Drink 12 Gates Beer, Track on Untappd, Earn Free Merch

Do you drink beer from 12 Gates Brewing? Do you use the beer tracking app Untappd? Do you like free stuff? If you answered yes, you’re in luck because 12 Gates is awarding those beer drinkers who use Untappd to log the beer they drink. It’s easy – the more beer you drink, the more free stuff you get.

The process is a relatively simple one. You will earn the first level of the badge with your first check-in and the next level of the badge every fifth check-in following (level two will be earned at the fifth check-in, level three at the tenth check-in, etc.). As far as what free 12 Gates merchandise you can expect, you will earn a free sticker at level 1, a can koozie at level 10, free pint glass at level 20, a trucker hat at level 30, a t-shirt at level 40 and a $25 gift certificate at level 50.

The brewery says that the new promotion is a fun way to further reward their customers.

“Since we’ve implemented our Untappd digital boards in the taproom, we’ve seen an increase in check-ins,” 12 Gates says. “It’s fun for customers to see their profile photo pop-up on the screen and it’s a conversation starter. Since many Untappd users are badge collectors, it made sense for us to implement our own local badge for the brewery too! We wanted to not only incentivize check-ins, but also reward our customers for their loyalty. The app tracks their progress towards the next level and getting their free merchandise is as easy as showing the bartender when they’ve unlocked a milestone award level badge.”

12 Gates currently has over 26,000 check-ins to 185 beers. To no one’s surprise, their flagships top that list, including their West Coast Style IPA (3,990 check-ins), Coffee Porter (2,028) and Cherry Vanilla Wheat (1,257). Some of their more popular beers include Grave Concerns Russian Imperial Stout (482), Resting Peach Face Berliner Weisse, a collaboration with Community Beer Works (310) and Mountains of the Moon New England IPA (266).

Find 12 Gates Brewing on Untappd at https://untappd.com/12GatesBrewing. You can also find the brewery online at www.12gatesbrewing.com. And if you don’t yet use Untappd, this is the perfect opportunity to begin doing so.

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: New Brewery Coming, 12 Gates, Woodcock Brothers Get Sexy, New Beers From New York Beer Project & Southern Tier

Froth Brewing Company Coming to Black Rock

Froth Brewing Company may soon be coming to the Black Rock neighborhood. Buffalo developer Thomas Eoannou has leased a portion of a 14,000-square-foot building at the corner of Military Road and Skillen Street to Froth Brewing, who may serving their own beer before the year is out. The brewery and taproom will occupy about 6,500-square-feet of the single-story, brick building (part of the project also includes a private skate park that will be run by Eoannou’s son). According to reports, Froth has already filed an application with the State Liquor Authority and Eoannou is currently working with architect Michael Anderson.

12 Gates Brewing, Woodcock Brothers Brewing Team Up on seXPAnther

12 Gates Brewing and Woodcock Brothers Brewing are brewing up something special to get us all in the mood for Valentine’s Day – seXPAnther, a Black New England IPA. The beer pays homage to both Woodcock’s XPA series and the black IPAs that 12G’s Head Brewer Scott Shuler likes to brew. “We wanted to brew something fun, unique, and expressive. We are shooting for 8.0% ABV, 69 IBU, and 60% of the time it works every time,” Shuler says. They are shooting for a Valentine’s Day release and will be pairing the beer with different chocolates from Antoinette’s Sweets in Depew.

New York Beer Project to Kick Off February With 2 New Beers

New York Beer Project are planning a pair of beer releases over the next week, the first being the next installment in their Perry’s Ice Cream-inspired series, Death By Chocolate Imperial Stout, which features copious amounts of cacao nibs, flavors of chocolate truffles and fudge chips. Look for that release on February 1 at 5pm. Following that, on February 8 (5pm), NYBP will drop What the Puck?! Scotch Ale, which is “one hell of a scrumptious Scotch Ale,” one that “is sure to warm your taste buds during the coldest part of our wonderful Western New York winter,” NYBP says.

Southern Tier Brewing Plans Next Imperial Sour Ale

Following their Imperial Cherry Gose and Imperial Blueberry Tart Ale, Southern Tier Brewing have revealed the next in their imperial sour series, Imperial Concord Grape Gose, which is brewed with Concord grape juice. The 8.3% beer pours a slightly cloudy, deep reddish purple color with a persistent white head, and features a nose defined by equal parts bright lactic acidity and grape aroma with a hint of coriander. On the palate, strong lacto acidity is balanced by the natural sweetness of the Concord grapes. Imperial Concord Grape Gose is available in 4 pack 12oz. bottles and is in stores now.

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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Community Beer Works Resurrects A Buffalo Beer Icon

Since their inception in 2011, Community Beer Works have been as much about community as they have been beer. Aside from their efforts to Embeer Buffalo, the West Side brewery have personified Buffalo’s standing as ‘the city of good neighbors’ thanks to beer-fueled charity drives that have led to the donation of thousands of dollars to local philanthropies like Journey’s End Refugee Services of Buffalo and Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY. Now they are looking forward to the future by digging through the past with a relaunch of Iroquois Beverage Co., a former titan of the beer industry in the Queen City.

The  of the iconic beer brand will take place Thursday, February 1 (5pm) at the Hotel Henry. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Iroquois began with a merge of two local breweries, Roos Cooperative and Ziegle Brewing Co. under the official name, Iroquois Brewing Company. After prohibition, Iroquois became a market leader in Buffalo, so much so that in 1952, it produced 500,000 barrels of beer and employed 550 men. At the time, 40% of all beer in Buffalo was Iroquois. A few years later in 1955, President William Weigel sold the business to International Brewers and in 1971 Iroquois closed for good due to their inability to compete with big name beer distributors.

Community Beer Works President Ethan Cox says that all of this first came about while he was researching for Buffalo Beer: The History of Brewing in the Nickel City, a book on the history of the brewing industry in Buffalo.

“When I was researching for the book that I co-wrote with Mike [Rizzo], through a mutual acquaintance I was introduced to a man named Willard Pottle, one of the heirs to the Iroquois brand,” Cox says. “He was a really great resource in terms of the book – he knew about the history of the brand and had some awesome artifacts. It was a cool acquaintanceship that turned into a friendship, and after some time, he proposed to me that he would be excited if we would be willing to bring the brand back and I said we would be happy to do that.”

“It’s taken some time as we had to get a point where we had the capacity to put a brand like this on the street and we are at that point now.”

While CBW will brew the beer, Cox explains that this is a full relaunch of the Iroquois Beverage Co. and that Iroquois will be its own standalone brand. The beer that will be available at the launch party will be a test batch, but Cox adds that it will be pretty close to the final product.

“It’s going to be something that we always have on,” he says. “We will really turn to spigot on when our new facility is open. There will be some differences in the beer moving forward, just because we will be making it on a much bigger scale. But this is close enough for people to get an idea of where we are heading with it when it full debuts in May.”

Cox explains that the new Iroquois beer will be brewed off of an entirely new recipe, since no original recipe for the beer could be found. “No one that I’m aware of could tell us exactly what the original recipe was like. And if you’re a brewer you know that there isn’t just one recipe and beer changes over time. And even if we did have that original recipe in hand, you can’t buy the same malt they were selling in the late 60’s and early 70’s, a lot of those hop varietals are not hop varietals that people want anymore and we also don’t know their yeast strain, So even if we had that recipe in hand it would have to be more of an inspiration than anything else. So given that, our feeling was that we should make a modern, clean, light American lager the way we would just like they did when they made theirs in the first place.”

He says that Iroquois will serve as something of a fifth core brand for CBW, though it will have its own feel with new and unique branding, logo and marketing. He’s hoping that Iroquois can serve as a bridge to craft beer for the everyday drinker, adding that Buffalo needs a beer like that.

“We think that Iroquois is an iconic brand that will resonate with people,” he says. “I think the average drinker just likes beer and enjoying drinking it while their doing what it is that they are actually hobbyists about, whether that be having a beer while watching your sports team, having a beer while working on your car or having a beer while knitting. For the vast majority of people, the beer is not the focus of the beer drinking experience, it’s more an accessory.”

“I think we are putting out a brand that is going to have that level of approachability that will help bring people over to craft, one that is styled as a beer for people, an everyday, approachable beer for people. I think Buffalo needs a beer like that. I’m proud of all of the beer brands we have here. I think Big Ditch makes great beer, Resurgence is making good beer and Flying Bison makes good beer too, but I want Iroquois to be a bridge. It’s just a beer that is meant to be enjoyed while you do what you do.”

Future plans also call for Iroquois to be available in cans and test batches of the beer will be available around the city at a few retail accounts. After that, it will be a few months before the final version is ready. “This is a beer that people should be grabbing at their supermarkets, at their convenience stores and at their gas stations. This is that kind of beer. This is a drinking beer, this is a beer for people.”

You can find more information on Iroquois Beverage Co. at https://iribeer.com/.

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 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: Thin Man, Pressure Drop Team Up, CBW Brings Back An Icon, New Rusty Nickel IPA, Flying Bison Celebrates Groundhogs Day

Thin Man, Pressure Drop Plan Pair of IPA Collaborations

Thin Man Brewery and Pressure Drop Brewing have joined forces on a pair of new IPAs, brewing the same beer at either location with different yeast and water profiles. Night Terrors, which was brewed at Thin Man, is a hazy East Coast IPA brewed with 100% CO2 Hop Extract (Columbus, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra) and dry hopped with pellets, and Panic Attacks, a West Coast IPA, was brewed at Pressure Drop, with the same grain and hops, but different process, yeast, filtering, and water chemistry. Keep an eye out for both of these releases at each location in a few weeks.

Community Beer Works Resurrects a Buffalo Beer Icon

After over three decades, a Buffalo brewing icon is set to make its return as Community Beer Works is bringing back the Iroquois Beer brand. You too can ‘Have an Iri’ brewed by CBW at the official Launch Party, February 1 (5pm) at Hotel Henry. Once upon a time in 1952, 40% of all beer in Buffalo was Iroquois. The business was eventually sold to International Brewers and in 1971 closed due to inability to compete with big name beer distributors. Now the great grandson of William Weigel and CBW have teamed up to bring it back.

Rusty Nickel Pays Tribute to Bills Season with New IPA

Rusty Nickel Brewing are commemorating a historic football season that saw the Buffalo Bills break a 17-season drought by making the playoffs for the first time since 1999 with the aptly titled Hometown Heroes IPA, which follows the preseason release of Cautiously Optimistic IPA and midseason release of They Call Him the Streak IPA in their Football IPA Series. Coming in at 5.8% ABV, this low IBU IPA featuring El Dorado and Lemondrop hops has tropical and pineapple flavors with hints of peach aroma but almost no bitterness. Expect notes of mango and citrus with a soft slightly bitter finish.

More Winter or Spring? Find Out at Flying Bison’s Groundhogs Day Party

Will Buffalo Mack see his shadow? Will we get six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Find out at Flying Bison’s Fifth Annual Buffalo Groundhog Day, January 27 at 12pm. The event will feature live music all day, Buffalo’s finest food trucks, Flying Bison beer and Buffalo Distilling cocktails in addition to a weather prediction from Buffalo Mack himself. Tickets include a commemorative Buffalo Groundhog Day Mug, 3 beer/cocktail tickets, $5 food voucher for onsite food trucks and a donation to local animal charities. Tickets are available at Buffalogroundhogday.com. Tickets are $30 presale and $35 at the door.

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 Advent: 24 Days of Fresh Local Beer

For those that follow us on social media (thank you for that!), you know that we spent the better portion of last month drinking a different packaged local beer every day as part of what we called our Buffalo Beer Advent calendar. I can’t really tell you where the idea came from – perhaps it was born from many late nights surfing the Internet while watching How I Met Your Mother or Friends reruns, maybe it was something my wife Jill said to me, either way I don’t remember. Regardless, it was a truly memorable experience and one we will continue to do to for years to come. But essentially what this was, was 24 days straight of drinking local beer, which doesn’t sound like a bad thing.

Perhaps the best thing about Buffalo Beer Advent was reintroducing ourselves to staples of the Buffalo beer scene that we haven’t drank in a bit, including Big Ditch’s Low Bridge and Resurgence’s Sponge Candy Stout. We also enjoyed plenty of instant classics like Big Ditch’s Deep Cut and FIP, welcomed Four Mile to the canning community with their Polynomial Pale Ale and Allegheny IPA and reacquainted ourselves favorites like Resurgence CitMo IPA, 12 Gates West Coast Style IPA and Flying Bison Low Gear. And that’s not even to mention that a pair of Thin Man collaborations made the cut, including Fuzzy Dunlop IPA with Captain Lawrence and Smooth Maneuvers New England IPA with Sloop and Collective Arts.

24 days of Buffalo Beer Advent:

December 1 – Thin Man Brewery / Captain Lawrence Fuzzy Dunlop IPA
December 2 – Resurgence Brewing Sponge Candy Stout
December 3 – Big Ditch Brewing Low Bridge Hoppy Golden Ale
December 4 – Four Mile Brewing Allegheny IPA
December 5 – Woodcock Brothers Brewing IPA
December 6 – Southern Tier Brewing 2xStout
December 7 – Resurgence Brewing IPA
December 8 – Big Ditch Brewing FIP IPA
December 9 – Woodcock Brothers Brewing XPA 13
December 10 – Four Mile Brewing Polynomial Pale Ale
December 11 – Flying Bison Brewing Low Gear Session IPA
December 12 – 12 Gates Brewing West Coast Style IPA
December 13 – 42 North Brewing Asylum Porter
December 14 – Resurgence Brewing Cosmic Truth
December 15 – Hamburg Brewing Frosty the IPA
December 16 – Ellicottville Brewing Ski Bum
December 17 – Resurgence Brewing CitMo IPA
December 18 – 42 North Brewing LuchaBrew Mexican Lager
December 19 – Thin Man Brewery / Collective Arts / Sloop Brewing Smooth Maneuvers
December 20 – Woodcock Brothers Brewing Stiff Mitten Spiced Winter Ale
December 21 – Flying Bison Brewing Blizzard Bock
December 22 – Southern Tier Brewing Winter Warmer
December 23 – Hamburg Brewing OMS
December 24 – Big Ditch Brewing Deep Cut Double IPA

Above all else, any chance we get to promote Buffalo beer, we’re going to jump at it, and this was a great way to bring attention to many of the packaged local beer options that are available. Like I said, we’ll be doing this again next year and by then who knows how many more options we will have at our fingertips. We are already looking forward to it.

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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Thin Man’s Hop Pants Joins Recent Memorable Buffalo Beer Releases

From 42 North Brewing’s Premeption New England IPA to Big Ditch Brewing’s 363 IPA and Old First Ward Brewing’s #Smashtag IPA, Buffalo has been blessed with some world class beer releases over the last week or so. Add one more to the list as Thin Man Brewery will release their first ever (solo) canned beer, Hop Pants DDH IPA. You can purchase it at Thin Man on Saturday, January 20 at 11am.

The 6.4% beer is a double dry hopped IPA brewed with English Ale yeast and Azacca, Citra & Simcoe hops, imparting notes and flavors of pink grapefruit, pineapple, melon and pine. This is the next iteration of the Hop Pants IPA line, which features IPA’s brewed with different ingredients.

“It’s not crazy hazy,” Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins says of Hop Pants, “it’s got a nice little haze going on with lots of pink grapefruit, pine, citrus and all that kind of fun stuff.”

“The original idea behind Hop Pants was to have a series of beers where we were always changing out the hops and always releasing a new beer, sort of the same way Firestone Walker does with their Luponic Distortion IPA series and Stone Brewing does with Enjoy By. This is pretty different from the original Hop Pants we released last year. It’s been a long time since we released a Hop Pants; it’s always fun and exciting to bring something back. It’s also a fun beer name that lends itself to a really fun label. And it’s fun to say.”

Watkins says that he isn’t necessarily nervous or concerned by releasing another canned IPA in the wake of other releases such as Preemption and 363. He says that he is too worried about saturation, because the Buffalo market has shown that it can handle all of these releases.

“It doesn’t make me nervous, although I certainly lost some nights of sleep worrying whether or not it would work. I’d say I’m more excited than nervous because this release will give us the opportunity to get a whole bunch places that we have not gotten before. One week everyone can drink the awesome beer that 42 North released, the next week everyone can drink the awesome beer that we released and then the following week everyone can drink the awesome beer Resurgence Brewing released and it just keeps going.”

Hop Pants will be on sale for $13.99 per four pack (16oz. cans) with a limit of one case per customer.  Thin Man has approximately 85 cases to sell, according to Watkins. He adds that some of the usual retail suspects around town should receive some as well, including Village Beer Merchant, Brewed & Bottled, Aurora Brew Works, etc.

“I’m super excited. It’s the first time I have ever dealt with a canning line. The guys from Revolution Canning out of Geneseo were great. It’s going to be a fun day.”

In addition to Hop Pants, Thin Man will also be tapping a pair of new beers for the special occasion. DDH Something Or Other (6.4%), a DDH IPA, a beer bursting with pink grapefruit and pine from Simcoe hops, complimented by melon & lemon notes and Other Truths (6.4%), a DDH Sour IPA, which Thin Man describes as ‘grapefruit juice’ that combines experimental hops and an IPA base to take the New England IPA to the next logical step by adding acidity to the mix.

As for the future, Watkins says that while some of Thin Man’s regular offerings might end up in cans down the road, it makes more sense to make these releases a special thing. “Expect more double dry hopped hazy things, more fruit sours. I would love to have a reasonable priced hoppy Helles or something like that, just something you can crush in the summer. I’d love to get a big Imperial Stout with coffee or coconut into cans. We don’t have a specific schedule. It’s pretty wide open at this point.”

For more information about the impending Hop Pants can release, visit the Facebook event page.

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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Our Southern Tier Pumking 2013-17 Vertical Experience

The year was 2014 and I found myself in Syracuse visiting my sister-in-law who was living there for work at the time. We happened to go shopping for food for dinner, well my wife did at least, and I bolted for the beer aisle. After grabbing a bottle of Middle Ages X Double IPA, I was in the mood for some Southern Tier Brewing Pumking, so I nabbed a bottle of the 2014 vintage, along with a bottle of the 2014 Warlock Imperial Stout. And as I grabbed those bottles, as fate may have it, two bottles of 2013 Pumking just happened to be sitting on the shelf.

And that’s when it hit me – a five year Pumking vertical would be a great idea.

After also grabbing a Rumking, or Rum Barrel Aged Pumking, in 2014, I grabbed a bottle each of the next few years until 2017, when my five year vertical idea was complete. So, a few Buffalo Beer Leaguers got together to see how this annual favorite held up over the last half decade.

The 2013 Pumking featured incredibly mellow pumpkin flavors, strong notes of buttery graham crackers, pumpkin and spice on the nose. Some thought it was ‘too buttery’ and another BBLer said it was soft, adding ‘butter, beam me up.

The 2014 vintage had even more spice and pumpkin notes but was less buttery than the 2013. The 2014 Rumking had notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, with one taster noting that it was reminiscent of honey mustard pretzels pieces and another saying that it ‘tastes like pumpkin water.’ Finishing off 2014, the Warlock was silky smooth and creamy and the best of the bunch.

2015’s version of Pumking was the most defined and least muddled of the entire vertical. It was crisper and less overly sweet, and not as buttery, though some notes of buttered graham cracker came forward towards the end. There was more pumpkin and more warming booze. One taster noted that it was ‘starting to taste more and more like Pumking.’

The 2016 Pumking was sweeter with less booze with graham cracker aromas, more sweet pumpkin notes and some caramel notes.

And finally, the 2017 Pumking opened with an all graham cracker nose with more subtle booze notes. It was not buttery whatsoever.

The Pumking vintages that were aged longer than three years seemed to fall off for the most part and weren’t as good as the newer ver sions of the beer. This vertical was a fun experience, but if I were to plan another, I would probably do a vertical of the Warlock. Actually, now that I type that out and see the words sitting in front of my face, I think I’m going to do that. We’ll see you in another five years.

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: New Beer at Community Beer Works & Resurgence, Drink Beer for Free Merch at 12 Gates, Join MyCity Brew’s Final Tasting Panel

Two New Community Beer Works on the Horizon

Community Beer Works will release two new beers in the coming week. First, they will tap a Chocolate Malted Milkshake, a 5.9% milk stout with a ton of chocolate malt and chocolate extract with a load of victory malts added to give the beer a malted flavor. Look for that tasty pastry stout on January 19 at 3pm. Then, on Jan. 21, as part of their Sunday Test Batch Series, the brewery will debut a 5.3% pale ale that was brewed with orange peels, hibiscus, and rose hips. CBW also has a collaboration with Syracuse’s Empire Brewing coming out soon.

Last Chance to Taste MyCity Brew’s Ultimate Buffalo Beer

There’s still some time remaining to win a spot at MyCity Brew’s Final Selection Event, which takes place on January 23. During this last week before their final selection event, MyCity Brew be filling all of their remaining taste testing roles with people that ‘like’ their Facebook page. Once you’ve done that, just shoot MCB a quick message and say “done!” If you’ve already liked their Facebook page, send them a message to be entered. MyCity Brew are working with 12 Gates Brewing to brew a Dunkel (Dark Lager). The beer will be named Byson Brown, after Mayor Byron Brown.

Resurgence to Release Bottles of Imperial Milk Sponge Candy Stout

Resurgence Brewing will be selling bottles of their Imperial Milk Sponge Candy Stout on January 20 at noon. This 10% brew features decadent aromatics & flavors of rich milk chocolate, caramel, and toffee. The addition of lactose sugar gives it a creamy mouthfeel and a huge sweetness as flavorful as any box of chocolates. Resurgence uses real Watson’s Sponge Candy clippings to make this stout, so feel free to give this one in lieu of chocolates along with flowers for a gift this Valentine’s Day. This is perfect beer to share with a loved one or enjoy on your own.

Earn Free 12 Gates Merch by Just Drinking Beer

If you use the Untappd app to keep track of all the beer you drink, then you can earn free merchandise from 12 Gates Brewing.  You will earn the first level of the badge with your first check-in and the next level of the badge every fifth check-in following (level two will be earned at the fifth check-in, level three at the tenth check-in, etc.). You will earn a free sticker at level 1, koozie at level 10, pint at level 20, trucker hat at level 30, tee shirt at level 40 and a $25 gift certificate at level 50.

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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Festivals, Beer Weeks and Cross Border Collaborations: 2018 is a Year for Beer Events

If 2017 was a banner year for Buffalo craft beer, then 2018 is shaping up to blow it out of the water. The usual suspects return – Farm to Pint Week, Buffalo Brewers Festival and Buffalo Beer Week – but 2018 is bolstered by the return of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational, which this year moves from Consumer’s Pub at the Park to New York Beer Project, and the debut of the Can-Am Beer Festival, a first-of-its-kind cross-border beer festival that marries the best area breweries with the best Ontario breweries.

After taking a year off, the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational returns in 2018 with a new home at New York Beer Project on Saturday, February 17, 3-7pm GA and 2-7pm for Buffalo Beer League members. The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational brings together leading brewers from around the area and breweries from neighboring cities and states for a celebration of local craft beer brewed in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Not only will you have the chance to sample a number of limited edition and rare beer, you will also have the chance to interact with the brewers themselves.

Only 400 tickets are available for the BNBI and on sale now for $45. Your ticket includes a commemorative glass, a $5 voucher good for any of the beer themed plates from the New York Beer Project menu, and access to 50+ creative craft ales and lagers. The BNBI sold out in 2016, so purchase your tickets here.  Buffalo Beer League members get in an hour earlier for the same price!

The first annual Canadian-American Beer Festival, featuring 20 Ontario-US collaboration brews and 20 WNY-ON collaboration beers, take place April 7, 2018, in Niagara Falls, New York at The Conference and Event Center, 3-7pm GA and 2-7PM for Buffalo Beer League members. The new cross-border beer fest will see owners and representatives from 34 craft breweries from across Southern Ontario and Western New York collaborating on special one-off craft beers, which will be unveiled for the first time at the 2018 festival.

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

Farm to Pint Week, a week-long celebration of the growing farm-to-table, and farm-to-glass, movement in the worlds of both food and drink, returns May 12-20. Brews made by local breweries made from locally grown and produced malts and hops will be showcased all week, starting with the Farm to Pint Expo at Pizza Plant on May 12. From there, the Full Circle Fest at 42N takes place on May 19th and the annual F2P tap event follows at Hamburg on May 20th. Throughout the week, multiple F2P tap events around the region will also take place. Buffalo Beer League members should expect special offerings during F2P at some participating breweries.  Visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org/events/f2p-week for more information.

The 5th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival will make its return to Canalside on Saturday, June 23 (3-7pm GA, 2-7pm for Buffalo Beer League members). This year, the summer festival will feature 100% local WNY breweries with all of the brewers and owners presenting exciting brews made special for this event. If you want to meet the local brewers, this is the event for you! In addition, locally sourced food, local chefs & food trucks will also be a big part of the 2018 festival. Stick around for the brewer’s after party featuring live music and local draft pours. For more information, visit www.buffalobrewersfestival.com.

The ninth annual Buffalo Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of everything the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene has to offer, returns from September 14-22. The 2018 lineup will feature dozens of events, from the official Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala put on by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (with special pricing for Buffalo Beer League members) on First Friday (Sept 14), to tastings at your local pub, to ticketed special-events and nearly everything in between, all culminating with the Ballpark Brewbash at Coca-Cola Field on September 22nd. The beer-centric week promotes Buffalo’s growing craft beer culture throughout Erie and Niagara counties, which attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of regional brewing heritage and serves as a showcase for Buffalo’s breweries, restaurants and pubs. Look for more information at www.buffalobeerweek.com.

Stay tuned to www.buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.com for further details on these events as well as to get all of the latest information on the Buffalo craft beer scene.

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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Drink Local, Drink Better: The Buffalo Beer League’s Favorite Buffalo Beers of 2017

As ambassadors of Buffalo beer, we at the Buffalo Beer League drank our fair share of locally crafted goodness last year. Whether it was at one of the year’s many killer events, from the Buffalo Brewers Festival to Buffalo on Tap, during Buffalo Beer Week and Farm to Pint Week, or during one of our many trips to a brewery, we imbibed on many a memorable brew in 2017. And we’d like to share those offerings with you.

2017 was yet another banner year for Buffalo beer. From the openings of Riverworks Brewing at Buffalo Riverworks, Pressure Drop Brewing in the Barrel Factory, SATO Brewpub, West Shore Brewing in Clarence and the 42 Below Barrel Room at 42 North Brewing to the expansion of Buffalo Brewing Company and milestone anniversaries for Pearl Street Brewing, Community Beer Works and Woodcock Brothers Brewing, this last year featured a number of notable local beer happenings. And that’s not even to mention big beer news like 12 Gates Brewing teaming up with 103.3 The Edge for a new beer and New York Beer Project partnering with Perry’s Ice Cream for a series of new ice cream inspired beers.

And now, without further ado, I present Buffalo Beer League’s Favorite Beers of 2017. I, along with fellow BBL co-founder Scott McMillan sat down over a few cold ones to hash this list out.

12 Gates Brewing Company – Mountains of the Moon IPA, Resting Peach Face Berliner Weisse (Community Beer Works collaboration)

42 North Brewing Company – The Wanderer White Wine Barrel Aged Sour, Enforcer Mandarina DIPA

Big Ditch Brewing Company – Packet, FIP, Gin Barrel Aged Beautiful River

Buffalo Brewing Company – 1817 DIPA, 1976 Grodziskie

Buffalo Brewpub – Buffalo Breakfast Stout

Buffalo RiverWorks – Rejuvenator IPA, NYS Rye Pale Ale

Community Beer Works – Thick & Sticky DIPA, Milkshake IPA, Banana Split Milkshake Hefeweizen

Ellicottville Brewing Company – Oak Aged Pants DIPA, 219 Series: Tart IPA

Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing – Barleywine, Imperial Stout

Flying Bison Brewing Company – Juice Caboose IPA, Funky Vintner Saison, Low Gear Session IPA, Oaked Juice Caboose IPA

Four Mile Brewing – Pale Ale

Gene McCarthy’s Brewery & Kitchen (Old First Ward Brewing) – #Mashtag IPA, Toke Smoked Rye Lager, Citra Maxima (SATO Brewpub collaboration)

Gordon Biersch – Barrel Aged Winterbock

Hamburg Brewing Company – Honey Ale with Black Currants, Tax Relief IPA

New York Beer Project – Thee Barleywine

Pan Am Grill & Brewery – Single Hop Nugget IPA

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery – Liquid Courage Imperial Stout

Pressure Drop Brewing – Space Monkey Double IPA

Resurgence Brewing Company – White Wine Barrel Aged Head in the Clouds DIPA, R&D Cryo IPA, Imperial Pumpkin

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. – Spot on the Naughty List Sour Saison

SATO Brewpub – Urban Samurai IPA, Winter Samurai IPA

Southern Tier Brewing Company – Phreshie IPA

Thin Man Brewery – Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Forever Cordial, DDH No Pressure IPA

Westshore Brewing Company – Historic Rail Pale Ale

Windy Brew – Red Cream Ale, PTSD IPA, Bohemian Pilsner

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company – XPA 9, Galaxy Mosaic XPA, Barrel Aged Belgian Rye w/Brett & Tart Cherries

With 2017 now in the books, 2018 is already shaping up to one hell of a ride for local beer. In addition to the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational returning, along with tent pole events like Buffalo Beer Week, Buffalo Brewers Festival and Farm to Pint Week, 2018 will also host the inaugural Can-Am Beer Festival. Beyond that, MyCity Brew will release their long-awaited ultimate Buffalo beer, Big Ditch is expanding their brewing capabilities, Community Beer Works is moving to a new location and opening a new three-story brewpub in Niagara Falls, Frost Brewing and Stillhouse Brewing are on the horizon, plus who knows what else will pop up. Now is a great time to be a fan of Buffalo beer.

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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