File Under Beer is Fun: Community Beer Works to Release Ice Cream Cake Pale Ale

Let’s face it – beer is supposed to be fun. Or at least it should be. Community Beer Works agrees, so they teamed up with Altamont’s Indian Ladder Farms Cidery and Brewery on a beer you’ve most likely never heard of, an Ice Cream Cake Pale Ale, because beer doesn’t have to be serious all the time.

Ice Cream Cake Pale Ale will be released Saturday, March 31 at noon. In addition to being available on draft, the beer will also be available to go in 750ml cans (limit 4 per person)($10). No growler or crowler fills.

Ice Cream Cake Pale Ale is a pale ale brewed with Huell Melon, Brewer’s Gold, and ILFCB’s proprietary Helderberg hops, New York grown and malted 2Row pale malt, New York grown naked oats, lactose, and yellow cake mix. And yes, they actually added a whole ice cream cake. If you must know, the cake mix was Betty Crocker and the cake was chocolate-vanilla.

“Scott (brewer from ILFCB) used to be my assistant in Albany,” CBW’s Director of Brewing Operations Ryan Demler says. “We had the OG Milkshake IPA like 4 or 5 years ago when we were out at an account. We joked about brewing one, so we did and it went over well. After I left Albany and he took over the Pump Station, he brewed “Ice Cream for Pale Ale,” which was a milkshake beer (of sorts), brewed with sugar cones in the mash. We joked back and forth about doing a ‘fro-yo’ beer and others and finally we settled on an Ice Cream Cake Pale Ale. To be honest, it was encouraged by consuming a few beers.”

In this writer’s opinion, it’s truly a wild beer as thankfully we were treated to an advance pint. It opens with aromas of sugar and lactose, not unlike vanilla frosting. The beer is filled with fruity hop notes with faint hints of creamy, yellow cake batter. Yes, you read that right. This beer does actually taste like cake.

“Long story short, it was a goofy beer to brew,” Demler adds. “We both are committed to brewing stand-along high quality beers, and sometimes we like a little shtick to them. It’s brewed exclusively with New York grown and processed grain and 80% of the hops we used in this beer were grown right on the farm with ILFCB. Drinkers should expect a fruity-hop expressive IPA, with a touch of lactose sweetness, and medium-soft mouthfeel.”

The Indian Ladder Farms collaboration was not the only collab CBW brewed recently, far from it actually. Or, as Demler puts it, ‘we’ve got a lot of irons in a lot of fires.’ They have also collaborated with Big Ditch Brewing on a new Double IPA, Rochester’s Swiftwater Brewing on a Coffee IPA and Auburn’s Prison City on a new Pineapple IPA.

The Swiftwater collab is a Coffee IPA brewed with coffee from Tipico coffee and Joe Bean in Rochester to go along with Cascade and Denali hops. Demler says to expect super low bitterness, and nice, but not punchy, coffee flavor and aroma. Tentative plans call for the beer to be canned.

The Prison City beer is a Pineapple IPA brewed with Sacch Trois, the yeast formerly known as Brett Trois. It features grilled pineapple added near the end of fermentation, plus a heathy dry-hop addition. It’s expected to be, at least according to Demler, a low-bitterness citrusy, tropical fruit bomb.

“Ben, the head brewer at Prison City is a good friend of many of us in the craft beer scene. He was big in the Western New York home brewing scene with Ethan, Robert and a number of other folks in the Buffalo/Rochester area. When he opened up Prison City him and Ethan started talking about the possibility of brewing a beer together. Like many of these collabs, it started with a few conversations over a few beers and went on from there. We all agreed that we wanted to brew a fruit-flavor forward beer using the yeast formally known as ‘Brett Trois’ and add some tasty hops. In the whirlpool we used El Dorado and Citra and in the DH we used galaxy.”

For more information on the Ice Cream Cake Pale Ale release, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/224624291435486/. Release plans for all of the other collaborations will be announced in the coming weeks.

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: Can-Am WNY Beta, 5 New Beers at Resurgence, Dyngus Day at 12 Gates, 2018 Erie County Fair Homebrew Comp, Buffalo Brewing Grodziskie Returns

Canadian American Beer Fest Beta Comes to Pizza Plant

With the Canadian American Beer Festival postponed to 2019 (April 13) over an issue regarding bringing product over the border, the Can Am Beer Fest – WNY Beta will now take place on April 8 at Pizza Plant Transit (12pm). The free event will feature WNY-made Can Am collaboration beers, a la carte food, and the chance to interact with the brewers. Afterwards, select WNY – Can Am brews will be available the following week at both Pizza Plant locations and brewery taprooms. Can Am Beer Fest – Ontario Beta will then take place May 5 at Augusta’s Winking Judge in Hamilton, Ontario.

5 Beer Releases, One Event at Resurgence Brewing

On Thursday, March 29 (4pm), Resurgence Brewing are releasing not one, not two, not three, but five beers in one epic beer release. The event will see the return of seasonal favorites Blood Orange Saison (notes of fresh orange rind, tangerine and mango), Cucumber Saison (made with all local malt from WNY Craft Malt in Batavia and locally grown cucumbers), and Coconut Porter (notes of sweet brown sugar and coconut) as well as the debut of a brand new American Kettle Sour and Experimental Saison. Try them all in a flight or take a few crowlers to go for later.

12 Gates to Celebrate Dyngus Day with Party, Beer Release

12 Gates Brewing are doing their part to continue the time honored Buffalo Dyngus Day tradition with party in their taproom on April 2 (2pm), which will feature a beer release, live music and traditional Polish foods. The beer is a Grodziskie, a historic polish style made from 100% smoked wheat with a low ABV, while the food features a Polish sausage special from 12 Gates, and Ru’s Pierogi food truck will be there from 5-8pm (or while supplies last). Half a Heard (part of Heard of Buffalo) performs 7-10pm. 12 Gates Polska t-shirts will also be available. Na Zdrowie!

Erie County Fair, Flying Bison Announce 2018 Home Brew Competition

You can have your beer brewed at Flying Bison Brewing Company, distributed by Try It Distributing and served at the 2018 Erie Country Fair. All you have to do is win the 2018 Home Brew Competition. To enter, brew a beer and then take it to Flying Bison (12-8pm) on April 5-6. Bring an empty growler and have it filled for $5. Entries can also be dropped off to the Erie County Fair Main Office April 2-7 during business hours. Past winners include an American Pale Ale (John Crossett & Brian Milleville), Hefe-Rye-zen (Mark Zambron), and Imperial Porter (Sean Wall).

Buffalo Brewing Company’s Grodziskie Returns

Buffalo Brewing Company’s 1976 Grodziskie makes its triumphant return this week, just in time for Easter and Dyngus Day. This smokey treat clocks in at a light, clear and crushable 3.5%. “This traditional smoked beer will pair perfectly with your Easter brunch or Dyngus Day festivities,” the brewery says. “Twoje Zdrowie.” Might we recommend a side of ham, rye bread and mustard. 1976 Grodziskie will be available on draft and for growler/crowler fills.

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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42 North to Release First Ever 42 Below Barrel House Creation

A pretty important beer release for 42 North Brewing is coming up this weekend as Sojourn, the first ever wild/sour ale to come out of the barrels at 42 Below Barrel House, will make its debut. The small batch beer will be released both on draft and in limited bottles on Saturday, March 24 at 12pm.

Sojourn (8% ABV) is a French Chardonnay Barrel Aged Belgian Ale that was re-fermented with Brettanomyces and then blended with a 15-month old Sour Blonde Ale. Sojourn opens with notes of white grapes and barnyard funk. It’s bright, dry and effervescent, with notes of chardonnay oak barrel and grape, papaya and pineapple.

There is a limit of four bottles per customer and no crowler or growler fills will be available.

“I’m very excited about this release for a couple reasons,” 42 North Chief Brewing Officer Clay Keel says. “One, it is the first wild or sour ale to come out of our new 42-Below Barrel House which opened late last year. Second, this is a fantastic one to start with because I think it will have a mass appeal. Sojourn is a Brett Saison, but with some of our seasonal Treaty Saison and a touch of barrel-aged sour blonde blended in for balance. The result is chardonnay notes from the barrels and overripe tropical fruits from a particular Brett strain we like. I’ve been previewing it for people and it appeals to wild beer fans and white wine drinkers alike.”

Sojourn also features an addition (approximately 15%) of 42 North’s Treaty Saison Belgian-Style Saison (6.5%), which also makes it return Saturday. Named in honor of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, which brought about the end of the War of 1812 and opened up the Great Lakes region to American expansion, Treaty Saison is an authentic Belgian-style dry and tart saison featuring a simple grain bill and limited spice additions, with notes of light fruit and lemongrass.

Treaty Saison will be available for crowler and growler fills.

Along with the releases of Treaty Saison and Sojourn on Saturday, 42 North will also be live brewing their Five Cow Farm Maple Porter, a robust porter with flavors of mocha, coffee, black cherries, maple syrup and smoke that Alex Sowyrda, 42 North’s Director of Recipe Development, helped produce based on a tradition of homebrewing with maple sap and creek water, on Sunday, March 25 at 10am.

42 Below Barrel House opened its doors in September 2017. Located adjacent to 42 North in East Aurora, it serves as the production and aging facility for 42 North’s barrel aged and sour beer portfolio. It holds 50 oak barrels sourced from all over the world including previously used white wine, red wine, bourbon, and scotch barrels. In conjunction with 42 Below, 42 North launched “The Vagabond Society,” a member’s only club that offers its members exclusive events, first rights to barrel aged beers, and special discounts at 42 North. Only 100 memberships are available. For more information, visit the taproom or email vagabonds@42northbrewing.com.

Visit www.42below.blog for more information about 42 North’s barrel aging program and find more information on the beer releases here and here.

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 First Glitter Beer Has Officially Arrived

This is not a drill. Buffalo’s first ever glitter beers are coming. Yes, you read that correctly. On March 23 (4pm), SATO Brewpub will unleash a trio of glitter beers – the Brewnicorn, a glitter IPA, “Gold’s Lager,” their Shimbo Rice Lager on glitter, and “Peppy Hare,” SATO’s Rabbit in the Moon Table Beer on glitter.

Following the trend of glitter cupcakes and glitter cappuccinos, glitter beer made its debut at breweries like Colorado’s Ska Brewing, Three Weavers Brewing Company out in California and at Bold Missy Brewery in North Carolina, but has been around in some shape or form since 2016.

“I feel like I had to,” SATO Brewpub Head Brewer Drew Hardin says of the glitter beer. “I don’t think anyone else would have unless someone else did. I’m a stout traditionalist, but I’m also one of those guys who will throw weird and interesting ingredients into classic beer styles. This basically started out as a joke. When it first came out, everyone saw it, everyone lost their muffins over people doing it, and everyone was like ‘oh, well he is joking, there’s no way he would do that, he doesn’t have the balls to do that,’ and I was like, ‘hold my beer.’”

If you didn’t know, glitter beer involves adding edible glitter, which is safe to consume, to beer to create a mesmerizing, swirling motion in the beer as it sits in your glass. Its non-toxic, FDA approved and doesn’t affect the flavor of the beer, just the body ever so slightly. This is the same glitter used to decorate wedding cakes, cupcakes and chocolate.

“I was sitting at home doing some recipe development, had Amazon Prime open and saw they had some edible glitter, so I went ahead and bought it. And after three weeks of testing and seeing how the glitter reacts to the beer, we decided to do it.”

The headlining act of the event is the Brewnicorn, SATO’s Keichitsu IPA (named for a Japanese micro-season that loosely translates to ‘the coming out of worms’), their spring IPA, with glitter of course.

“In a far off land there is a strange and magical beast,” Brewnicorn’s beer description reads. “A mystical steed that is as refreshing as it is shiny. A horse of a different color. Many colors in fact. Who sneezes sparkles in the face of conformity. She is the Brewnicorn. A Citra and Mosaic IPA that is absolutely fabulous. Styles be damned. Don’t be upset, but you can be a bit bitter. Like this sparkly IPA. Long live the Brewnicorn! And keep on the lookout for the Kegasus.”

These are limited kegs and are not to be missed. Along with the glitter beers, SATO will also debut their spring cocktail collection, which may or may not contain glitter (wink wink), at the event.

And for those wondering, the glitter will not produce any glitter pee or poops (“Unfortunately,” Hardin says). He is speaking from experience as well as, in the name of science, Hardin drank glitter beer exclusively for nearly a week (“Not something I’m proud of,” he adds) while doing thorough research on all things glitter beer.

“Everyone out there is doing all sorts of crazy things to try and draw people’s attention, and there’s nothing more that draws people’s attention than shiny beer. If someone else tries this, cool, more power to them. Most people were in awe when I actually did it.”

Glitter beer is proof positive that craft beer is supposed to be fun, but for as much of a gimmick as it might be, SATO Brewpub is more a no-gimmicks-needed establishment. In fact, they have actually begun puffing their own traditional Japanese rice for their Shimbo Rice Lager and Rabbit in the Moon, moving away from the use of Brewer’s Rice as they bring the process completely in-house.

“For craft beer, the fun is lost. Everyone is searching for what’s rare, new and different and don’t really care about what style it is, they just care about how cool it is.

That’s not why I got into craft beer. I don’t care where a beer comes from as long as it’s delicious, cold and done properly, I would drink just about anything. Sometimes you have to just sit back, take a moment and laugh at yourself, have fun, enjoy what’s in your glass and just don’t overthink it.”

For more information on the beer release, click here. Hardin says that SATO might bring back glitter beer again in the future.

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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Canadian American Beer Festival 2018 Postponed to 2019 Due to Border Woes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      

2018 CAN AM FESTIVAL POSTPONED DUE TO IMPORT ISSUES AT BORDER

Separate CanAm tasting events to take place in U.S. and Canada featuring the all CanAm 2018 collaboration beers

CanAm Beer Festival to take place in Niagara Falls USA April 13 2019

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) regretfully announces that the 2018 Canadian American Beer Festival scheduled for April 7, 2018 at the Conference and Event Center in Niagara Falls, NY has been postponed to April 13, 2019 at the Conference & Event Center in Niagara Falls USA.

The event has been postponed as a result of an issue regarding bringing product over the border that despite everyone’s best efforts could not be resolved in a timely manner. All tickets that have been sold will be refunded.

“We are extremely disappointed to have to postpone the Can-Am festival, but given that we discovered an insurmountable issue with our 2018 import method only a few weeks away from the event, we thought it was best to postpone for this year,” said BNBA president Willard Brooks. “The good news is that we have sourced a very experienced Import Agent that has agreed to enter into discussions with us to facilitate and resolve the border issues for 2019 – this gives us complete confidence that we will have a solid partner to advise us as we move forward to 2019 and beyond.”

So as not to miss the opportunity to taste the cross border collaborative efforts of Canadian and American brewers, there will be separate tasting events on each side of the border being billed as the “Can Am Beer Fest – WNY BETA” in Buffalo on April 8th featuring WNY-made CanAm Collabs and the “Can Am Beer Fest – Ontario BETA” in Hamilton, ON on May 5th featuring Ontario-made CanAm Collabs.

In the U.S. the event will take place as a tap takeover on April 8th (12pm) at Pizza Plant at 7770 Transit Rd. Admission is free with special flight pricing to be published closer to the event. The event includes exclusive samplings of the WNY-made CanAm collabs, a la carte food, and the chance to interact with the brewers who made the beers. Pizza Plant Canalside & Transit will also make select WNY-CanAm brews available on tap the week after the event as well as at the taprooms of each producing brewery.

AMERICAN->CANADIAN COLLABORATIONS

  • 4 Mile is hosting Grand River
  • 5 & 20 is hosting Oast House
  • 12 Gates is hosting Nickel Brook
  • 42 North is hosting Shawn & Ed
  • Big Ditch is hosting Beau’s
  • Buffalo Brewing Co is hosting Railway City
  • Community Beer Works is hosting Redline Brewhouse
  • Resurgence is hosting Collective Arts
  • Ellicottville is hosting Flying Monkeys
  • Flying Bison is hosting Great Lakes
  • Hamburg is hosting Brimstone
  • New York Beer Project is hosting Royal City
  • Southern Tier is hosting Wellington
  • Thin Man is hosting Block 3
  • Westshore is hosting Niagara Teaching Brewery
  • Woodcock Brothers is hosting Cowbell
  • Rusty Nickel is hosting Lock Street

In Ontario, the event will take place Saturday, May 5 (2-6pm) at Augusta’s Winking Judge craft beer bar at 25 Augusta St in Hamilton Ontario (1-905-524-5626). Tickets can be purchased directly at the Winking Judge. Tickets are $50 Canadian and include exclusive samplings of all Ontario-made CanAm collabs, food, a commemorative beer stein and the chance to interact with the brewers who made the beers. As well, the week after the event select CanAm collabs will be on tap at both the Winking Judge as well as at the tap rooms of each producing brewery.

CANADIAN->AMERICAN COLLABORATIONS

  • Brimstone is hosting Rusty Nickel
  • Beau’s is hosting Flying Bison
  • Block 3 is hosting Resurgence
  • Cowbell is hosting New York Beer Project
  • Grand River is hosting 12 Gates
  • Collective Arts is hosting Hamburg
  • Flying Monkeys is hosting Woodcock Brothers
  • Niagara Teaching Brewery is hosting Buffalo Brewing Company
  • Oast House is hosting Southern Tier
  • Nickel Brook is hosting Ellicottville Brewing Company
  • Shawn & Ed are hosting Community Beer Works
  • Railway City is hosting Westshore Brewing Company
  • Redline Brewhouse is hosting Thin Man Brewing
  • Royal City is hosting 42 North
  • Wellington is hosting 4 Mile
  • Lock Street is hosting 5 & 20

For more information, please see the CanAm website as the beer list will be updated continuously as the final details of the collaboration beers become available

About The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association

The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association exists to unify the Buffalo Niagara craft beer community in order to increase regional sales of craft beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness, consumer education, and to monitor and assure a thriving craft beer and brewing industry within the Buffalo Niagara Region. For more information about the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, including membership, please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: 3rd Annual Thawfest, Glitter Beer Arrives, Quebec Beer Weekend at Thin Man, Maple Stout From New York Beer Project

Celebrate the End of Winter at the Third Annual Thawfest

It’s been a long winter and we all could use a drink. In fact, we deserve a drink for surviving another one. What better place to do so than at Thawfest, the annual local celebration, which returns for a third year at Buffalo Riverworks on April 7 (6:30-9:30pm). Over 50 local breweries, distilleries and vineyards will be on hand to sample from, while the Strictly Hip provide live music. A wider selection of rare and limited beers, as well as finger foods, will be available in the VIP section (5:30-9:30pm). Purchase tickets at www.thawfest.com (GA – $39, VIP – $59).

Buffalo First Glitter Beer Has Officially Arrived

This is not a drill. Buffalo’s first ever glitter beers are coming. Yes, you read that correctly. On March 23 (4pm), SATO Brewpub will unleash a trio of glitter beers – the Brewnicorn, a glitter IPA, “Gold’s Lager,” their Shimbo rice lager on glitter, and “Peppy Hare,” SATO’s Rabbit in the Moon Table Beer on glitter. These are limited kegs and not to be missed. If you didn’t know, glitter beer involves adding edible glitter to beer to create a mesmerizing, swirling motion. SATO will also debut their spring cocktail collection, which may or may not contain glitter (wink wink)

Huge Quebec Beer Weekend Planned at Thin Man Brewery

Thin Man has a massive weekend lined up for craft beer lovers, especially those who love Quebec beers. On March 23 (3pm), Thin Man will host beer from Microbrasserie Pit Caribou, Microbrasserie Auberge Sutton Brouërie, and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel and will tap their collaboration with Brasserie Dunham, Tea with Miss McGill, a Belgian IPA fermented with sacch and brett (7%). The next day, for the second consecutive year, Thin Man will be one of only 50 bars in the world to host Peche Day (11am), a Peche Mortel tap takeover featuring seven versions of the iconic Imperial Coffee Stout.

New York Beer Project Brews Special Maple Stout

New York Beer Project has teamed up with the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village for a special Dry Irish Stout with Maple, which will be available exclusively during the 3rd Annual Maple Weekend, March 24-25, at the Buffalo Niagara Historic Village in Amherst. In addition, there will be a brewing demonstration provided by Niagara Association of Homebrewers featuring a Scotch Ale from maple sap and a Farm to Pint beer made with local grains from Niagara Malt LLC, hops from Vertical Vines, and maple syrup from MB Maple, and additional grains from Niagara Traditions Homebrewing Supplies. For more information, visit http://bnhv.org/event/nys-maple-weekend.

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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Beyond Green Beer: The Best Local Beers for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day – the one day when all of us are a little Irish. And this year, March 17 happens to fall on a Saturday, so there’s even more reason to celebrate. Now the question is, what beer should you celebrate with? There’s the usual suspects (no offense meant, we’d drink these in a heartbeat) Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, but we’re here to expand your mind and your palette with a list of local craft beer options that will arrive just in time for one of the year’s biggest drinking holidays.

Now, we know that there are so many options for what to drink this St. Patrick’s Day, which is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a simple question; one without a simple answer. And that’s where we come in. Well, this article at least. Below, you’ll find some newcomers to the scene that bared mentioning, as well as some local classics that need to be in your glass come this weekend.

If you need help deciding on your adult libations for this St. Patrick’s Day, let us, let these words, help put your mind at ease. These beers aren’t fizzy and green. Like the article titles suggests, we’re beyond artificially dyed lagers. Well, there might be one or two green beers listed here. We have compiled a list of the area’s best Irish-inspired beer to enjoy on Patty’s Day Weekend. Actually, these beers would probably be great year-round, but we digress.

12 Gates Brewing Irish Dry Stout (4.7% ABV): “You don’t need green beer to celebrate St. Patty’s Day,” 12 Gates says. “Instead celebrate with our Irish Dry Stout. With loads of soft roast, creamy texture, and at only 4.7% you can responsibly enjoy a few.”

42 North Brewing Fenian Raid Irish Stout (5%): A traditional Dry Irish Stout featuring medium hop bitterness with a dry-roasted character due to roasted barely. Expect light malt notes to go along with caramel flavors.

Big Ditch Brewing Galaxy Red (7%): A pilot batch of this beloved seasonal is making its return for this weekend. “Not a traditional Irish Red by any means, although it does have a nice malt backbone,” Big Ditch says, “it mixes that maltiness with tropical hop flavors like pineapple, mango, and papaya from the Australian Galaxy hops used.  A nice hoppy alternative this St. Patrick’s Day!”

Buffalo Brewing Company 1841 Irish Red (6%): Named in honor of the year the first Irish Mayor Isaac Harrington was elected and brewed with 100% Irish Malt and 100% English Target Hops. If you grab some at the brewery, make sure you grab a pint from their British Anagram Hand Pull Beer engine.

Community Beer Works Woodruff Pun Intended (4.4%): We told you this list would have some green beer. And here it is, well, sort of. CBW took their house dry hopped gose Pun Intended and added woodruff, an herbaceous perennial. It’s more a greenish hue, but you get the point.

Flying Bison Aviator Red (5.25% ABV): Aviator Irish Red Ale is an obvious choice. It’s a true Buffalo beer institution. Aviator is one of Flying Bison’s original beers from 2000 when they opened on Ontario Street. It’s a tribute to one of their founders, Larry “Red” Mrozek who passed away before the brewery opened.

Hamburg Brewing Irish Red (4.8%): Smooth, malty and just the right amount of roasted, Hamburg’s Irish Red is a must-drink for St. Patrick’s Day. “Our Irish Red Ale stands with tradition as a smooth malty ale backed by a good dusting of roasted barley, just like the ones across the pond. So even if you are not Irish, you can still drink like it,” the brewery says of their Irish-inspired beer.

New York Beer Project Irish Destination Red IPA (6%): “This one’s for all the Irish obsessed bar fans in the month of March!” NYBP says. “Introducing Irish Destination: the new star in the NYBP traveling IPA series. A juicy and delicious IPA that transports you across the pond with just one sip!”

Old First Ward Red Clover (5.5%): “Our Red Clover is an Irish Red that breaks the mold of the mass-marketed malty beers you commonly see,” OFW says of the brew. “We balance a mild malt sweetness with a nice roastiness to make a very drinkable beer.”

Pressure Drop Brewing No Irish Need Apply Red IPA (6.5%): Because this list needed another IPA, especially a nice and malty red one. Expect bright citrus, dragon fruit, and stone fruit with mild roast and a fully bodied crisp finish.

Resurgence Brewing Irish Breakfast Ale (5.2%) and Imperial Irish Breakfast Ale (9.5% ABV): Both feature a red ale with notes of maple, coffee and smoked meat. The imperial version has been aged to pump up those flavors. Its higher alcohol content makes it a perfect sipper. Both are available at our taproom and at local beer sellers, but supplies are limited.

West Shore Brewing Irish Red (5%): Hopped with East Kent Golding and Northern Brewer, this beer will be malty sweet with a nice crispness to it. “You may not have red hair, but you’ll feel like a red-headed Irishman while our drinking this St. Paddy’s Day special,” West Shore says of their Irish Red.

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Reuben Wilson Red Ale (5.2%): Named after the founder of the brewery’s lakeside town and brewed for their 2018 St. Patrick’s Day party, this traditional Irish Red Ale is packed with a fun, malty sweetness, is light and clean on the palate and finishes crisp and bright. “The perfect brew to celebrate our Celtic Heritage,” Woodcock says. “It’s deep amber, hazy, and as Irish at it gets. Slainte!”

In the words of a traditional Irish blessing, ‘May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.’

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: Big Ditch’s Big Week, New Beers for St. Patrick’s Day, CBW’s Trio of Releases, St. Patty’s at Buffalo Brewing

Big Ditch Expands Brewhouse, Plans Casks, Cans for St. Patrick’s Day

A mini-expansion will take place this week at Big Ditch Brewing with the addition of a pair of new fermenters, meaning that the capacity of more fresh, cold beer is coming our way. And speaking of, Big Ditch is also planning the release of a new batch of Lock Series IPA #3: 363 (the last batch of 2018)($13.99, 16oz. 4pk cans), and Deep Cut Double IPA ($14.99, 16oz. 4pk cans) in cans on March 17, and to go along with it, they will tap casks of Double Dry Hopped Deep Cut and Pineapple 363 and a small pilot draft batch of Galaxy Red, just for St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll see you all this weekend!

Plenty of Beer Releases Coming For St. Patrick’s Day

Just in time to celebrate one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, a number of Western New York breweries are dropping new beers for St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17, Brickyard Brewing will release their Breakfast with Stevie Imperial Milk Stout with Bean Bastard Dark Mootz cold press coffee and Madagascar vanilla beans (12pm), 42 North are releasing Fenian Raid Irish Stout (12pm), West Shore Brewing are releasing an Irish Red (12pm), 12 Gates are releasing a Dry Irish Stout (12pm) and Woodcock Brothers will have Reuben Wilson Red Ale, a traditional Irish Red Ale (12pm). Also, on March 15, New York Beer Project will tap their Irish Destination Red IPA. Slainte!

Gose, Sour and a Cask, Oh My: Community Beer Works Plans Three Beer Releases

Community Beer Works have not one, not two, but a trio of new beers coming this week – a sour ale, a gose and a New England IPA on cask. March 14 sees the debut of Key Lime Pi Sour Ale (3pm), a key lime Berliner Weisse with a 3.14159% ABV, perfect for Pi Day. Then, on March 15, CBW will have a cask of Daylight Harvest New England IPA dry hopped with Citra (3pm). Finally, on St. Patrick’s Day, there will be green beer (sort of), thanks to Woodruff Pun Intended Gose, their house gose with woodruff added (12pm).

Spend Your St. Patrick’s Day at Buffalo Brewing Company

If you’re looking for plans this St. Patrick’s Day, then why not spend some time in Larkin at Buffalo Brewing Company. On March 17, they will be open 12-8pm serving corned beef sandwiches from Rick’s Catering in South Buffalo to go along with their 1841 Irish Red Ale, which is named in honor of the year the first Irish Mayor Isaac Harrington was elected and brewed with 100% Irish Malt and 100% English Target Hops. Buffalo Brewing will also feature 1841 Irish Red Ale on their British Anagram Hand Pull Beer engine. Hang out or grab a crowler/growler 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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Thin Man Brings the Haze into Battle with Trial by Wombat

The haze craze continues at Thin Man Brewery with the release of Trial by Wombat New England IPA, the brewery’s latest hazy IPA. And while wombats are normally only found in the forested, mountainous of south-eastern Australia, you can get up close and personal with one this Saturday, March 10 at 11am.

Trial by Wombat is brewed with Galaxy, Simcoe and Citra hops and 30% malted oats.

“Trial by Wombat is a New England IPA featuring Galaxy hops from Australia,” Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins says of the new beer. “There also some Simcoe and Citra hops with 30% malted oats, a ton of pilsner malts and some other fun stuff. It’s insanely dry hopped as well for big peachy, pineapple-y and orange-y juicy goodness.”

This writer was privy to an advance tasting of the beer (thanks Rudy) and I can honestly say, you’re going to want to get to Thin Man sooner rather than later to grab some. It’s the definition of soft with a very well-rounded finish, with flavors of juicy white peach, pineapple, papaya and tangerine and big citrus aromas. In case you didn’t know, those are all good words.

If you’re going to drink a pint of Trial by Wombat, you’d do well to protect yourself, because wombats have been known to attack humans. According to Wikipedia, humans can receive puncture wounds from wombat claws, as well as bites, and startled wombats can charge humans and knock them over.

Watkins says that as for the name, it was the work of Thin Man owner Mike Shatzel. “I really, really love that,” he says. “It’s one of those things where the name is super funny and I enjoy it a bunch. Then I went onto Wikipedia and realized that wombats are just about the cutest thing that ever was. Just the idea of fighting a wombat seems like a good time. I’m not saying I want to fight a wombat, but still.”

In addition to Trial by Wombat NEIPA, Thin Man will also be releasing a pair of other beers, Think of a Number, a malt-driven experimental hopped lager and Dank You Easter Bunny, a West Coast IPA brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, Chinook and Columbus.

Of Think of a Number, Watkins says: “It’s nice with a super fun malt character going on. Clean fermentation and then we used an experimental hop, 06300 from Hopsteiner. It’s a really weird hop – I’ve never used anything like it before. It provides almost a cocoa character, but also a tropical fruit Jolly Rancher character. So this is a really weird, super fun beer.”

“Because everyone should have an almost 10% Easter Double IPA. It’s a big ol’ West Coast IPA. Nice bitterness, super tasty and frightening crushable for 9.5%,” he adds in regards to Dank You Easter Bunny.

And if three new beers this weekend isn’t enough, Thin Man will be releasing Nib Nut Imperial Stout on March 16. This new imperial stout was brewed with copious amounts of cocoa nibs and coconut for flavors of nibs & nuts, warming spices, dark honey and vanilla. In addition to the beer, the brewery will also be releasing a new special nub sauce available for this night only designed to pair with the beer, inspired by Jamaican Jerk rubs. Beer available in 5 and 10oz pours only. No crowlers/growlers available.

“The base is our Forever Cordial, which is aged on a ludicrous amount of cocoa nibs and coconut,” Watkins adds. “We only have five gallons of this beer.”

While wombats typically live up to 15 years in the wild and 20-30 years in captivity, Trial by Wombat won’t last nearly that long. Even though it was brewed as a full batch, meaning there are 15bbl of this delicious liquid available, it’s not going to be around forever.

For more information on any of Saturday’s beer releases, check out the event page. For more information on the Nib Nut release, head here.

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: Name a Community Beer Works Beer, BlackBird Cider Expands To Black Rock, Craft Beer Corner at Buffalo Home Show, New 42 North NEIPA Cans

Want to Name a Community Beer Works Beer? Here’s Your Chance

If you have a clever beer name and think it would be good for a brewery, like, say, Community Beer Works, here’s your chance. CBW is looking for a name for their Nickel City Con beer. Comment your name on CBW’s Facebook (look for the pinned post) for a chance to win 2 three-day passes to Nickel City Con, CBW swag, and a growler of the beer, a lighter-bodied American pale ale with tropical, citrusy hops. Submit as many as you want. Deadline is March 9. Top five names will be selected and the public will vote for the winner.

BlackBird Cider Works Opening New Location in Black Rock

Barker’s BlackBird Cider Works have revealed plans to expand their operations to a public cider hall and production operation in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood at the Linde Air Building (155 Chandler Street). Plans call for a cider hall featuring over 30 ciders and beers on tap with a focus on local and New York State products and a spacious park-like patio area situated around the smokestack with fire pits and bocce ball courts. The production area will focus on limited edition and barrel aged ciders. The Barker location will remain open as well. Plans are to open in late spring.

Get Discounted Tickets as Craft Beer Corner Returns to Buffalo Home Show

The Craft Beer Corner at the Buffalo Home Show returns for 2018 on Friday, March 9 and March 16 (5:30-830p). When you want to take a break from walking around the Home Show, head to the second level (in the far corner near the stage) to enjoy some free pours of select offerings from Brooklyn Brewery, Great Lakes Brewing and Pressure Drop Brewing, who will be pouring both days, and 12 Gates Brewing, Resurgence Brewing and Pearl Street Brewing, who will be pouring on March 16. Want discounted tickets? Visit https://buffalohomeshow.tix123.com/?disc=BEER & use code BEER to receive $4 off tickets.

42 North Brewing Plans Next New England IPA Can Release

Following the success of Preemption IPA, the first in their canned New England IPA series, 42 North Brewing are releasing True Line IPA (6.6% ABV), a NEIPA brewed with 20% unique wheat malt, in cans on Saturday, Mar ch 10 at noon. In addition to the slightly-darker pale color, the wheat also provides a soft, complex bitter bite that intertwines with the resinous, citrusy Columbus hops. Huge doses of Galaxy and Mosaic hops provide aromas and flavors of passionfruit, papaya, peach, and guava to go along with a medium body and mild bitterness. Is it too early to start lining up?

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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