Buffalo Beer Buzz: First Anniversaries at West Shore & Brickyard Brewing, New Can Release at Pressure Drop, Major Win & Beer Release at 42 North

West Shore Brewing to Cap Off Year One at First Ever West Fest

West Shore Brewing Company, Clarence’s only brewery, is celebrating their first year at the first annual West Fest, on July 7 (2pm). The day will feature beer releases, craft spirits and mead tastings, live music from The Gavin Petrie Band, The Springfield Incident and The Big Sauce Trio, and food from Lloyd Tacos, BABZ BBQ, Smoke, Fire, & Spice and Gianni Mazia’s On Main. Tickets are available at Eventbrite – General Admission includes your first beer (first 300 receive an anniversary glass) and VIP includes first beer, glass, early admission, 2 crowlers and discounts on merchandise, crowlers, and crowler/mug club memberships.

Brickyard Brewing Company Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing Company is turning one and are celebrating that accomplishment on June 30, a day of beer releases, food specials, drink specials, music and giveaways. Starting bright and early at 11am with Liquid Breakfast with the Brewers, featuring the release of OC Porter, 1812 Night Barleywine and bottles of Bourbon Barrel Stained Glass Belgian Quad, small batches of Triple IPA and Imperial Stout will be released at 4pm and DJ Jiggz will take to the stage at 11pm. There will also be $4 pints of I Just Blue Myself Blueberry Pilsner all day long to keep everyone hydrated.

Pressure Drop to Release Cans of Citra Scream Cream Ale

Just weeks after the release of their flagship Sticky Trees IPA, Pressure Drop Brewing are back at it again, this time with a can release of Citra Screamer Cream Ale on June 29 (2pm) on the loading dock at the Barrel Factory. Cans will be available for purchase as soon as they roll off the canning line. Citra Screamer features tons of citrus on the nose with a light body and a crisp, clean lager-type finish. Craig Cheapé designed the labels (he also designed the Sticky Trees cans). There will be a limited quantity available and there is no limit.

42 North Wins Inaugural People’s Choice Competition, Plans BA Porter Release

Congratulations to 42 North Brewing Company on taking home the inaugural Buffalo Brewers Festival People’s Choice Competition trophy for their Island Farmhouse Sour Saison. The beer, which was reminiscent of tart tropical fruit juice, beat out a number of very worthy entries from over a dozen other breweries and meaderies to take home the coveted prize. Stop into the East Aurora brewery ASAP to try some of the award winning brew. They will also release their Barrel Aged Asylum Porter, which was aged in Black Button Distilling’s Straight Bourbon Barrels for 2 months, at Black Button on June 29 (5pm).

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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11 Can’t Miss Beers at the Buffalo Brewers Festival

Consider me as your Beer Sherpa, because I’m here to make things easy for you as you navigate every offering from each brewery, ciderery and meadery at this year’s Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place tomorrow (4-7p) at Canalside. I just want to make sure that all of you get the absolute best bang your buck. Or make that the best beer for your buck. Either way.

I’ve done painstaking research and multiple deep dives to formulate a list of the top 11 beers you can’t afford to miss at this year’s Buffalo Brewers Festival. These are beers that you need to target early, and perhaps often, to ensure you imbibe before the kegs run dry, because, let’s face it, those kegs aren’t bottomless – as much as we can pray and dream that they were. They might be someday (the future is a crazy place), but not today.

Here are my can’t-miss, must-drink beers at the Buffalo Brewers Festival:

Four Mile / Resurgence The Pilz Have Eyes Imperial Pilsner – An Imperial Pilsner just sounds fun, doesn’t it? Especially one that’s from these two breweries. Looking forward to this one for sure.

Buffalo Brewpub / 12 Gates Passionfruit Mango Kolsch – This might be one of the most refreshing beers available at the festival. I expect this one to be thirst quenching. You can probably find me in line for a few of these.

Woodcock Brothers Kumquat Berliner Weisse – Speaking of refreshing, holy goodness. The first of a few Berlinner’s on my list, the addition of kumquats just has me really exciting for this beers prospects.

Steelbound Brewery EVL Double IPA – I had to shoehorn a Double IPA onto my list. But in all seriousness, I’m looking forward to drinking Steelbound’s first DIPA, because if their other IPA’s I’ve had are any indication, this one should be pretty solid.

West Shore Brewing Experimental Berliner Weisse – Owner Josh Dziomba told me that he is doing some fun stuff with fruited sours right now, so I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us at the Brewers Fest with this one.

Eli Fish Brewing Awry Rye Saison & Brewers Wife Blonde Ale – In the case of ‘new is always better,’ I’m really looking forward to my first pours of Eli Fish’s beer. From what I have been told from people who have been up there, these are two to look forward to. See you all in line.

Ellicottville Brewing Foggy NEIPA – Like City Hall, you can’t fight the haze craze, so of course this list had to include a New England IPA. It should be good.

Flying Bison Larkin Lager – One of my top five favorite Buffalo beers of all time, the idea of drinking a few of these down on the water is pretty perfect.

Brickyard Brewing Company Saison des Fleurs – While I’ll be drinking my fill of White Bronco, I will not sleep on this one. It’s brewed with Dandelion pedal, so that sounds intriguing.

Windy Brew Dim Lager IPL – The only India Pale Lager, a really underrated style IMO, at the Brewers Festival is definitely going to make my list.

In addition to the People’s Choice Competition, a number of Farm-to-Pint beers, made exclusively from local ingredients, will be available, food vendors include Lloyd Taco and Ru’s Pierogi, and new this year, you can purchase pints of your favorite beer right at the festival (limited availability, prices may vary). An after party will be held at Clinton’s Dish at Canalside following the festival’s conclusion. There will also be a number of local vendors on hand, including Smokers Haven Cigars, Travelling Growler, NY Craft Malt, Crooked Creek Hops, Trocaire College and Bavarian Nut Company.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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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Vote for Your Favorite Saison at the Buffalo Brewers Festival People Choice Competition

Who brews the best local saison? It will be up to you to decide in the People’s Choice Competition at the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, this Saturday (4-7p) at Canalside. New this year, the People’s Choice Competition will give festival goers the chance to try multiple versions of a beer style and pick their favorite example.

The process for the People’s Choice Competition is pretty simple. All you need to do is drink, then vote. Yes, it’s that simple. There will be 16 in total (subject to change) for you to try before you cast your vote – 15 beers and 1 mead. After you drink your fill, you simply fill out a ballot, then turn it into either Jill or Sarah, who will be collecting and tabulating all of the ballots. The winning brewery (or meadery) will then be presented with a one-of-a-kind trophy at the festival.

Saison, French for ‘season’ and its alternative title, Farmhouse Ale, refers to the tiny farmhouses that dotted the landscape of southern Belgium, where the style originated (the beer was also served to those who worked at said farms). This beer style is typically crisp, complex, fruity, spicy, sometimes tart and/or sour and light-bodied, clocking in around 4.5% – 8.5% ABV normally. Belgian saisons are brewed year-round with pale malts and are well dosed with English and Belgian hop varieties. Lively carbonation ensues from a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The color is classically golden orange and the flavors are refreshing with citrus and fruity hop notes.

Here is the official People’s Choice Competition tap list:

Resurgence Brewing: Cucumber Saison

Community Beer Works: That IPA

Rusty Nickel: Farmhouse Saison

Pearl Street: Gin and Tonic Saison

42 North Brewing: Treaty Saison

Thin Man Brewery: Aura Saison

Brickyard Brewing: Saison des Fleurs

Gordon Biersch: Saison

Windy Brew: Wild Raspberry Farmhouse Saison

Big Ditch: Beautiful River Saison

New York Beer Project: Watermelon Saison

Hamburg Brewing: Small Town Saison

Eli Fish Brewing: Awry Rye Saison

West Shore Brewing: Saison

Southern Tier Brewing: Science is the Art: The Psychic Laser

Woodcock Brewing: Honey Saison

Lilly Belle Meads: Ginny Bee Goode Saison Mead

In addition to the People’s Choice Competition, a number of Farm-to-Pint beers, made exclusively from local ingredients, will be available, food vendors include Lloyd Taco and Ru’s Pierogi, and new this year, you can purchase pints of your favorite beer right at the festival (limited availability, prices may vary). An after party will be held at Clinton’s Dish at Canalside following the festival’s conclusion. There will also be a number of local vendors on hand, including Smokers Haven Cigars, Travelling Growler, NY Craft Malt, Crooked Creek Hops, Trocaire College and Bavarian Nut Company.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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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Resurgence Brewing Launches Three New Canned Beers

The canned beer family at Resurgence Brewing Company is set to grow by three as a trio of can releases will take place on June 21 – Loganberry Wit, one of their most beloved beers and one of their first ever offerings, Peter B. Porter, an annual favorite, and Conehead IPA, a new hazy IPA dedicated to a true Buffalo institution.

It’s been a longtime coming for Loganberry Wit, which was a true launch beer for the brewery when they opened back in 2014, and continues to be a favorite of customers to this day. This beer was brewed in a traditional wit style with some mild banana and light fruit esters with a subtle loganberry finish. Resurgence’s President Jeff Ware says that while he doesn’t consider Loganberry Wit a true flagship, it was always destined to be canned due to its loyal fanbase.

“Loganberry really is not a flagship beer for us, although it does have a strong fan base,” he says. “Like all off our packaged beers, the decision was made due to customer requests. It is a really easy drinking “gateway beer” with a Buffalo twist. I think they are going to go quick!”

Ware says the same goes for popular season Peter B. Porter, a peanut butter porter featuring balanced doses of chocolate, cocoa and toasted peanut butter.

“We are giving the people what they are asking for. This beer has a strong cult following. We had customers buying crowlers of it by the case. We decided to make it a little easier on them and put some package beer together. This one will be tap room only and very limited!”

Conehead IPA is a Mosaic hopped IPA that clocks in at 5.5%; it’s hazy, juicy and crushable with a subtle hop kick. As you might have figured out by the name, Conehead was made in conjunction with the Buffalo Bisons for the man himself, Buffalo’s favorite beer-slinging institution, Conehead, aka Tom Girot, who, as you would expect, is a big craft beer fan.

“Conehead IPA made with the Bisons and to Conehead’s preferences (he is a big craft beer fan),” Ware says. “We have a great partnership with the Bisons and this is just another example of that. Craft beer and baseball. What could be better?”

Loganberry Wit cans will sell for $10, Peanut Butter Porter for $11 and $12 for Conehead IPA (prices subject to change). All three releases will be 4 pack 16oz. cans. All beers will be available on draft as well.

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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These Beers are Pouring at the Buffalo Brewers Festival

The party of the summer goes down this Saturday, June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside at the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival. The event will feature over 30 Buffalo & WNY breweries, cideries and meaderies making for a tap list of over 50 brews. Batavia’s Eli Fish Brewing, who have only been open a few short months, will make their Western New York debut at the festival, just one of the many highlights this year’s fest presents.

But then again, you are not here to read a lengthy preamble, you’re really only looking for the meat and potatoes, right? You want the full list, so without further ado, here it is, the full tap list (subject to change) for the 2018 Buffalo Brewers Festival.

12 Gates: Cherry Vanilla Wheat, Coffee Porter English Porter, Radler German Radler, Hermetic IPA

4 Mile: The Pils Have Eyes [Imperial Pilsner Collab with Resurgence], Polynomial Pale Ale

42 North: Treaty Saison, Borderland IPA

Big Ditch: FC Session Wheat IPA, Beautiful River Saison, Hayburner IPA

Blackbird Cider: Buffalo Bluegrass Kentucky Barrel Aged Hard Cider, Lakeside Loganberry Hard Cider

Brickyard Brewing Company: White Bronco NEIPA, Saison des Fleurs

Buffalo Brewing Company: 1910 Czech Pilsner, 1825 Triple Dry Hopped IPA, 1817 Triple Dry Hopped Double IPA

Buffalo Brewpub: 12 Gates / Buffalo Brewpub Passionfruit Mango Kolsch, Blueberry Wheat, Nickel City Dark

Community Beer Works: Frank APA, The Whale American Brown Ale, That IPA, Ein Bier Bitte Hefe

Eli Fish Brewing: Awry Rye Saison, Brewers Wife Blonde Ale

Ellicottville Brewing Company: Blueberry Wheat, IPA, Foggy NEIPA

Five & 20: Grape Lakes Wheat w/ Concord Grapes, Can-Am Copper IPA

Flying Bison: Erie County Fair APA, Larkin Lager, Bisonberry Kolsch

Gordon Biersch: Saison, Hefeweizen, NYS IPA

Hamburg Brewing: Small Town Saison, Two Two Mango Ale, Hamburg Pilsner

New York Beer Project: Watermelon Saison, Righteous Dude DIPA, Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch, Lockport Lager

OFW Brewing: Not A Pale Ale, Against the Grain Hefeweizen, Razpputin Raspberry Ale

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery: Gin and Tonic Saison, Trainwreck Amber Ale

Pressure Drop: Sticky Trees IPA, Bruxelles Stout, Citra Screamer Cream Ale

Resurgence: Cucumber Saison, Re Warding IPA (Collaboration with OFW), Black Currant Kettle Sour

Rusty Nickel: Farmhouse Saison, Palletizer Pale Ale, Pedal Pusher Biere de Garde

Sato Brewpub: Bento Cream Ale, Urban Samurai White IPA

Southern Tier: 8 Days A Week Blonde Ale, Lemon Drop Sun, Science is the Art: The Psychic Laser

Steelbound Brewery: EVL Double IPA, Udderly Insane Pale Ale, Heff Another One, Nutty Blond Ale

Thin Man: Burning Money NEIPA, Buffalo Pills Pilsner, Minkey Boodle Raspberry Sour, Aura Saison

Westshore: Green Flyer NEIPA, Experimental Berliner Weiss, Saison

Windy Brew: Wild Mango Pale Ale, Dim Lager IPL, Wild Raspberry Farmhouse Saison

Woodcock Brothers: North 425 Pilsner, Honey Saison, Kumquat Berliner Weisse

Lilly Belle Meads: Ginny Bee Goode Saison Mead, Bee Witty Belgian Style Mead

A number of Farm-to-Pint beers, made exclusively from local ingredients, will be available, food vendors include Lloyd Taco and Ru’s Pierogi, and new this year, you can purchase pints of your favorite beer right at the festival (limited availability, prices may vary). An after party will be held at Clinton’s Dish at Canalside following the festival’s conclusion. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison. After you drink a few, or all of them for that matter, either or, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite version right at the festival in the People’s Choice Competition. There will also be a number of local vendors on hand, including Smokers Haven Cigars, Travelling Growler, NY Craft Malt, Crooked Creek Hops, Trocaire College and Bavarian Nut Company.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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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Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 4

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab.

12 Gates Brewing

Coffee Porter: Dark chocolate, light roast, and toffee pair with traditional English hops to create this smooth porter. Classic. I’ll have at least one. At least.

German Radler: A German Hefeweizen blended with pink lemonade and grapefruit juice. You had me at radler. It’s going to be sunny, so the line will be long for this thirst quencher.

Hermetic IPA: An IPA with loads of hops to give it tons of dank tropical fruit and citrus flavor and aroma, including pineapple and grapefruit. This was one of my favorite beers from last year’s fest. Can’t wait to enjoy some more of this beer.

Southern Tier Brewing

8 Days A Week Blonde Ale: Infinitely drinkable with a hint of Centennial hops for fruity notes and low bitterness for an easy finish. Bring on the blonde ales. Please and thank you.

Lemon Drop Sun: Just enough hop bitterness and lemon tartness to keep your taste buds tingling for another sip. Yet another light crushable offering, which is not a bad thing.

Science is the Art: The Psychic Laser Double IPA: Tropical, fruity, piney and citrusy notes from Mosaic, Equanot, and Simcoe hops. My name is Brian and I love IPA’s. Enough said.

Eli Fish Brewing

“Awry” Rye Saison: A beautifully clear, lightly hopped saison with a noticeable rye body. It finishes dry and clean. A rye saison sounds like a nice break from the norm given this tap list.

“Brewers Wife” Blonde Ale: Mildly hopped blonde ale built with a generous amount of wheat. Another blonde ale? See above. Bring them on. Bring them all on.

Thin Man Brewery

Burning Money NEIPA: Drenched with flavors & aromas of pine & tropical fruits – orange juice, pineapple juice, mango juice, juice and more juice. This has long been one of my favorite Thin Man beers, so yes, I’ll be partaking a few times.

Buffalo Pills Pilsner: Combines German pilsner malt and traditional German hops in a crisp, easy drinking lager. If you know me, I’m a major proponent of craft pilsners. Let’s get it.

Minkey Boodle Raspberry Sour: Bright acidity mingles with round raspberry character and a crisp body. One of the best sours Buffalo has ever produced at Buffalo’s premier beer fest? Um, yes please.

Aura Wild Saison: A collaboration with Ontario’s Block Three Brewing brewed with Riesling juice. Its tart and refreshing.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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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 Brewers Festival, Bidwell Wild Back at Big Ditch, 3 New Resurgence Can Releases, Pizza Plant’s Craft Beer Cruise

Don’t Miss the Fifth Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival This Saturday

The party of the summer goes down this Saturday, June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside at the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival. The event will feature over 30 Buffalo & WNY breweries, cideries and meaderies making for a tap list of over 50 brews. A number of Farm-to-Pint beers, made exclusively from local ingredients, will be available, food vendors include Lloyd Taco and Ru’s Pierogi, and new this year, you can purchase pints of your favorite beer right at the festival (limited availability, prices may vary). An after party will be held at Clinton’s Dish at Canalside. Purchase tickets at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com, Ticketfly and all Consumer’s Beverages.

Big Ditch to Release Bottles of 2018 Bidwell Wild Ale

On June 23 (12pm), Big Ditch Brewing will be releasing bottles of 2018 Bidwell Wild, a mixed fermentation beer made in collaboration with Elmwood Village Farmers Market and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery (500 mL bottles, $15, 1 case limit). Bidwell Wild uses unsold fruit from the farmers as a source of wild yeast and bacteria instead of brewer’s yeast. Its aged 2 years in Leonard Oakes wine barrels. The result is a sour beer with fruit and berry notes. A portion of sales will be donated to the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. 1oz. pours will also be available for $1.

Resurgence Brewing Plans 3 Big Can Releases

A trio of can releases will take place on June 21 at Resurgence Brewing – Loganberry Wit, one of their most beloved beers and one of their first ever offerings, Peanut Butter Porter, an annual favorite, and Conehead IPA, a new hazy IPA dedicated to a true Buffalo institution. Conehead IPA is a Mosaic hopped IPA that clocks in at 5.5%; it’s hazy, juicy and crushable with a subtle hop kick. Loganberry Wit cans will sell for $10, Peanut Butter Porter for $11 and $12 for Conehead IPA (prices subject to change). All beers will be available on draft as well.

Enjoy Craft Beer on the High Seas With Pizza Plant

Pizza Plant’s annual Craft Beer Cruise sets sail on June 20 (6-9:30pm). Your ticket ($65) gets you 4 craft beers (or wine) plus a full Pizza Plant buffet. This year beer includes Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion #10 IPA, Ommegang Witte, Lord Hobo Virtuoso NE DIPA and Flying Bison 716 Kolsch. There will also be a cigar table onboard, as well as live music and dancing. The booze cruise starts boarding the Miss Buffalo 2 at the Erie Basin Marina at 5:30p, and will depart at 6p. A few tickets still remains for the cruise, and can be purchased at Eventbrite.

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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A Guide to Thin Man’s Summer Solstice Fest: Beer, Food, Parking, Music

In honor of their two-year anniversary, Thin Man Brewery is once again shutting down and taking over Elmwood Avenue for the second annual Summer Solstice Street Festival on June 16 (12-10pm), a full day of live music, beer and food.

There will be grilled fireman’s style chicken, Lloyd’s Tacos, Allen Burger Venture burgers and more for those looking to eat, and both bars inside will be open for full beer, wine, and cocktail service. Also, a beer truck will be outside with the taps flowing for quick access. All Thin Man beers sold outside will be $6 and all ABV and Thin Man food will be $6 or $12.

Beer releases will be happening periodically throughout the day as well. Thin Man’s 2nd Anniversary beer, a double dry-hopped New England IPA with Galaxy, Azacca and El Dorado hops, will be available all day long. And for Executive VIP ticket holders, beers include a cask of Vanilla Captain Perk Imperial Stout, which will be tapped at noon and bottle pours of Thin Man Nib Nut Imperial Stout, as well as a number of very special bottles that we can’t announce quite yet.

Rotating releases (available to all):

3pm: Fresh Fruit Minkey Boodle – Thin Man’s house sour Minkey Boodle hit with a ton of extra fruit post fermentation. Sweet raspberry heaven.

5pm: Double Barrel Ookla – Ookla The Mok Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon & Rye barrels, then blended together.

7pm: Bourbon Barrel Forever Cordial – Forever Cordial (a collaboration with Florida’s 3 Sons) aged in Tommyrotter Bourbon barrels.

Summer Solstice will feature live music all day, including performances from Funktional Flow, who kick things off at 12:30pm, (1:20pm) PA Line, (2:10p) The Observers, (3p) CPX, (3:50p) Leroy Townes, (4:40p) Max Muscato, (5:30p) Bold Folly, (6:20p) The Jumpers, (7:10p) Humble Braggers, (8p) Dreambeaches and (9p) Radarada. Then, as if that wasn’t enough for one, after all of the bands are done for the day, the party will shift upstairs for the Official Summer Solstice Street Festival AFTER PARTY with Basha.

You can still purchase tickets at www.seetickets.us. VIP and Executive VIP tickets are sold out but General Admission tickets are still available for $15 advance and $20 day of. GA tickets include entrance to the festival, commemorative event Thin Man pint glass and your first beer fill.

As far as parking for the event goes, since Thin Man is closing Elmwood between West Utica and Hodge, you will still be able to access the Gallagher Ramp from West Utica and walk directly to the festival entrance from the ramp.

For more information on Thin Man’s Summer Solstice II, head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/2011211472239051/.

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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Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 3

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab.

Flying Bison Brewing

Erie County Fair American Pale Ale: The Erie County Fair’s first homebrew contest winner brewed with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo & Simcoe hops and dry-hopped with Mosaic & Centennial. Enjoyed this the first time around and am looking forward to it again. One of my must-drink beers.

Larkin Lager: A light golden Munich Helles lager. Clean, crisp, and refreshing take on a classic style. One of my all-time favorite Buffalo beers. So simple, yet so great. You’ll find me in line on multiple occasions for this.

Bisonberry Kolsch: Golden ale with a pinkish hue and berry aroma from blueberry puree & blackberry concentrate. One word – refreshing.

Big Ditch Brewing

FC (Fantastically Crushable) Session Wheat IPA: An extremely light and crisp summer beer, hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra hops. A perennial favorite beer of mine when the weather turns warmer.

Beautiful River Belgian River Saison: A refreshing Belgian-style saison featuring floral, pear, and pepper notes.

Hayburner IPA: A citrusy IPA with primary notes of orange, melon and grapefruit, and a slightly earthy finish. It wouldn’t be a Buffalo beer festival without at least one pour of this. But I’m fairly sure I didn’t need to tell you that.

Steelbound Brewery

EVL DIPA Double IPA: Double dry-hopped with Simcoe, Citra, and Michigan Copper for flavors of berry, pine and mango. If you ask me, this festival needs as many DIPA’s as possible. Look for me in line multiple times for this beer.

Udderly Insane Pale Ale: Slightly sweet, creamy, light citrus, brewed with oats and lactose. You had me at lactose. I’ll see you in line.

Heff Another One Hefeweizen: Hints of citrus, banana and spice, dry-hopped with Citra. A hefe dry-hopped with Citra sounds intriguing. I won’t be missing this.

Nutty Blond Blond Ale: Bright, refreshing and lightly sweet. I love blondes, so a cold, fresh blonde ale on the waterfront sounds awesome to me.

Windy Brew

Wild Mango Pale Ale: Aromas of wild mangos with notes of vibrant, fresh mangoes that hit you at the end. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, this sounds damn refreshing.

Dim Lager IPL: An India Pale Lager with a wonderful hop aroma with fresh pine and grapefruit flavors, and a bitter sweet finish. The only IPA at the Brewers Fest, so don’t miss this.

Wild Raspberry Farmhouse Saison: Windy Brew’s farmhouse saison and added fresh raspberries giving you a refreshing taste of summer. Pretty sure that description says it all.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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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: IPA Can Release at Woodcock, Thin Man Summer Solstice, 2 Beers Return at 42 North, Four Mile Gets Hazy

Woodcock Brothers to Release Mosaic Dry Hopped IPA Cans

On June 16 (12pm), Woodcock Brothers Brewing will debut the next in their dry hopped IPA series, Mosaic Dry Hopped Woodcock IPA. The beer, which uses the same malt bill as XPA 6.2, features Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo hops, with huge heaping late additions of Mosaic. The result is a dankly tropical, full bodied, balanced IPA with minimal bitterness. It’s supremely drinkable, hazy and hoppy. The beer will be available in 4-packs (1 case/6 4-pks limit per person) and on draft (brewery only).  A limited amount of cans will hit distro in the coming weeks after the initial brewery release.

Thin Man’s Summer Solstice Festival to Once Again Take Over Elmwood

In honor of their two-year anniversary, Thin Man Brewery is once again shutting down Elmwood Avenue for the second annual Summer Solstice Street Festival on June 16 (12-10pm), a full day of live music, beer and food. There will be fireman’s style chicken, Lloyd’s tacos, Allen Burger Venture burgers and more for those looking to eat and both bars inside will be open for full beer, wine, and cocktail service. Also, a beer truck will be outside for quick access. RADARADA, Funktional Flow and Leroy Townes, among others, will take to the stage to perform. Buy tickets at www.seetickets.us.

42 North’s Peach Milkshake IPA, Island Sour Return

If you missed it the first time (it went fast), 42 North’s Peach Milkshake IPA will make its return to taps on June 19 (4pm). Batch #2 features Rakau, Mosaic, Azacca & El Dorado hops, along with peaches, lactose and vanilla. Plans call for this beer to be canned before the end of the month. In the meantime, Island Farmhouse Sour will be tapped on June 13 (4pm). It’s brewed with no hops but a mix of roots, spices, and orange peel instead, with mango, passionfruit and guava added for a complex tropical fruit combination. No crowler/growler fills on either.

Four Mile to Explore New England IPA’s with The Unapologetic Series

Four Mile Brewing are delving deep into the haze craze with their new beer line, The Unapologetic Series. Starting with Haze 4 Dayz, a collaboration with Ontario’s Grand River Brewing, which can be found around town currently, 4MB will soon debut Clouded Judgement, another hazy creation featuring Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops and lactose. The third beer, to be released later this year, will be Severed Ego. “The Unapologetic Series will take you on a delicious journey through NEIPAs,” the brewery says. “Our cloudy renditions will challenge your perception of what an IPA can be and ultimately who we are.”

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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