Buffalo Beer Buzz: Brewers Invitational Tickets on Sale, Big Ditch & Upstate Collab, Resurgence Beer Release, NYE Brewery Parties

Tickets on Sale for Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational at New York Beer Project

Tickets are on sale as the collective craft beer minds of the Buffalo-Niagara region will showcase their true brewing acumen at the fifth annual Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational, which features scores of rare, one-off and specialty beers brewed locally. The event will take place on January 26 (2-5pm) at New York Beer Project. A finalized beer list will be available soon. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite (General Admission, $45, Designated Driver, $10). Guests will receive a commemorative glass, a gift card for the purchase of beer-centric snacks and access to over 50 beers. Limited tickets will be available.

Go to Resurgence Brewing, Buy Delicious Beer, Meet a Bills Mafia Legend

Resurgence Brewing is releasing another batch of cans of their wildly popular Dallas Is Going Down Gary! Buffalo-Style IPA on November 28 (12pm) at their Chicago Street location. And in addition to getting your hands on this delicious brew, you can also meet the inspiration behind the beer and it’s memorable can art, Bills Mafia legend and Buffalo diehard Marc Miller, who loudly and proudly proclaimed that the Buffalo Bills were going to beat the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XVII years ago. Dallas Is Going Down Gary! sold out in minutes last time, so preorder yours now at AppMule.

Big Ditch Brewing, Upstate Brewing Produce New Pastry Stout

The New York State pipeline between our very own Big Ditch Brewing and Elmira’s Upstate Brewing is alive and well as the two breweries have collaborated on a new 6.6% ABV pastry stout, Group Hug, which will be available on December 27 at Big Ditch. This s’mores stout is loaded this stout with cacao nibs, lactose, graham crackers, cinnamon and marshmallows. The beer will be available both on draft and in cans at the brewery. The breweries previously collaborated on BDU Collaboration IPA, a hazy, hoppy beer with flavors of ripe peach and lemon zest, which was released last year.

Ring in the New Year in Fashion at These Local Breweries

Join Rusty Nickel at their new 36 Broadway location for a roaring 20’s party (9pm). Tickets are $82.50 plus tax and gratuity) and include 3-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres / appetizers and champagne toast at midnight. They will also be partying at their West Seneca location. Tickets here. Head to Community Beer Works (7pm) for a free celebration that includes food and drink specials, music from DJ Dante Velour and Five Foot Giant, beer toast and keg drop at midnight and free totcho bar. Celebrate at Big Ditch (8pm) for $70 (plus tax and gratuity), which include four drink tickets, special NYE menu, live DJ music, party favors & noisemakers and limited release beers, including 2020 Vision, a double-fruited sour ale, and Bourbon Barrel Aged The Tower Barleywine. Tickets here. Resurgence will hold a VIP NYE party at their Chicago Street location (9pm). For $125, you get 4 hours of full open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, buffet, live music from Gravy and keg drop at midnight. Tickets.

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 Collabs from Thin Man & Flying Bison, Big Ditch & Resurgence, Inaugural Barrel Jam at 42 North, Rusty Nickel Downtown Grand Opening

Rusty Nickel to Hold Grand Opening for New Downtown Location

Rusty Nickel Brewing will hold the official grand opening for their new downtown location at 36 Broadway on December 20 & 21 (11am). The new space features a full kitchen, two bars, plenty of seating and 28 taps. The bar will also feature a selection of locally-made and sourced wine, cider, spirits and mead. Live music will be performed by MYQ F (Michael Farrow) and Lightwalker (Jeci Skywalker of Elements of the Mind Taro) on Friday (7-10pm) and songwriting duo Oliver Lynn (Kurt Ebsary and Madison Ackerman), will play Saturday (7:30-10:30pm). They will also be open December 22 at 10am.

New Flying Bison, Thin Man Collab Coming this Week

Flying Bison Brewing and Thin Man Brewery have collaborated on a brand new brew, Short Days, a 4.2% ABV dry-hopped German-style Black Lager, which will be available on draft only at Flying Bison and at all Thin Man locations on December 18. “I can’t express how happy I am to have been able to brew at Flying Bison,” Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins said. “True pioneers, a source of inspiration well before I began homebrewing and constant supporters of everything Buffalo and Buffalo beer. Thank you for everything.” The beer was brewed at Flying Bison.

42 North Announces Inaugural Barrel Jam Barrel-Aged Beer Festival

42 North Brewing has announced the inaugural Barrel Jam, an indoor/outdoor barrel-aged beer, music & winter celebration slated for February 1st, 2020. In addition to beer from their own 42 Below Barrel House, Barrel Jam will also feature barrel aged concoctions from KCBC, Gun Hill, Abandon, Zero Gravity, Collective Arts, Prison City, Thin Man, Big Ditch, Swiftwater Brewing, Beer Tree Co. and more. Tickets include a festival tasting glass for 4 hours of sampling. The event will also host local music, a Rail Jam Freestyle Ski competition, local distilleries and more. Tickets will be $45 and are available at bit.ly/42Nbarreljam_tickets.

Big Ditch, Resurgence Revisit Y2K With New Collaboration

Resurgence Brewing and Big Ditch Brewing are turning back the clocks to the beginning of the decade with their latest collaboration, Y2K IPA, a West Coast IPA brewed with Mosaic, Centennial and Columbus Cryo hops. It’s juicy and dank. The new brew will be available Thursday during a special preview event at Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill on Transit, then will be on tap at both Resurgence taprooms on Friday as well as at Big Ditch. Then, on Saturday, Burning Buffalo on Hertel will tap the beer (4pm). All Resurgence and Big Ditch beers will be $1 off.

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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Groundbreaking Craft New York Act Turns Five

One of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of New York craft beer, the Craft New York Act, is turning five years old on December 13. Now, chances are you’ve never heard of the Craft NY Act, so let me describe it to you like this – if you’ve ever walked into your favorite brewery are ordered a pint, you can thank the Craft NY Act. Enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 13, 2014, the Craft NY Act allows NY ‘craft producers to conduct tastings and serve ‘by the bottle’ and ‘by the glass’.’

In addition to allowing breweries to serve their beer by the glass, the Craft NY Act also lowers the food requirement that must be met by manufacturers when offering tastings and consumption on premises and reduces costs for small manufacturers by increasing the production cap and permitting the production of more product without increased fees, among others.

“New York produces some of the best wine, beer, spirits and cider in the world—an industry which not only creates jobs but supports farmers and brings in tourism dollars across every corner of the state,” Cuomo said at the time of the passing. “This new law builds upon this administration’s ongoing efforts to promote this industry by cutting red tape, reducing burdensome regulations and removing artificial barriers that stifled growth. New York is truly open for business, and I thank my partners in the legislature for their hard work in making this a success for all of our craft beverage businesses.”

You can toast to the Craft NY Act at Flying Bison on December 13th at 3:16 (and 17 seconds) pm, the exact time to the second five years after the legislation was passed in 2014. Get more information on that event here.

“The Craft Act helped transform NY into a leader in craft brewing instead of a follower. A look at the number of breweries pre-2014 and post 2014 will start to tell the story,” Flying Bison Brewing Owner Tim Herzog says. “Since the Craft Act, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of breweries, which need malted barley and hops. Farmers in NY are growing barley to be malted here in NY. Farmers in NY are growing hops and getting them dried here in NY so that more of the flavors of NY can make their way into the great beers being brewed. The rise in the number of jobs, in breweries, distilleries, malt houses, on farms and in stores and bars is on the rise; more wages and more tax paid to NYS. We hope they use it wisely.”

Flying Bison adds: “Why is that important to us? It was the law that not only recognized the importance of the craft brewing industry in New York State and made it easier to operate a small brewery, but it allowed brewery tasting rooms such as ours the opportunity to serve more than just tiny samples to thirsty patrons. A huge thank you to our Governor, NY State Assembly & NY State Senate for recognizing the economic & cultural significance of craft brewing. The day the Craft NY Act was signed, there were less than 200 breweries operating in New York. There are well over 400 today!”

From brewery owners to beer bar owners and everyone in-between, its clear that the Craft NY Act was, and is, pivotal in transforming the Western New York beer scene into what it has become today.

“Prior to the Craft Act, most NY brewers did not have their own taprooms,” Willard Brooks, founder of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, says. “Subsequent to this, most or all have developed taprooms. This, along with the Farm Brewery License, has led to an expansion in the number of small breweries operation in NYS – approximately double the number are open now, most small. This model would not be sustainable without the taprooms that the craft act made possible.”

“The Craft Act supercharged the growth of the industry in NYS,” Community Beer Works President Ethan Cox adds. “Production-only breweries often struggle to generate enough revenue early on, so the ability to run a taproom and sell beer by the glass makes starting a brewery much easier. We are all grateful to the NYS BA and to Dave Katleski for making this happen. I can definitely say that when we put in the three-sink and bought glassware and just started selling beer by the pint at CBW, it made our growth possible, specifically. The vibe we created in that taproom [on Lafayette] can’t be replicated and is often missed, I know, and it was made entirely possible by the Craft Act. And was what we leveraged to make the new taproom.”

“New York breweries got a shot in the arm with some eased regulations and grants to promote Craft and Farm breweries with the NY Craft Act,” Pizza Plant Owner Dan Syracuse says. “So in all it has done well.”

“Any legislation that cuts down red tape, licensing Cost and taxes is huge for a small brewery,” Resurgence Brewing President Jeff Ware says. “As small business owners, we know how to stretch a dollar, and every dollar goes right back into new equipment and additional employees.”

“The Craft NY Act, which enacted several benefits for NYS alcoholic beverage producers, chiefly impacted the region by allowing producers to sell by the bottle and/or glass, and also lowering food requirements for producers that wanted to sell their products on premises,” Big Ditch President Matt Kahn adds. “These changes made the barrier to entry lower for a lot of breweries, resulting in increased growth in the number of area breweries over the last several years. This ultimately led to greater choices available to consumers, in addition to industry jobs created in the area.”

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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Rusty Nickel Brings Locally-Sourced Brews to Downtown Buffalo

Rusty Nickel Brewing is bringing its locally-sourced brews to Downtown Buffalo, NY.

The brewery’s second location, known as “Rusty Nickel @ 36 Broadway” and located at 36 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14203, features a tasting room with 28 taps filled with New York State farm-brewed beer made at their brewery in West Seneca, NY.

In addition to beer, the bar will also feature a selection of locally-made and sourced wine, cider, spirits and mead. New to this location is a full kitchen serving up some Buffalo classics like Beef on Weck Sliders and Chicken Wings tossed in house-made sauces. Delicious original menu items like Chicken and Waffles Broadway Style and Nick’s Famous Mac and Cheese can also be found on the menu.

This NYS Farm Brewery’s second location is conveniently located within walking distance to area attractions like First Niagara Center, Shea’s Theater Buffalo, various hotels, concert venues, and more.

To celebrate its opening, Rusty Nickel @ 36 Broadway will be hosting a Grand Opening Party on December 20 and 21. The party will feature the brewery’s own beer as well as a full menu. A special Brunch will be hosted on Sunday, December 22.

Rusty Nickel’s local partners including Lockhouse Distillery, Lilly Belle Meads, and others will be sampling throughout the weekend, with full servings of their products available for purchase at the bar.

Live music will be performed by local musicians Friday and Saturday. MYQ F (Michael Farrow) and Lightwalker (Jeci Skywalker of Elements of the Mind Taro) will take the stage Friday from 7-10 PM. Song-writing duo, Oliver Lynn (Kurt Ebsary and Madison Ackerman), will play Saturday, 7:30-10:30 PM.

The Tasting Room and Kitchen will also host a special Bloody Mary Bar in honor of its award-winning recipes Saturday and Sunday. Major, televised sporting events will be shown during the events.

Opening its doors in West Seneca, NY almost five years ago, Rusty Nickel has continued to serve the community ultra-local beer brewed with a majority of NYS ingredients. Their catalog of beer includes NYS Brewers Association award-winning brews “Slice O’ Havens” Imperial Orange Vanilla Cream Ale (Silver Medal 2018) and “Chai Tea” Milk Stout (Silver Medal 2019).

A full drink and food menu, which is continuing to expand, can be found at www.RustyNickelBrewing.com.

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42 North Brewing Announces Inaugural Barrel Jam Barrel-Aged Beer Festival

42 North Brewing Company has announced the first annual Barrel Jam, an indoor/outdoor barrel-aged beer, music & winter celebration slated for February 1st, 2020. As one of the first to begin a barrel-aging program in Buffalo, the brewery as been inspired to invite many of the region’s favorite breweries that create their own barrel-aged projects. The event will also host local music acts, a Rail Jam Freestyle Ski competition with Kissing Bridge, local distilleries, and various “Fire & Ice” themed activations throughout.

Joining 42 North for the inaugural barrel-aged festival is: KCBC (Kings County Brewing Collective), Gun Hill Brewing, Abandon Brewing, Zero Gravity, Collective Arts, Prison City, Thin Man, Founders, Big Ditch, Blackbird Cider Works, Swiftwater Brewing, Beer Tree Co. and more TBA. Local bottle shop Aurora Brew Works will be on-site sampling some of their favorite barrel-aged beers as well. Festival goers will receive a festival tasting glass for 4 hours of sampling around the 42 North “brew campus.” The 42 Below Barrel-House, new event space and brewery floor will all be open for sampling. Fun activities and curated food options will be available outside.

To celebrate winter, 42 North has teamed up Kissing Bridge to host a Rail Jam Freestyle Competition where skiers will hit a small rail after gaining speed from the deck of the barrel-house. Live music will run throughout the day with shows from local funk band Farrow, blues guitarist Hayden Fogle Band, and a special “Phish” set from Sam Marabella & his band. Food from a local chef will be cooked on-site along with other food truck options.

Tickets will be $45 and available here at bit.ly/42Nbarreljam_tickets. More information is available at 42northbrewing.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Woodcock XPA 17, Sweet & Sour Beers at Pizza Plant, Cookies for a Cause at Resurgence, Beer & Cookies at Pearl Street, 12 Gates 4th Anniversary Party

Woodcock Brothers XPA Series Returns With Number 17

After spending a full year on the sidelines, Woodcock Brothers Brewing XPA is set to make its return this week with v.17, which will go on sale December 14 at both locations (12pm). This batch was brewed with Galaxy, Cashmere, Simcoe and Meridian hops and looks and tastes like an orange / tangerine creamsicle. “We’re super, SUPER stoked to unleash our new brewer’s take on this classic Woodcock offering,” the brewery says. “We hope you like it as much as we do.” Woodcock last released XPA 16 back on December 22, 2018.

Experience the Sweet & Sour Side of Beer at Pizza Plant

Pizza Plant is giving you the chance to taste and compare the sweet and sour side of beer on December 11 (5pm) at their Transit location. Sample from a unique selection of two very diverse beer styles, including Gose, Berliner Weisse and Wild Ales from the likes of 42 North, Fifth Frame and Highway Manor, and Imperial Stouts and Milk Stouts from Pressure Drop, Bolton Landing and Lawson’s Finest Liquids. A Pizza Plant fortune cookie with special coupons in each one for discounts and giveaways comes with each flight. $25 for 5 5oz. pours. Pay as you go.

Cookies For a Cause, Special Beer Release at Resurgence Brewing

Resurgence Brewing will host the Fifth Annual Cookie For a Cause, which benefits Matt Urban Human Services, on December 14 (1pm). A $10 donation buys a mixed box of cookies and, if you bring cookies to exchange (3 dozen minimum), a $5 donation buys a mixed box. $5 cookie grab bags will also be available. Resurgence will also release Another Caucasian, Gary, a homebrew recipe from Scott McMillan, which won the People’s Choice Award at the Dude Hates Cancer competition this summer. The beer is a blonde ale conditioned on whole bean coffee, cocoa nibs and Kahlua-flavored coffee.

Holiday Beer and Christmas Cookies on Display at Pearl Street

When you reach for a Christmas cookie this holiday season, put down the milk and grab a beer. Explore the marriage of cookies and beer at the sixth annual Christmas Cookie and Beer Party at Pearl Street Brewery on December 17 (5pm). Taking place downstairs in Brawler’s Deli, the event pairs Christmas cookies with local holiday beer, including offerings from West Shore Brewing, Community Beer Works, Pearl Street, Rusty Nickel Brewing and Pressure Drop Brewing this year. Bring in a dozen homemade Christmas cookies and get a free flight! Pints are available for sale after your free flight.

12 Gates Brewing Celebrates Their Four Year Anniversary

12 Gates is turning four and are pulling out all of the stops in honor of the special occasion on December 12 (11:30am). In addition to the traditional bottle release of their Grave Concerns Imperial Stout (22oz bottles, 200 available), the brewery is also dropping a pair of newly canned brews – Wicked Tripa Triple IPA (clocking in at a healthy 12%) and Fire Emoji New England IPA. Both are available in 16oz. 4-pack cans. The Rightly So will take the stage at 12:30pm, followed by A Man In Black: The Johnny Cash Experience at 4pm and Farrow at 8pm.

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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West Shore Brewing to Release Green Flyer IPA in Cans

If you would have asked West Shore Brewing Owner Josh Dziomba four years ago, when the brewery was still in the planning stages, if he thought he’d ever release one of his beers in cans, he would have said no. If you would have asked him again two years later, when the Clarence watering hole opened for business, he still would have said no. But, fast forward to December 2019, if you were to ask him once more, he would answer with a resounding yes. That is because West Shore will hold their first ever can release this weekend and they are looking to one of their core staples to lead the charge – Green Flyer IPA (one of the best beers in Western New York no one is talking about in my opinion (which will soon change thankfully)).

West Shore’s flagship IPA will be released in cans on December 7 (12pm) at the brewery. All members of West Shore’s Mug Club will be able to buy cans the day prior, on December 6. Green Flyer IPA will be released in 4-pack 16oz. cans. There will be no limits.

Dziomba explains that it was a shift in the marketplace, along with the constant evolution of the craft beer industry, that helped led to this can release.

“Two years ago when we opened I did not really think we would be in that market,” he says. “However, the market has been changing, and the industry evolving, and cans have become almost a must for a brewery in terms of how much of an impact you can make in the marketplace.”

“It really means that we are taking the next big step in our growth,” he continues, speaking about what releasing one of his beers in cans means to him on a personal level. “I have always had a 5/10/15 year plan and now we are finally seeing some of those steps start to fall into place. It really did take me almost two years of a lot of trial and error to really refine what I have been doing. I think you have see the first real steps of this with out bourbon barrel aged stout we released over the summer, our fruited sours, and the Bavarian Cream Donut beer. We are now able to nail down some traditional beer while still leaving room for experimentation.”

Green Flyer was the obvious choice to release in cans first, because “this beer has become as close to a flagship as we have ever had,” Dziomba says, adding “whenever I have talked about canning, this has always been the first beer people have said I should can.” West Shore’s flagship IPA didn’t arrive in its current form overnight; as you might expect, many recipe tweaks, changes and adjustments got it to where it is today and, as Dziomba explains, it’s been a hell of a journey.

“This beer has evolved quite a bit over the last couple of years. Just the other day I was looking at the recipe for the first batch, and it was so radically different than today. First batch was over 7% an 75 IBU. I mean, that’s crazy for a New England IPA. However, it was my very first NE style ever. Eventually it started to morph and evolve into a mid 6% beer, but the big change came when in January of 2019, my requirements for a NYS Farm Brewery changed from 20% to 60% ingredient bill. Couple that with the rising price of Citra hops, and as a small brewery I can’t always get it. That’s when I really zoned in on a recipe. I partnered up with Vertical Vines locally and started using NY Centennial as a base for this beer. The super dank tangerine notes play perfectly with the catty pineapple of Simcoe and all around awesomeness of Mosaic. Now, while this beer is NEIPA inspired, I hesitate to call this beer a true New England because it has so much NY flare in it, plus NE has really started pushing the barriers of hop fruitiness. Green Flyer has tons of citrus overtones and this batch has some nice papaya like notes to it, but it still has elements of a classic American IPA.”

“As for the name, we have always been a railroad inspired brewery. Our tag line, which hasn’t really been represented, is ‘The Route To Great Taste.’ This is a call back to the railroad of a different era. Green Flyer is inspired by a Vermont Passenger train, The Green Mountain Flyer. Not only in name but in can art as well.”

Coming out of all of this, the logical question is, ‘what’s next,’ and luckily for all of us, Dziomba has been asking himself the same thing. “Already planning the next can release, just have to decide which one it will be,” he says. He adds that we can expect to see a Double IPA, Sour and an Oatmeal Stout coming in cans in the not-so-distant future, but he just isn’t sure what one is next in the pipeline. I think I speak for the majority, if not all, of us when I said, any one of those sounds delicious.

For more information on West Shore’s Green Flyer can release, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/718427778641205/.

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: West Shore Can Debut, Buffalo Cask Fest, Santas of Swig Homebrew Fundraiser, Brickyard Brewing Double Can Release & Sale

West Shore Brewing to Release Green Flyer IPA in Cans

West Shore Brewing are jumping into the packaged beer game with their first ever can release and are looking to one of the core staples of their draft lineup to lead the charge. The Clarence brewery will release their flagship Green Flyer IPA in cans on December 7 (12pm). All members of West Shore’s Mug Club will be able to buy cans on December 6. Green Flyer is brewed with local Centennial hops from Vertical Vines and generous amounts of Simcoe and Mosaic. Green Flyer IPA will be released in 4-pack 16oz. cans. There will be no limits.

Santas of Swig Fundraiser Brews Up Homebrew for a Good Cause

The 5th Annual Santas of Swig Fundraiser, presented by the Sultans of Swig Homebrew Club and Santas of Swig, which seeks to raise money for the Matt Urban Hope Center, takes place December 7 (1pm) at Buffalo Iron Works. A $20 donation buys samples of over 20 beers made by area homebrewers. Vote for your favorite beer and the winning homebrewer will receive a number of prizes. Baskets from local breweries will also be raffled off (donations of new, unwrapped toys gets you $10 in tickets). Tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased online at SultansofSwig.com.

Local Breweries Unite for VIP Local Brewers Night During Buffalo Cask Fest

The 2019 Buffalo Cask Fest officially gets underway at the VIP Local Brewers Night, December 5 (7pm), an exclusive event that features casks from all-local breweries. This year’s event will feature limited cask beers such as 12 Gates Brewing Blackberry Raspberry Rhubarb Sour, Thin Man x De La Senne Extra Dry Hopped Stranded in Brussels Belgian Pale Ale, Flying Bison Aviator Red Eye (Aviator Red with Coffee), Big Ditch Brewing Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Porter, 42 North Cocoa Currency Milk Stout and more. Limited tickets still remain for $25. Buffalo Cask Fest runs December 7-9 at Mr. Goodbar.

Brickyard Brewing to Release New Seasonals As Part of Christmas Beer Sale

Brickyard Brewing will release cans of their Lewiston Porter and Christmas in Munich Spiced Lager on December 5 at their annual Holiday Market (4pm). Lewiston Porter features a blend of seven British, Irish and Belgian malts, while Christmas in Munich is brewed true to style as a Bavarian lager and infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and Allspice. Both beers are part of Brickyard’s Christmas Beer Sale, which features 3 4-packs of 16oz. cans for $30, running now through December 24. Also available, White Bronco IPA, Fireside Flannel S’mores Porter and Ledge Party Light. Available while supplies last.

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 To A Better Tomorrow with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo’s Craft Brew Cards

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association have once again teamed up with dozens of watering holes across Western New York for the House Beer Built Craft Brew Tour, redeemable cards that feature a number of coupons for free beer, mead and cocktails at 32 different locations. The fundraising campaign is part of Habitat Buffalo’s year-long campaign that supports their mission of building homes for families in need throughout Buffalo and Erie County.

Last year’s House That Craft Beer Built effort raised $80,000 for a new house on Manitoba Street.

“We couldn’t find a better partner than our local brewers,” said Stephanie Lawson, Development and Communications Manager for Habitat Buffalo. “For years, brewers have been going into distressed neighborhoods, revitalizing forgotten buildings, and reinvigorating the community around them. Brewers are uplifting neighborhoods, just like we do.”

With your purchase of a House Beer Built Craft Brew Tour card, you can get free beers from breweries such as Resurgence Brewing, Big Ditch Brewing, SATO Brewpub, Flying Bison Brewing, Ellicottville Brewing, Community Beer Works, 12 Gates Brewing, New York Beer Project, Pressure Drop Brewing, Prosper Brewing, Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen, Steelbound Brewery & Distillery, Windy Brew, Southern Tier Brewing and Hamburg Brewing and bars and brewpubs like Schnitzel & Co., The Irishman, Buffalo Roadhouse Grill, Keglers, Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, Aurora Brew Works, Tavern at Windsor Park, Bar Cultivar, Pizza Plant and World of Beer. You will also be able to get free cocktails from Lockhouse Distillery, Lakeward Spirits, 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 drinks at Aurora Cider and the Buffalo Cider Hall.

“We are tremendously grateful to partner with our local brewers and the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association,” Habitat Buffalo says of the Craft Brew Tour cards. “Together, we [can] raise the funds to sponsor the construction of a whole house!”

Cards are $35 and can be purchased at the Habitat Buffalo ReStore (501 Amherst Street) and Transit Lanes in Williamsville. You can also order yours online right now by clicking here. A limited number of cards are available. Online orders will be processed and mailed via USPS within one business day ($3 shipping fee will be added to all orders). Each coupon is valid through the end of 2020.

An additional fundraising event, Hammer & Ales, will take place March 26 at the Barrel Factory in the Old First Ward.

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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The 12 Gates of Christmas Brings Beer Merriment to 12 Gates Brewing

Not only is the calendar turning over to December, which means the holiday season is truly upon us, it also means the 12 Gates of Christmas have opened, bringing delicious beer to all to enjoy. Starting on December 1, 12 Gates Brewing will release a new beer each day, along with an in-house special on beer and brewery merchandise, for 12 days leading up to the release of their Grave Concerns Russian Imperial Stout at their Fourth Anniversary Party on December 12. And if you go to the brewery each day to drink each beer, you’ll receive a custom t-shirt. Just ask your bartender for a punch card to participate.

I can hear you asking – just what are these 12 magical beers you’re talking about? Well, calm down, because I’m getting there.

December 1 – Raspberry Milkshake DIPA: A thick and creamy Double IPA with raspberries. Taproom special – $10.99 Wind Forge IPA 4-packs.

December 2 – Augustus Gloop: Head Brewer Matt Gordon describes this beer as a ‘super chocolate porter.’ Taproom special – 25% food.

December 3 – Pumpkin Pie: A delicious Pumpkin Ale packed full of cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, and pumpkin. Don’t forget the marshmallow! Taproom special – Free $10 gift card with $50 gift card purchase.

December 4 – Hazelnut Brown: Tasty brown ale with loads of hazelnut and hints of pecan. Taproom special – 25% Off Ceramic Pints.

December 5 – Mango Habanero Porter: Spicy beer that hits home and doesn’t linger very long with the heat. Taproom special – $6.99 Coffee Porter 6-packs.

December 6 – Southwest 6 IPA: Bright colors and flavors reminiscent of a desert sunset with Amarillo and Azacca hops. Taproom special – $5 off Buffalo shirts.

December 7 – Hard Gloves: A Winter Spice Ale with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and Allspice. Taproom special – Get a free $25 gift card with $100 gift card purchase.

December 8 – Blueberry Stout: A delicious stout conditioned on blueberry muffin and salted caramel coffee beans from Great Lakes Coffee Roasters. Taproom special – $6.99 West Coast Style IPA 6-packs.

December 9 – Huell Is In Session: A mango and strawberry session IPA brewed with Huell Melon hops. Taproom special – $6.99 Elderberry Wheat 6-packs.

December 10 – Banana Bread Hef: Bready and toasty hefeweizen with loads of banana flavor. Taproom special – 25% off kegs.

December 11 – Choco Raspberry Sour Stout: Welp, the name pretty much says it all. Taproom special – Get a free $25 gift card with $100 gift card purchase.

December 12 – Grave Concerns Imperial Stout: Brewed with loads of chocolate and roasted barley malts for a rich, dark, chocolatey body with a creamy, lingering head. Taproom special – $25 cases of West Coast Style IPA, Coffee Porter & Elderberry Wheat.

And, as if that wasn’t enough new beer, in addition to Grave Concerns (22oz bottles, 200x available, first come, first serve), 12 Gates will also be releasing a pair of New England IPAs for their anniversary party, including Fire Emoji, a 6.1% NEIPA with Citra, El Dorado and Azacca hops (very delicate, soft, and delicious), and Wicked TRIPA, a 12% Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria and Meridian hopped Triple IPA (tons of bright and juicy pineapple).

Speaking of the Fourth Anniversary Party, The Rightly So will perform (12:30-3:30pm), along with A Man In Black: The Johnny Cash Experience (4-7pm) and Farrow (8-11pm).

Gordon says he is most looking forward to the Mango Habanero Porter because “it’s not very sweet and has a lingering heat on the back of the throat. I enjoy the uniqueness of it,” he says. “Also looking forward to the Choco Raz Sour Stout. First time ever trying something like this and I’m super pumped to be able to try it with everyone else.”

This event is free and open to the public. Beers tap when the doors open at the brewery at 11:30am every day. For more information on the 12 Gates of Christmas, click here. For more information on 12 Gates’ Fourth Anniversary Party, click here.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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