Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 1

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab.

New York Beer Project

Watermelon Saison: A refreshing summer saison brewed with 110 pounds of fresh watermelon featuring aromas of watermelon and light citrus with light citrus and watermelon rind on the finish. Seems like a good beer to have in the middle of summer.

Righteous Dude DIPA: Bold dank hops, juicy orange and tropical fruit with notes of peach, mango and grapefruit. Hints of resin and pine come through towards finish. Why wouldn’t you want a big 8.8% DIPA down on the waterfront?

Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch: A raspberry flavored German-style kolsch beer with a fuchsia color and mild raspberry aroma. You’re probably going to want to have a few of these.

Lockport Lager: A traditional Czech style pilsner boasting a bready malt character and light sweetness. Not many things beat a light and refreshing pilsner. Get this one on your list.

Woodcock Brothers Brewing

North 425 Pilsner: Traditional pils brewed with local ingredients. It is clean and crisp with a refreshing lightly hopped finish. A word of advice – you can never have too many good pilsners.

Honey Saison: This old-world style Saison is brewed with local wildflower honey and delivers a soft, touch of honey on the palate with a mild Saison finish. You’re gonna want to stay hydrated out there, so make sure to hit this one up – it sounds refreshing as hell.

Kumquat Berliner Weisse: A cloudy, light German style sour beer that is tart and sweet with kumquats. How delicious does this sound? Chances are you’ll see this beer on my can’t-miss list.

Ellicottville Brewing Company

Blueberry Wheat: Golden & crisp wheat ale with big and prominent blueberry aromas. Duh. If you’ve drank a local beer in your life, chances are you have had this WNY staple and know what it’s all about.

Ellicottville IPA: While not a session at 6%, it drinks like one with aromas of grapefruit and hops and flavors of citrus, grapefruit and ever-so-slight hop resin. This is just a good IPA.

Foggy Style Unfiltered IPA: Smooth & juicy with big tropical hop flavor, mosaic & simcoe hops. You had to know there would be some haze at the Brewers Fest, right? The line forms behind me.

Community Beer Works

Frank (American Pale Ale): A light body with a zesty, piney, and citrusy hop profile that is superbly drinkable. Is there anything that screams Buffalo more than drinking Frank at the Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside? That’s like Buffalo overload.

The Whale (American Brown Ale): Smooth yet complex with aromas and flavors of chocolate and coffee. See what I said about Frank just above? You can apply that to Whale as well.

That IPA: Simcoe, Mosaic, and Zythos hops give a profile of tropical fruits, peach, and other summer fruits. At only 4.9%, go ahead and pencil in a few on these.

Ein Bier Bitte (Another Beer, Please): A classic German hefe with notes of banana, berry and clove. Light, refreshing, and summery. Be sure to take a break and quench your thirst with one of these.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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: Pressure Drop Can Release, People’s Choice Award at Brewers Fest, Resurgence Summer Party, Kegworks Tank Swap

Pressure Drop Brewing Plans First Ever Can Release

Pressure Drop Brewing will hold their first ever can release, their flagship mosaic IPA Sticky Trees, on June 10. Cans (16oz. 4 packs) will go on sale at 2pm on the loading dock of the Barrel Factory. There is no limit, with approximately 50-60 cases available. The label art was created by local tattoo artist Craig Cheapé. If you’re unfamiliar with Sticky Trees, it has hints of grapefruit and citrus on the nose, with loads of dank resin to back it up. Future plans call for Citra Screamer Cream Ale to be canned next, followed by Strummer Belgian Blonde Ale.

Cast Your Vote for People’s Choice Saison at Buffalo Brewer’s Festival

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison. Among the breweries taking part in the People’s Choice Competition are Resurgence Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Thin Man Brewery, Brickyard Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Windy Brew, Big Ditch Brewing, Pearl Street, Ellicottville Brewing, New York Beer Project, Hamburg Brewing, Eli Fish Brewing, West Shore Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing and Woodcock Brewing. Drink them all, then cast your vote in the ballot box for your favorite! Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com.

Do Summer Up Right at Resurgence Brewing’s Annual Summer Party

One of Buffalo’s definitive summer bashes, Resurgence Brewing’s Summer Party, returns on June 9 (12-11pm). Resurgence favorite’s Strawberry IPA and Lime Berliner Weisse return, carnival games including an inflatable basketball shoot, dunk tank, photo booth, cornhole, Giant Jenga and Giant Connect Four will also be available. There will be live music all day and local food trucks & vendors. For $10 you’ll receive a commemorative Willi Becher glass, which includes your first fill for free and $.50 off additional fills. Bootleg Bucha will be mixing up cocktails at their specialty bar and there will be a beer truck on site.

Attention Homebrewers: KegWorks Now Doing CO2 Tank Swaps

Calling all homebrewers, KegWorks, located at 1460 Military Road in Kenmore, is now offering CO2 tank swaps. Just bring them your empty 5 lb. CO2 tank and they will swap it for one that is already filled. Your tank must have at least one year left before expiration. Price is $20 (cash only, sales tax included) and right now they are only doing 5 lb. tanks but may add other sizes if there is demand. To swap your tank, go to the building in the back and follow the “Local Pickup” signs. Tank swap hours are 8am-4pm Monday through Friday.

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: Big Ditch, Rusty Nickel Turn Three, Flying Bison’s Ultimate Summer Beer, Kolsch Day at 42 North

Time Flies: Big Ditch Brewing Turns Three Years Old

You know the old sayings – ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ and ‘they grow up so fast.’ Such is the case for Big Ditch Brewing, who celebrates their third anniversary on May 31 (5pm). The brewery is rolling out special beers for the occasion, including Passionfruit Hayburner, Flowers, a wheat ale brewed with chamomile and lemon zest, Orange Blossom Honey Ale, brewed with New York Craft Malt and NYS honey, Short Cut Session IPA, Tower Barleywine and Bourbon Barrel Aged Towpath 2017 (limited pours), and perhaps some surprises. There will also be a special food menu. Happy birthday Big Ditch!

Flying Bison Brewing Releases Ultimate Summer Beer

Flying Bison has released the ultimate summer crusher with Belgian White 100. There’s huge sweet orange notes with minimal spice backing, all at 3.5% ABV. It’s also only 100 calories. Grab six packs around town and on draft at the brewery (the first beer Flying Bison has ever served with an orange slice). Also, Flying Bison favorite, Juice Caboose IPA, has returned on draft and in bottles with a new redesigned label, and County Fair Ale, the American Pale Ale that won the first Erie County Fair Homebrew Competition three years ago, will be bottled soon for a summer release.

Second Annual Kolsch Day at 42 North Brewing

42 North Brewing are celebrating all things kolsch at their 3rd Annual Kolsch Day on June 3 (1-7pm). In honor of the beer style, they will be serving their Westphalia German-style 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 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 outside in the biergarten, as well as German-themed special menu items. This event is free to participate.

Happy Third Anniversary to Rusty Nickel Brewing

Rusty Nickel Brewing is celebrating their 3rd Anniversary on June 3 (12-11pm). The event will feature plenty of food, all of your favorite Rusty Nickel brews on tap, including Slice O’ Havens Imperial Cream Ale and Ebenezer IPA, custom cocktails and mixologies, RNBC’s award-winning Bloody Marys, wine, spirits, and hard cider as well as live music all day long. Starting with the Open Mic / The Enderle Experience (12-2pm), Ben Clifford will take the stage from 2-4pm, followed by Paul Enderle (4-7pm), Kate Mallen Music (7-7:30pm) and finally Wacko Fest (7:30-10:30pm). The event is free and open to the public.

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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Kickstart Your Summer the Right Way at 12 Gates’ Rock the Gates II

Usher in summer at 12 Gates Brewing with the second annual Rock the Gates Festival, a day of entertainment and special beer releases, on June 2nd (12-11pm). 12 Gates’ signature annual bash is the perfect way to start your summer off right, because, honestly, we only get about three months of it to enjoy each year, so why not fill your glass with fresh local beer while surrounded by hundreds of like-minded individuals?

The event will feature the exclusive release of bottles of 12 Gates’ Ancient Chaos Tropical Stout (22oz bombers, $12 each, 100 bottles available). If last year’s Ancient Chaos special release, a dark saison aged on black currants and pinot noir oak from Leonard Oakes Winery, was any indication, Ancient Chaos Tropical Stout is sure to be a can’t-miss beer.

And in addition to the release of Ancient Chaos, 12 Gates are also releasing eight exclusive beers in their VIP Tent (find more info on that below), including:

Nut Brown Ale (4.9%): Clean hops and a complex malt bill produce a clean, full, and slightly nutty Brown Ale.

Pilot IPA 8.0 (New England Style IPA)(7.3%): Features loads of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. The result is a soft East Coast IPA with notes of mandarin orange and mango, with a touch of pineapple.

Blood Orange Wit (5.1%): This light Belgian Wit beer was treated with Blood Orange Candi Syrup to yield a citrusy and spritzy summertime beer.

Mr. Finish Line IPA (Rye IPA)(6.5%): This Rye IPA was brewed by 12G brewer Dave as part of the Co-Pilot Series. Look for strong tropical and lemon notes with a touch of rye spiciness.

Upsilon IPA (White IPA)(6.8%): This White IPA was brewed by 12G assistant Corey as part of the Co-Pilot Series. Look for Belgian spice and phenols along with notes of coriander, peaches, and pears.

Tacocat (5.3%): 12G’s base Pilsner aged on tequila oak and limes to create a super summery easy drinking beer.

Coffee IPA (6.7%): 12G’s West Coast Style IPA aged on a special blend of coffee from Kornerstone Roasters. Look for subtle notes of citrus, coffee and chocolate.

Coconut Amber (5.1%): 12G’s Pilot Dark Amber treated with 8 pounds of toasted unsweetened coconut to give a smooth and roasty coconut flavor and aroma reminiscent of a Mounds bar.

12 Gates knows that you can’t have all of this delicious beer on an empty stomach. Food vendors KTB’s Bucking Pig BBQ, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs and Get Fried will make their return at Rock the Gates II, while the debuting Butcher Dave, Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles LLC, Mineo & Sapio Street Eats, Share Kitchen & Bar Room, and Sweet Melody’s will also be on hand serving up the good stuff.

Rock the Gates II will also feature live music all day, starting at noon with The RiG, performing all of your favorite hits from the 70’s. From there, Pearl Jam tribute band Unleash the Lion (3-5:30pm) takes the stage, followed by XOXO Pop Band (6-8:30pm), playing a selection of modern pop hits, and finally, The A-List Band (9pm) will close out the night’s festivities playing all of your classic rock favorites and music you can dance to.

There will be prize giveaways throughout the event, including a raffle for a one-of-a-kid 12 Gates branded kegerator and free beer for a year. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 and the proceeds go to benefit WNY Heroes.org. Winner will receive a case of beer each month.

Tickets for Rock the Gates II are $10 pre-sale ($15 door) and include a voucher for a 12 Gates pint glass (while supplies last) and 1 beer, while VIP tickets ($30 pre-sale / $35 door) include a limited edition Rock the Gates t-shirt, 12 Gates branded Teku beer glass, 2 free beers and VIP Tent Access, which includes the afore mentioned eight exclusive beers. Only 250 VIP tickets available.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/430424420751179/.

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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6 Standouts from the Beer List at the Fifth Annual Farm to Pint

All spokes on the local brewing wheel were in fine form at the fifth annual Farm to Pint event at Hamburg Brewing Company this past weekend. Local farmers, maltsters, and hop farmers were on full display at the event, which celebrates beer created exclusively from locally sourced ingredients.

We’ve been in attendance for all of these Farm to Pint events and the fifth iteration, which was ticketed for the first time in 2018, was as well done as it has been in prior years. All of the beers were easy to obtain (both inside and outside on the patio), the brewers themselves were readily accessible, and the tickets even included a free order of pretzel bites, which definitely hit the spot after a handful of 10oz. pours.

Which brings us to the star of the show, the beer. This year’s F2P tap list was one of the strongest in recent memory, with a number of memorable hazy and juicy IPAs, a pale ale fermented in a pickle pail and a one brewed with crushed donuts. And before you ask, no, our favorites list isn’t entirely made up of IPAs, well, not entirely at least. Just go ahead and take a look for yourself, and if you can find any of these beers on tap around the area, you do it.

42 North Brewing C-Suite White IPA – One of our absolutely favorites from the Farm to Pint draft board. All of the haze highlighted by sweet notes of orange and tangerine.

Ellicottville Brewing Whiney Wheat – Fermented with Traminette grape juice, this beer was simply lovely. Yes, a beer can be described as lovely, you wanna fight about it? Really nice notes of white wine and soft peach.

West Shore Brewing Rust Belt IPA – Massive juicy mango and papaya flavors with a soft rounded finish. Maybe the best beer we had at Farm to Pint.

Hamburg Brewing Ground and Glazed – This one is brewed with crushed Red Velvet donuts from Paula’s Donuts, so that pretty much makes it a must-drink. Beyond that, it was great – a beer that tastes like having a coffee and a donut. It’s roasty with a hit of vanilla glaze.

Rusty Nickel Pickle Pail Palletizer Pale Ale – Easily one of the more wild beers we’ve had recently. This shouldn’t have worked, but it did. The dill and cucumber shines through. This one was born after Rusty Nickel had a fresh pilot batch of Palletizer Pale and no fermenter to put it in, so they dumped it into an empty pickle pail. A happy accident for sure.

Thin Man Brewery Aura Tart Belgian Ale – A collaboration with Ontario’s Block 3, Aura is yet another banging tart saison from Thin Man. Tart and very refreshing notes of Belgian candied sugar and Riesling grape juice.

Another Farm to Pint event and another Farm to Pint Week is in the books, so until next year, here’s hoping that you are keeping on thinking and drinking local. We know we will. Cheers. For more information on all things F2P, please visit www.BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.Org/F2P.

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: Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside, Buffalo Brewing’s Beer Garden, Pearl Street Wild Stallions, Beer Cruises with Grady Lady Cruises

Buffalo Brewers Fest 2018 Returns to Canalside, Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p). The marquee festival, which returns to Canalside for 2018, will feature 100% local Buffalo & WNY breweries, as well as local food vendors and food trucks. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison. There will also be a number of special features, including local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with local malt and hops. Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com.

Buffalo Brewing Company Brews Special Beer, Opens New Beer Garden

The next time you find yourself at Charlie’s Boat Yard, make sure you order a CBY Boatyard Brew, a session IPA brewed specifically for them by Buffalo Brewing Company. Hopped with Chinook, Simcoe in the boil, Vic Secret in the whirlpool and Citra and Mosaic dry hop, the result is a beer that was built to be consumed at the small boat harbor. And the next time you’re down at Buffalo Brewing’s taproom, grab a pint and head out to their new beer garden. The space features plenty of open space and seating, including wooden Adirondack chairs and picnic tables.

Pearl Street Pays Tribute to Bill & Ted with New Summer Beer

In honor of the forthcoming third Bill & Ted film, Pearl Street Brewery are paying homage to William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan, collectively known as the Wild Stallions, with their latest brew, Wild Stallions Imperial Hefeweizen. This beer is an amped up version of Wild Ox Wheat beer, clocking in at 7.6% ABV. Banana and clove balance perfectly with smooth wheat and noble hops for a rounded, interesting, and totally drinkable beer, which may hide the ABV a little too well. Wild Stallions might be the perfect reason to reacquaint yourself with Pearl Street’s many patios.

Drink Local on the High Seas with Grand Lady Cruises

There’s nothing that says summer more than hitting the open water with fresh local craft beer, and luckily you can do both with Grand Lady Cruises. On June 24, Thin Man Brewery is taking the cruise over ($38 gets you a two-hour cruise, 4 beer samples, light appetizers and live music). From there, Woodcock Brothers Brewing will be featured on August 7, Pressure Drop Brewing on August 21 and Big Ditch Brewing on August 28. Grand Lady Cruises depart from Buffalo Riverworks (boarding 6:30p, sailing 7-9p). Space is limited so book online (fareharbor.com) or by phone at (716) 873-4630.

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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Beer, Wine & Spirits, Oh My – Find Them All (And More) at Elmwood Village Farmers Market

When the weather turns warmer, us Buffalonians love two things – being outside and drinking beer, and wine and spirits for that matter. One place that comes to mind where you can accomplish all of those things and more is the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday, from 8am-1pm, rain or shine, through November. Multiple wineries, breweries and distilleries will be on hand each and every week selling their wares.

Clarence’s West Shore Brewing Company will be at the market every week with different beers, each available for growler fills (owner Josh Dziomba says that crowlers and variety packs are a possibility in the near future), while Big Ditch Brewing (June 16, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 6) and Resurgence Brewing (June 2 & 30, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 20) will alternate appearances. Community Beer Works will also be there during select weeks.

Aside from beer, wineries such as Leonard Oaks (June 30, July 21, August 18, September 1 & 15), 21 Brix (July 28, August 18, September 22, October 6), Victorianbourg (May 26, June 9 & 23, July 14, August 25, September 8 & 29, October 13), Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery (May 26, June 2, July 7, August 25, September 15 & 29, October 13 & 27), Freedom Run (June 2 & 9, August 4, September 22, October 6), Eveningside (June 16, July 21, August 11) and Schulze (June 23, July 7, August 11, September 1 & 8) will be in attendance at the farmer’s market, while Niagara Craft Spirits (June 2 & 23, July 14, August 4 & 25, September 15, October 6 & 27, November 3, 10 & 17), Barn Dog Craft Distilling (May 26, June 16, July 7 & 28, August 18, September 8 & 29, October 20) and Black Button Distilling (June 9 & 30, July 21, August 11, September 1 & 22, October 13) will trade off weeks.

While you’re out shopping for locally crafted adult libations at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, you can also check a few other things off your shopping list, as the market also features vendors selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organics, fresh meat, cut flowers, eggs, dairy, honey, maple syrup, cheese and more. Products available at the market are always fresh, seasonal and local. Some new vendors in 2018 include Sitka Salmon, Five Points Bakery and Spar’s European Sausage & Meats.

In addition, HEAL Bflo offers free weekly yoga classes from 10-11am (classes begin June 2 on the west side of Elmwood Avenue, directly beyond the market), live music takes place 9:30am-12:30pm (weather permitting), KidBiz will bring its young entrepreneurs to the market on June 16, July 7 and August 4 and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo will host Wellness Lane events on July 21 and August 18.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market, located at the corner of Elmwood Avenue & Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, is open from 8am to 1pm Saturdays through November. For more information, please visit https://www.elmwoodmarket.org/.

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: Hazy IPA at 42 North, Farm to Pint, Rock the Gates, Public Day

New Haze Set to Hit Taps at 42 North

42 North Brewing is set to tap a new hazy IPA, Milestone 82 NE IPA (5.5%), on May 18th at 12pm. Brewed to be the haziest beer 42 North has ever made thanks to a blend of Azacca, Denali, Wai-iti, and Motueka hops, Milestone 82 NE IPA is hazy (duh!) and tropical with a soft, juicy finish. It’s very sessionable with a medium body, mild bitterness and a moderately sweet finish. This beer will be available for crowler fills. The East Aurora brewery also just released a new batch of Creekside Session IPA cans with Denali, Moteuka and Pacifica hops.

Fifth Annual Farm to Pint Event Returns to Hamburg Brewing

Farm to Pint, the annual celebration of beer created exclusively from local ingredients, returns for a fifth year on May 20 at Hamburg Brewing Company, 12-5pm. The event, which showcases the work of New York State brewers, malters and hop farmers, will feature over 10 specially made beers brewed by local breweries. The event is ticketed this year ($30 presale, $40 day of, $10 Designated Driver), which include a 10oz. Belgian Tulip F2P tasting glass, samplings of all beers, order of pretzel bites and live music by Max Muscato. Full pints and growlers available after 5pm. Presale tickets at Hamburgbrewing.com.

Seventh Annual Public Day at Southern Tier Brewing Company

Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Public Day 2018, the seventh installment of the annual event, a day of music, beer and food featuring dozens of Southern Tier beers, including standard releases, seasonal releases, one-off varieties and popular 2X series, Blackwater series, and many limited releases, takes place at Lakewood’s Empty Pint on May 19 (12-6pm). The event will feature 45 Southern Tier beers on tap, spirits and craft cocktails from Southern Tier Distilling Company and live music from the Brent Peterson Band. The event is free and open to the public. 5oz samples of beer will be available for $1 each.

Ring in Summer with Rock The Gates at 12 Gates Brewing

Usher in summer at 12 Gates with the second annual Rock the Gates Festival, a day of entertainment and special beer releases, on June 2nd (12-11pm). The event will feature the exclusive release of Ancient Chaos Tropical Stout (22oz bombers, $12 each, 100 bottles available). Tickets are $10 pre-sale ($15 door) and include a voucher for 12 Gates pint glass (while supplies last) and 1 beer and VIP tickets ($30 pre-sale / $35 door) include Rock the Gates t-shirt, 12 Gates teku glass, 2 beers and VIP Tent Access (8 exclusive beers). There will also be live music all day.

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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All Things Local Celebrated During Farm to Pint Week

While Farm to Pint primarily celebrates Western New York’s rich history of brewing, our region is also home to many vineyards, heritage hog farms, cheese makers, meaderies, cideries and distilleries, all of which will be celebrated during Farm to Pint week, which continues through May 20. The celebration casts the spotlight on the growing farm-to-table, and farm-to-glass, movement in the worlds of both food and drink.

The third annual Full Circle Fest at 42 North Brewing, which is sold out, takes place on Saturday, May 19 (2-6pm). The event features beer tastings from over a dozen local breweries, live music with the Tyler Wescott trio, and a pig roast with a pig raised on 42 North’s spent grains. Root’s Kitchen will provide sides and sauces for the roast.

“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 Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association 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.”

The fifth annual Farm to Pint, the annual celebration of beer created exclusively from local ingredients, returns for a fifth year on May 20 at Hamburg Brewing Company, 12-5pm. Limited edition and one-off brews will be available from 12 Gates, 42 North, Big Ditch Brewing, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Five & 20 Brewing & Distilling, Flying Bison, Four Mile, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg, New York Beer Project, Old First Ward, Pearl Street Brewery, Resurgence Brewing, Rusty Nickel, Southern Tier Brewing, Woodcock Brothers and Windy Brew. The event is ticketed this year ($30 presale, $40 day of, $10 Designated Driver), which include a 10oz. Belgian Tulip F2P tasting glass, samplings of all beers available, an order of pretzel bites and live music by Max Muscato. Full pints and growlers fills will be available after 5pm. Presale tickets can be purchased at Hamburgbrewing.com.

Farm to Pint tentative tap list:

Thin Man Brewery – Aura
Resurgence Brewing Company – Black Currant Kettle Sour
Community Beer Works – Frank
42 North Brewing Company – Buckwheat Brown Ale
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – NYS IPA
Big Ditch Brewing Company – Orange Blossom Honey Ale
Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. – Pickle Pail Palletizer Pae Ale
Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing Co. – Therapy Session Pale Ale
Buffalo Brewing Company – 2008 Rye Maple Bitter
BlackBird Cider Works – Estate Reserve – Semi Dry Hard Cider
WINDY BREW – FolsomPale
Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing – Grape Lakes
Sato Brewpub – Farm 2 Bento
Four Mile Brewing – Maple Brown Ale
West Shore Brewing Company – Rust Belt Copper Haze IPA
Southern Tier Brewing Company – Concord Grape Gose
Woodcock Brothers Brewery – North 425 Pilsner
Pressure Drop Brewing – Mother Rucker
New York Beer Project – Hop Technique: Code I
Ellicottville Brewing Company – Cashmaster
Ellicottville Brewing Company – Whiney Wheat
Flying Bison Brewing Company – Best Bitter
Hamburg Brewing Company – Ground and Glazed

Also as part of Farm to Pint Week, Lilly Belle Meads will have their Honey and Hops Mead on tap all week long at Pizza Plant.

“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.”

For more information, please visit BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.Org/F2P.

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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Thin Man Brewery House Favorite Finally Hits Cans

‘I’ve got a doodle in my noodle and its name is Minkey Boodle!’ Alright alright, all Space Ghost references aside, Minkey Boodle, one of Thin Man Brewery’s best selling beers, will finally be released in cans this weekend. The fushia-colored raspberry sour will be released alongside Marble Tulip Juicy Tree, named after a track off of Ween’s 1990 album GodWeenSatan: The Oneness, a New England IPA brewed in collaboration with Hudson Valley’s Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.

Minkey Boodle will be released in 4pk cans for $16.99, while Marble Tulip Juicy Tree will run $15.99 per 4pk. There is a one case per person limit for each (subject to change). The line forms to the left starting at 11am on May 12.

Thin Man’s Rudy Watkins says that the plan has long called for Minkey to be canned, but they weren’t able to pull the trigger on it until right now. “We’ve wanted to keg Minkey for a while, we just haven’t had the time,” he says. “It’s one of our best sellers at Thin Man and we really thought it would do well packaged.”

And this won’t be a one-time thing either with Minkey. As a matter of fact, Watkins says that this release will be the first of a few sours he has planned to can, including another collaboration they did with Brasserie Dunham in Dunham, Quebec, Canada, so that’s something that we can all look forward to.

“Minkey will certainly be canned again – when exactly that happens depends on a million variables, but it’ll certainly be available again once our new location comes on-line, if not sooner. More kettle sours like Minkey will definitely be canned [in the future]. We’re also working on getting some of our long term sours into bottles, and are hoping that the first one will be the collab we did with Dunham a few months back; it’s basically a tart Belgian Golden Ale with Meyer lemon.”

We all know and love Minkey, but as a little refresher to get everyone in the proper mood, expect bright acidity that mingles with a rounded raspberry character and a crisp body. It also looks pretty sitting in a glass. Marble Tulip Juicy Tree, a 7.1% NEIPA, was brewed with lactose and cryo hops, Moteuka, Simcoe, Cryo Citra, and Columbus. Expect this one to be super smooth and super hazy.

“Marble Tulip is a collab with Captain Lawrence – our third collab with them actually!” Watkins says. “This is the first of the three that was brewed here. It’s a lightly hazy IPA with a bunch of Motueka & Citra. Nice & fruity, not overly sweet, with a bit of lactose to round out the body. We’re excited to see what people think about it.”

“In terms of how it came about – we’ve known Scott from Captain Lawrence forever. He’s a great guy and has certainly been an inspiration – he’s one of New York’s OG sour producers – and I’ve been enjoying his beers for years.”

And as if a pair of can releases isn’t enough, Thin Man has also prepared a keg of DDH Burning Money with Azacca for the special occasion. There is a very limited batch of this beer so crowlers or growlers will not be able to be filled.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/214207082701694/.

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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