Buffalo Beer Buzz: 42 North Expansion Plans, Buffalo Cider Hall Opening, Thin Man Oktoberfest, Trocaire College Brewing Classes

42 North Brewing Planning New $1 Million Expansion

42 North is planning a new expansion with the acquisition of a neighboring two-story building they plan to convert into four AirBnB units. The investment, which is expected to total over $1 million, involves demolishing the two-story, four-unit apartment building that overlooks Person Alley and building a new structure that will house the four Airbnb rooms, office space for 42 North Brewing, a meeting room and an expanded canning line and cooling space, which could lead to a bigger expansion in the future. According to 42 North Founder John Cimperman, the new building will be completed by late next spring.

Blackbird Cider Works Plans Opening Date for Buffalo Cider Hall

The Buffalo Cider Hall, the latest venture from Barker, NY’s Blackbird Cider Works, will officially open its doors at 155 Chandler Street on October 19 (4pm). The bar at the Cider Hall features 24 taps, half of which will be dedicated to ciders, and the rest will pour local beer, available both by the glass and in growlers. There’s also coolers that have room for a hundred or so bottles and cans, and the Cider Hall can sell hard liquor from farm distilleries. Small plates will also be available. The Buffalo Cider Hall will be open all weekend (October 19-21).

Celebrate the Season in Traditional Fashion at Thin Man’s Oktoberfest

Dig out your best lederhosen, grab yourself a signature Thin Man glass stein and head down to Elmwood for Thin Man’s annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 13 (11am). The all-day affair will feature copious amounts of beer, traditional Oktoberfest themed food, and German music from 25-piece band German American Musicians Association Inc. Tickets range from $15 (General Admission, $20 day of), which includes a glass and your first pour, to $60 (VIP, $70 day of), which includes an all-access upstairs pass, unlimited food and beer throughout the day and a signature Thin Man Oktoberfest Stein. Purchase pre-sale tickets at EventBrite.

Brewery Workshops at Trocaire College with Thin Man, Buffalo Brewing

Learn more about the delicious liquid we all love at a pair of upcoming workshops at Trocaire College. On October 13 (1pm), join Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins for the Seasonal Brews: Brewing With Unique Ingredients, which will cover a variety of different seasonal brews and the ingredients that make them unique. Then, on November 3 (1pm), Buffalo Brewing Company’s Owner/Head Brewer John Domres will host Brewing Eclectic IPA’s, which will cover the flavors and production of IPA varieties, as well as the use of adjuncts, such as fruit, herbs, spices, in IPAs. Cost of each workshop is $30.

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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Five & 20 Up Their Barrel Aged Game with Barrelywine

Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, Westfield’s brewery, distillery and winery hybrid, has come a long way with their barrel aged beers. To date, their BA offerings have been hit or miss. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve drank them all and reviewed most.

While their (Drink That) Funky Cherry (Whit Boy), an American Wheat Ale fermented with New York cherries and aged 10 months in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces, and Rhiskey Business, rye pale ale aged 7 months in Rye Whiskey barrels, were delicious, other offerings such as Stout Lucia, a stout aged in dark St. Lucian rum barrels, was a swing and miss upon initial release.

So, that brings us to Five & 20’s latest barrel aged brew, Barrelwine. This is a blend of Five & 20’s Barleywine that had been aged in Port and Sherry barrels. It’s brewed with Chinook, Cascades and whole cone Cluster hops.

Barrelywine opens with aromas of sweet booze with an underlying chocolate-meets-dark-fruit note, before flavors of vanilla, licorice and more booze hit the palate. The beer features a nice, creamy mouthfeel that only gets creamier as it warms. Barrelywine is a complex, interesting beer that certainly does not drink to its 10.6% ABV. This is perhaps Five & 20’s best barrel aged they have released to date.

Be on the lookout in the near future for Commiseration Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (I’ll hopefully have a review of that upon release). In the meantime, visit https://www.fiveand20.com for more information and purchase a bottle of Barrelywine wherever great 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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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Thin Man / Upstate Collab, Free Big Ditch Gift Cards, March to OFW Brewing, Thursdays at Pressure Drop

Thin Man Collaborates with Upstate Brewing on Tahitian Stout

The latest on Thin Man Brewery’s long line of collaborative brews continues to grow, with the latest being Mana Tahitian Stout, which they brewed with Elmira’s Upstate Brewing. The 8% stout, brewed with vanilla and toasted coconut, will be released at Thin Man on October 11 (5-8pm). Upstate Brewing will be in town for release and are bringing a few of their other beers with them. A few days prior, on October 6 (11am), Thin Man will release bottles of Double Barrel Aged Ookla The Mok Imperial Porter, aged in bourbon & rye barrels for notes of vanilla and marshmallow.

Want to Win a $25 Big Ditch Brewing Gift Card Every Week?

Do you drink Big Ditch Brewing beers? Do you usually take photos of yourself drinking Big Ditch Brewing beers? Do you want to win a $25 gift card to Big Ditch Brewing? Well, Big Ditch Brewing has you covered. Every week through the end of 2018, Big Ditch are giving you the chance to win a $25 gift card each and every week. On every Sunday through the rest of 2018, tag Big Ditch in a picture of you and/or your friends enjoying Big Ditch beers on social media for a weekly chance to win a Big Dich gift card.

Join Old First Ward Brewing in the Harvest March Parade

Celebrate the fall season with a brisk march through the Old First Ward with Gene McCarthy’s and Old First Ward Brewing at their Harvest March Parade & Celebration on October 7 (12pm). Don your best lederhosen (prizes will be awarded for best attire) and join in on the parade, which kicks off at Undergrounds Coffee House (580 South Park) and continues down Hamburg Street to Gene McCarthy’s, where a ceremonial blessing and tapping of a keg of OFW OktoberFest will take place. Free pints for those who march. There will also be live music and German food plates ($2.50) available.

Thursdays Are the New Fridays at the Barrel Factory

Start your weekend one day early every week in October with Pressure Drop Brewing at the Barrel Factory. Every Thursday throughout the month (starting weekly at 5pm) will feature live music (6-9 PM), Lakeward Spirits drink specials, Pressure Drop beers on tap, board games, food from the Buffalo’s Best Cucina Bar-B-Que smoker and Snowy Owl Kombucha’s fall flavors. Bar Cultivar will also be open soon. Rust Belt Brigade (6-9pm) will perform on October 4, then Wise Alex (5:30-7pm) and The Bee’s Knees (7:30-9pm) perform on October 11 and the Derek Mediak Band (6-9pm) wraps up the month on October 25.

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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Celebrate the Darker Side of Beer at the Second Annual Malt Fest

Malt, one of the true lifeblood’s of beer, will be on full display at the second annual Malt Fest, which takes place Saturday, September 29 (4-8pm) at Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. The event celebrates malt-centric libations from New York State breweries and distilleries, timing perfectly with the fall harvest and highlighting the origins of beer and spirits – malted grains.

Sip, taste, learn and enjoy at this one of a kind experience. From brown ales and marzen’s to lagers and stouts, Malt Fest will showcase malt’s role as a key determinant of the strength and flavor of beer. Malt also helps to color the beer in your glass, so if brewers use darker malt, then your beer will be darker.

Enjoy live music, a pig roast, games and adult libations from Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Four Mile, Fulton Chain Craft Brewery, Old First Ward Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing, Lafayette Brewing, Old First Ward Brewing, West Shore Brewing and WINDY BREW. There will also be spirit tastings from Lockhouse Distillery and Niagara Craft Spirits.

Malt Fest beer list (subject to change):

Brickyard Brewing Company – Octoberfest Lager
Community Beer Works – The Whale Brown Ale
Ellicottville Brewing – Fall Festival Marzen
Five & 20 Brewing – Brown Ale
Four Mile Brewing – Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale
Fulton Chain Craft Brewery – Travel Ban (Collaboration with Rusty Nickel)
Gordon Biersch – Festbier
Hamburg Brewing – Oktoberfest
Lafayette Brewing Co. – Octoberfest
New York Beer Project – Rum Raisin Belgian Dubbel
Pearl Street Brewery – Oatmeal Stout
Rusty Nickel Brewing – Maltster Mash, Sproktoberfest, Paczki Milk Stout (Jelly Doughnut), Cafe Mocha Latte Milk Stout, Chocolate Milk Money Milk Stout, Girls Girls Girls Belgian Tripel
West Shore Brewing – Munich Dark
Windy Brew – Harvest Fest

Tickets can be purchased online at EventBrite. Malt Fest pre-sale tickets, which include a tasting glass, are $18 for the tastings alone or $24 for tastings and a pig roast dinner. The ticket price for the festival will increase at the door on the day of the festival.

Malt Fest takes place as part of Rusty Nickel’s Harvest Fest, which happens all weekend long. Harvest Fest includes live music, a pig roast, games, magic, face painting, pumpkin painting/carving, cider pressing, yoga, football, and more. Harvest Festival entry is free, though entrance to Malt Fest is 21+.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/566964297070113/.

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: Zwanze Day, DDH #Smashtag NEIPA at Gene McCarthy’s, New York Beer Project’s Oktoberfest, Malt Fest at Rusty Nickel

Zwanze Day Returns to Thin Man Brewery for Third Year

Cantillon’s Zwanze Day, a veritable beer holiday for lambic fans, is returning to Thin Man for a third year on September 29 (3pm). While tickets for the official Zwanze Day beer are sold out (tickets sold out in less than a minute), all will be able to enter the event, but only ticket holders will be served the Zwanze pours. Zwanze 2018 is a blend of three lambics aged in Sangiovese, Amarone and Chianti barrels, which were then blended. In addition, pours of Cantillon Gueuze, Kriek, Rosé de Gambrinus, Grand Cru Bruocsella, Nath and more surprises will also be available.

Old First Ward to Debut Double Dry Hopped #Smashtag New England IPA

Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing are upping the ante, and the hops, on their beloved #Smashtag New England IPA with a new Double Dry Hopped version, which hits taps at 12pm on September 24. “As a special release, I did a second round of dry hopping with Galaxy and Citra, which greatly increased the tropical flavor and aromatics overall,” OFW’s Bryan Kirchmyer said. “Expect a pungent smell of intense ripe fruit, like a bowl of fruit salad. Huge mango, papaya, guava, and peach flavors in this tropical IPA thunderstorm.” Limit one 32oz. growler per person ($14 per fill).

Celebrate All Things Oktoberfest at New York Beer Project

Raise a stein to the season at New York Beer Project’s Oktoberfest, which brings Germany to Lockport on September 30 (2pm). This celebration will feature live music by The Bergholz German Band, giant Bavarian pretzels, Oktoberfest games and prizes, German sing-a longs and prizes for best German costumes. In addition to having their Prost! Oktoberfest Lager on tap, Oktoberfest will also serve as the launching pad for their latest fall seasonal, Drunkin’ Punkin Imperial Stout (8.1% ABV), which NYBP calls their version of Halloween candy. It’s time to pull out your best pair of lederhosen and start practicing Ein Prosit!

Second Annual Malt Fest at Rusty Nickel Brewing

Taste, learn and experience malt-forwards beers and craft spirits at the Second Annual Malt Fest at Rusty Nickel on September 29 (4pm). The beers, liquors and drink samples offered will be specifically malt forward. Enjoy live music, pig roast, games and adult libations from Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Four Mile, Fulton Chain Craft Brewery, Old First Ward Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing, Lafayette Brewing, Lockhouse Distillery, New York Beer Project, Pearl Street, West Shore Brewing and WINDY BREW. Tickets are $18 ($24 including the pig roast) and can be purchased online 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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Inaugural Borderland Festival to Feature 100% Craft Beer

The Borderland Music & Arts Festival™ will highlight the best of the region’s music, arts, and crafts for a two-day festival on September 22nd and 23RD, 2018 at Knox Farm State Park.

While Borderland will feature over 20 national and local acts on three stages, it will also showcase the region’s growing craft beer industry with a 100% craft beer lineup for the festival. The Borderland Festival also wraps up Buffalo Beer Week, scheduled from September 14-23.

“The Buffalo Niagara region has experienced tremendous growth in craft beer. And, right now, the quality stands up to anyone in the country. We felt that the Borderland Festival would be the ideal environment to showcase our region’s great craft beers and, by doing so, introduce more people to the diverse offerings from our region,” stated festival co-founder, John Cimperman.

During the two-day festival, the ” will feature 20 taps with a line-up of signature and seasonal beers from participating breweries. Breweries include Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Resurgence, 42 North, Ithaca Brewing Company, Blackbird Cider Works, and Canada’s Collective Arts.

The beer line-up is as follows:

  • Big Ditch – Cinnamon Apple, Low Bridge Hoppy Ale
  • Community Beer Works – Frank, The Whale
  • 42 North Brewing Company – Borderland IPA, Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale
  • Ithaca Brewing Company – Apricot Wheat, Brew York Pale Ale
  • Resurgence Brewing Company – Cosmic Truth, Oktoberfest
  • Collective Arts – Mash Up T he Jam (sour), Life in the Clouds IPA
  • Blackbird Cider Works – Estate Reserve

Additionally, the Borderland Festival will host a “live brew” on-site on Saturday. In partnership with the Buffalo Niagara Brewer’s Association (BNBA), local brewers will brew with open fermentation in a traditional “coolship”, a brewing process that dates back hundred of years. On Sunday, the festival will also host a ‘State of Buffalo Brewing” roundtable with regional brewers and brewery owners.

Headlining the inaugural festival is American roots rock band The Revivalists. Burgeoning acts Dr. Dog, acclaimed country female recording artist Margo Price, Oteil Burbridge from the Allman Brothers Bank and Dead and Company, and rock n’ roll hall of famer, John Oates and the Good Road Band. The festival stays true to its local roots by featuring some of Buffalo’s thriving music acts, Upstate, PA Line, Folk Faces, Leroy Townes Band, 10 Cent Howl, and The Observers.

A list of all participating breweries and more information on the Borderland Music + Arts Festival can be found at www.borderlandfestival.com. Find everything you need to know about the festival in the Digital Guide.

Where is the Borderland?

The Buffalo Niagara region has a unique identity, surrounded and influenced by the Great White North, the Great Lakes, and its great industrious spirit. These influences combine to create a strong foundation for our music, our food, our drink, and our arts.

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Brickyard Brewing, West Shore Brewing Purrfect the Haze with Das Blep


Brickyard Brewing and West Shore Brewing, the same breweries that brought you White Bronco New England IPA and Green Flyer NEIPA, have teamed up on Das Blep Double Dry Hopped NEIPA, a hazy creation not short on cat puns. Cans will be released at both locations on September 22; Brickyard will be selling cans on the street during the Hops & Harvest Festival 10am and West Shore will then be selling cans during their Oktoberfest party at 5pm. Each location received approximately 22 cases each.

Meteer and Dziomba showing off their work

Das Blep, a beer born out of a love of cat videos and photos between Brickyard’s John Meteer and West Shore’s Josh Dziomba, was brewed at Brickyard and canned by Revolution Canning with Galaxy, Nelson and Vic Secret to produce notes of white peach, over-the-top tropical fruit and white wine. Blep is brewed with all Galaxy and Nelson with Vic Secret and even more Galaxy and Nelson added to the dry hop.

“Think white grape and Juicy Fruit,” Meteer says. “It’s absurd. It tastes completely different from any other IPA we’ve ever brewed. It’s leaps and bounds outside the realm of juiciness. If you’ve had [Green] Flyer, you know how good it is, and if you’ve had White Bronco, you know how good it is, so when Josh and I were talking about collaborating, I said, ‘let’s just go for it.’ We got a great deal on some Nelson hops and we just went for it.”

Dziomba’s Das Blep can art star Penny

The name Das Blep comes from the viral Internet trend of posting photos of cats with their tongues hanging out, either slightly or entirely on full display. Meteer and Dziomba say that the idea for the name of the beer came from hours and hours of viewing the Blep Reddit page, which features nothing but photos and videos of cats blepping. The Das portion of the name was inspired by it being released during Oktoberfest.

“I’m not kidding, 90 percent of my phone is cat pictures,” Dziomba says. He actually owns four cats, one of which, Penny, is predominantly featured on the can art, blepping, naturally. Meteer owns three cats and has fostered many more over the years, a total of 22, the latest being Zelda, a rehabilitated feral kitten who currently needs a home. Meteer has found good homes for all of his fosters, including a pair to Big Ditch Brewing’s Owner Matt Kahn.

Meteer’s foster cat Zelda

Dziomba says that not only is Das Blep by far the most expensive beer he has ever made, it also has everything that you could possibly want in a hazy beer, thanks in large part to the combination of the Galaxy and Nelson hops that were used to brew it.

“The beer is soft and delicious; tropical fruit meets white wine – literally a flavor palette that you’ve not seen from us. This is probably the most expensive beer I’ve ever made. Beyond the most expensive beer I’ve ever made,” Dziomba says. “This beer has everything you could want – super soft mouth feel, a tropical beginning and super grape notes on the back end. The Galaxy, Nelson combination is something special. I

Some Blep and my cat Sylvester

don’t know if I’ve ever been as excited about a beer that I’ve made than this beer. I love Nelson because it gives the beer a grape, stone fruit note that’s not quite resin or floral, and you’re getting straight tropical fruit from the Galaxy and the Vic Secret is going to do the same thing. There’s a reason these hops are as expensive as they are. I’ve been wanting to brew with these hops forever.”

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to get an advance taste of Blep, and what Meteer and Dziomba say is true. It starts with tropical fruit aromas that open into a soft fruit cocktail of peach, papaya and pineapple. It’s fantastic. But don’t just take my word for it, grab some yourself. As a matter of fact, you should probably go out of your way to get some of Das Blep. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Meteer and Dziomba are brewing some of the best hazy beers around that no one is talking about, so grab some Blep today and see why.

A bonus kitty selfie of Meteer

For more information on the release of Das Blep, 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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Buffalo Beer Week Day 10: Last Call For Alcohol and a Humble Thank You

As we embark on the final day of the ninth annual Buffalo Beer Week, we, the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, are nothing but thankful and truly humbled for the support we as a beer scene have received over these past ten days. Buffalo Beer Week, hell, the entire Buffalo-Niagara beer scene, would be nothing if not for you. We owe each and every one of you a hearty handshake and perhaps a bro-hug. Or maybe just a beer. We cannot thank you enough for buying a local pint, hitting a brewery or attending an event this Beer Week. YOU helped make this Beer Week as big and as successful as it was.

Quite honestly, it’s because of you that this year’s Opening Gala at Flying Bison was the biggest it’s ever been, it was because of you that the Ballpark Brewbash was again a true marquee event on the beer calendar and it was because of you that the Borderland Music and Arts Fest was an instant classic. Frankly, none of this is possible without you. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule and hard earned money out of your wallet to order a pint of local craft beer and walk into a local brewery or corner bar and ask for something local. It’s because of all of you that Buffalo Beer Week exists and gets bigger and better year after year. We think a round of applause for all of you is in order, or at least another round of beers.

So this is it Buffalo, this is your last chance to dance, at least in terms of Buffalo Beer Week. Take a look at what’s on tap for today, then go out and raise a pint to the end of yet another Buffalo Beer Week. We’ll see you all next year.

Buffalo Beer Week ends with the Happy Ending Taproom Brunches, taking place at Thin Man Brewery, Four Mile Brewery, 42 North Brewing, Community Beer Works, Riverworks Brewing, Lafayette Brewing, New York Beer Project, Brickyard Brewing Company will be featuring a Sunday brunch for the closeout event of Beer Week. 11am.

Bring your appetite and singing voices (or just your listening ears) to Lilly Belle Meads for a delicious brunch followed by a Beatles Sing-Along. All are welcome and encouraged to call out songs. If you call it, you lead it and we all sing along. 10am.

The inaugural Borderland Music and Arts Festival continues today and runs all weekend at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. The two-day music and arts festival celebrates the rich history of the region through performances by both international and local artists, craft beer, food, artisans, and more. Tickets and more information on the event can be purchased at Borderlandsfestival.com.

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 – Community Beer Works’ beloved Belgian Witbier, Rutherford B. Haze at Community Beer Works Funeral of 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 in front of the bar and inside. 11am.

It’s time to brew up your favorite malt-forward recipes for the Malt Madness Homebrew Competition at Rusty Nickel. 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.

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 9: The Penultimate Saturday

If Buffalo Beer Week were a concert, today would be the day that the band plays a popular song right before they close their set with their radio single. Therefore, this is it, the second last day of Buffalo Beer Week, which just has happens to fall on a Saturday. Funny how that works, right? Cards on the table – we planned it that way. As you would expect, today is one of the busiest days of all of Buffalo Beer Week.

There’s a lot happening today in East Aurora, including the first ever Borderland Music and Arts Fest, Woodcock is hosting another beer fest up in Wilson, and Brickyard Brewing and West Shore Brewing are dropping another hazy treat for beer fans.

The inaugural Borderland Music and Arts Festival kicks off today and runs all weekend at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. The two-day music and arts festival celebrates the rich history of the region through performances by both international and local artists, craft beer, food, artisans, and more. Tickets and more information on the event can be purchased at Borderlandsfestival.com.

East Aurora Tour de Pub cards will be available at 42 North Brewery, Aurora Brew Works, and at the Borderland Music and Arts Festival. The card entitles the holder to special local featured brews & promos at participating EA pubs.

Brickyard Brewing and West Shore Brewing, the same breweries that brought you White Bronco New England IPA and Green Flyer NEIPA, have teamed up on Das Blep Double Dry Hopped NEIPA, a hazy creation not short on cat puns. Das Blep, a beer born out of a love of cat videos and photos between Brickyard’s John Meeter and West Shore’s Josh Dziomba, was brewed at Brickyard with Galaxy, Nelson and Vic Secret to produce notes of white peach, over-the-top tropical fruit and white wine. Cans will be released at both locations on September 22 during Oktoberfest celebrations at each brewery. Brickyard will be selling Das Blep cans on the street during the Hops & Harvest Festival at 10am.

Celebrate the end of summer and the near conclusion of Buffalo Beer Week in style with a Seafood Boil at Rusty Nickel Brewing in collaboration with the Ebenezer Ale House and an open bar. Tickets for the event can be purchased at EventBrite. 3pm.

Woodcock Brothers’ Cocktoberfest features live German music, authentic style German food specials, including house-made beer bratwurst with kraut and potato pancake, wiener schnitzel with braised red cabbage and potato pancake, sauerbraten with spatzle and braised red cabbage. Woodcock’s fall seasonal brew Cocktoberfest Lager will be featured on draft as will be available in 16oz. 4pks. There will also be several other house beers and a few special seasonal beers on draft as well. Dress up in your finest Lederhosen or German garb and receive $1 off a pint of beer. 12pm.

Also, get $1 off all pints of New York State beer at Mr. Goodbar, Thin Man takes over the taps at World of Beer (3-6pm), Buffalo Brewing Company is taking over the taps at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle (6-10pm), Zak Ward performs at 12 Gates (8pm) and Grizzwoode takes the stage at Eli Fish (9pm).

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 8: It’s Finally Friday

It’s finally Friday. Enough said, right? There’s a bit of a lighter slate for tonight’s festivities as we gear up for a monumental weekend of events, but the second Friday of Buffalo Beer Week is buoyed by two massive events in the annual Ballpark Brewbash at Coca-Cola Field and the third annual New York Fall Beer Festival up at Woodcock Brothers. So, if you like beer festival, then tonight is tailor made for you.

But aside from those events, there’s plenty of live music around town tonight to go out and see.

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.

Woodcock Brothers is gathering up over 20 New York State breweries serving all fall seasonal style brews, along with live music, food trucks, local distilleries and ciders and lawn games at the third annual NY Fall Beer Festival. $3 per drink-ticket, each ticket gets you one 5oz pour of any of the over 20 different libations featured, including beer from Big Ditch, Resurgence, 42 North, New York Beer Project, Four Mile, East Aurora Brewing, Ellicottville and Old First Ward Brewing as well as Ommegang, Saranac, Singlecut and Upstate Brewing. The event is open to the public. 6pm.

There’s also $1 off all craft pints at Mr. Goodbar, $5 pints of select IPA’s and $5 fish tacos at Murphy Brown’s, New York Beer Project Triple Crown Imperial Stout tasting at Black Button Distilling (5-8pm), Nick Kody and the Creek Road Band take the stage at Four Mile Brewing (6pm), Shake Stage perform at Lilly Belle Meads (7pm), Adam Schmidt performs live at 12 Gates (8pm), and Justin Williams will be playing at Eli Fish (9pm).

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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