42 North’s Fortune Fetcher Pineapple IPA Returns with Winter Luau Party

42 North Brewing’s Fortune Fetcher IPA, packed with pineapple, returns this Saturday for the second year in both 16oz. cans and draft. This hazy IPA comes in at 6.3% ABV and is brewed with Norwegian Voss yeast, lactose, ginger root, and pineapple for a tropical explosion that would blast anyone out of this Buffalo winter and transport them right to a oceanside cabana in Kauai.

A limited run of the fan-favorite will be kicked-off by a Winter Luau Can Release Party on Saturday at noon in the taproom featuring live “island” music from local reggae band Qwister and a Hawaiian-themed food menu including The Kitchen @ 42 North’s Hawaiian flatbread pizza.

4-packs will be available at the taproom only until supplies last. Fortune Fetcher will be on tap at places like Colter Bay, JP Fitzgeralds and many other WNY craft beer joints. The Winter Luau Can Release Party at the 42 North Taproom starts at Noon and is free and open to the public. Music starts at 2pm and the can release and Hawaiian-themed menu goes all-day long.

“We wanted to brew something fun and out-of-season on purpose. Sometimes the people
want a break from beers like the heavy pastry stouts that flood the colder seasons” says
Head Brewer Matt Matuszewski. The Cashmere hops provide a soft foundation for lactose and pineapple to really shine through in this almost upside-down pineapple cake-like IPA.”

Learn more about 42 North Brewing at 42northbrewing.com.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Thawfest 5 Tickets, Britesmith Brewing Opens, Gordon Biersch Closes, New Beers at Flying Bison, Brickyard Cask Fest Beer List

Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now for the Fifth Annual Thawfest

Believe it or not, it will soon be time to raise a toast to the end of yet another long Buffalo winter and what better place to do so than at Thawfest at Buffalo Riverworks on April 3 (6:30-9:30pm). Over 50 local breweries, cideries, distilleries, and wineries will be on hand, while Vin DeRosa and Vitamin D provide live music. A wider selection of rare and limited beers, as well as finger foods, will be available in the VIP section (5:30-9:30pm). Early bird tickets can be purchased right now here (General admission: $39, VIP: $59, VIP + Brewery Tour: $80).

Gordon Biersch Brewery at the Walden Galleria Closes Its Doors

After nearly a decade of serving traditional German-style beers such as their Maibock, Festbier and Marzen, Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant at the Walden Galleria Mall has closed its doors for good. An email was sent to customers announcing the closing as of February 9 with no official reason given. “Thank you Buffalo for 9 years of food & beer,” the email read. “We regret to inform you that the Buffalo location has been permanently closed.” Syracuse is now the only New York location listed for Gordon Biersch, a national chain brewery that originated in San Jose, California in 1997.

Britesmith Brewery Co. in Williamsville Is Now Open for Business

Add yet another name to the ever-growing list of Western New York breweries – Britesmith Brewing. Located at 5611 Main Street in Williamsville, Britesmith is a two-story facility with space for up to 120 customers and another 25 at the bar. Beer, which is brewed on a 10-barrel system and piped to the restaurant in underground pipes, includes Billie Haze New England IPA, Wills Pils German Pilsner, Walk the Dog Irish Dry Stout and Dream Island Gose, among others. The restaurant will be open seven days a week. Hours will be 4-10pm Monday-Thursday, 4-11pm Friday, and 11am-to 11pm Saturday and Sunday.

Indulge in the Finer Things at Pizza Plant’s Belgian Beer and Chocolate Fest

Pair chocolate and Belgian beer during Pizza Plant’s Belgian Beer and Chocolate Fest on February 12 (7pm) at their Transit Road location. The event will feature beers like Ommegang Bourbon Barrel Aged Adoration Dark Ale, Rare Vos, Witte, Pale Sour, Dubbel Merlau, a Belgian Dubbel with Merlot grape juice, as well as Boulevard Brandy Land, a cinnamon-infused imperial stout aged in apple brandy casks and bourbon barrels, Framboise Boon Raspberry Lambic and more. Chocolates will be courtesy of Chow Chocolat, including an Ommegang Rosetta-infused chocolate. Free chocolate and glassware with any flight purchase. Chocolate gift boxes will also be available.

Flying Bison to Debut New Lager, IPA This Week

A big week is in store for Flying Bison Brewing, who will debut a new lager and new IPA. First, on February 13 (6pm), Lift Line Lager will hit the taps during their Classic Ski Film Night; a crisp, hoppy and balanced 5% Keller Lager with ample amounts of Mandarina Bavaria hops. Limited draft and crowlers available. Then, on February 14 (12pm), Buffalust IPA will make its debut. Buffalust is brewed with Hibiscus and Mandarina Bavaria hops for floral notes of fresh tangerines and tart berry. Bottles and draft available exclusively at the brewery before it hits stores next week.

Beer List Announced for First Ever Cask Fest at Brickyard Brewing

Cask Festival 2020 at Brickyard Brewing Company, a first time cask festival that will play host to nothing but the finest cask beer, will take place at the Lewiston brewery on February 15 (3pm). The beer list has been announced and includes Brickyard CTC Churro Milk Stout with Vanilla, Hamburg Brewing Double Fruited Blackberry/Blueberry Sour, Pressure Drop DDH Citra Sticky Trees and Woodcock Brothers Blueberry/Coconut Sour to name a few. Tickets are $25 and include a festival sampling glass, access to over 20 cask beers, special curated draft sampling upstairs and more. Tickets can be purchased right now at BBCcaskfest.brownpapertickets.com.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Is Barleywine Really Life? Community Beer Works Aims to Find Out With Thee Barleywine Classic

When asked how he could always be drinking barleywine, his self-professed favorite beer style, Ethan Cox says, “That would be a life that I love to lead. I wonder how I can arrange that.” While the Community Beer Works president is quick to point out that there are many other styles he enjoys, it’s easy to see that barleywine holds a special place in his heart. While looking for a way to honor the boozy beer style and after seeing it somewhat underserved in Western New York, he came up with Thee Barleywine Classic & Invitational, a beer festival dedicated to showcasing the depth, complexity and diversity that the classic style brings. “This is a beer festival for beer drinkers who like to drink beer that tastes like beer,” he adds.

And what better place to hold the inaugural event than at his own house, Community Beer Works, on February 9 (12pm).

Limited tickets for the intimate event remain for $35 and include a commemorative tasting glass, samplings of 10 different barleywines (additional drink tickets will be available for purchase afterwards), a bowl of chili, and chance to share a bottle of vintage barleywine with Cox from his private cellar (2013 North Coast Old Ale). You can purchase tickets through the weekend at Eventbrite.

“When it’s time for a really deep contemplative beer, I know a lot of people a lot of people reach for the really complex fermentations, or sours of various types, and while I understand the artistry of those types, to me, barleywine is a more accessible style that has a great history to it as well. You can trace back their production to the 1850’s and their non-commercial production to 150 years earlier than that. It’s a style really worthy of celebrating, especially in a world where beer that tastes like other stuff is so popular.”

The beer list has been announced and includes Southern Tier Brewing 2016 Back Burner, Firestone Walker Sucaba and Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws, as well as the debuts of Woodcock Brothers Kendrick’s Lament and CBW / Old First Ward Brewing barleywine collab, Wobblypop. “I think we have a pretty nice lineup and I’m pretty excited about it,” he says.

Cox admits that more local breweries were making barleywines than he knew of, adding that those breweries will be invited to the festival next year. “It’s not like we’re never going to do this again,” he says. “There were a few I had not even considered. I do wish more people were brewing this style and I wish everyone put one in the tank per year.”

As far as what barleywines are his favorite, he says “[Sierra Nevada] Bigfoot definitely had a big impact on me and I have the beer in my cellar going back to 2006. It was an influential beer for me because, until I had a West Coast / American-style barleywine, I don’t think I really quite got it. English-style barleywines don’t have the same level of drinkability unless I find myself in a situation where I’m eating. West Coast barleywines like Old Foghorn from Anchor Brewing, Old Guardian from Stone Brewing, Alesmith Brewing Old Numbskull also impacted me. There are British barleywine’s that I like – every now and again a bottle of Gale’s or Thomas Hardy or something like that can be very nice as well. While living in Boston, a number of beers from Cambridge Brewing were also very formative for me, which is why I reached out to them for this festival.”

Beer list (subject to change):

From WNY:

Big Ditch Brewing: The Tower
Brickyard Brewing Company: Bayonet the Whole
Community Beer Works: Heat Rays
Eli Fish Brewing: The Hundredth Meridian
Hydraulic Hearth: Bindlestiff
New York Beer Project: Chevy To The Levee
Old First Ward Brewing (CBW collaboration): Wobblypop
Southern Tier Brewing: 2016 Backburner
Woodcock Brothers Brewing: Kendrick’s Lament

From Across New York State:

Bolton Landing Brewery: King George
CH Evans / Pump Station: Forbidden Drink
Moustache Brewing: No Laws (CBW collaboration)
Rare Form Brewing: Yule Lad
Strong Rope: Thomas The Stumbling Buffalo

From Across the US:

Cambridge Brewing: Blunderbuss
Firestone Walker: Sucaba
Hair of the Dog: Doggie Claws
Sierra Nevada: 2016 Bigfoot

“I’d love to see this thing grow to a bigger level,” Cox adds of Thee Barleywine Classic. “If it’s too big to hold in the taproom next year, that’s fine with me. It doesn’t have to be held here. I think it would be great if we could grow this thing to a point where it has some sort of predominance in the market. I think festivals that are more specialized are definitely what’s tin the future. It doesn’t have to be centered on a style; it could be that it’s built around some kind of activity. Take for instance, something like Trebuchet (the pumpkin chucking event at Canalside from last fall), where you bring people out to watch a bunch of trebuchets launch pumpkins, get some food and local beer, is the future of beer festivals. An event where you have fun things to do with a lot of choices; I think that works better for both the breweries and the consumers. Finding opportunities to serve people our beer in a family friendly environment is also pretty important.”

One of the coolest things at Thee Barleywine Classic is that there will be a collaboration barleywine brewed onsite with the attending breweries. “We’ll have the brewhouse open and you will be able to walk in and say hello while the guys are brewing. We thought, as long as we have all of our friends here, why not make a stupid six million percent barleywine.” He added that it will probably be an American-style barleywine, inspired by Bigfoot, clocking in at 12-13%.

“I wish Buffalo could stake their claim to something. What if Buffalo breweries were known for making super badass barleywines? So let’s all make super fantastic barleywines, let’s try and make sure that’s a thing. I think that would be kind of neat.”

Find more information about the inaugural Thee Barleywine Classic & Invitational here.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Heavy Hitting Bourbon Barrel Aged Bobby Returns to Lilly Belle Meads

If you like your mead big, bad and boozy, then you are going to want to make your way to Lancaster’s Lilly Belle Meads this weekend for the release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Bobby, a barrel aged mead made with caramelized wildflower honey, which returns on February 8 (12pm). BBA Bobby will be available in bottles on Saturday and a limited amount will be available on draft on Friday. Bottles are $24 with no purchase limits.

BBA Bobby is a 13.5% mead made with dark caramelized honey, which gives it sweet bourbon and toasted marshmallow flavors. Aged in a Black Button Distilling Bourbon barrel, it tames the sweetness of Bobby and adds complex bourbon, oak, and candied orange notes as well as a nice smoothness.

For those that may not know what mead is, it’s an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The alcoholic content ranges from about 3.5% ABV to more than 20%. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage’s fermentable sugar is derived from honey. It may be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling; dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.

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

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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: Thee Barleywine Classic Beer List, Lawn Ornament Sour Series #5 at West Shore, Southern Tier Cider Works Launch, Big Ditch Cans Berry Vision

Beer List Revealed for Community Beer Works’ Inaugural Thee Barleywine Classic

If barleywine is truly life, then don’t miss the first ever Thee Barleywine Classic & Invitational, a first-of-its-kind festival for Western New York, on February 9 (12pm) at Community Beer Works. Tickets are $35 and include tasting glass, samplings of 10 barleywines, chili, and chance to share a bottle of vintage barleywine with CBW President Ethan Cox. The beer list has been announced and includes Southern Tier 2016 Back Burner, Firestone Walker Sucaba, Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws, Woodcock Brothers Kendrick’s Lament and the debut of CBW / Old First Ward Brewing barleywine collab, Wobblypop. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite.

Southern Tier Brewing Launches New Cider Line with Mayer Bros.

Southern Tier Brewing Company is getting into the craft cider game with the launch of Southern Tier Cider Works, a new partnership with Mayer Bros. From dry to semi-sweet and from hazy to bright, the ciders feature real Mayer Bros. juice and fresh-pressed New York apples. Three varieties, Unfiltered Apple, Rosé Hibiscus and Honey Ginger, will be available in 6-pack cans in mid-February. They will officially launch at The Empty Pint in Lakewood on February 16 (12pm) at the STCW Official Release Party. Throughout the day you can expect t-shirt giveaways, $5 pints, $10 growler fills and cinnamon sugar donuts.

Big Ditch to Release Berry Vision Sour in Cans

Big Ditch Brewing has announced plans to release their beloved house sour, Berry Vision, in cans for the first time ever. The beer will be available in cans at the brewery and wherever else great beer is sold across Western New York beginning on February 7. Berry Vision is a radiant sour ale bursting with blueberry and raspberry aroma and flavor that is brewed with oats, Mosaic hops, and finished with lactose. Berry Vision will be available in 12oz. 6-packs. Big Ditch teamed up with Buffalocal for a Groundhog Day parody video, which you can see on their Facebook page.

West Shore Brewing to Release Next in Lawn Ornament Sour Series

After successful stints with Resurgence Brewing, Belt Line and Big Ditch, the Lawn Ornament Sour Series comes to Clarence’s West Shore Brewing with Coalition Lawn Series #5: Mingo Mayhem, a Pineapple Upside Down Cake Sour. The beer is brewed with copious amounts of pineapple, guava, graham, cinnamon, vanilla and lactose to emulate a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Pre-filled crowlers will be available to go for $12 or 3 for $30 (no limits). Mingo Mayhem will also be available on draft. For the release party at the brewery, there will be a Flamingo-adorned selfie / photo station, so bring those cameras.

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

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Beer List for 42 North’s Barrel Jam, Trocaire Brewing Spring Semester, Five & 20 Tap Takeover, Brickyard Brewing Cask Fest

Spring Classes Begin at Trocaire’s Brewing & Distilling Program

Classes are starting up for the spring semester at Trocaire College’s Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science Program. Intro to Brewing, which runs Mondays, February 10 – April 13 (6-9:30pm, $495) covers the historical aspects of brewing and distilling with ingredients, equipment and process requirements involved in brewing and distilling. Sensory Evaluation of Beer, Wednesdays, February 12 – April 15 (6-9:30pm, $495) will teach students to develop sensory skills and learn terminology used in the alcohol beverage industry. Science of Brewing and Distilling, Saturdays, February 15 – April 18 (9-12:30pm, $495) includes in-depth lessons on yeast and bacteria microbiology. Visit https://trocaire.edu/brewing/ for more information.

Official Beer List Announced for 42 North’s Inaugural Barrel Jam

The official beer list has been announced for 42 North Brewing’s inaugural Barrel Jam, a barrel-aged beer, music & winter celebration on February 1 (2:30pm) at 42 North. 42 Below Barrel House will debut their latest barrel aged creation, Snow Stone, a plum & blueberry-packed Oud Bruin (Flanders Brown) aged in American Whiskey Barrels, in addition to other beers like Prison City Barrel Aged Wham Whams, Beer Tree Co. Triple Pineapple Creamsicle IPA and more. The event will also host local music, a Rail Jam Freestyle Ski competition, local distilleries and more. Tickets are $45 and are available at bit.ly/42Nbarreljam_tickets.

First Ever Cask Fest to Take Place at Brickyard Brewing

Cask Festival 2020 at Brickyard Brewing Company, a first time cask fest that will play host to nothing but the finest cask beer from some of New York’s best breweries like 42 North, Other Half Brewing, Buffalo Brewing Company, 12 Gates Brewing, Pressure Drop and more sharing a variety of styles from lagers to IPAs to fruited sours to scotch ales, will take place at the Lewiston brewery on February 15 (3pm). Tickets are $25 and include sampling glass, access to over 20 cask beers, special curated draft sampling upstairs and more. Tickets can be purchased right now at BBCcaskfest.brownpapertickets.com.

Five and 20 Brewing Takes Over the Taps at Eden Pub

Westfield’s Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing are taking their talents to Eden on January 31 (7pm), where they will be taking over the taps at the Eden Pub. The takeover will feature most of Five and 20’s beer canon, including New York Cream Ale, Grape Lakes American Wheat, Pale Ale, Rye Pale Ale, Tiramisu Stout and the debut of Flame Cranium (American Red Ale). Come and be a part of some of the first pours anywhere of this beer. In addition, Head Brewer Paul Alessi will also be on hand to talk about the beer and answer any questions.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Official Beer List Announced for the 2020 Brewers Invitational

This Sunday, the collective minds of the Western New York brewing scene will come together to showcase their true brewing acumen at the fourth annual Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational, which takes place January 26 (2pm) at New York Beer Project. Limited tickets remain ($45) and include a commemorative festival tasting glass, food voucher, and access to over 50 brews.

The Brewer’s Invitational brings together the best and the brightest of our local beer scene for a memorable event featuring a memorable beer list. From New England IPA’s, Milkshake IPA’s and Pastry Stouts to all things Barrel Aged, sours and everything in-between, chances are the Brewers Invitational offers something to properly wet your whistle. Representatives from each brewery will be in attendance, so you’ll also have a chance to chat with the people who brewed the beer in your glass.

The beer list has been announced, including standout sounding offerings like Big Ditch Sour Peach IPA, Five & 20 Port Wine Barrel Aged Barleywine, Four Mile Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, Pressure Drop Rum Barrel Aged Blackalicious Imperial Stout, Ellicottville Trippin’ Bogs Belgian Tripel and New York Beer Project Whiskey Barrel Aged Barleywine.

The 2020 Brewer’s Invitational beer list (subject to change) is as follows:

  • 12 Gates Brewing: Fire Emoji New England IPA, Danger Zone Imperial Stout
  • Big Ditch Brewing: Sour Peach IPA, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Porter
  • Blackbird Cider Works: Bourbon Barrel Aged Buffalo Bluegrass, White Hurricane Gin Barrel Aged
  • Brickyard Brewing Company: White Bronco NEIPA, BBC Schwarzbier
  • Community Beer Works: Dude Incredible Sour Stout, Bang a ‘Uey NEIPA
  • Eli Fish Brewing: Champagne Guapi Red, Chasing Moonlight Milk Stout
  • Ellicottville Brewing: St. Jacobs Imperial Barrel Aged Stout, Trippin Bogs Belgian Tripel
  • Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing: Tiramisu Stout, Barrelywine (Barleywine Aged in Port Wine Barrels)
  • Flying Bison: Bison Seltzer
  • Four Mile Brewing: Allegewi Double IPA, Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout
  • Lilly Belle Meads: Bee Lo (Honey fermented mead with Belgian Ale yeast), Humble Braggot Belgian Stout
  • New York Beer Project: Barrel Aged Sour Blend with 2 Brett Strains, Barleywine Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels
  • Old First Ward Brewing: Imperial Hefeweizen
  • One Eyed Cat Brewing: The Queen’s Pajamas ESB, Drunken Goliath Belgian Dubbel
  • Pearl Street Brewery / Lafayette Brewing: Grapefruit Terminator IPA
  • Pressure Drop Brewing: You Got To Chill IPL, Rum Barrel Aged Blackilicious
  • Resurgence Brewing: R&D Double IPA, Lactose Fruited Sour
  • Rusty Nickel Brewing: Kentucky Common, Imperial Hefeweizen
  • Southern Tier Brewing: 3X IPA, Cherry Crush Sour
  • West Shore Brewing: Chocolate Stout, West Shore Double IPA
  • Woodcock Brewing: BRAND NEW New England IPA, Stiff Mitten Spiced Winter Ale
  • Windy Brew: Muddy Russian Imperial Stout, Backroom IPA

Limited tickets are still available and can purchased at EventBrite. You can find more information about the event here.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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 Barrel Jam Brings All the Barrel Aged Beers to the Yard

It seems as it winter has finally arrived, bringing with it all the hallmarks of this time of year. But just as the days get colder, the beer in our glass gets darker, and as temperatures get lower, the ABV in our beer gets higher. And as Buffalonians, we’re born and bred for winter, so why not embrace the day, and there’s perhaps no better place to do so than at 42 North Brewing’s inaugural Barrel Jam, an indoor / outdoor barrel-aged beer, music & winter celebration slated for February 1st.

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. 42 North will also use the occasion to debut their latest barrel aged creation, Snow Stone, a plum & blueberry-packed Oud Bruin (Flanders Brown) aged in American Whiskey Barrels.

“We wanted to create an experience around the art of barrel-aging beers and our brew campus felt like the right place to showcase just that,” Brand Manager Zachary Keller says. “42 North’s barrel-aging program has been around for a few years now operating out of the 42 Below Barrel-House and we thought to ourselves, why not bring our favorite barrel-age programs from around the region to us for a celebration of the process? [Not to mention] not everyone gets to try something like KCBC’s most recent barrel project being located here in Western New York, so we’re going to bring that to them.”

Barrel Jam tap list (subject to change):

    • 42 North Brewing – Caz Kriek Flanders Red with Cherries & Raspberries, Snow Stone Oud Bruin
    • Beer Tree Brew Co. – Bourbon Barrel Aged Morning Timber Imperial Stout, Triple Pineapple Creamsicle IPA
    • Abandon Brewing – Barrel Aged Porter, Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Ale
    • Zero Gravity – Bear Snores On Russian Imperial Stout, Mungo Berry Sour, Apres Vous Saison
    • Gun Hill Brewing – Ft. Ticonderoga Rum Barrel Aged Barleywine, Void of Light
    • Collective Arts – Origin of Darkness / Siren Brewing Collab Baltic Porter, Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
    • Big Ditch Brewing – Dry Hopped Barrel Aged Beautiful River, Mexican Chocolate BBA Towpath
    • Lagunitas – Sonoma Farmhouse Stout, Sakitumi Uppercut
    • Big Alice Brewing – Peace Through Understanding NY State Farmhouse Ale, The Many Lives of Our Lives Mixed Culture Sour
    • Allagash Brewing – Curieux, Barrel & Bean
    • Prison City – Barrel Aged Wham Whams, Mass Riot
    • Otter Creek – Secret Stash Dark Belgian Strong Ale, Tequila Barrel Aged Coffee Stout
    • Blackbird Cider Works – Gin Barrel Aged White Hurricane, Dry Oak Aged Cider

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.

Also as part of Barrel Jam, 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.

“Folks will enjoy some beers they know and love and some they’ve never heard of before, which is why I think this genre of beer is so great,” Keller adds. The live music from incredible local acts like Hayden Fogle, Farrow and a set of “Phish” by Sam Marabella and the Rail Jam Ski Competition on-site with our friends from Kissing Bridge add to the winter festival flare we wanted to create with Barrel Jam. And as Buffalonians, we aren’t afraid of a little chill in the air, proven by our Brewski event and outdoor ice rink in town, so we chose to include the elements in the theme by making this an indoor/outdoor experience. This won’t be just another beer festival.”

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

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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: 2020 Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational, Belt Line x Bolton Landing Collab Release, Hamburg Just Saying, DBL DBL release, Brewed & Bottled Moving

Official Beer List Announced for the 2020 Brewers Invitational

The beer list has been announced for the 2020 Brewers Invitational, which takes place January 26 (2-5pm) at New York Beer Project. Limited tickets are on sale now ($45) and include a commemorative glass, food voucher and access to over 50 innovative brews. Such beers include Big Ditch Sour Peach IPA, Five & 20 Port Wine Barrel Aged Barleywine, Four Mile Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, Pressure Drop Rum Barrel Aged Blackalicious Imperial Stout, Flying Bison Bison Seltzer, Ellicottville Trippin’ Bogs Belgian Tripel and New York Beer Project Brett Barrel Aged Sour and Whiskey Barrel Aged Barleywine. Limited tickets at EventBrite.

Belt Line Brewing to Release New Bolton Landing Collab Sour IPA

This weekend, Belt Line Brewing will release Long Distance Promises Sour IPA, their new collaboration with Lake George’s Bolton Landing Brewing, on January 25 (12pm). Long Distance Promises is a sour IPA dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc and fermented on Pineapple and Tangerine. It’s hoppy, tropical and tart. The beer will be available on draft, in crowlers to-go and in 16oz. 4-pack cans. Also, if you missed it, Belt Line still has cans and draft of their latest hazy IPA, Sunday Show New England IPA, available at the brewery. The DDH IPA features Motueka, Michigan Copper & Citra hops.

Hamburg Drops Just Saying IPA Volume 3, New Imperial Coffee Milk Stout

Hamburg Brewing has dropped the latest entry into their Just Saying IPA series, Volume 3: We Do It Nice ‘Cause We Do It Twice Double IPA, as well as a new version of DBL DBL Imperial Coffee Milk Stout. Brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe Cryo and Cascade hops, Just Saying Volume 3 features notes of passionfruit, lychee and mango, while DBL DBL, brewed with coffee from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, features massive roasted coffee and cream. Available on draft only at the brewery with 16oz. 4-pack cans available to go. Cans will also be available wherever great beer is sold soon.

Lewiston’s Brewed & Bottled Bottle Shop Closes, Moving to New Location

Lewiston’s Brewed & Bottled Craft Beer Shop has closed the doors at their original location at 402 Center Street and is relocating to 442 Center St., after Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen announced plans to expand at the location. Owner Chris Budde said he made the decision to move after ‘careful consideration and various floor plans,’ none of which he felt they could make work. He adds that customers can except ‘the old B&B vibe with some refining and tweaks,’ including a private backyard beer garden. Though no official timeline has been established, he is hoping to reopen in 2-3 months.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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Wombat Warriors: Proceeds From Thin Man’s Trial By Wombat to Benefit Australian Wildlife

Just like the recent rainstorms, a group of local bars and restaurants are looking to provide some relief to the four-legged victims of the historic Australian bushfires by partnering with WIRES, a nonprofit in Australia that is working to save, protect and rehabilitate animals injured in the fires. And there’s perhaps no beer more fitting to lead the charge than Thin Man Brewery’s appropriately titled Trial By Wombat New England IPA, a beer named for, and inspired by, the mercurial marsupials native to the Land Down Under.

Beginning today through January 31, $1 from every pint of Trial by Wombat sold will go directly toward the WIRES fundraising campaign. To contribute, all guests need to do is order the beer, and a donation will be made. Restaurants including Allen Burger Venture, Brennan’s, Coles, Colter Bay, Moor Pat and Thin Man Transit will all donate a portion of sales to the cause. The Elmwood and Chandler Thin Man locations will not be participating in the fundraiser.

“The group wanted to do something to help support these devastating fires in Australia, and with a beer that is aptly named after one of the animals affected by this tragedy, we felt it fitting to host a fundraiser and do whatever we can to help,” said Mike Shatzel, owner/partner of the participating restaurants.

Trial by Wombat is brewed with another Australian native, the Galaxy hop, which are also being threatened by the fires, as well as Simcoe and Citra hops and malted oats.

“Trial by Wombat is a New England IPA featuring Galaxy hops from Australia,” Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins says. “There also some Simcoe and Citra hops with 30% malted oats, a ton of pilsner malts and some other fun stuff. It’s insanely dry-hopped as well for big peachy, pineapple-y and orange-y juicy goodness.”

And if you’ve never had the beer, it’s the very definition of soft, complete with a well-rounded finish and flavors of juicy white peach, pineapple, papaya and tangerine and big citrus aromas.

If you’re wondering just how worthy a cause this truly is, estimates from ecologists at the University of Sydney state that over 800 million animals have already been affected since September. And despite the much needed rain that has fallen, CNN reports that 82 fires are still burning across the country, including 30 that are yet to be contained. Additionally, 28 people have died as a result of the devastating blazes, more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed and nearly 10 million acres of land has been ravaged.

“The situation for wildlife is devastating and it will be months after the fires before the full implications on wild populations can be understood,” WIRES says. “WIRES is rescuing and caring for as many sick, injured and orphaned native animals as possible. The scale of the current emergencies is unprecedented and the impacts will be felt long-term by surviving wildlife and volunteers working hard to assist them. WIRES is a wildlife charity that relies on community support to operate our rescue and care services for wildlife 365 days a year and we are extremely grateful for your support at this difficult time.”

If you would like to give more to help Australian wildlife in need, please visit WIRES to donate directly at https://www.wires.org.au/blog/emergency-donations-to-help-wildlife.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBAs 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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