3 Beer Releases You Can’t Miss This Weekend

Every once in a while, the stars align and things just come together. This weekend marks one of those occasions as not one, not two, but three breweries have very exciting beer releases planned. And the best part is, it’s not limited to just one release per brewery – each is releasing multiple beers, all of which could be deemed ‘can’t miss,’ at least in my opinion. Community Beer Works is dropping a monster collab with Pressure Drop Brewing, Big Ditch is releasing the next in their vaunted Lock IPA series and Thin Man Brewery is debuting a trio of delectable canned liquid. And with all of this going on, I thought it irresponsible of myself not to tell you the who, what, when, where, why and how of it all.

Big Ditch Brewing Huckster IPA / Fip IPA / Galaxy Hayburner

55 E. Huron St, Buffalo (854-5050)

From Packet and Fip to Cannon Call and Dart, Big Ditch’s Lock IPA Series has produced a number of memorable beers, the latest being Huckster, the eighth entry, and first Lock IPA in six months. The beer, named for the general stores that once existed along the Erie Canal locks, is brewed with mandarin orange, lemon, and lime zest, as well as Citra, Amarillo and Motueka hops, to add a bright, fresh citrus burst to intense hoppy aromas and flavors. $14.99 / 16oz 4-pack. (Available: draft, cans)

Speaking of Fip, Big Ditch will also be re-releasing this beer. Fip is brewed with Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe hops, resulting in an IPA with a burst of citrus, honeydew, and tropical punch flavor. $14.99 / 16oz 4-pack. (Available: draft, cans)

And the cherry on top of the icing on top of the sundae that is this Big Ditch release is Galaxy Hayburner, the latest in their Innovation Series of beers. This is their flagship IPA brewed with a massive amount of Galaxy hops. According to the brewery, this beer rivals Hayburner in drinkability, but adds tropical aroma and flavors of fruit punch and cotton candy to the citrus character already present in the base beer. (Available: draft)

Community Beer Works Fat Rips Double IPA / King Larry Imperial Cream Ale

520 7th Street (759-4677)

Knives Out kicked ass, and so did Planet Smashers, so I have high hopes for Fat Rips, the newest beer from the hive mind of CBW and Pressure Drop. This Double IPA features copious Mosaic and Simcoe hops and dank and resinous notes of tangerine. It’s been described as ‘thicc’ and ‘weedy.’ The time to get excited is now. (Available: draft, cans)

And what goes better with a big DIPA than an imperial crispy boy? I’m really looking forward to King Larry, the imperial version of Amazing Larry, and I honestly never thought I’d get excited for a cream ale, but, well, here we are. The king features Huell Melon, Citra, and Mandarina Bavaria hops for notes of honeydew-forward melon. (Available: draft, cans)

Thin Man Brewery  Mecha Boodle (Raspberry Sour) / Band of Gold (Lager) / Bru-One IPA

492 Elmwood Ave. (923-4100), 166 Chandler St. (393-4355), Transit (633-9630)

We all love Minkey Boodle, right? I feel like that is a pretty fair assumption. Well, how does a double fruited version of Minkey strike you? Pretty good, right? You don’t have to wait long as Thin Man is releasing Mecha Boodle this weekend. It’s Minkey Boodle hit with twice the fruit. Fruitier, thicker, redder. (Available: draft, cans)

When it comes to Thin Man, I’m only getting started. They are also dropping Bru-One New England IPA, brewed with Bru-One, Lotus and Citra hops. More hops, more haze. If you were lucky enough to be at Gene McCarthy’s Hop Fest a few weeks back, then you already know that this beer is a banger and is not to be missed. (Available: draft, cans)

And last, but certainly not least, is Band of Gold, a lager brewed exclusively with Motueka hops. What? A Motueka-hopped crispy boy? Ok Thin Man, you had me at lager. I am of the firm belief that this world needs more craft lagers, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that thinking. I cannot wait for this one.

In case you were wondering, which it’s probably safe to assure you weren’t, I will be starting my day at Big Ditch for Huckster cans, a few pints of Galaxy Hayburner and a Breuben, before heading over to CBW to take some Fat Rips. I’m also hoping to swing by Thin Man to complete the trifecta, but I’m not sure how much patience my wife is going to have for all of this. We will see. And I hope to see many of you out and about as well. It’s going to be a great weekend in Buffalo [beer].

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Lewiston’s Brewed & Bottled Eyes Spring Reopening at New Location

Just over one year since they were nearly forced to close their doors over a leasing issue, a new fate and brighter future awaits Brewed & Bottled Craft Beer Shop – a new location. But residents of Lewiston don’t worry, because the bottle shop / beer bar hybrid is relocating to another part of town – 442 Center Street, between Brickyard Brewing Company and the historic Frontier House. While they do not have a firm timetable, Owner Chris Budde is hoping for a spring reopening. Brewed & Bottled have been in business since August 5, 2016.

Brewed & Bottled has been temporarily closed at 402 Center St. since January 12.

“The building we will be located in was originally a firehouse in the early 1900s and is currently being completely redesigned and renovated,” Budde says. “It’s very important for us to stay in Lewiston. Not only do I live in the community, we add a truly unique experience to Center St. Before I opened the shop, I had always wanted a bottle shop and beer bar here in Lewiston – so I made that happen. I honestly cannot think of Lewiston without Brewed and Bottled. This is where we are meant to be!”

The move was necessitated after the owners of Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen purchased the plaza with plans for expansion. Budde explains that while he was initially planning on keeping the shop in the plaza, in the end that idea just wasn’t feasible.

“Originally, we would be moving to the end of the plaza and continuing to operate on the property,” he explains. “After careful consideration and various floor plans, we could not make our business fit in the space that was offered to us. The owner of the property that we are relocating to has great enthusiasm for and dedication to his future tenants, we were impressed and inspired by his positivity and decided that’s where we would like to be.”

Budde can’t help but reminisce a bit about their old space, saying “I’ll miss the memories that we made in the original location. Many beer firsts for Niagara County happened in that space!” But looking ahead to the new location, he shares his overwhelming excitement about his new neighbors, especially a brewery. “I’m looking forward to having a brand new build out and great neighbors. We will be joined by Sgt. Peppers Hot Sauces Etc. and Mad Hatter Tea House. We’re between the Frontier House (built in 1824 and currently going to be redeveloped after years of sitting vacant), one of the most historic and iconic buildings in Lewiston and our friends at the Brickyard Brewing. Lewiston’s two beer-centric businesses will be next door neighbors. I’m also very excited to have a backyard beer garden. We had a great space up front at our original location; however we now have the opportunity to create a great green and private space.”

As far as what customers can expect from the new space, Budde reveals that they can expect ‘the old B&B vibe with some refining and tweaks,” including some brand new additions the new location will allow for that were not a possibility at their former space, including outdoor space. “We will have a great [new] private outdoor space that will be very relaxing. [Additionally], Other Half Brewing can drops will continue when we reopen and now we [will] have the ability to collaborate with Brickyard Brewing easier,” he adds.

“Our timeframe depends on the building and licensing of our new space,” he admits. “We’re anticipating spring, but do not want to give a firm timeline yet.”

For any and all updates on Brewed & Bottled, please visit https://www.facebook.com/BrewedBottled.

***All photos courtesy of Brewed & Bottled

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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: Craft Beer Corner at Buffalo Home Show, Russians Are Coming to Pizza Plant, CBW x Pressure Drop Fat Rips, New Fattey Beer Location

The Craft Beer Corner Returns at the 2020 Buffalo Home Show

The Craft Beer Corner is back at the 2020 Buffalo Home Show on Friday, March 6 (5-7pm)!  Take a break from browsing hundreds of vendor booths and grab a spot and a beer upstairs by the main stage. Hosted by Ragan from 103.3 The Edge’s Shredd & Ragan Show, you can enjoy craft beer tastings from 42 North Brewing and Southern Tier Brewing, as well as samplings from Cabot Cheese. Additionally, four couples will be randomly picked to build a project with Cortese Brothers to win awesome prizes. See you at the Edge Happy Hour at the Buffalo Home Show!

The Russians (And Their Beer) Are Coming to Pizza Plant Transit

The Russians Are Coming to Pizza Plant Transit and are bringing their best beer (styles) along. On March 8 (12pm), Russian Imperial Stouts, Coffee Stouts, Imperial Stouts and basically everything of the stout variety will fill Pizza Plant’s taps, with offerings ranging from 2018 and 2019 Founders KBS and CBS, Brewdog Aloha Stout, Lawson’s Faystons Maple, 2018 Firestone Walker Coconut Parabola, Goose Island Bourbon County, 2015 & 2017 Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout, Pohjala Cocobanger, Cigar City Brewing’s Marshal Zhukov, 2018 Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel, among others. Dress as a Russian and get $5 off your flight.

Community Beer Works, Pressure Drop Brewing to Release New Collab

From the same brewing minds that brought us such beers as Knives Out IPA and Planet Smashers Berliner Weisse, Community Beer Works and Pressure Drop Brewing, comes Fat Rips Double IPA, which will be released March 7 (12pm) at CBW’s taproom. The beer, brewed with copious amounts of Mosaic and Simcoe hops, will be available on draft and in cans to go. “The fast-acting brew delivers energizing, dreamy and euphoric feelings,” the description reads. CBW will also release King Larry Imperial Cream Ale, an imperial version of their house cream ale Amazing Larry, on draft and in cans as well.

Fattey Beer Co. Eyes New Third Location in Southtowns

Bottle shop / beer bar hybrid Fattey Beer Co., which currently has locations in Hamburg and Buffalo, are close to opening a third location in Orchard Park, expected to be located at 4226 N. Buffalo St., two doors down from Kaylena Marie’s Bakery. Tentative plans call for the 1,900 square foot space is expected to feature indoor and outdoor seating, separated by a garage door, in addition to 500 available beers at all times, including 16 taps, and Fattey Beer Co.’s trademark big beer fridge and a cooler dedicated to $3 beers. Owner Nik Fattey is eyeing a spring opening.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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42 North Announces New Paktech Return Program Focused on Sustainability

If you have been wondering what to do with your leftover Paktechs after draining those cans and bottles of all that delicious craft beer, 42 North Brewing has a new sustainability program tailor made for you. You know Paktechs, right – aka those plastic holders that you’re never quite sure if you should keep, toss in the recycling or deposit in the nearest garbage can? Hopefully you have been hanging onto them because now you can turn them in for free beer. Yes, you read that right. FREE. BEER.

Hoping to ‘bridge the gap between the booming local craft beer industry and the world of sustainable living,’ you can now bring 10 or more re-usable/undamaged Paktechs (4-pack or 6-pack) to the taproom to be re-used or recycled (one free pint per day per person) as part of 42 North’s new program, a small “thank you” from them to you for going green.

“More and more small to mid-sized craft breweries are canning their beer and more and more of these breweries are using Paktechs to combat the higher cost of box packaging,” 42 North’s Brand Manager Zach Keller says. “This is both a great thing and a problem. We’re trying to mitigate the environmental impact problem packaged beer creates. Many times the lifecycle of a can carrier ends with the consumer not knowing how to dispose of it and we hope that this program will extend the product’s lifecycle and keep it out of landfills.”

According to the manufacturer, returning Paktechs has kept over 46,000,000 pounds of plastic out of landfills and oceans. 42 North plans to reuse the undamaged Paktechs for their own can packaging and properly recycle those that cannot be re-used on-site.

“You also see this in the cannabis industry boom and the issue they’ve had with packaging,” Keller continues. “Single-use plastic packaging is easy and cheap for the manufacturer but also creates tons of waste. How can we provide functional, safe and practical packaging practices that keep these plastics out of the trash or off the side of the road? Our idea was to create a way for folks to bring them back to the brewery so we can reuse them.”

When plastic milk jugs and similar containers are recycled, they are turned into PCR to make Paktechs. In 2018, more than 103 million plastic jugs were repurposed into the handles you use to carry your packs of craft beer. When Paktechs are recycled, they are then transformed into Post-Consumer Resin (PCR) to make more Paktechs or things like park benches & planter pots. According to reports, PCR production uses 90% less energy, 100% less petroleum and emits 78% less greenhouse gasses vs. virgin plastic production. Paktechs also generate a lower environmental impact that the paperboard or boxboard systems in all life-cycle metrics.

“As the craft beer industry grows, so does the environmental footprint. Our hope is that other craft breweries follow suit and we can mitigate that impact before it gets out of hand,” says brewery Production Manager Hannah Trujillo. “We feel this is an opportunity for breweries to band together and show the public we are committed to keeping this industry sustainable while also producing more beer. We think this can catch on, at least locally.”

Learn more about what a Paktech is and 42 North’s Paktech Return Program at bit.ly/ 42NPaktechReturn.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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42 North Adds Deviator DIPA to Pre-Emption Hazy IPA Series

Deviator DIPA is the first double IPA to be added to 42 North’s well known hazy New England-style IPA series that started two years ago with the Pre-Emption IPA. The new beer features an explosion of juicy New Zealand hops that were never boiled in the kettle making this one of the juiciest, haziest and refreshing DIPAs around. The beer is set to be released on February 29 (12pm) at the taproom in East Aurora, NY in 16oz 4-packs. Starting next week, the beer will also be available around WNY wherever local craft beer is sold.

The new DIPA boasts flavors of fresh melon, coconut and a hint of minty freshness as an
ode to the west coast pine creating a nicely balanced finish. Though deviously light and
refreshing, Deviator will have craft beer lovers fooled that it’s actually a double IPA. ABV
of the Deviator rounds out to 8.75% with an IBU of 70.

Deviator gets its name from the story of the infamous Pre-Emption line mishap while
surveying WNY land to designate the Transit Meridian Line between New York and
Territory Ceded to Massachusetts in 1786. As the story goes, the two degree deviation
from the first false Pre-Emption line to the later corrected line was due to either direct
fraud, faulty instruments or just too much beer in the woods. Like most mysteries, we’ll
never be quite certain.

RELEASE DETAILS

Deviator Can Release – 2/29, Noon at 42 North Taproom (25 Pine St. East
Aurora, NY 14052)

Retail Availability – Starting 3/2 – Wegmans, Consumers Beverage, Tops,
Independent Bottle Shops around WNY.

For more information on 42 North Brewing Company, visit www.42northbrewing.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: EBC Buys Empire Brewing, New West Shore Fruited Sour, Windy Brew’s 3rd Anniversary, Unique Buffalo Brewing History Lecture

Ellicottville Brewing Company Buys Empire Brewing

Ellicottville Brewing has purchased former Upstate New York brewery Empire Brewing, which shut down last fall. According to reports, a number of Empire beers, including Black Magic Nitro Stout, Skinny Atlas Light (a kölsch) and Local Grind (a coffee ale), will be returning to the market following the acquisition. Additionally, a new Empire beer, State of Mind New England IPA, is currently in production at Ellicottville. Empire Brewing’s brewpub headquarters in Syracuse’s Armory Square closed back in October after it lost its lease and the Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia closed soon after it was purchased in a bankruptcy auction.

West Shore Brewing to Release Blackberry Peach Milkshake Sour

Fresh off their successful release of Mingo Mayhem: Pineapple Upside Down Cake Sour, West Shore Brewing is dropping another big sour – Blackberry Peach Milkshake Sour, which was brewed with generous portions of lactose, vanilla and guava. The beer will be released on draft and in crowlers on February 29 (12pm). Crowlers will go on sale at noon. Like the previous one, this will be done on a limited basis so come early. No limit on crowlers. In addition to the new sour, West shore will also have fresh cans of their flagship Green Flyer IPA, canned the day before.

Learn About Buffalo Brewing’s History at Unique Lecture at Adam Mickiewicz Library

Learn more about the rich history of the brewing industry in Buffalo, especially on its East Side, at the 2020 Lecture Series: Buffalo’s Brewing Industry, which takes place February 29 (5pm) at the Adam Mickiewicz Library. Local historian Peter Jablonski will speak and give a presentation on the Buffalo Brewing industry featuring a history of Buffalo breweries, complete with pictures of breweries long gone as well as those still standing and rare Buffalo Breweriana memorabilia, including large display of beer trays, signs and memorabilia. More information on Peter’s background at https://buffaloah.com/h/jablonski/tc.html. This event is free and open to the public.

Third Times a Charm as Windy Brew Celebrates Three Years

Since opening their doors to the public on March 4, 2017, Strykerville’s Windy Brew have been quietly and consistently honing their craft, becoming one of the better kept secrets of the Western New York beer scene. The brewery will celebrate their second anniversary on March 6 and 7 (4-9pm, 12-10pm). The party will feature live music from Kevin Mikula on Friday (6-9pm) and Amanda Nagurney on Saturday (6-10pm). There will be light appetizers on Friday night and the party will also mark the release of a new beer. For more information on the anniversary parties, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1256872597846836 and https://www.facebook.com/events/1256872601180169.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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42 North’s Fan Favorite Wallonia Wit Heads To Cans

East Aurora-based 42 North Brewing Company opened its doors offering the Wallonia Wit back in 2015 and now the Belgian-style Witbier will be available in cans for the first time. Starting this week, Wallonia Wit 4-packs will be available at the 42 North Taproom, Consumers Beverages, Wegmans, Tops, and independent bottle shops all around Western New York.

Wallonia Wit boasts complex and unique flavors from the various types of wheat and barley that make up its grain bill in addition to the traditionally added orange peel, coriander, and other spices. The beer comes in at 5.4% ABV and 22 IBUS for a balanced, citrus, low-bitter taste. Hops are Waimea and Citra.

“The Wallonia Wit has been around since we first opened. It only seemed right to can the beer as we build our core package collection and give our fans and fans of authentic Witbiers the chance to take home this recipe that has been a part of our story since the beginning,” 42N Head Brewer Matt Matuszewski says.

The Walons are a French speaking people hailing from Belgium that immigrated to the US throughout the 1800s, many of which settled throughout New York and the midwest.  The label artwork, by local-artist Ken Trabert, inspired by the history of the Belgian region Wallonia. The red rooster and yellow background serve as the region’s Coat of Arms while the map graphic shows the breakdown of provinces within the historic region that was home to conquests of Julius Caesar, the birthplace of the European Industrial Revolution and impacted heavily by both World Wars.

For more information, please visit https://www.42northbrewing.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: HopFest 2020, Resurgence’s Kegs & Eggs, 42 North Brewski & New Sustainability Program, Old First Ward Brewery Crawl

Resurgence’s Kegs and Eggs Returns with More Experimental Beers

Resurgence Brewing’s long running Kegs & Eggs series returns this weekend, February 23, 11am, to their Niagara Street headquarters. If you’ve heard of this event, or have been to one, then you know what to expect from it – experimental beers and breakfast food. Filling the draft board this time around will be Banana Bread Ale, Coconut Peanut Butter Stout, Golden Boy (Golden Stout conditioned on vanilla, cinnamon, graham cracker and honey), Guava Sherbet Dry Hopped Sour, Blue Raspberry Seltzer, Milk Stout, Soursop Sour and Maple Blueberry Pancake Bock. Food options include Coffee Flavored Donuts, Greek Quiche and Monte Cristo sandwich.

Winter HopFest Returns to Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing

Head down to Gene McCarthy’s on February 22 (2-5pm) to celebrate this beautiful little thing called a hop. The annual celebration will feature nothing but the hoppiest of beers from an all-local lineup of OFW Brewing, 12 Gates Brewing, Pressure Drop Brewing, Community Beer Works, New York Beer Project, Big Ditch Brewing and more. This year, the festival will be housed in a large, enclosed heated tent across the street from the brewery. Tickets ($30) include a logo tasting glass for sampling. A pig roast (not included with ticket) will be available for purchase. You can buy tickets at Eventbrite.

42 North’s Brewski Beer Hike Returns, Brewery Launches New Sustainability Program

Explore East Aurora’s Knox State Farm during 42 North Brewing’s fourth annual Brewski on February 22 (12pm), a 2.5 mile trek through snowy trails with five beer sampling stations along the way. Tickets are $25 at EventBrite ($30 day of, only those sampling beer require tickets). Proceeds will support the Aurora Ice Association. Food vendors will be on hand. 42 North has also launched a new sustainability-focused program where you can return Paktech 4-pack or 6-pack can carriers to brewery in exchange for a pint. One pint per person, per day will be exchanged for every 10 or more Paktechs.

Drink Your Way through the Old First Ward on This Old Fashioned Pub Crawl

If you’ve ever wanted to drink your way through the burgeoning brewery scene in the Old First Ward, now is your chance. Pressure Drop Brewing, Resurgence Brewing Chicago Street and Old First Ward Brewing have teamed up for an old fashioned pub crawl on February 21 (6pm) to celebrate the re-release of their triple collaboration, More Greener IPA. The crawl, which starts at Resurgence, then moves to Pressure Drop and Gene McCarthy’s, is $15, which gets you three drink tickets for the crawl. More Greener is a 6.8% New England IPA with notes of soft tropical fruit, mango and pineapple.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Community Beer Works’ Frank Is Now Saving Australian Wildlife

While Community Beer Works routinely showcase the ‘community’ and ‘beer’ aspects of their brewery name via their charitable ‘Be Like Frank’ events, they are now taking their philanthropic efforts global, this time employing their beloved American Pale Ale to help save Australian wildlife in the wake of historically deadly bushfires, which have killed over one billion animals according to researchers.

For the new benevolent venture, which finds the brewery teaming with the Buffalo Zoo and Aquarium of Niagara, from now through the end of the month, CBW will donate $3 from every pint of Frank sold in their Seventh Street taproom to the Zoo’s Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. The Buffalo Zoo Board of Directors will match all funds raised to double the impact.

While all fires have been extinguished or contained, the tragic blazes have killed over 30 people, more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed and nearly 18 million acres of land has been ravaged. Nearly a third of all koalas have died and about a third of their habitat has been destroyed, federal environment minister Sussan Ley said in December. Additionally, Australia has identified 113 animal species that are now facing extinction, which will need “urgent help” after their numbers and habitats were devastated by recent bushfires, including birds, reptiles and fish.

Megan Hess, Community Beer Works’ Event Marketing Manager, says that giving back has never been this easy. She might have added that giving back has never tasted this good either.

“Community Beer Works is proud to announce the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund as our ‘Be Like Frank’ Charity of the Month,” she says. “Throughout February, proceeds from Frank will be donated directly to the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund. We’ve partnered with the Buffalo Zoo to help bring awareness to the devastating effects of climate change while simultaneously raising funds for animals displaced by the fires. Giving back has never been so easy; grab a pint of Frank and make change!”

If you cannot make it down to the brewery to donate via a pint, you can donate directly to the relief efforts by visiting buffalozoo.org/product/australian-wildlife-relief.

“Australia’s wildfires have decimated habitats and killed over a billion animals, and that number is only growing,” the Zoo says in a press release. “One of the most biodiverse areas in the world, Australia is home to over 300 native species of mammals alone. Experts estimate that a third of koalas have already been killed in the deadly fires or as a result of the smoke. Each day, the loss of mammals, birds, and reptiles grows as millions of acres of land burn. At the Buffalo Zoo, we understand that the endangerment of wildlife across the world affects all of us.”

“Build community, lead with love, and support your neighbors—it’s what Frank does,” the brewery adds. “#BeLikeFRANK.”

For more information, please visit https://www.communitybeerworks.com/.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Ratebeer Names Big Ditch Best Brewpub in New York State

Big Ditch Brewing will soon need to find some more space in their trophy case as they have been named the ‘Best Brewpub in New York State’ by RateBeer as part of their Best Awards for the Year 2019. The brewery was named best brewery in New York at the TAP New York Festival in 2016 and have won numerous awards for their beer over the years.

As part of their annual awards, RateBeer tabulated over 4.2 million reviews submitted by its global community, examining more than 640,000 beers by over 33,000 brewers and over 74,000 places around the world, including bars, taprooms, brewpubs and more, from Brazil to the US to China.

“We’re honored to receive RateBeer’s ‘Best Brewpub in NY’ award for 2019,” Big Ditch Owner Matt Kahn said. “It is a testament to our employees’ hard work and emphasis on beer and food quality, and, above all, excellent guest service.”

Elsewhere in New York, RateBeer handed out awards to Gramercy Tavern (Restaurant), Other Half Brewing (Brewer Tap Room), Top Hops Beer Shop (Bottle Shop), DeCicco & Sons (Ardsley)( Grocery) and Spuyten Duyvil (Bar).

“2019 was our most competitive year to date, seeing continued growth in the number of brewers, beers and ratings added to the site. We couldn’t be to be prouder to recognize these breweries for this hard-earned honor,” said Joe Tucker, founder of RateBeer.

For more RateBeer Best competition information, including the 2019 lists of winners, visit www.RateBeer.com/RateBeerBest. You can visit Big Ditch at http://www.bigditchbrewing.com/ and at https://www.facebook.com/bigditchbrewing.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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