Stock Your Coolers: Top 9 Buffalo Beers for Buffalo Camping

This list is inspired by our upcoming camping trip to Allegany State Park because as soon as we booked a cabin, we immediately started thinking of what beer we were bringing. We even bought a new cooler to stock with delectable local goodness. And since we aim to please our beer drinking readers, we wanted to put together a list to make things easier while you plan your own excursions into the woods. We also wanted to make sure you’ll have a bunch of great local beer to keep yourselves hydrated while you’re out foraging for firewood.

But what is it about camping? Is it breakfast over an open flame, burgers and hot dogs for dinner, hiking through the woods, sleeping under the stars and/or being at peace with nature? Maybe it’s sitting around the campfire with family, friends and a cooler right by your side stocked with ice cold beer. We think it’s that last thing. At least it is for us.

This is a list of local beers that you can drink all day, whether you’re swimming, canoeing, hiking, paddle boating, playing volleyball or cornhole, grilling burgers and dogs or just chilling around the fire with a great cigar in hand. You won’t find any high ABV’s here, but you will find some IPA’s, so there’s that.

42 North Brewing Creekside Session IPA (4.8%): This session features big notes of citrus with a fairly dry bitter finish. It’s very drinkable. Perfect for when you’re in the middle of the woods and want an IPA. Because that happens, right? It does to us at least.

“We tweaked the Creekside this year for an entirely new take on the session ale that feels more like a standard IPA then a session beer,” 42 North says. “Low ABV, clean, light & refreshing flavors make for the perfect beer to bring on your warm weather adventures. Whether it’s kayaking, biking, camping or hiking, you will find the perfect travel partner in a glass of Creekside Session Ale.”

Resurgence Brewing Cosmic Truth Session Pale Ale (4.3%): A perfect way to beat the heat. Subtle hints of orange peel and tart lemon and grassy notes. This one is meant to be crushed. Take a few of these on your next hike. (Honorable mention: Blood Orange Saison (5.5%))

“Big fresh juiciness with mild bitterness make Cosmic Truth the perfect all night sipper around the campfire,” Resurgence’s Jeff Ware says. “And at 4.3%, you won’t be hurting too bad on that morning hike. Our Blood Orange Saison is perfect for outdoor day drinking. Light and fruity with nice tartness. This will refresh you on the trail or are your campsite.”

Big Ditch FC (Fantastically Crushable)(4.1%): A solid to the bone session. Citrus nose as it opens and balanced with just a hint of dank as it finishes. FC is an all-around drinkable beer you can enjoy all day. (Honorable mention: Low Bridge Hoppy Golden Ale (4.8%))

“First thing that makes Low Bridge and FC great for camping is that they are readily available in cans, which are very appropriate for the outdoors – lightweight, no breakage, easily stored or disposed of,” Big Ditch’s Matt Kahn says. “For camping, you want a beer that’s refreshing, and both of these beers fit the bill. Low Bridge is crisp and light, with lemony and floral flavor and a light biscuit malt character. It has a lot in common with a pilsner, which is commonly hailed as one of the world most refreshing beers. You can argue that FC is even more refreshing. It has a lighter ABV at 4.1%, which allows you to drink even more, the wheat ensures a crisp finish, and the hops are citrusier and lightly tropical, making the beer very tasty and also very drinkable. They match perfectly with camping.”

12 Gates Brewing Cherry Vanilla Wheat (4.8%): The only way we can describe this killer wheat is, all cherry then it falls off a cliff into a pool of vanilla. It’s brewed with Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans and Tart Cherry Juice from Singer Farms. When you need some dessert, pop a can of this.

“Nothing is more quintessential to summer than weekends spent camping,” 12 Gates head brewer Scott Schuler says. “The Cherry Vanilla Wheat is light and refreshing for summer days, and bold enough for the cool nights. This beer pairs well with afternoon picnics and a nice mixed fruit salad or while exaggerating stories of the one that got away.  And after a full day of camping shenanigans, it is always great to gather around a campfire to reminisce and make new memories. Our Coffee Porter is a perfect match for an evening campfire while roasting s’mores with the smooth cold press coffee and subtle chocolate notes. And it’s in a can so you can roast marshmallows with one hand and hold a fresh can in the other hand. Now that’s multitasking.”

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Niagara Lager (5%): Clean, crisp, and sessionable for warm summer days, or long nights of beer drinking around a roaring fire. This one is smooth and refreshing.

“Niagara Lager is designed to be light, easy, refreshing and traditionally sessionable,” Woodcock says. “It’s perfect for hot summer weekends camping in the woods or on the water and its 16oz. can format makes it ideal for transport.”

Flying Bison Brewing Buffalo Lager (5.2%) (soon to be Larkin Lager): This is one of our all-time favorite Buffalo beers. It’s just an easy to drink delicious light beer. Buffalo Lager is one of our oldest friends in the Buffalo craft beer scene. (Honorable mention: 716 Kolsch (5.1%))

“Buffalo Lager actually preceded our brewery as it was brewed by Buffalo Brewing Co. on Abbott Rd. in the late 1980s and early 1990s,” Flying Bison says. “Due to connections with those folks and a desire to see Buffalo Lager survive in larger batches, we worked out a deal with Buffalo Brewpub to take over brewing it. So by drinking a Buffalo Lager, you are drinking a bit of Buffalo craft brewing history…and it’s the lightest tasting beer in our repertoire, therefore one of the smoothest to crush on a hot day at camp. Buffalo Kolsch 716 is an ale with German ingredients, and slightly stronger and hoppier in the finish than Buffalo Lager. It’s availability in more nature-friendly and lighter-weight 12oz cans make this one essential Buffalo picnic & camping fare.”

Now that you know what to drink, it’s time to stock up your coolers and get out into the wild. We’ll see you on the trails!

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 Rock the Gates, Riverworks Brewing opens, Woodcock drops XPA 12, Southern Tier Doubles the Phreshie, Rusty Nickel turns 2

Rock The Gates at 12 Gates Brewing

Kick start your summer season at the Rock the Gates Festival at 12 Gates Brewing, June3, 12-11pm. There will be live music all day, food trucks will be on hand, prizes will be raffled off throughout the day and the 2017 Rock the Gates Fest will feature the debut of Ancient Chaos (8.3%), a dark saison aged on black currants and pinot noir oak from Leonard Oakes Winery. Only 200 bottles will be available ($12 each). Tickets are $10 for General Admission, $25 for VIP and $50 for the Ripley Package. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://rockthegates.com/.

Riverworks Brewing Is Open for Business

The permits are in and all of the necessary paperwork has been filed, meaning that the taps at Riverworks Brewing inside Buffalo Riverworks are now officially flowing – seven of them to be exact. In addition to Pearl Street’s flagship Trainwreck Amber, Riverworks will be pouring Conveyor Cream Ale, brewed with corn, Wheeler Wheat, an unfiltered German Hefeweizen, Rejuvenator IPA, a New England-style IPA, Bin House Ale, a nutty brown ale, New York State Rye Pale Ale, made with local malts and hops, and Double Decker XPA, brewed with El Dorado and Idaho 7 hops. Check out http://buffaloriverworks.com for more info.

Woodcock Brothers to Release XPA 12

The newest version of Woodcock Brothers XPA is coming out June 2. The 12th version of this exponentially hoppy East Coast IPA uses Citra, Ekuanot (formerly Equinox) and Azaaca hops. Woodcock says with XPA 12 they were going for ‘mountains of tropical, citrusy, juicy hop flavors.’ It’s brewed with a London Ale III yeast strain and a dry hop edition during fermentation to ‘coax those juicy, fruity flavors to the max with this batch.’ Cans go on sale at the brewery starting at noon with a 1 case limit per person. Limited amounts will be available at WNY retailers too.

Happy Anniversary to Rusty Nickel Brewing!

Rusty Nickel Brewing is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary on June 3 (12-11pm). $10 gets you access to live music all day long from the likes of Oliver Lynn, Randle and the Late Night Scandals and more to be announced, a RNBC Anniversary glass and your first beer for free (excludes imperials). Rusty Nickel is releasing 2 new specialty beers to mark the occasion, FemAle Series #3 and Fuzzy Navel Wheat, and will be showcasing specialty cocktails made with spirits from Lockhouse Distillery, Black Squirrel and Black Button Distilling as well as wines from Midgard Winery and 21 Brix Winery. Admission is $5 for all Mug Club members.

Get Double Phresh at Southern Tier Brewing

Southern Tier Brewing has taken their Phreshie game to the next level. Double Phreshie IPA, which will be released June 3 at noon at their Lakewood location, features Amarillo, Chinook, CTZ & Simcoe hops for big citrus, stone fruit & earthy character with a dank edge. It’s a hop head’s dream at 80 IBUs, 8.2% ABV and its malt bill leaves just enough residual sweetness to perfectly balance its hoppiness. This super-limited small batch is meant to be drank right away & is going to go quick. 4-pack cans will be for sale as will crowlers and growlers to go.

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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Take Pictures of Beer to Win Free Beer

Do you like beer? Are you like us and constantly obsess over taking the perfect picture of said beer to post on Instagram? Well, you’re in luck because now you can use your beery photog skills to win free local beer…and a lot of it!

Here’s what you need – a camera, Instagram and some local beer. Oh wait, you’ll need a porch or a patio too (see more on that below). Even if you don’t have one available, you have options (see more of that below as well). And with the nice weather we have been experiencing as of late, there is no shortage of patios to get out and enjoy around the city.

See below for full details…

Use the hashtag #PorchBeersBFLO as you share your favorite, most creative, hilarious, and/or visually stunning photos featuring local craft beer on your favorite porches & patios. Post your pictures (don’t forget the hashtag #PorchBeersBFLO and to tag your featured brewery) from now until the evening of Saturday, June 3, when Rise Collaborative will pick the winners.

Five winners each get a 24-pack case equivalent of beer from one of five participating breweries: Flying Bison, Resurgence Brewing, 12 Gates Brewing, Community Beer Works , Big Ditch and Thin Man Brewery.

Need a porch?  Check out a great annual neighborhood music festival, #buffaloporchfest , this Saturday afternoon on porches throughout the #ElmwoodVillage area.  Visit www.buffaloporchfest.org for more info and band listings.

Fine Print: All entrants must be at least 21 years of age to drink, participate, and/or win.

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 Fest tickets on sale, Big Ditch turns 2, Thin Man does Star Wars, CBW beer showcase

Tickets to Buffalo Brewers Festival are on Sale Now

Early bird tickets are on sale now at all Consumers Beverages for the 4th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place Saturday, June 24, 4-7pm at the Outer Harbor. The festival features 40+ breweries, including all 20 local breweries, local farmers, chefs and food trucks. The Brewers Festival will have two Meet-the-Brewers sessions that pair local brewers with cheeses from Reverie Creamery and chocolates from Chow Chocolate. There will also be special tents for New York State Craft Cider, exclusively locally sourced Farm to Pint beers, Ontario Craft Brewers, and Guest Breweries. Purchase tickets and find more information at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com.

Big Ditch Brewing Turns 2!

If you blinked, you may have missed the fact that Big Ditch Brewing is somehow already two years old. Help celebrate the momentous occasion at the 2nd Anniversary Party on May 25 (5-8pm), featuring the debut release of GP2H (Good Problems to Have), a triple rice 11% IPA hopped with Citra, Amarillo, and Falconer’s Flight. There will also be food specials, birthday cake courtesy of The Village Bake Shoppe, raffles, prizes and, you guessed it, even more great beer. The first 50 guests will receive a limited edition 2nd anniversary t-shirt. The celebration is free and open to the public.

A Beer from a Galaxy Far, Far Away at Thin Man

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of seminal film Star Wars: A New Hope on May 25, Thin Man Brewery is heading to a far off galaxy for the release of their Star Wars-themed beer “Luke IBU Father!” – the winner of their beer naming contest. In addition to the beer debut, a costume contest will be in effect throughout the night with announced and awarded prizes to the top contenders. “Come for the originals, defend the prequels, discuss the sequels,” Thin Man says of the event. “Regardless, just party for the sake and love of Star Wars.”

Community Beer Works to Showcase Remarkable Liquids Beers

If you didn’t know, Community Beer Works is distributed throughout New York by Remarkable Liquids, and they’re showcasing that fact at their Lafayette Avenue taproom on May 26, 3-10pm. In addition to casks of CBW Interrobang IPA with Pineapple and Gun Hill Ramparts Rye Pale, they’ll also showcase Stillwater Artisanal Shoegaze Saison, Grimm Cloudbusting DIPA, Jack’s Abby Smoke and Dagger, Nine Pin Cider Unfiltered Rosé (only keg outside of cidery) and Mikkeller San Diego Hazy Eyed Sally (only keg available in WNY). Casks tap at 5pm – if you’re there for the tapping, you get a cask pint of your choice!

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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They Grow Up So Fast, Don’t They? Community Beer Works Turns 5

From humble beginnings peddling their beer at Mr. Goodbar and Coles to a satellite brewery at Hydraulic Hearth, a proposed three-story brewpub in Niagara Falls and an expansion to a new 14,000 square foot brewery at 520 Seventh St., Community Beer Works, Buffalo’s first nanobrewery, have carved out an indelibly mark in our beer scene in the span of just over 5 years.

Started by brewery President Ethan Cox and a group of like-minded beer friends in April 2012 who shared a love for both the city of Buffalo and craft beer, Community Beer Works has garnered a reputation for brewing some of the city’s best beer, thriving in that department after Robert Turley took over head brewing duties following the departure of fellow founding member Rudy Watkins, who left to pursue other opportunities last year.

But for as many memorable brews that CBW has churned out over the years (Mr. Superfantastisch Berliner Weisse, Rutherford Brett Haze and De Maas (to name a very few) instantly come to mind), they have remained as dedicated to bettering the Buffalo beer scene and community as a whole, which Cox admits is something he is most proud of.

“I think I’m most proud of all the opportunities and personal growth CBW has created in the city and in the scene, and in the culture we have within our company,” Cox says while reflecting on his proudest accomplishments to date. “I’m as proud of our beer as I am of our values put into action.”

Their values are something that CBW has put first and foremost as of late, as over the last few months, they have taken it upon themselves to foster a communal chance through sales of their beer. Behind donations in exchange for a pint of their beloved flagship Frank, CBW 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 have held a similar fundraiser for Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER. They also help reduce their environmental footprint by sending their spent brewing grain to Kindred Kreek Alpaca Farms to feed their alpacas and are also helping to fund the transformation of the corner of 7th Street and Pennsylvania into a community garden.

Looking to the future, Community Beer Works have a number of new projects in the pipeline. First things first – a move to a new brewery. CBW plans to invest over $1 million to turn their 14,000-square-feet new space at 520 Seventh St. into its manufacturing site, packaging center and tap room/kitchen. Also in the works is creating an outdoor beer garden.

“Construction is to begin very soon,” Cox adds. “We want people to get to know the neighborhood, and vice-versa: we need our neighbors to get to know us, too.” Tentative plans call for 2,200-square-feet of the building to be used for brewing operations, 5,000-square-feet for packaging, warehouse operations and shipping and 2,400-square-feet for the proposed tap room and kitchen.

And if one massive project wasn’t enough, CBW is also moving ahead with a new three-story brewpub in Niagara Falls, to be located at the former Press Box at 324 Niagara St. Plans call for the building’s basement to be used for small scale brewing production while the first floor will house a tasting room and restaurant. Dining will also take place on the second floor and the third floor during peak times. The new project marks the city’s first craft brewer and the first beer producer in over 75 years since Power City Brewery Co. shuttered.

And after all of the years and all of the great beer CBW has given to Buffalo, Cox still remembers tapping that very first keg.

“I still remember well tapping that first keg in Mike Shatzel’s basement at Coles, and all the many basements I’ve dropped beer into. So many friends – I remember meeting [the Buffalo Beer League] for the first time, and Willard [Brooks] and Kevin [Wise]! 🙁 So many tasty beers – the first time I had THAT IPA, Singularity: Northern Brewer, Pun Intended. The fests, the events – miserable, long, rainy cold ones, miserable, long, way too hot ones – but also first serving beer at BCTC, TAP NY, the Ballpark Brew Bash, and in cans with our friends at Big Ditch and Resurgence.”

And while there is so much to look forward to in Community Beer Works’ future, Cox simply states of the coming years, “MOAR GREAT BEER –> MOAR GREAT BUFFALO.” Now that’s certainly something worth raising a pint to. Cheers you to Community Beer Works. Embeer Buffalo indeed.

Community Beer Works is located at 15 Lafayette Avenue, near the corner of Lafayette Ave. and Niagara St. and across from Santasiero’s. Get more information on CBW at www.communitybeerworks.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/communitybeerworks and on Twitter/Instagram at @communitybeer.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Man ager 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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Big Ditch Brewing Brings Their Canal-Themed Brews to Rochester

Big Ditch Brewing Company, winner of the Best Craft Brewery in New York State at the TAP New York Festival in Hudson Valley in 2016, today announced that its beer will
be distributed in the Rochester area market, beginning on May 18th. The name of the brewery pays homage to the Erie Canal, nicknamed the ‘Big Ditch’ during construction.

“We are thrilled to announce that we’re bringing our products to Rochester, New York, and with great timing, since 2017 marks the bicentennial anniversary of the Erie Canal – a waterway that influences every beer we brew and one that has had an immense impact in Buffalo, Rochester, and so many other cities,” said Matt Kahn, president of Big Ditch Brewing Company. “We pride ourselves on brewing innovative, flavorful, drinkable, and very fresh beer for Western New Yorkers, and can’t wait to introduce Rochesterians to Big Ditch, while we together toast the Erie Canal.”

The Big Ditch products that will be served throughout Rochester are representative of Erie Canal themes:

Hayburner American IPA – “Hayburners” were the workhorses used during canal
construction. One of Buffalo’s most popular and best-selling craft beers, Hayburner is a luscious and citrusy IPA with primary notes of orange, melon and grapefruit, and a slightly earthy finish. It packs a firm bitterness but remains balanced by abundant late hop additions and a soft and airy malt base.

Low Bridge Golden Ale – The famous song “Low Bridge, Everybody Down” was written by Thomas S. Allen in 1905. This bright, slightly fruity, and very hoppy golden ale features old-world American and German hops. Low Bridge has impressive depth of flavor, yet is also extremely drinkable and will always serve you well, whether savoring it with a fine meal or while visiting from a far away town.

Excavator Rye Brown Ale – “Excavators” were the people who built the canal by shoveling the waterway. Excavator incorporates seven different malts to achieve a rich, yet smooth flavor and balance. It is highlighted by judicious amounts of chocolate malt, with a subtle, spicy finish from the use of flaked rye.

Deep Cut Double IPA – The final obstacle in constructing the Erie Canal
was leveling a 7-mile “Deep Cut” section of the canal 40 feet deep – by hand – between
Lockport, NY and Lake Erie. Deep Cut is Big Ditch’s most ambitious beer to date. It’s layered with citrus, tropical punch, and wild berry hop flavor, with moderate bitterness and a dry finish. The beer won a gold medal for Best Strong IPA in New York State at the TAP New York Festival in 2017.

Big Ditch’s entry into the Rochester market follows significant expansion of the brewery’s
Buffalo production facility, taproom and beer hall in 2016, as well as the addition of a canning line. The beer will be poured on draft in Rochester bars and restaurants and sold in 12-ounce cans in supermarkets, retail outlets and convenience stores. Big Ditch Brewing Company partnered with Lake Beverage Corporation to distribute its product throughout Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston and Yates counties.

Big Ditch Brewing Company was founded in 2013 by local residents Matt Kahn, Corey Catalano, Wes Froebel and Paul Iskalo. The brewery name pays homage to the Erie Canal, which was nicknamed “Big Ditch” during its early construction. The Erie Canal started as an idea, but ultimately served as the catalyst for the City of Buffalo’s rapid growth into one of the largest cities in North America by the early 1900s. The founders of Big Ditch hope that the return of brewing to the City of Buffalo will similarly contribute to the region’s continued revival as well as its proud brewing tradition.

For more information, visit bigditchbrewing.com.

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Announcing the 4th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival

Head down to the waterfront and celebrate all things local craft beer at the 4th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place Saturday, June 24th, from 4-7pm at the Outer Harbor – a marquee event sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.

The festival will feature more than 40 breweries, including all 20 local breweries such as 12 Gates Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Big Ditch,  Buffalo Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing, Flying Bison,  Old First Ward, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing Company, Pan Am Grill & Brewery, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., Windy Brew, and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company.

In addition to all of the Buffalo-Niagara breweries you know and love, the 2017 Buffalo Brewers Festival will also play host to a New York State Cider tent (featuring Blackbird Cider Works & others announced soon), a Farm to Pint tent (all beer included in this tent was brewed with NYS ingredients), and an Ontario Beer Tent spotlighting some of the best breweries north of the border.

There will also be a Guest Brewery tent, featuring beer from breweries such as Ommegang, Smuttynose, Firestone Walker and some surprises to be announced soon.

The Brewers Festival celebrates all things local, not just beer. Local farmers and chefs, food trucks will also be on hand. Food will be available from Allen Burger Venture (ABV), The Whole Hog Truck (roasting a T-Meadow Hog), Gourm Asian Bistro, The Cheesy Chick, Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Chow Chocolate and Reverie Creamery.  There will be vendors selling  beer-centric wares and the BNBA’s Buffalo Beer League, WNY Brews podcast, Step Out Buffalo, NY Craft Malt, Niagara Malt and Sheldon Grains.

MTB_BBFThis year there will be a two Meet the Brewers (MTB) sessions.  Meet the Brewer session one with  beer & cheese; session two with beer & chocolate.  Our fourth iteration of MTB at the Buffalo Brewers Festival,  we present an interactive taste experience with five local brewers paired with the cheeses of Reverie Creamery from Chautauqua County. Local cheese purveyor and Reverie founder Riko Chandra will present a collaborative cheese & beer pairing between the brewers. This is an experience that will leave you wondering why you  ever thought that any other beverage would pair better with cheese than beer brewed right here in Buffalo. This is not to be missed. (only 75 tickets available).

There will be plenty of parking available at the Buffalo Brewers Festival, both on the street and at the old Pier site.session featuring Scott Wisz of Chow Chocolat that puts his awesome locally crafted chocolate with local beers of superior quality. If you have never considered beer to be the best choice of beverages to pair with chocolate, attend this event to learn something new.  Scott’s chocolates are already featured at Ommegang and Dogfish Head. Attend this session to experience these delightful treats with five local breweries. (only 75 tickets available).

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Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and at Aurora Brew Works, Consumers Beverages, Premier Gourmet and at the Buffalo Bisons Box Office. There are various types of tickets available, including Brewer’s Fest GA Ticket ($35, includes all beer tastings, 4-7pm), Brewer’s Fest Ticket (early admission, $45, includes all beer tastings, 3-7pm) and Designated Driver Ticket ($15, available at gate, 3-7pm, includes admission and a free bottle of water. Tasting glasses are not provided to designated drivers).  New this year is an Early Bird Ticket at $30 for a GA ticket (available until June 1st).

For more information, please visit buffalobrewersfestival.com or BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.org.

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Highlights from the tap list at the 4th Annual Farm to Pint

First and foremost, thank you to all of those who joined us this past Sunday (Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there) for the 4th annual Farm to Pint event at Hamburg Brewing. The event, which features dozens of beer sourced exclusively from local ingredients, was yet another showcase of the strength and sheer depth of the Buffalo-Niagara beer scene.

Brewed with ingredients from New York Craft Malt, Domoy Farms, Niagara Malt and East Prairie Hop Farm to name a few, this year’s Farm to Pint tap list was as good as it has ever been, with a number of beers standing out. So, how about a list?

Here are our top five highlights from the 4th Annual Farm to Pint:

12 Gates Brewing Company – Micro IPA Light, crisp and loaded with tropical fruit. Brewed with New York Pale and Wheat Malt.

Flying Bison Brewing Company – Funky Vintner – Loads of white wine and grape notes. Subdued spice and funk to balance it out. Well done. Brewed with Queen City Malting Pale Malt, New York Craft Malt Wheat and Rye, Niagara Grape juice and East Prairie Hop Farm Newport hops.

Hamburg Brewing Company – Honey Ale with Black CurrantsFruity and well balanced. Slightly tart and bready. Brewed with Pale Ale & Vienna Malt from New York Craft Malt, Cascade & Nugget hops from East Prairie, honey from Springville, and currants from Walnut Grove.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. – Farmer’s Breakfast Maple Bacon Milk Stout – Wow. Smokey with notes of smooth roasty cold brew coffee and sweet natural maple syrup. Amazingly complex for only 4.5%. Brewed with base and chocolate malt from Queen City Malting, hops from Lupulin Fields, maple syrup from Moore’s Maple Farm and locally made bacon.

WINDY BREW – Sheldon HellesSimple, clean and outstanding. Everything that went into the brewing of this beer came from within five miles of the brewery itself.

Farm to Pint is a beer event that we look forward to every year and we’re already looking forward to next year. With all of the new breweries set to open in the Buffalo-Niagara region over the next few months, the 2018 F2P event could be even bigger and even better.

**Photos courtesy of Scott McMillan and Hamburg Brewing

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: New 12 Gates Saison & Homebrew Comp, 42 North introduces new partnership & new beer, Five & 20 does ACBW, Cole’s celebrates TAP NY medal winners

12 Gates Releases New Saison, Helps Homebrewers

Look for a new saison (5.6% ABV) from 12 Gates Brewing, a full 30 BBL production beer, coming to a tap list near you very soon. 12 Gates says the saison is “simply refreshing and bright with a hint of spiciness from the classic Belgian yeast.” The brewery is also sponsoring an IPA Category of the Niagara County Fair Homebrew Competition (http://cceniagaracounty.org/niagara-county-fair/ncf-homebrew-competition). The winning IPA recipe will be brewed at 12 Gates with head brewer Scott Shuler on their big system, will be served at the 12 Gates taproom, and will also distributed on draft around Erie and Niagara Counties.

42 North Announces Partnership with Patina Restaurant Group, New Beer

42 North Brewing has announced a new partnership with the Patina Restaurant Group, along with a new beer that will be served exclusively in their New York restaurants. Patina Cayuga Wheat features NYS wheat malt and New York’s native grape, Cayuga. It’s light, smooth and refreshing with a mild breadiness and pleasant hop flavors reminiscent of white grapes. The partnership with Patina provides 42 North with its first distribution in New York City. Cayuga Wheat is available at Patina’s Rockefeller Center (Rock Center Café, Summer Garden & Bar), the Empire State Building, Patina 250 in Buffalo and 42 North’s taproom.

Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing Does American Craft Beer Week

The dance card of Westfield’s Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing is pretty dang full during American Craft Beer Week, May 15-21. Starting on May 16, Five and 20 will tap the 814 Cherry IPA Lake Erie Ale Trail Collaboration Beer, then their brand new Double XING Imperial IPA will be released in bottles (there will also be free beer sampling and special brewer-led tours of the brewery/distillery) on May 19 and the next day on May 20, Five and 20 will tap their limited release Brettanyoryces, their Rye Pale Ale aged in red wine barrels inoculated with brettanomyces yeast.

Cole’s Tap Takeover Celebrates TAP NY Fest Medal Winners

Join all of the local medal winners from the 2017 TAP NY Festival on May 18 (5pm) at Cole’s for a special tap takeover. The four Buffalo breweries who won six medals at TAP NY will have their award-winning beer on tap, including 12 Gates – Cherry Vanilla Wheat (Gold Wheat) and Water Mill Pils (Bronze Pilsner), Community Beer Works – The Whale (Gold Brown Ale), Big Ditch Brewing – Deep Cut (Gold Strong IPA) and Towpath (Bronze English Style Stout) and 42 North – Borderland IPA (Bronze Barrel Aged). This is your chance to try them all at once!

 

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Unique Tap List Goes All Local at 4th Annual Farm to Pint

Now in its fourth year, Farm to Pint, presented by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association and Hamburg Brewing Company, celebrates beer created exclusively from locally sourced ingredients. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at Hamburg Brewing Company, 6553 Boston State Road in Hamburg on Sunday, May 14 from 12-8pm.

The event features 20 beers by Western New York breweries and showcases local farmers, maltsters, and hop farmers like Niagara Malt, NY Craft Malt, East Prairie Hops and Domoy Farms.

Official F2P tap list:

12 Gates Brewing Company – Micro IPA

42 North Brewing Company – Cayuga Wheat – The beer features New York State wheat malt and New York’s native grape, Cayuga. The beer is light, smooth and refreshing with a mild breadiness and pleasant hop flavors reminiscent of white grapes.

Big Ditch Brewing Company – WNY Pale Ale (6%) – Brewed with Erie Canal Pale malt from New York Craft Malt in Batavia as well as Cascade, Centennial, and Alpharoma hops from Koester Hops in Eden and Willet Hop and Grain. Light, clean malt background with light peach, concord grape, and earthy aroma and flavor from the hops.

Buffalo Brewing Company – 1868 Sessi on IPA (4.75%) – Notes of citrus and pine with a light body and a dry finish.

Community Beer Works – Local Local Local (6.2%) – Brewed with Pioneer Pale Malt & Malted Oats, Niagara County Mild Pale Malt, and Vertical Vines Nugget & Cascade Hops.

Ellicottville Brewing Company – Rye Stanley Saison & Erdmans Rye Stout

Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing – Double Xing (7.5%) – Dry hopped with hops from local grower Hanover Hops in order to add bright citrus and grass flavor and aroma to the beer. This DIPA has powerful citrus and grass flavors and a slight malt note that lingers on the palate.

Flying Bison Brewing Company – Funky Vintner (5.4%) – All local ingredient Saison brewed with Queen City Malting Pale Malt, New York Craft Malt Wheat and Rye, Niagara Grape juice, East Prairie Hop Farm Newport hops and fermented in an oak barrel with Saison Yeast and Brett Lambicus.

Four Mile Brewing – Maple Brown Ale (6%) – Brewed with NYS hops from Crooked Creek Hop Farm, malts from Pioneer Malting, and maple syrup from Sprague’s Maple Farm. Notes of biscuit, chocolate, and caramel with a soft, smoky, and sweet maple finish.

Hamburg Brewing Company – Honey Ale with Black Currants (6.7%) – Brewed with Pale Ale & Vienna Malt from New York Craft Malt, Cascade & Nugget hops from East Prairie Hop Co., honey from a farm in Springville, and currants from Walnut Grove. Light bready malt notes followed by a clean bitterness and finished with dark fruit tartness.

New York Beer Project – Black Walnut Saison (5.2%) – Brewed with malted barley from Niagara Craft Malt, malted red wheat from Batavia’s NY Craft Malt and Cascade and Chinook hops from Vertical Vines in Lockport.

Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing Co. – Therapy Session Pale Ale (4.6%) – Hoppy session ale made with 100% New York State ingredients.

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery – NYS Rye-Chinook Pale Ale

Resurgence Brewing Company – WNY Amber Lager (5.5%) – This all-local lager uses malt from New York Craft Malt in Batavia, NY.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. – Farmer’s Breakfast Maple Bacon Milk Stout – Brewed with base and chocolate malt from Queen City Malting, hops from Lupulin Fields, Maple syrup from Moore’s Maple Farm and locally made bacon.

Southern Tier Brewing Company – Cherry Gose (8.3%) – Brewed with 3 types of malt, Coriander, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Niagara County Tart Cherry Juice. Strong lactic acidity is accentuated by nature tartness of the cherry juice, big cherry character, enticing clean yet salty finish

Thin Man Brewery – Regicide (5.7%) – Brewed with NY spelt and dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin creating a crisp, hoppy (but not bitter) farmhouse ale. Floral and peppery notes from the yeast give way to Nelson’s characteristic peach and elderberry and a dry finish.

WINDY BREW – Sheldon Helles (5.6%) –  Sheldon Helles is a collaboration of the farmer, the hop producer, and the brewer. A flavorful beer with generous hop flavor and golden color. Everything we used is local within five miles of the brewery.

Woodcock Brothers Brewery – 425 Pilsner (5%) – Designed to be an old school table beer style Pilsner. Brewed with local ingredients from Niagara Hops and Malt for easy, quaffable, sessionable drinking and crafted to celebrate WNY grown ingredients.

Beer and food tickets will be available for purchase upon entering the brewery at a designated ticket & information table. Both cash and credit cards may be used for ticket purchases. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Table upon entering the taproom on the day of the event. ATM will be available for cash withdrawals.

The event is FREE to attend. All purchases will be made in the form of tickets:

1 ticket: $3
4 tickets: $10
8 tickets: $20
13 tickets: $30
20 tickets + a souvenir HBC tasting glass: $45
Souvenir HBC tasting glasses will also be sold individually for $2

TICKET USAGE

5oz. beer pour: 1 ticket
10oz. beer pour: 2 tickets
Pint beer pour: 3 tickets

Bottled Water, Root Beer, Unsweetened Iced Tea: 1 ticket
Wine: Ranges 3-4 tickets
Food (choice of Caprese Skewers, Sausage, or Burger): Ranges 3-4 tickets
64oz. Growler Fills (ONLY AVAILABLE AFTER 6PM, NO EXCEPTIONS): 4 tickets

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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