brewers Festival is the Meet the Brewers Tent, which features local brewers pairing their handcrafted beers with locally made cheeses from Reverie Creamery and locally sourced chocolate from Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates.

For the fourth iteration of the Meet the Brewers tent, there will be two sessions. Both sessions promise to be highly interactive and educational taste experiences not to be missed as brewers from each brewery, as well as representatives from Reverie Creamery Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates, will be on hand to explain how each pairing works, how they came together, what flavors you should expect and to answer any questions you may have.

The first session (4:30-5pm) features Riko Chandra of Reverie Creamery pairing their cheeses with the likes of Four Mile Brewing, Rusty Nickel Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing Company, and Windy Brew.

The second session (5:30-6pm) features Lacy Christ of chocolatier Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates pairing their chocolates with 12 Gates Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Resurgence Brewing, and Thin Man Brewery.

Only 75 tickets are available for each session. Tickets for each session are $5 and will be available for purchase at the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tent at the Buffalo Brewers Festival.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

The 2017 Meet the Brewers Tent is brought to you by Premier Gourmet and Chef Krista van Wagner.

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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Farm-to-Pint Tent at Buffalo Brewers Festival Spotlights All-Local Beer

One of the newest and most exciting features at the Buffalo Brewers Festival is the Farm-to-Pint Tent, which celebrates beer created exclusively from locally sourced ingredients by Western New York breweries and showcases local farmers, maltsters, and hop farmers like Sheldon Grain Co, NY Craft Malt, Niagara Malts & Hops, Koester Hops, 1816 Malt House, Crooked Creek Hops Farm.

Limited edition brews will be available for tasting from Big Ditch Brewing Company, Flying Bison, Four Mile Brewing, Hamburg Brewing, Rusty Nickel Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Woodcock Brothers and Windy Brew. This fun and interactive experience will allow you to learn about where your beer is grown, who grows it, and how it gets into your pint glass. This is really a learn-by-drinking extravaganza.

Featured breweries:

– Hamburg Brewing – F2P Honey Ale
– Big Ditch Brewing – WNY Pale Ale
– Four Mile Brewing – F2P Maple Brown
– Woodcock Brothers Brewing– F2P 425 Pilsner
– Flying Bison Brewing – Newport Pleasureale IPA
– Rusty Nickel Brewing – Wit & Wisdom Witbier
– Southern Tier Brewing – F2P Imperial Gose
– Windy Brew – Sheldon Helles

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

The Farm-to-Pint Tent is brought to you by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association with generous logistical & organizational support from  Rusty Nickel.

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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The beer game at the Guest Brewer Tent at Buffalo Brewers Festival is strong

While the old saying isn’t fourth times a charm, it just might have to be changed to that because the Guest Brewers Tent at the fourth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival is as strong, if not stronger, as it has ever been in the past. You can find out for yourself as the marquee summer beer festival returns on Saturday, June 24 at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

The brewery lineup for this year’s Guest Brewers tent is as good as it has ever been, if not vastly superior to previous years. Headlined by Brooklyn’s brewery du jour Other Half Brewing, along with fellow New York breweries Industrial Arts Brewing and Singlecut Beersmiths, the beer game at the Guest Brewers Tent is going to be strong. Real strong.

Here is the full list of Guest Brewers and the beer they are bringing:

– Other Half (DDH Space Diamonds DIPA| DDH All Citra Everything IPA)
– Industrial Arts (Safety Glasses SIPA | Power Tools IPA)
– Ommegang (Rosetta Kriek| Sour Pale Ale)
– Firestone Walker (Luponic Distortortion #6 | Bretta Weisse)
– Singlecut (Softly Spoken Magic Spells DIPA)
– Gun Hill (Booby Trap Saison)
– Brouwerij de Ranke (XX Bitter)
– Mill House (Northwest Territory DIPA)
– Thirsty Dog (Wulvers Barrel Aged Wee Heavy)

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

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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Breweries, Tap List Announced For Buffalo Brewers Festival 

The full list of breweries, cideries and meaderies, along with each and every boozy offering they will be pouring, for the 4th annual Buffalo Brewers Festival has been announced. The marquee summer beer festival takes place Saturday, June 24 at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

For those that do not know, or for those just need a little help jogging your memory, the Buffalo Brewers Festival is broken into a number of specialized tents, including one main Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association Tent, which features all of your favorite hometown breweries, Guest Brewers Tent, which this year is bigger and better than ever (just look at the list below), Farm-To-Pint Tent, which spotlights local beer sourced exclusively from local ingredients, New York State Cider & Mead Tent, which is exactly what it sounds like, and the Meet the Brewers Tent, which features unique beer pairings including Reverie Creamery cheeses paired with several local breweries and local chocolatier Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates and several local breweries.

Now, without further ado, here is the complete brewery and tap list for the fourth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival:

BNBA WNY Brewers Tent:

– 12 Gates (Hermetic IPA | Saison)
– 42 North (Borderland IPA | Tart Farmhouse Saison)
– Big Ditch (Hayburner IPA | Squeezer Sour Kolsch)
– Buffalo Brewing Company (1901 IPA | 1842 Vienna Lager)
– Buffalo Brewpub (Blueberry Wheat | Amber Ale)
– Community Beer Works (The Whale | Interrobang IPA)
– Ellicottville Brewing Company (Fistful of Peel Citrus IPA | Blueberry Wheat)
– Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing (Lim Wit Hefe | Double X-ing DIPA)
– Flying Bison (Lemondrop Lager | Low Gear Session IPA)
– Four Mile (New England Pale Ale | Green Street IPA)
– Gordon Biersch (German Pilsner | West Coast IPA)
– Hamburg (Summa This | Roots Tropical Pale Ale)
– New York Beer Project (Supernatural Kettle Sour | Panda Paws Porter)
– Old First Ward (Short Sleeves Hoppy Wheat | Mashtag IPA)
– Riverworks Brewing Company (Conveyor Cream Ale | Rejuvenator IPA)
– Pearl Street Brewery (Train Wreck Amber)
– Pan Am/Lafayette Brewing (Rough Rider Porter)
– Resurgence Brewing (CitMo IPA | Cosmic Truth Session IPA)
– Rusty Nickel (Slice O’ Havens Imperial Cream Ale| Palletizer Pale Ale)
– Southern Tier (Nu Skool IPA | Unfiltered 2xIPA)
– Thin Man (Juicemaster Mango/Passionfruit Sour| Bliss DIPA)
– West Shore Brewing (American ESB | West Shore Wheat)
– Windy Brew (Sheldon Bush Cream Ale | PTSD IPA)
– Woodcock Brothers (Woodcock IPA | Honey Saison)

Guest Brewers Tent:

– Other Half Brewing (DDH Space Diamonds DIPA| DDH All Citra Everything IPA)
– Industrial Arts (Safety Glasses SIPA | Power Tools IPA)
– Ommegang (Rosetta Kriek | Sour Pale Ale)
– Firestone Walker (Luponic Distortion #6 | Bretta Weisse)
– Singlecut (Softly Spoken Magic Spells DIPA)
– Gun Hill (Booby Trap Saison)
– Brouwerij de Ranke (XX Bitter)
– Mill House (Northwest Territory DIPA)
– Thirsty Dog (Wulvers Barrel Aged Wee Heavy)

Farm-to-Pint Tent:

– Hamburg Brewing (F2P Honey Ale)
– Four Mile Brewing (F2P Maple Brown)
– Woodcock Brothers (F2P 425 Pilsner)
– Flying Bison (Newport Pleasureale IPA)
– Rusty Nickel – (Wit & Wisdom Witbier)
– Southern Tier – (Imperial Cherry Gose)
– Windy Brew – (Sheldon Helles)

NYS Cider & Mead Tent:

– BlackBird Cider Works (Dabinett |Et Trois)
– Chateau Buffalo (Baldwin Cider | Pirouette Perry)
– Mac Jac (Black Currant | Blood Orange)
– Blackman Cider Company (Semi Sweet | Hopped)
– Bellweather Cider (King Baldwin | Cherry Street)
– Lilly Belle Meads (Honey & Hops Mead | Bobby Bouchet-style Mead)

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

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: Meet the Brewers at Buffalo Brewers Fest, Kolsch Day at 42 North, Craft Beer Cruise with Pizza Plant, SommerBrau release at Gordon Biersch

Buffalo Brewers Festival returns for 4th year

The date for the Buffalo Brewers Festival, which returns for its fourth year on June 24 (3-7pm), is rapidly approaching, and you can still purchase tickets right now at www.buffalobrewersfestival.com. In addition to over 40 breweries, cideries and meaderies slinging their suds at the Outer Harbor, new this year is the Farm to Pint Tent, which features local sourced beers, including new offerings from Rusty Nickel Brewing and Flying Bison, made from ingredients sourced from area malt houses and hop farms. Tickets are also available at Consumers Beverages, Aurora Brew Works, Premier Gourmet, the Buffalo Bisons Box Office and TicketFly.

Second Annual Kolsch Day at 42 North Brewing

42 North Brewing are celebrating all things kolsch at their 2nd Annual Kolsch Day on June 25 (1-6pm). In honor of the beer style, they will be serving their Nelson Sauvin Kölsch in traditional stange glassware, and running tabs for those participating until they are finished, meaning that the Tapkeeper on duty will be refilling your stange glass with fresh kölsch beer until a tallied coaster is placed upon the glass, signifying you are done drinking. There will also be music by The Auslanders in the biergarten, as well as German-themed special menu items. This event is free to participate.

Hit the high seas with Pizza Plant’s Booze Cruise

Pizza Plant’s annual Craft Beer Cruise returns on June 21 (5:30-9:30pm), departing from the Erie Basin Marina aboard the Miss Buffalo 2. Your ticket ($60) will get you on to the ship, as well as a free beer tasting, free wine tasting from Empire Merchants and Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, free food, including homemade chicken sausage, pasta, salad, and homemade megachip cookies and free live music, courtesy of Slim Chance Slim Chance and the Can’t Hardly Playboys. Tickets are only available only at www.eventbrite.com (they will not be available at either location or on the day of at the boat).

Celebrate Sommer(Brau) with Gordon Biersch

Gordon Biersch is going Hawaiian for the release of their annual summer seasonal, SommerBrau (4.8%), which officially hits taps on June 21 (5-7pm). The light bodied kolsch-style beer is brewed true to style by using a special top fermenting yeast strain, imported specially from Germany. Additionally, it’s brewed with 80% pale-malted barley and 20% malted wheat and German Tettnang hops. Come dressed in your favorite Hawaiian shirt for a chance to win prizes as you enjoy beers 2 for $10. Live music for the night will be provided by Busted Stuff. All proceeds will go to benefit the Craftworks Foundation.

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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