Buffalo Beer Week Day 3: Sunday Funday

And in the blink of an eye we are just about one-third of the way through Buffalo Beer Week. Time flies, you know? There’s some fun stuff to get wrapped up in on BBW’s first Sunday, and if watching Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills open up the home half of their schedule again the Los Angeles Chargers, there are plenty of places you can watch the game while drinking an uber-fresh local brew.

The Brewers Tailgate at 716 sounds like a hell of a lot of fun and there’s something about watching the Bills at Buffalo Brewing on their new screen that sounds just so cool – huddling inside the brewery to watch the game with a cold beer, then spending commercial breaks outside in the beer garden. But I digress.

Here are the highlights of Buffalo Beer Week Day 3:

A host of Buffalo brewers will gather at 716 Food and Sport for the inaugural Buffalo Brewers Tailgate, who will take over the taps and watch the Buffalo Bills plays the Los Angeles Chargers. Head down to 716, watch Josh Allen’s first start on 716’s massive video screen and hang out and talk shop with Buffalo’s best and brightest beer minds. 1pm.

Both Pizza Plant locations (Canalside and Transit) are offering 30 percent off all of their bottles and cans. Yes, anything on the list! And, if you spend $20, you’ll receive a free glass. All day.

Hamm & Fattey’s will host winning homebrewer Ian Calder and his Alec’s Amber Ale, which was brewed by Calder at Windy Brew in Strykersville. Grab a pint of the award-winning brew and meet the brewer himself. 6pm.

Gordon Biersch is offering $8 growler fills all day, as well as $3 pints (4-7pm) and Tyler Smilo is performing at Five & 20 (1-4pm) as well.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 Week Day 2: You Survived Day 1

Welp, here we are, Day 2 of Buffalo Beer Week, which means that, if you’re reading this, you survived the first day of BBW and are off and running with your calendars and schedules planned out accordingly. Hopefully you have a copy of the official book with all of your events circled and highlighted. As expected on the first Saturday of BBW, there are plenty of things on tap (BEER PUNS!) for you to do today and even more beer to make sure you try.

Hopefully you had the chance to make it out to the Opening Gala last night at Flying Bison. As per usual, I ended up pouring beer for many thirsty folks, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d just like to thank Flying Bison for being such gracious hosts – they continue to be class acts in this beer scene.

Now, onto Beer Week Day 2.

Buffalo Brewed takes place tonight at the Imagine Event Center, which will feature a local beer takeover and performances by two of Buffalo’s most prominent Americana bands, PA Line and Black Canyon Lights. 7pm.

IPA Palooza at Pizza Plant Canalside features all locally brewed IPAs and a chance to speak with the brewers who made them. Yes, a beer event featuring all locally brewed IPAs – sounds pretty perfect, right? 12pm.

Resurgence Brewing’s Oktoberfest Party returns this year featuring not only individual Men’s and Women’s Stein Hoisting competitions, but Team Bier Games, including teams of four competing in Bier Barrel Race, Stein Carry Relay, Stein Hoisting and Cornhole. $10 gets you a commemorative stein, which features a free fill and $0.50 off all fills. Festivities start at 1:30pm with the Ceremonial Keg Tapping, followed by dancing, yodeling, music, food (Wayno’s BBQ and the return of Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale. All team participants will receive a bier stein with complementary first fill and a Bier Team Shirt. 12pm.

Proving that time really does fly when you’re having fun, SATO Brewpub, the Japanese restaurant and brewpub featuring Belgian-inspired beers, is turning one. Their anniversary party will feature food, drink and merchandise specials, live music from Gravy, contests for prizes and a trio of anniversary beers, Momotoro, a 5% Brut IPA with Peaches, the latest in their J-Pop sour series, Ume Plum Gose, and Lil’ Peachy, Momotoro dosed with glitter. Yes, glitter beer returns to Buffalo! The event is non-ticketed and all are welcome to attend. 4pm.

Celebrate the coming of autumn at Flying Bison’s annual Bisonfest party. Contest & prizes will be awarded for Best traditional German attire, Best Moustache/Beard and Best David Hasselhoff Impersonator/Costume. The Frankfurters will take the stage outside in the biergarten under a massive tent from 1-4pm and the Isotopes follow 5-8pm. Food includes Spar’s Bisonfest Beer Bratwurst, Hamburgers, Scharf’s German Potato Salad, and One Foot Cock Apple Brandy Stewed Red Cabbage. Mazurek’s Bakery will be on-site with their new Eats-N-Sweets trailer serving up Aviator Red Soft Pretzels and desserts. $10 entry at the door includes 1 drink ticket (good for beer or soda) & 6 hours of live music. 12pm.

There’s plenty of live music to go out and see tonight as well. The Acoustified Duo performs at West Shore Brewing (7-9pm), the Michael DiSanto Trio takes the stage at 42 North (8-11pm), Old Hippies perform at Eli Fish (9-11:55pm) and Mosswalk are at Thin Man (10pm-1am).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 Week Day 1: We’re Back In The Cut

Well, here we go again. Buffalo Beer Week is back for its ninth year and we’re back in the cut pouring over the dozens and dozens of events planned each day. Over the course of these next 10 days, we will be highlighting all of the events you need to attend, all of the beer you should have in your glass and all of the bands you should see live.

First and foremost, congratulations are in order for 42 North Brewing on taking home their third consecutive title at the Brewers Shuffleboard Tournament last night at Big Ditch. Now that that is out of the way, let’s get onto the good stuff.

The Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala at Flying Bison Brewing, which is ticketed this year, will feature beers from all Western New York breweries, as well as food trucks and live music. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a special Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tasting glass as well as tasting tickets. The Leroy Townes Band and the Panfil Family Bluegrass Band will provide live music and food comes courtesy of Lloyd’s and Lomo Lomo food trucks. 5-9pm.

Rum Raisin Belgian Dubbel, New York Beer Project’s latest collaboration with Perry’s Ice Cream, hits taps at NYBP. This old-time favorite, Rum Raisin, is a perfect flavor profile for a Belgian Dubbel, a style that originated in the Middle Ages. $1 from every pint sold at NYBP Lockport goes to Oishei Children’s Hospital, so #makeadifference while enjoying this classic flavor. They also released a new Papaya Gose last night, so look for that on tap as well. 5pm.

There’s plenty of live music to catch tonight, including Ade Adu at Four Mile Brewing (6pm), Jessika and the Feels at Hamburg Brewing (7pm), Bob Schiele at 12 Gates Brewing (8pm), Rebel Posse at Eli Fish Brewing (9pm), Brendan & the Strangest Ways (with special guest Timothy Alice) at Thin Man (10pm) and Hundred Plus Club at Mr. Goodbar (8pm).

Happy Hour at Gordon Biersch brings $3 16oz. drafts from 4-7pm and a number of tastings are taking place as well, including Big Ditch at Wegmans (Amherst St) (4-6pm), Ellicottville Brewing at Consumer’s Beverages Abbott Road location (4:30-6:30pm) and Community Beer Works at Premier Gourmet (5-7pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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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Fill Your Schedule with These 11 Can’t-Miss Buffalo Beer Week Events

Buffalo Beer Week can be overwhelming, I get it. Trust me, I know. There’s dozens and dozens of venues holding over 100 events jam packed into just 10 days. There’s plenty to see and do, and more importantly, drink, over the next week plus, so I felt it necessary to point out a few of the events that I am most looking forward to, events that you should try and plan to be at as well.

I scoured all of the events that are planning around the area during Buffalo Beer Week and came up with a selection of 11 events that you should think about hitting. I plan on attending most of these, starting with the Opening Gala at Flying Bison. I wrote a feature on the gala, so be sure to scroll down on the homepage and check that out. Beyond that, there’s tastings, plenty of beer releases and other beer-related parties to keep your glass full and to fully wet your appetite. Read up on the events, then plan accordingly.

September 14 – Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala: The event, which is ticketed this year, will feature beers from all Western New York breweries, as well as food trucks and live music. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a special Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tasting glass as well as tasting tickets. The Leroy Townes Band and the Panfil Family Bluegrass Band will provide live music and food comes courtesy of Lloyd’s and Lomo Lomo food trucks. 5-9pm.

September 15 – Buffalo IPA Palooza at Pizza Plant Canalside: All IPAs, all the time. At least 15 local IPAs will be on tap at Pizza Plant as brewers from all over Buffalo will be chatting about beer, talking about beer, listening while you talk about beer, tasting beer, and doing various other beer related things. 12pm.

September 15 – SATO One Year Anniversary Party: Their anniversary party will feature food, drink and merchandise specials, live music from Gravy, contests for prizes and a trio of anniversary beers, Momotoro, a 5% Brut IPA with Peaches, the latest in their J-Pop sour series, Ume Plum Gose, and Lil’ Peachy, Momotoro dosed with glitter. Yes, glitter beer returns to Buffalo! The event also marks the launch of SATO’s official spirit made in collaboration with Lockhouse Distillery. 4pm-2am.

September 17 – Buffalo Beer Week Brewer’s Social at Buffalo Cider Hall: What better time to go and check out BlackBird Cider Works’ new location, the Buffalo Cider Hall, than during Beer Week? Visit the new location, check out the new digs and see the new Cider Hall and the BuffaLocal beer and cider draft line-up. 6:30-8:30pm.

September 19 – Steak, Cigars, Beer & Whiskey at Rusty Nickel Brewing: The name says it all, right? What else could you possibly need? Each ticket includes a steak dinner with Ebenezer Ale House, along with a cigar from a selection of Nice Ash Cigars, local whiskey and bourbon tastings with Black Button Distilling and Southern Tier Distilling Company and a flight of Rusty Nickel brews. Representatives from each business will be on site to discuss pairings and to present their products in depth. Tickets at EventBrite. 7pm.

September 20 – Pressure Drop Brewing / Thin Man Brewery Dog Birthday Party release: Pressure Drop continues their can release barrage with Dog Birthday Party, their third such collaboration with Thin Man Brewery. Cans and draft will be released at both locations. Dog Birthday Party is a Graham Cracker Stout with Cinnamon, Vanilla and Brown Sugar. Some vanilla extract and cinnamon were added in the whirlpool, chocolate and biscuit malt with a little bit of honey as well.

September 20 – 4th Annual Tapping of the Pumpkin at Pearl Street: Not only will a pumpkin be tapped, meaning you can literally drink beer out of a pumpkin, Pearl Street will be releasing their Pumpkin Spice Ale for the special occasion. This medium-bodied amber ale is brewed with 350lbs. of real pumpkin, spiced with pumpkin pie spices, and aged on vanilla beans. PSG then pours it through a real pumpkin to add to the fun of the season. Try it with a special brown sugar-cinnamon rimmed glass. Meet the brewers and grab something to eat at Brawlers Deli with special pint prices. 5-8pm.

September 21 – Ballpark Brewbash: The 2018 Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Coca-Cola Field and features over 50 breweries from local and regional favorites as well as other well-known national breweries, who will be serving their wares both out on the field and inside on the concourse. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com and at any Consumer’s Beverages locations. 6-9pm.

September 22 – Brickyard Brewing / West Shore Brewing Das Blep NEIPA Release: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Brickyard (White Bronco) and West Shore (Green Flyer) are brewing some of the best hazy beers no one is talking about, so Das Blep, their first ever collaboration, should be great. This Double Dry Hopped New England IPA features notes of over-the-top tropical fruit and white wine. Grab cans of this beer at Brickyard. 11am.

September 23 – Community Beer Works Funeral of Rutherford B. Haze: It’s that time a year again, the time when we say goodbye to someone who has been so good to us over the past few months – CBW’s beloved Belgian Witbier, Rutherford B. Haze. Start with a fabulous beer brunch pairing, 11am-2pm, at Hot Mama’s Canteen, immediately followed by HMC & CBW 2nd Line NOLA funeral parade. The 2nd Line Jazz Funeral will be led by Brass Pro and the Waterfront Revivalist. CBW will provide swagtastic items. Wear your finest black, bring a bright umbrella and just dance down the street. The band will lead in a group song of “When the Saints” feel free to sing. Then Brass Pro will perform for us in front of the bar and inside. 11am.

September 23 – Malt Madness Homebrew Competition at Rusty Nickel: It’s time to brew up your favorite malt-forward recipes for RNBC’s Malt madness Home Brew Competition! Rusty Nickel is approaching this homebrew comp a little different as they are splitting the categories in an unorthodox way – beers will be judged by SRM instead of style. Winners of each category will receive a medal, and the winner of the Best in Show competition will be invited to brew their beer at Rusty Nickel and have it on tap in the tasting room. And better yet, I’ll be serving as one of the judges for the competition, along with some other members of the Buffalo Beer League. Register at EventBrite. 3-6pm.

To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

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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Opening Gala Kicks Off Buffalo Beer Week’s 100+ Events

The Opening Gala is one of my favorite events during Buffalo Beer Week year after year. Though it’s new to Flying Bison Brewing this year on September 15 (5-9pm), I have loved this event dating back to its days as Buffalo Brewed at the Adam Mickiewicz Library. It’s also one of the very first events we attended after starting the Buffalo Beer League. I’ll miss having this event at the Library, and the Torn Space Theatre last year, but I’m excited for its next incarnation, and you should be too.

That was then. This is now.

The event, which is ticketed this year, will feature an all-Western New York taplist, as well as food trucks and live music. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a special Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tasting glass as well as eight tasting tickets additional 5oz. pours will be $2). The Leroy Townes Band and the Panfil Family Bluegrass Band will provide live music and food comes courtesy of Lloyd’s and Lomo Lomo food trucks.

Brewers and representatives from each brewery will be on hand as well at the gala so you will have the chance to chat directly with those responsible for the delicious liquid that is in your glass.

Beer list (subject to change):

“Successful growing festivals like Buffalo Beer Week highlight how strong an impact local craft brewing has on the revitalization of Western New York,” outgoing BNBA President Willard Brooks adds. “The BNBA was formed as a way to showcase Buffalo’s rich beer-making history and to stimulate further interest in the local beer industry from surrounding counties in the region, as well as Rochester and Southern Ontario.”

Buffalo Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene, now in its ninth year, runs through September 23. The lineup features hundreds of events, including over a dozen featured events. New this year is Class Is In Session IPA, the official Buffalo Beer Week beer, a collaboration between 20 local breweries, which will be available for sale throughout Beer Week. You can find the beer in six pack cans and on draft at a number of breweries as well as local Wegmans and bottle shops like Village Beer Merchant, Brewed and Bottled and Premier Gourmet.

Oh, and although it is called a gala, there is no dress code – feel free to wear what you want. Although I considering wearing my three-piece suit, I think I will just go with a polo.

To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

For more information on the Opening Gala, head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/1857340951053428.

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: Buffalo Beer Week, Resurgence Oktoberfest, SATO Turns One, Pressure Drop Collabs with CBW & Thin Man, Big Ditch Cans New Bills Beer

Ninth Annual Buffalo Beer Week Brings 100 of Beer Events Over 10 Days

Buffalo Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene, returns for its ninth year, September 14-23. The lineup features hundreds of events, including over a dozen featured events, starting with the Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala on September 14 (5-9pm) at Flying Bison Brewing. New this year is Class Is In Session IPA, the official Buffalo Beer Week beer, a collaboration between 20 local breweries, which will be available for sale throughout Beer Week. To see all the events and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’

Resurgence Celebrates the Season with All-Day Oktoberfest Party

Resurgence Brewing’s annual Oktoberfest Party returns on September 15 (12pm), this year featuring not only individual Men’s and Women’s Stein Hoisting competitions, but Team Bier Games, including teams of four competing in Bier Barrel Race, Stein Carry Relay, Stein Hoisting and Cornhole. $10 gets you a commemorative stein, which features a free fill and $0.50 off all fills. Festivities start at 1:30pm with the Ceremonial Keg Tapping, followed by dancing, yodeling, music, food (Wayno’s BBQ and the return of Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale. All team participants will receive a bier stein with complementary first fill and a Bier Team Shirt.

SATO Brewpub Marks Their One Year Anniversary

Proving that time really does fly when you’re having fun, SATO Brewpub, the Japanese restaurant and brewpub featuring Belgian-inspired beers, is turning one. Their anniversary party, September 15 (4-12pm), will feature food, drink and merchandise specials, live music from Gravy, contests for prizes and a pair of anniversary beers, Momotoro, a 5% Brut IPA with Peaches, and the latest in their J-Pop sour series, Ume Plum Gose (there may be additional surprise beers tapped). The event also marks the launch of SATO’s official spirit made in collaboration with Lockhouse Distillery. The event is non-ticketed and all are welcome to attend.

Pressure Drop to Release Thin Man, Community Beer Works Collabs in Cans

Pressure Drop Brewing has been busy in the collaboratory as of late, with a pair of collab can releases this week alone. On September 13 (5pm), Pressure Drop will release Knives Out, a Double Dry Hopped Session IPA brewed with Community Beer Works, in cans and on draft. The 4.5% beer features Simcoe, Azacca, Citra, Mosaic and Loral hops for notes of white peach, apricot and citrus. Then, on September 20, Pressure Drop will drop Dog Birthday Party, a Graham Cracker Stout with Cinnamon, Vanilla and Brown Sugar, their third beer with Thin Man Brewery, in cans and on draft.

Big Ditch Rings In New Football Season With Bills-Inspired Beer

Big Ditch Brewing is getting into the football spirit with the release of their own Buffalo Bills-inspired beer, Make Me Wanna Stout, in 6-pack cans ($9.99, no limit), this Friday. This 5.2% coffee and cream stout is brewed with Revolution coffee beans from Public Espresso. “This beer was received really well by guests, our brewers were big fans, and we thought the obvious football tie in would keep it popular, at least during football season, if not beyond,” Big Ditch’s Matt Kahn says. Cans will be available in Big Ditch’s taproom (draft and cans) and wherever good beer is sold.

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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Circle the Wagons: 10 Perfect Buffalo Tailgating Beers

It’s that time again; the time when thousands upon thousands of diehard Buffalo Bills fans, aka the Bills Mafia, descend upon Orchard Park to fill the parking lots of New Era Field, Erie Community College and every vacant lot and field you can fit a group of cars in within walking distance of the stadium.

Buffalo fans are serious about their tailgating, and are just as serious about the beer that fuels the game before the game. Grills, games and great beers are the name of the game before the clock strikes kickoff each week, and while there are more beer options out there than you can shake a stick at, we compiled a list of seven Buffalo born beers that would make a great addition to any tailgating lineup. You won’t find any fizzy yellow macro stuff here (not to name names, but *cough* Labatt Blue *cough*).

This list offers a nice variety of beer styles too, from a bigger bodied beer like a coffee porter and New England IPA to brews that go down a bit easier, like a light lager and pilsner. So, before you hit your local beer store for Sunday morning, let us help you write your shopping list.

12 Gates Brewing Coffee Porter (5.8%): Skip the drive thru at Tim Hortons. Just find a parking spot, set up your tailgating accouterments and crack one of these bad boys to get your coffee intake for the morning. It’s smooth and roasty, making for a good first beer to grab out of the cooler.

Big Ditch Cinnamon Make Me Wanna Stout (5.2%): Fall game days call for fall beer, so why not get something with some body, like Big Ditch’s Make Me Wanna Stout. This coffee and cream stout is brewed with Revolution coffee beans from Public Espresso. Not to mention the Bills tie-in made it was must-have and obvious choice for this list. Plus, it might warm you up while tailgating this season.

Community Beer Works Let’s Go Pils Pilsner (4.2%): Alright, alright, this one is a bit of a gimme I’ll admit. A light American Pilsner brewed specifically for Bills fans to crush while they do what they do. This one has several things going for it – it’s a pils, it’s named Let’s Go Pils and pairs easily with anything you happen to pull off the grill and slap on a bun. And that’s not even to mention that a portion of sales of this beer will go to charity.

Flying Bison Brewing Juice Caboose (7.5%): I could not not include an IPA on this list, right? And what better IPA to enjoy before heading into New Era Field than Flying Bison’s latest creation Juice Caboose, a juicy New England style IPA with major notes of citrus, pineapple and melon. Another good reason for Juice Caboose on this list? If you happen to enjoy a few of them, it might not matter to you what happens on the field.

Hamburg Brewing 550 Game Time Pale Ale (5.2%): Well, this one was essentially a no brainer – a pale ale brewed specially to bring tailgating? Sounds like something that should be on this list. Subtle citrus and mild malt bitterness with a crisp finish. Pun time! Drink a Game Time before game time. Boom.

Pressure Drop Brewing Citra Screamer Cream Ale (4.9%): A light-bodied crusher with a crisp, clean lager-like finish with notes of citrus. This is pretty much the perfect beer for beer pong, cornhole, flip cup or just passing the football around while high-fiving other Bills fans.

Resurgence Brewing Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale (6.2%): Tailgating starts early, we know this. So why not treat yourself to 16 ounces of cappuccino, and some spices, pumpkin and vanilla to go along with it. This is a sweet and delicious fall beer for a fall Sunday morning.

Southern Tier Brewing Pilsner (5%): Another beer perfectly suited for your tailgating gaming needs because STBC Pils is crisp and refreshing with a great dry finish. This one is crushable in so many words and will pair well with hot dogs, burgers, sausages, and diving through folding tables.

Thin Man Brewery Pills Mafia Pilsner (4.9%): Much of what I said about Let’s Go Pils can be used to describe why Pills Mafia made this list, except that this is a German Pilsner. If local breweries are going to brew beers specifically for the Bills in what could be a rough season for us fans, why wouldn’t I include both? Also, a portion of proceeds will benefit superfan Pancho Billa‘s foundations including Fans Against Child Abuse, Fans Against Violence, NFL and MLB Go Gold for Kids Cancer, and his personal cancer relief fund. Those are all good things.

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Niagara Lager (5%): Whether you’re playing beer pong, flip cup, Kan Jam, cornhole or just simple catch, this is the beer to reach for. Niagara Lager is light and easy drinking, so stock up on these if you plan on imbibing more than a few before the game.

Drink responsibly, be safe and above all else, go Bills! If you need a ride home, let someone else get you there safely. Grab an Uber or Lyft, or try Ride Local (Liberty Yellow Cab). Or hell, call me for a ride. Just be safe.

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 Company Plans First Ever Can Release

Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing Company are making a splash in the local beer retail market with their first ever can release, as they will debut Space Bronco New England IPA and Millions of Peaches Gelato IPA, on September 8 (3pm). Price is $16 (tax included) per 4-pack (limit of three each PP).

There should be about 50 cases of Peaches and 45 cases of Space Bronco available. As of now, the cans will only be available at Brickyard, but some limited draft could hit the market in the near future. The beers were canned by Revolution Canning.

Millions of Peaches features flaked oats, flaked wheat and lactose to create a pillowy base for Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans, and fresh Sanger Farms peaches from Youngstown, and Space Bronco is brewed using Galaxy and Mosaic hops for notes of dank, overripe mango and papaya. Space Bronco is an offshoot of Brickyard’s house New England IPA, White Bronco.

Brickyard Brewing’s John Meeter says that Space Bronco is a ‘legit beer,’ one that stems from his days as a homebrewer brewing beer in his basement. He says that this can release was really born out of pure customer response, which can also be said for Millions of Peaches.

“The original Bronco that we brewed at my house in the basement had Galaxy in it, but I knew we weren’t getting Galaxy when we first opened,” Meeter says. “[Fast forward to] Late last year and we decided to purchase some Galaxy and Mosaic and brew a batch Space Bronco, which back then did not have a name. We brought it Buffalo on Tap and the response was amazing. The beer just immediately had a following; great ratings on Untappd and people were coming into the brewery looking for it. We brewed it again in the spring and it didn’t last long, so we made the decision to can it.”

“Peaches was my baby last year,” Meeter adds. “Nobody thought it would work, and when I wanted to brew it, everyone thought I was crazy. The first time we put it on tap, it went so fast that I was getting angry texts that we were already out of it. Even my friends were mad at me for not saving them some” Peaches is the latest in Brickyard’s Millions Of… series, following Mangoes (Meeter says that this is his favorite by far in the series) and Strawberries. “Everyone kept asking for the beer so we figured we could run with it. The peaches are grown and harvested about seven miles from the brewery, so close that they just back the truck up and unload them.”

For Meeter, Space Bronco imparts notes of dank, overripe fruit (“if you rolled an overripe mango through a bag of wheat, that’s kind of what Space Bronco is to me,” he says), and Millions of Peaches is just flat out peach. “The vanilla adds so much depth to the beer without being too much in your face. It has to be there.”

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of each beer. I started with Millions of Peaches, which featured a vibrant orange peach juice nose and an incredibly soft mouthfeel with subtle orange and vanilla notes backed by massive overripe peach. This beer is a literal juice bomb. Space Bronco opened with a dank tropical fruit nose followed by pineapple and papaya. Dank hops cuts through the creamy frit as the beer warmed. Both were excellent.

In honor of their first ever can release, which just so happens to coincide with the Niagara County Peach Festival, Brickyard is offering a very special and very limited VIP package. For $60, you will receive entry to BBC’s second floor bar and patio at 10am, appetizers during the Peach Festival Parade, one four (4) pack of each beer, two limited edition stemmed Millions of Peaches glasses, limited edition Millions of Peaches unisex tee (Heather Navy), VIP access to Galaxy / Nelson Sauvin Triple IPA and Second-Use Single Barrel Barleywine and Black Button Bourbon Barrel Breakfast with Stevie (aged on cocoa nibs and Tahitian vanilla beans), plus whatever else the brewers dig out to share. Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets. As of this writing, there are only 20 of these packages left.

As for what’s next, Brickyard has teamed up with West Shore Brewing on Das Blep, a Double Dry Hopped New England IPA, which will be released on September 22 on draft and cans at both locations (*Writers note – I will have a feature article on this beer/release in the very near future). A preview of this beer can be had at Pizza Plant Transit on September 20 (along with Brickyard’s White Bronco and West Shore’s Green Flyer). Meeter also says that another run of Millions of Peaches cans is already in the works, and the possibility of the other Millions Of… beers being canned is very high.

For more information on the can release, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/455389458306542.

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’s Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale Story Continues in Year Three

For it’s third year in a row, the autumn-inspired Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale will return to the 42 North Taproom starting Saturday, September 8. The brew has grown over the last few years to be a fan favorite fall brew prompting many to head to the 42 North taproom in search of the brew’s vanilla, raisin and lightly toasted malt flavors. Beer lovers will also be able to find the Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale at their favorite craft beer bars and restaurants in WNY.

The story of the Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale begins with a partnership. Elm St. Bakery owner Jay DePerno teamed up with 42 North’s Chief Brewing Officer Clay Keel to create a beer inspired by the sought-after baked goods made in the Elm St. kitchen. As the leaves turned, they decided on an array of seasonal ingredients including chocolate, cinnamon, toffee, vanilla, molasses and, of course, toasted oat to add to the English Brown Ale base. This ruby brown ale pairs nicely with vanilla ice cream, pumpkin pie and your favorite fall cookies. Notes of baked bread and dark sugar to finish remind us all of the oatmeal raisin cookies we’ve grown to love as kids.

The Oatmeal Cookie Brown is the subject of 42 North’s most recent Behind the Brew series film. Behind the Brew: The Story and of the Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale breaks down the creation, inspiration and homegrown partnership that the beer is made of. As the story grew, so did the need for more oats. The video also explains why 42 North now uses Ted Hawley of NY Craft Malt and the largest roaster in the Northeast to toast their oats.

You can find the video at their website, www.42northbrewing.com, and on their Facebook page.

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Big Ditch to Re-Release Critically Acclaimed Packet IPA

Packet, the first of Big Ditch Brewing’s vaunted Lock IPA Series, and one of their most celebrated beers of all time, is set to make its triumphant return on September 8. Cans will go on sale beginning at 11am with a limited amount on draft available as well. 4-packs of 16oz. cans are $14.99 with a limit of one case per person.

Packet is named after the boats that transported early passengers on the Erie Canal. The beer is made with Galaxy, Mosaic, and Pacific Jade hops, resulting in a juicy, sticky hop bomb with tempered bitterness and tropical and lightly floral hop flavors abound. Many believe Packet to be one of the best beers Big Ditch has ever brewed, if not the best ever.

Big Ditch’s Matt Kahn says that it was a combination of customer requests and their ability to come into a supply of Galaxy hops that allowed them to brew Packet once again.

“Our customers have been asking for Packet to return since we made it last in June of 2017,” he says. “The main reason we weren’t able to make it since then was a relative lack of Galaxy hops, which the Packet recipe contains a lot of. We happened to find a reasonably priced supply of Galaxy very recently. It had been long enough. We decided to brew it again.”

And, before you ask, no, the recipe has not been altered for the new batch, with Kahn pointing out that the brewteam believes this new batch tastes just as good as the original. “Not at all,” he assures. “The beer, as far as we can tell, tastes as good as the last batch we made in 2017.”

For those that cannot make it to Big Ditch this weekend for the can release, Kahn says that they are reserving a small amount of supply to send out to local retail shops. Packet will also be available at Pizza Plant’s IPA-Palooza on September 15 (an even featuring all locally made IPA’s at Pizza Plant Canalside, 2-4pm) as well as in the VIP section at the Ballpark Brew Bash on September 21 (Coca-Cola Field, 6-9p).

“We are reserving some to send out to market. Our commercial customers have been just as eager to get their hands on this beer, and being that they support us all throughout the year, we felt it necessary to get them some,” Kahn adds. “There should be plenty of cans available at the brewery and a limited amount on draft that day as well.”

As for Packet’s Lock Series brethren, Fip, Dibble and 363, Kahn says that the brewery plans to brew and re-release each beer once more, but could not comment as to exactly when. Speaking of the Lock Series, he also says that both the recipe and beer name are done, and they are finishing the can artwork currently.  “We hope to have it out in less than 6 weeks or so,” he says.

To accompany the beer, a limited number of Packet Teku glasses will also be released for $15 each. Big Ditch will also release their first attempt at a Brut IPA, the latest in their Innovation Series of beers. Brut IPA V.1 features Idaho 7 and Mosaic hops. There will also be fresh Deep Cut Double IPA cans and draft as well as a few cases and limited draft of the Class Is In Session IPA brewed for Buffalo Beer Week at 12 Gates Brewing Company by 20 different area breweries. The 5.8% beer is a juicy, tropical IPA that is brewed with Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, Wakatu, and Kohatu hops.

For more information, stay tuned to https://www.facebook.com/bigditch.

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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