Don’t Miss These 11 Must-Drink Beers at the 2019 Brewer’s Invitational

The 2019 Brewer’s Invitational features an extensive beer list of over 50 unique brews full of new one-off creations and more recognizable flagship brands. The 2019 Brewer’s Invitational will take place January 27, 2-5pm, at New York Beer Project. Pre-sale tickets are available online (more on this below), at select breweries, and at the door come Sunday (if any still remain).

I scoured the list and came away with 11 beers I believe are ‘must-try,’ including some new haze from 42 North, two new beers from Belt Line, a couple of wacky Brut IPA’s, a few adjunct stouts and so on and so forth. Now, I know this list is by no means the be-all-end-all – there are so many good beers to try come Sunday. Rest assured that there are plenty of others we will be partaking of that did not make this list.

So, print this list out, copy it down or just remember a few of these. Something we’ve found helpful is printing out the beer list and then highlighting those beers you want to try. Happy drinking!

12 Gates Brewing Don’t Stop Meow Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Roasted Habanero Porter: It’s going to be pretty damn cold on Sunday, so thankfully 12 Gates is bringing a beer capable of warming us up. And the play on the Queen song title is a nice touch.

42 North Brewing Pilot Bob New England IPA: A new hazy juice bomb brewed with Azacca, Citra, and Cashmere hops for big tropical fruit flavors and aromas. I do like myself some haze, and 42 North brews up some tasty ones.

Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen Rye Nelson IPA: Head Brewer Erik Greiner told us this one was brewed to emulate Alpine Beer Company’s Nelson, which is a beer I’m a fan of. Plus, I really enjoyed all of Belt Line’s launch beers, so we expect this one to be good as well. I’m also looking forward to their Crosscut Stout with Barrel Aged Whistle Pig Coffee since Crosscut is one of our favorite beers they’ve brewed thus far.

Big Ditch Brewing Pina Colada Milkshake IPA: Milkshake IPA’s can be hit or miss, but c’mon, how fun does a Pina Colada Milkshake IPA sound? I’m really looking forward to seeing what Big Ditch has come up with here.

Brickyard Brewing Company Pairs Well With Surrender Chardonnay Barrel Aged Brut IPA: Like I said about Milkshake IPA’s, Brut IPA’s can also be hit or miss, but I’m very excited to see how the chardonnay barrel aging plays with this style. I also have to include their White Bronco NEIPA, because I’ve been told that this latest batch will only be nine days old come event time. I’m salivating.

One-Eyed Cat Brewing Champ Stamp Vermont-Style IPA: I’ve been lucky enough to have tried a few brews from the fine folks at One-Eyed Cat and I have yet to be disappointed. I’m also a sucker for a good IPA, which I assume Champ Stamp will be.

SATO Brewpub Tom Bruz Brut IPA w/ OJ: Leave it to SATO’s Drew Hardin to have fun with Brut IPA’s. I really enjoyed his Momotaro (Brut IPA with white peach), so I can only assume this one will be tasty as well. And bonus points for the beer name.

West Shore Brewing Oatmeal Stout with Marshmallows and Chocolate: If you didn’t know, it’s Stout Season, so an Oatmeal Stout with Marshmallows and Chocolate sounds pretty damn solid. Plus, judging by this beer list, the more stouts the better to help balance all of the IPA’s I’ll be drinking.

Windy Brew Chocolate S’more Stout: Speaking of Stout Season, this Chocolate S’more Stout from Windy Brew sounds tasty. Chances are very high that come Sunday you’ll find me in line for this beer.

Limited tickets remain for the 2019 Brewer’s Invitational are on sale now for $45 and can be purchased at Eventbrite (Designated Driver tickets available for $10). Guests will receive a commemorative festival glass, voucher (good for any beer themed plates from NYBP’s menu) and access to all of the over 50 beers available.

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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Brickyard Brewing Introduce New Beer Series, Weekly Cask Offerings

Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing Company are taking a page from classic literature for their newest beer series. Entitled Ahab’s Voyages, Head Brewer John Paul Meteer and his brewing team are playing the role of Captain Ahab, from Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, as they search for their White Whale, played in this case by an ever-elusive Pale Ale Meteer used to brew during his days as a homebrewer.

“That’s my baby. My white whale, as it were,” Meteer says of series. “I used to make an AMAZING pale ale at home. I’ve tried a few times to make it here, and it just hasn’t translated yet. So now, I’m chasing it. Relentlessly.”

Meteer says to expect “different malt blends, different fermentation profiles, different hop varietals, and experimentation with volumes and timing of hop additions” from the Ahab Voyage series. “Our first batch was almost 4 pounds of hops per barrel, but it didn’t hit the mark for me,” he adds.

The first installment in the new series is Ahab’s Ale (Voyage I), an American Pale that features Cascade and Citra hops in the boil and is then dry hopped with Cascade, Citra and Mosaic, for subtle malt notes that balances flavors of pithy citrus, fleshy fruit, and dankness.

The Ahab’s Voyages series will be something of a trial and error effort for Meteer and his team, but we’ll all get to try what comes of it as long as he is happy with the brew itself. Speaking of which, he says that Voyage 1 is pretty close to where he ultimately wants it to be.

“As long as we’re happy with the outcome (or as happy as I ever am with my beer) they’ll go on tap. The current batch is ALMOST where I want it. Just trying to push it to where the fruity esters and hops flavor make it super peachy and apricot like my old homebrew version.”

And along with Ahab’s Voyage, Brickyard Brewing is also launching a weekly cask program, following in the footsteps of another local beer staple, Flying Bison Brewing. Firkin Fridays, as the new series will be called, was inspired by Meteer’s recent trip to Scotland.

“Firkin Fridays, that was inspired by my trip to Scotland. All I drank for four days was cask ales (then I switched to Single Malt, LOL). I am obsessed with the depth and texture and mouthfeel of cask beer. It’s unlike anything else.”

Brickyard is kicking off their Firkin Fridays on a high note with the return of Taco Tuesday White Bronco, fermenter-fresh White Bronco New England IPA, which is not quite fully attenuated and tacked right into the cask with limes, jalapeño and cilantro. “We also filled a cask of Bronco and added Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy as a dry hop,” Meteer adds.

There is apparently a lot more coming too. According to Meteer, future installments of Firkin Fridays will feature a Porter with Cinnamon. Also, be on the lookout for a brand new New England Double IPA with Grungeist and Galaxy hops, and the return of Booplesnoot, a New England Wheat Double IPA.

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

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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2019 Brewer’s Invitational Offers Up Plenty of Geeky Beer Delights

The third annual Brewer’s Invitational is coming quick, bringing with it a beer list that balances geeky new delights with tried and true staples. The 2019 Brewer’s Invitational will take place January 27, 2-5pm, at New York Beer Project. Pre-sale tickets are available online (more on this below), at select breweries, and at the door come Sunday (if any still remain).

The Brewer’s Invitational brings together the best and the brightest of the Western New York brewing scene for a memorable event featuring a memorable beer list. From New England IPA’s, Milkshake IPA’s and Pastry Stouts to Barrel Aged delicacies, sours and just about everything in-between, chances are the Brewer’s Invitational offers something to properly wet your whistle. And perhaps the best part about this event is, representatives from each brewery will be on hand to answer all of your questions, so you’ll have a chance to chat with the people who brewed the beer in your glass.

This unique event will feature beer from 12 Gates Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Big Ditch Brewing, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing, Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing, Flying Bison Brewing, Four Mile Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing, New York Beer Project, Pan Am Grill & Brewery, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Resurgence Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing, Woodcock Brothers Brewing and more.

The 2019 Brewer’s Invitational beer list (subject to change) is as follows:

12 Gates Brewing: Dissolution Oak Aged Baltic Porter | Don’t Stop Meow Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Roasted Habanero Porter
42 North Brewing: Pilot Bob NEIPA | Halt, Who Gose There?
Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen: Rye Nelson IPA | Crosscut Stout with Barrel Aged Whistle Pig Coffee
Big Ditch Brewing: Pina Colada Milkshake IPA | 2018 BBA Towpath Imperial Stout
Big Inlet Brewing: Scott’s Tavern Ale | Low Brow Nobility Wheat
Blackbird Ciderworks: Chandler Street Cherry Apple | Buffalo Bluegrass Kentucky Barrel Aged
Brickyard Brewing Company: Pairs Well With Surrender Chardonnay Barrel Aged Brut IPA | White Bronco NEIPA
Buffalo Brewing Company: 1893 Oat Cream NEIPA | 1970 Oatmeal Stout
Community Beer Works: Squash Goals Imperial Brown Ale | Bang a Uey NE IPA
Eli Fish Brewing: Bourbon Leroy Brown Imperial Brown Ale Aged in Black Button Bourbon Barrels | Madma Edna Saison
Ellicottville Brewing: BBA St. Jacobs Imperial Stout | Black Daze Black NEIPA
Five and 20: Commiseration Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout | Tiramisu Stout
Flying Bison Brewing: Pin Hazy Bison IPA | Blizzard Bock
Four Mile Brewing: Fig Stout | It’s All About Me Cream Ale
Gordon Biersch: Scotch Ale | Imperial IPA

Hamburg Brewing: Gose | Lab Coat Series V: Citra DDH IPA
Lilly Belle Meads: Honey Chill Lager Mead | Brett Aged Purpeara Mead with Fredonia Grapes
New York Beer Project: The One NEDIPA.V2 | Farmhouse Sour
One-Eyed Cat Brewing: Midnight on Mount Hood Cascadian Dark Ale | Champ Stamp Vermont-Style IPA
Pearl Street Brewing: Gose Quervo | Black Pearl Black IPA
Pressure Drop Brewing: Space Monkey Episode 3 IPA | 2018 Blackalicious
Resurgence Brewing: CitMo 2.0 IPA| Blackberry Lactose Kettle Sour
Rusty Nickel Brewing: Oak Aged Slice “O” Imperial Creamsicle Cream Ale
SATO Brewpub: Forbidden Mud Pie Imperial Pastry Stout | Tom Bruz Brut IPA w/ OJ
Southern Tier Brewing: Lakeshore Fog NEIPA | 3X IPA
Steelbound Brewery: EVL DIPA | Portly Gentleman Stout
West Shore Brewing: Green Flyer NEIPA | Oatmeal Stout with Marshmallows and Chocolate
Windy Brew: Windstorm IPA | Chocolate S’more Stout
Woodcock Brothers Brewing: Chocolate Raspberry Porter | XPA V. 16

Limited tickets remain for the 2019 Brewer’s Invitational are on sale now for $45 and are available at Eventbrite (Designated Driver tickets available for $10). Guests will receive a commemorative festival glass, voucher (good for any beer themed plates from NYBP’s menu) and access to over 50 beers available. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

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: Beer List for Brewer’s Invitational, Groundhog Day at Flying Bison, Trocaire Brewing Program Spring Semester, New Brickyard Beer Series

Official Beer List Announced for the 2019 Brewers Invitational

The beer list has been announced for the 2019 Brewers Invitational, which takes place January 27 (2-5pm) at New York Beer Project. Limited tickets remain and are on sale now ($45) and include a commemorative glass, voucher good for beer-centric gourmet snacks and access to over 50 innovative brews. Such beers include Big Ditch Pina Colada Milkshake IPA, Belt Line Brewery Rye Nelson IPA and Crosscut Stout with Barrel Aged Whistle Pig Coffee, Brickyard Brewing Chardonnay Barrel Aged Brut IPA, SATO Brewpub Brut IPA with Orange Juice and West Shore Brewing Oatmeal Stout with Marshmallows and Chocolate. Tickets at EventBrite.

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

Will Buffalo Bert and Buffalo Mack see their shadows? Will we get six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Find out at Flying Bison’s Sixth Annual Buffalo Groundhog Day, January 26 at 12pm. The event will feature live music from five local bands, local food trucks, Flying Bison beer and Buffalo Distilling cocktails in addition to a weather prediction from Bert and Mack. Tickets include three beer/cocktail tickets, a donation to local animal charities and an animal demonstration from Hawk Creek Wildlife Center Inc. Tickets are available at Buffalogroundhogday.com. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 at the door.

Spring Classes Begin at Trocaire’s Brewing & Distilling Program

Classes are starting up for the spring semester at Trocaire College’s Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science Program. Intro to Brewing, which runs Mondays, January 28 – May 13 (6-8:30pm, $495) covers historical aspects of brewing and distilling with ingredients, equipment and process requirements involved in brewing and distilling. Sensory Evaluation of Beer, Wednesdays, January 23 – May 8 (6-8:30pm, $495) will teach students to develop sensory skills and learn terminology used in the alcohol beverage industry. Science of Brewing and Distilling, Saturdays, January 26 – May 11 (9-11:30am, $495) includes in-depth lessons on yeast and bacteria microbiology. Visit https://trocaire.edu/brewing/ for more information.

Brickyard Brewing Launches New Pale Ale Series, Weekly Cask Program

Brickyard Brewing has launched a new beer series entitled Ahab’s Voyages, created by Head Brewer John Paul Meeter as he seeks to rediscover a lost pale ale homebrew recipe of his. The first installment is Ahab’s Ale (Voyage I), an American Pale that features Citra, Cascade and Mosaic hops, that balances flavors of pithy citrus, fleshy fruit, and dankness. The brewery is also launching a new weekly cask series, Firkin Fridays, which kicks off on January 25 (4pm). Up first will be the return of Taco Tuesday White Bronco, our house favorite with Lime, Jalapeño and Cilantro in the cask.

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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Raise a Glass for a Great Cause with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo’s Craft Brew Cards

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo has collaborated with a number of Western New York bars, breweries and distilleries for the House Beer Built Tour, which features a number of coupons for free beer, mead and cocktails at over two dozen locations. The fundraising campaign supports Habitat Buffalo’s mission of building homes for families in Buffalo and across Erie County.

The purchase of a House Beer Built Tour card, you can get free beers from breweries such as Resurgence Brewing, Big Ditch Brewing, SATO Brewpub, Flying Bison Brewing, Community Beer Works, 12 Gates Brewing, New York Beer Project, Pressure Drop Brewing, Brickyard Brewing and Hamburg Brewing and bars and brewpubs like Schnitzel & Co., The Irishman, Buffalo Roadhouse Grill, Keglers, Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, Aurora Brew Works, Pizza Plant and World of Beer. You will also be able to get free cocktails from Lockhouse Distillery, Black Button Distilling and Buffalo Distilling and mead from Lilly Belle Meads in Clarence.

The House Beer Built Tour cards will also score you free beers at Hofbrauhaus and North Tonawanda’s Prosper Brewing when they open.

Cards are $30 and can be purchased at the Habitat for Humanity Buffalo office (1765 South Park), the ReStore (501 Amherst Street), and Transit Lanes in Williamsville. Each coupon is valid through the end of 2019.

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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Join Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver at Exclusive Tasting Event

Join world renowned Brooklyn Brewing Brewmaster Garrett Oliver as part of the 2019 National Geographic Live series at Kleinhan’s Music Hall, February 8 (7pm), for a special beer-tasting event. The Brewmaster’s Table: A Beer Tasting Event with Garrett Oliver features Oliver discussing some of his favorite beers, explaining the history of beer and telling back-stories.

The intimate talk will unfold over a two-hour period with food stations provided by local restaurants, including Oliver’s Restaurant, Creekview Restaurant, SEAR Buffalo and Brite-Smith, as well as beer from Flying Bison Brewing, Big Ditch Brewing, Labatt Brew House, and Oliver’s own Brooklyn Brewery.

Attendance for the event is limited to only 300. A VIP ticket gets you reserved seating and admission to an intimate meet-and-greet with Oliver (VIP subscriptions to National Geographic Live series will also be available). Limited tickets for the event remain and can be purchased at https://kleinhansbuffalo.org/event/brewmaster-garrett-oliver (General Admission, $75, VIP, $125).

The event is sponsored by Try-It Distributing, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Oliver’s Restaurant and Brite-Smith Brewery. Proceeds from the event will help support the National Geographic Live Series at Kleinhans, which is sponsored by Hadley Exhibits and Hodgson Russ with in-kind support by Inn Buffalo and Print Plus.

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: Froth, Belt Line Open, Woodcock, Buffalo Brewing, Flying Bison Release New Haze

Two New Breweries, Belt Line Brewing and Froth Brewing, Are Open for Business

Buffalo’s roster of breweries has increased by two, now that Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen (545 Swan Street) and Froth Brewing Company (700 Military Road), have opened their doors. Belt Line has five beers available – Farm to Tap: Honey Kolsch, This Is…Farmhouse Ale, High Green Pale Ale, Not-lanta New England IPA and Cross Cut Oatmeal Stout, as does Froth – The Autograph NE-Style Blonde Ale, Loyal to the Grain Pilsner, Bread NEIPA, DiMaggio Double NEIPA and Mounds Bar Chocolate Stout. Belt Line’s hours are Wednesday/Thursday/Friday (4-8p) and Saturday (12-6p). Froth’s hours are Wednesday (4-10p), Thursday (4-11p), Friday/Saturday (12p-12a) and Sunday (12-6p).

Buffalo Brewing Company Drops New Hazebomb

Buffalo Brewing has released 1893 Oat Cream New England IPA, their third attempt at a hazy IPA. Named in honor of the year that the Erie County Savings Bank Building opened on Sheldon Square, this beer is brewed exclusively with Mosaic hops for notes of dank pine and a smooth mouthfeel. 1893 Oat Cream features the same base recipe as BBC’s 1817 and 1825 IPA’s, but loaded with oats. It’s triple hopped in the fermenter and hopped again in the whirlpool. Find it on tap now at Buffalo Brewing’s Larkin taproom. You can grab two 32oz. crowlers to-go for $19.

Woodcock Unveils New Version of Hoppycock IPA

Woodcock Brothers have re-released their former house IPA Hoppycock, which was discontinued due to the declining popularity of British-style IPAs, this time freshly reworked as a hazy IPA much more akin to their XPA series. Hoppycock IPA v.2 is brewed with Mosaic, Citra and Azacca hops, which is then double dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic for an intense citrusy and tropical aroma and flavor. As the brewery says, ‘this is quite literally the opposite of the last beer you’ve had labeled “Hoppycock.”’ Hoppycock is on tap now at Woodcock’s taproom in Wilson and is available in crowlers to go.

Thundersnow, Blizzard Bock Back on the Board at Flying Bison

Both Thundersnow IPA and Blizzard Bock Dark Lager have made their return to Flying Bison. Both are on tap and ready to-go in six-packs. Forget everything you know about Thundersnow if you’ve had it before – this beer is completely different from its previous iteration. Brewed with Glacier, Denali, Centennial and Cascade hops and flaked barley for notes of creamy pineapple, mango, lychee and dankness, Thundersnow is a hazy IPA that clocks in at 7.7%. On the opposite end of the beer spectrum, Blizzard Bock is a malty, toasty, smooth and satisfying German-style dark winter lager. Both beers are available 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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Fruited Gose, Baltic Porter Tabbed as Latest Additions to Thin Man Family of Cans

Thin Man Brewery’s beloved family of cans is set to grow by two with the addition of Glow Worm Blackberry / Guava Gose and Ookla The Mok Baltic Porter, which will be released at the brewery, Saturday, January 12 at 11am. Both will be available in 4-pack 16oz. cans.

Cans of Glow Worm and Ookla will head out for local distribution after the release. Supplies are limited (case limit each per person). Glow Worm 4-packs will cost $13.99, while 4-packs of Ookla will run you $14.99. Thin Man still has gold Ookla the Mok teku glasses available and will be running specials for those that buy the beer and a glass. Keep an eye on Thin Man’s social media for more information.

Glow Worm is a 4.4% gose fruited with guava and blackberry. It’s tart but not overly sour, sessionable and bursting with fruit. Ookla the Mok exists on the opposite side of the beer spectrum. Not only does it sit at 9.6%, the smooth, flavorful Baltic porter presents notes of crisp cocoa, chocolate and dark molasses.

The initial batch of Glow Worm featured boysenberry and guava, but has since featured blackberry in each batch, because, as Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins so candidly puts it, blackberry is much easier to get his hands on. Watkins says that it was a bit of trial and error to nail down the fruit pairing precisely, but once they found the blackberry and guava combo, they knew they were onto something.

“Glow Worm is nice and flavorful, but it’s not like palate-wreckingly intense,” Watkins says. “It has some nice sourness to it. The guava is so intense and the blackberry is so restrained. It’s a really guava-forward gose. It’s not salty at all, but that little bit of salinity adds a little more mouthful to a lower alcohol beer and the coriander adds a little bit of lemon / citrus character but it’s not really a big contributor.”

Watkins says that the inspiration behind Ookla The Mok was a Baltic Porter from Quebec brewery Les Trois Mousquetaires, which he says was one of the best beers he’s ever had. He says he brewed Ookla The Mok as an homage to that beer.

“I feel like I tricked someone by getting this beer in cans. I never thought they would let me can this beer. The original run of Ookla was meant to go into barrels but we decided that it stands pretty well on its own. Nice chocolate notes with a little bit of smoke to it, not too much roast, a little nutty with some nice sweetness as well. I am really excited about this beer. There’s definitely a bunch of this coming home with me. This is a really awesome beer.”

Rudy and I partook in some cans at the bar at Thin Man while chatting for this article. Glow Worm was better than I remember (it’s been nearly a year since I’ve last had it). Thin Man nailed this fruit profile – the guava is so prominent, but the blackberry does enough to remind you it’s there. It’s not too sour or acidic, but just tart enough. Additionally, Ookla was pretty much everything you’d want in a Baltic porter – a smooth combination of booze, smoke, roast, chocolate and oak that hides its 9.6% ABV all too well.  I have a bottle of the Double Barrel Aged version and plan on doing a side-by-side in the near future.

Tentative plans call for another canning run of Glow Worm before Thin Man’s second location at 155 Chandler Street opens up, which should be sometime around late-March / early-April. And for those wondering, Thin Man will have another batch of Minkey Boodle cans available soon, but as for other canned beer coming soon, Watkins says that things are currently in limbo due to the government shutdown.

Get more information on the beer release at https://www.facebook.com/events/752721221768906/.

Thin Man are rounding out their weekend by releasing three brand new collaborations on Sunday. Starting at 11am, three new collabs – 3 Prong Spear, brewed with Barrier Brewing and Seven Island Brewery, an IPA brewed with blood orange puree (cans available as well), Purgatory Leisure Hour, brewed with Gun Hill Brewing, a Belgian Strong Ale aged for one year on Brett and grapefruit, and Vision of Incoherent Space, brewed with LIC Beer Project, an Imperial IPA featuring a blend of English and American malt and flaked wheat, then double dry hopped with Citra, Mandarina Bavaria, and El Dorado hops – will be tapped.

Looks like you might want to bring a cot, sleeping bag, or maybe just a pillow for the bar, to Thin Man this 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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Buffalo Beer Buzz: New Releases From Thin Man, 42 North, 12 Gates & Four Mile

Thin Man to Release New Gose, Porter in Cans

Thin Man Brewery’s canned lineup is set to grow by two with the addition of Glow Worm Blackberry / Guava Gose and Ookla the Mok Baltic Porter, both of which will be released at the brewery on January 12 (11am). Glow Worm is a 4.4% gose brewed with guava and blackberry. It’s tart but not overly sour, yet sessionable and bursting with fruit. On the other side of the coin, Ookla the Mok Baltic Porter presents notes of crisp cocoa, chocolate and dark molasses that swirls around in this strong dark lager. Both will be released in 4-pack 16oz. cans.

42 North to Throw Viking Party in Honor of New DIPA Cans

42 North Brewing are set to turn East Aurora into a scene out of Old Norse mythology on January 12 (12pm) as they throw a huge Viking Party in honor of the release of their Dragonship Double IPA in cans. Dragonship is brewed with Norwegian Voss Yeast and triple dry-hopped with Azacca, El Dorado, and Zythos for huge tropical fruit flavors and aroma. Viking dress hats and costumes are encouraged at the release party, while Snout BBQ will be on hand smoking turkey legs for the occasion and the first 35 people will receive a Dragonship Viking “Saga” poster. Skol!

12 Gates Brewing Landing Strip IPA to Make Can Debut

12 Gates Brewing are set to release their Landing Strip IPA in 16oz. cans on January 15. 4-packs will be available for sale hours after they come fresh off the canning line. And for those that completed the entire 12 Gates of Christmas this year, the brewery is offering a special case price. Landing Strip is brewed with German 2 Row, White Wheat, Carapils, Crystal 20 and Dextrose malts and Columbus, Citra and Mosaic hops. It’s then dry-hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe to create a softly bittered tropical IPA with loads of pineapple and tangerine and a touch of pine.

Four Mile Brewing to Tap New Double IPA

Four Mile Brewing are upping the hop quotient at their Olean taproom with the release of their latest hoppy creation, Allegewi Double IPA. This true West Coast-style Double IPA offers notes of passionfruit, pear, citrus, and pine. “Legends roam the mountains and banks of the Allegheny. The Allegewi stood tall, strong, and proud. One must respect the living examples of the ferocity of man and nature,” the brewery says of the new brew. Allegewi Double IPA is currently available on draft only at the brewery as of right now, but tentative plans call for it to be canned this fall.

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 2018

In case you haven’t noticed, there are some truly special things happening in Buffalo beer right now. There are so many excellent brews dropping weekly that it’s nearly impossible to try them all. Trust me, I speak from experience. But I, along with the rest of the Buffalo Beer League, tried most of the latest releases our beloved breweries graced us with this past year. And to be honest, we are better beer drinkers because of it.

Perhaps not surprisingly, our list is riddled with haze and hops, though we didn’t exclusively prefer juice bombs these past 365 days. A handful of sours cracked the list, as did a few stouts. But for another year, IPA’s dominated our year-end list (not that there is anything wrong with that). 2018 was also a special year for Buffalo beer because there were so many memorable collaborations that made this list. And if you know anything about us, you know we love and appreciate it when local breweries team up.

Therefore, here are Buffalo Beer League’s favorite beers of 2018. Myself, along with fellow BBL co-founder Scott McMillan and BBL generals Jesse Walters and Mark Jowett, joined forces recently to hash this list out. This was by no means an easy process, because when we say there are special things happening in Buffalo beer right now, we aren’t just blowing smoke or being homers – there’s a lot of really good beer being brewed here.

12 Gates Brewing Ancient Chaos Tropical Stout – It was a close call between this guy or 2018 Grave Concerns. It stood out at a BBL bottle share with notes of vanilla, coffee, marshmallow and chocolate. Too bad these were pretty limited or else I’d love to try and age a bottle.

42 North Brewing Halt, Who Gose There? – Seeing as how this was one of the best beers we’ve ever had from the East Aurora outfit, I’d be hard-pressed to leave this one off. 42 North had a great year in terms of producing delicious liquid (Pre-Emption IPA, True Line IPA, Meridian Myth IPA), but none blew us away like this gose. This was literal fruit juice. Blackberry, blueberry, raspberry. All the berries.

Big Ditch Brewing Double Dry Hopped Hayburner IPASoft hops and massive citrus made for yet another Big Ditch banger. This might have been the best beer to touch our lips in 2018, which is saying something because of the other bangers to come out of Big Ditch this year – Passionfruit Hayburner, Canvass, etc. We miss this beer.

Brickyard Brewing / West Shore Brewing Das Blep New England IPA – Speaking of true bangers, Das Blep fits the bill for sure. Northtowners Brickyard and West Shore collabed on a killer hazy bomb here – tropical fruit aromas with a soft fruit cocktail of peach, papaya and pineapple. Just fantastic. I’d like to thank John Paul Meeter and Josh Dziomba’s cats for making this beer happen.

Community Beer Works / Big Ditch Power Ballad IPA – This was an early frontrunner for beer of the year in our books. Resinous hops and big pineapple with soft and creamy tropical fruit that rounded out nicely after a few weeks. I’d like to join everyone else asking CBW and Big Ditch to brew this one again.

Western New York Brewery Collab Mr. Goodbar 50th Anniversary Hazy IPA – When nearly every brewery in WNY teams up on a special beer for one of our favorite bars, it has to make this list, right? It also helped that the beer, Mr. Goodbar 50th Anniversary Hazy IPA, kicked ass – a creamy combo of pineapple, citrus and mango with a touch of the bitter. 

New York Beer Project Funky Zombie #4 – One of our favorite beers from this past Brewers Invitational. So much going on in this beer. A blend of 58% mixed fermentation red sour aged for nearly 13 months in Cabernet Sauvignon Oak barrels from J. Lohr and 42% fresh Blonde Farmhouse Ale, brewed with French Saison yeast and 168 lbs. of apricot. I don’t know about you, but those are all pretty nice words.

Old First Ward Brewing #Smashtag – What kind of year-end beer list would this be without #Smashtag? One of the preeminent hazebombs of Buffalo with its soft, creamy waves of peach and pineapple and such. The Double Dry Hopped version was nearly just as good. With their Heisenberg Imperial Hefeweizen and First Ward Problems (Thin Man collab), OFW Brewing is one to watch in 2019.

Resurgence Brewing Black Currant Kettle Sour – This could actually be any number of Resurgence beers – CitMo 2.0 and Head in the Clouds Double IPA among them, but we decided on the Black Currant Kettle Sour because it might just be the best sour Resurgence has ever brewed. Sweet currants up front followed by a tart pucker. Finishes like a dry red wine that keeps you coming back.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Ben & Gared’s Paczki Milk Stout – We’ve had a lot of underwhelming donut beers before, but this stout was not one of them. In fact, this strawberry jelly filled treat (bonus points for being served on nitro), was easily the best Rusty Nickel beer we’ve had.

SATO Brewpub / Pressure Drop Brewing Mortys Killing Mortys NEIPA – Pressure Drop’s Karl Kolbe and SATO’s Drew Hardin took the best of each coast to give us maximum haze, maximum fruit and maximum Rick & Morty references on Mortys Killing Mortys. This hazy brew was all the citrus and stone fruit you’d want in a glass with enough West Coast bitter to back it up. Just more proof that collaborations are king!

Thin Man Brewery Fresh Fruited Minkey Boodle – There was so much fruit in this Fresh Fruited Minkey Boodle, hence the name. Easily one of the best sours we had in 2018, one that was on par with any Joose that The Answer is currently producing, which is saying something. Thin Man had a nice year beer-wise, which should be no small secret to anyone who drinks their beer, and Trial By Wombat IPA and their 2nd Anniversary New England IPA are also worth mentioning here.

For as banner a year that 2018 was for our beer scene, 2019 might just be the best year ever for this scene. Flagship events like the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational (January 27, New York Beer Project), Farm to Pint Week and the Buffalo Brewers Festival (June 22, Canalside) return, this year will also see the debut of the Canadian-American Beer Festival (April 13, Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls, USA). Resurgence will also open their massive new location in the Old First Ward, Rusty Nickel and Woodcock will open their second locations, and a handful of new breweries should open their doors, including Froth Brewing, Prosper Brewing and Beltline Brewing. So, in other words, buckle up.

Now is a great time to be a fan of Buffalo beer. We just hope that you’ll sit back and come along for the ride. We’ll save you a seat.

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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