Buffalo Beer Buzz: Trio of Cans at 42 North, Windy Brew’s 2nd Anniversary, Mardi Gras at Brickyard, CBW, NCC, Misuta Chows Team for Release

42 North Brewing to Release Trio of Cans This Weekend

A trio of can releases is coming to 42 North Brewing this weekend. On March 2 (12pm), the brewery will release a new batch of Dragonship Double IPA cans ($13.99), Fortune Fetcher IPA, a Pineapple IPA brewed with oats, white wheat, pale malts and El Dorado, Azacca, and Motueka hops to create a complete pineapple cake in a glass ($15.99) and Colonel Maxwell New England IPA (formerly Pilot Bob), the sixth installment in their Pre-Emption Series. It’s a super hazy, ripe tropical fruit and melon focused NEIPA with Azacca, Citra and Cashmere hops, then double dry hopped with Mosaic ($13.99).

Strykerville’s Windy Brew Brews Up a Successful First Two Years

Since opening their doors to the public on March 4, 2017, Strykerville’s Windy Brew have been quietly and consistently honing their craft, becoming one of the better kept secrets of the Western New York beer scene. The brewery will celebrate their second anniversary on March 1 and 2 (5-9pm). The party will feature live music from John Peresan on Friday and Kevin Mikula on Saturday. Both will play from 5-9pm. The party will also mark the release of a new beer. Partygoers will also enjoy $1 off all beers as they celebrate. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/374820583319296/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/374820583319296/.

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Lewiston at Brickyard Brewing

Get your Mardi Gras party on with food and drink specials at Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing, March 2 (4pm). The brewery is rolling out the big guns for the special event, including a cask of Voodoo Lady, a Gulf Oyster Stout with Black Peppercorns, Cayenne Peppers and Fresh Thyme, as well as Bourbon Street Sour, a kettle sour fermented and blended with Passionfruit and Blood Orange purée, with lime zest, and cherries, inspired by the classic Hurricane cocktail, and Hop Gumbo NE DIPA, featuring hops that don’t get used in house recipes to create notes of haze, fruit, dank and juice.

Get Ready for Nickel City Con at Misuta Chows with Community Beer Works

Join Community Beer Works and the Nickel City Con team on March 1 (7pm) at Misuta Chows for the release of CBW’s Mothra Green Tea Pils, a dry, crisp, lager with Hallertau Blanc hops and Rishi Jade Cloud, a green tea that brings notes of jasmine and herb. The NCC crew will be selling discounted tickets to Nickel City Con, plus there will be giveaways, like passes to Nickel City Con and CBW gift cards. CBW’s Wubba Lubba Glug Glug IPA (official beer of Nickel City Con), Whale Brown Ale and Bang a ‘Uey NEIPA will also be on tap.

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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Strykersville’s Windy Brew Brews Up a Successful First Two Years

Over the course of the past two years, Strykersville’s Windy Brew have been quietly and consistently honing their craft, becoming one of the better kept secrets of the Western New York beer scene. The unique brewery, which boasts the first Custom Brew Center in New York State (where you can brew a beer at the brewery), is accomplishing a lot in their sleepy hamlet thanks to a family of consistent brews, including PTSD IPA, Sheldon Bush Cream Ale and Wild Mango Pale Ale, to name a few. If you weren’t paying attention before, now is the time to rectify that as Windy Brew prepares to celebrate their Two Year Anniversary on March 1 and 2.

Since opening their doors to the public on March 4, 2017, Windy Brew has grown steadily. In July 2017, they started distributing. In August 2017, the brewery purchased an Oktober Canning Machine in order to offer 16oz. beers to-go single or four packs. Then, in October, they bought a 3-barrel brew kettle in order to keep up with growing demand for their beer. Last spring, the brewery added a small food menu that includes pizzas (the crust is made from their own beer), pretzel sticks, and tater tot poutine, with immediate plans to chicken wings.

None of this is lost on Brewery President/Owner Michelle Snyder, who is still taken aback by all of the success her small brewery has garnered over the last two years, especially that of the Custom Brew Center.

“It’s hard to believe we are celebrating year two already!” she says. “This past year has been nothing but successful here at Windy Brew, with taking on a few employees, creating great beers, and distributing to local establishments in WNY. But what has really stood out this year is the increased interest of people coming in to make their own beer using our Custom Brew Center. We have had stag parties come in and brew, families, and just good friends. It is a good team building activity as well. You don’t need any experience in brewing to brew your own beer! It is a hands-on approach that allows people to see how the brewing process is done and receiving a good quality beer after four weeks when they return.”

Windy Brew’s Custom Brew Center features 26 beer styles to choose from, ranging from Cream Ale, Fruited Wheats and Brown Ales to IPA’s, stouts and even a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Prices range from $130-$160 (depending on the style) for the beer ingredients, plus 60 cents per bottle (which can be reused). You can brew your very own recipe and take it home in bottles or kegs. More info here.

The Strykersville watering hole got its start thanks to Michelle’s husband, Bill Snyder, an avid homebrewer and ‘experimenter,’ according to Michelle. Their son helped to build the brew station, and the family put on an addition to the garage for the tasting room and the garage became a brewery with an added on walk in cooler.

“Bill has been a home brewer for several years and he was upgrading to a system in the garage while our son was building the brew station as his senior project at school. Then, about a year ago, Bill and our brother-in-law had visited a Brew on Premise facility in Ohio that he really enjoyed.  As we were driving back, I told Bill I think this is something we could do in our garage a few times a month.  No one in Buffalo has a Brew on Premise and it’s something different.”

“This has been a family affair as Bill and I are the sole owners, but we could have never completed it without the support of children Kelsey, Bradley and my dad Peter Pilc, who has spent many hours building this project with us. Everything in the building was built by us, from the bar to the tables and the light fixtures. Our bar was built with 1×1 boards glued together then planed on a planner and wrapped in the front with metal. The tables are metal barrels with a wooden top that matches the bar top. The most unique item are the stools we needed a not so tall stool and decided on milk cans that were donated by a family member cleaned up and painted black.  \We made nice seat covers and screwed them to the top.”

Looking back at the brewery’s second year, a few beers stick out in Snyder’s mind. “Some fun and interesting beers that were created this year were Habanero Lime Cream Ale, Mango Pale Ale, and we are now playing with some sour creations. These beers have been well received by our customers and will continue to come on from time to time.”

As for the what the future holds for the Snyder’s and Windy Brew, there is nowhere to go from here but up. Snyder says that the next thing is to upgrade their brewhouse, or, where the magic happens, if you will, once again.

“We are in the planning stage for an addition in the spring/summer to go to a 7-barrel system later his year. This will allow us to increase our distribution in the WNY area.”

Windy Brew will celebrate their second anniversary on March 1 and 2 (5-9pm). The party will feature live music from John Peresan on Friday and Kevin Mikula on Saturday. Both will play from 5-9pm. The party will also mark the release of a new beer. Partygoers will also enjoy $1 off all beers as they celebrate. For more information, click here and here.

“We are so happy with the way business is going and growing!  Never did we see this coming, it truly is a dream come true,” Snyder concludes.

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 Cereal Beer From Riverworks / Pressure Drop, New Beers at Froth, First Ever FeBREWary Beer Walk, 42 North Beer School

Riverworks Brewing, Pressure Drop Team on Mean Girls-Inspired Cereal Beer

Taking inspiration from Daniel Franzese’s Damien in the cult film Mean Girls, who famously said ‘you go Glen Coco,’ Riverworks Brewing and Pressure Drop Brewing have teamed up for the very first time to create Glen Cocoa, a 7.4% Imperial Chocolate Cream Porter brewed with Cocoa Puffs cereal. This imperial chocolate cream porter was brewed with Cocoa Puffs in the mash, lactose in the boil, and then was aged on cocoa nibs to create the perfect breakfast beer or midnight snack. Glen Cocoa is available on tap now at both Riverworks and Pressure Drop. Growler fills are available to go.

Froth Brewing Adds Two New Beers, Including First Sour

Buffalo’s newest brewery, Froth Brewing, have added a pair of new beers to their roster, their first ever sour and a Double IPA. Purple OG (5%), Froth’s first ever sour, a triple fruited Boysenberry sour, features notes of dark berries and a light tartness, and The Formula (7.9%), a Double Dry-Hopped Double IPA with milk sugar, Centennial and Simcoe hops, features smooth, sweet lactose notes and a ripe dank note. Both beers are available in 5oz., 12oz. and crowlers/growler fills to go. They’ve also recently tapped Pillow Top (7.8%), an all-Citra hopped Double IPA with a soft body and mouthfeel.

Buffalo Breweries to Participate in First Ever FeBREWary Beer Walk

Buffalo beer will be well represented at the first ever FeBREWary Beer Walk, which takes place February 23 in Downtown Batavia (4-8pm). Travel through 25 local businesses while tasting a variety of brews from Big Ditch, Southern Tier, Hamburg Brewing, New York Beer Project, Windy Brew and Ellicottville Brewing, as well as Eli Fish, Saranac, Empire Brewing, Swiftwater, Rogers Brewing, Amber Lantern Brewing, Young Lion, and Rohrbach. There will also be cider (OSB Ciderworks) and mead (810 Meadworks). Tickets available at Angotti Beverage and Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle Store or online at https://downtownbataviany.com ($35 VIP, $25 GA, $5 DD).

Go Back to (Beer) School at 42 North Brewing

42 North Brewing will hold their first ever Beer School session on February 27 (7-9pm). During the class, you will learn about the entire brewing process, which beers pair with what foods and you will also test your knowledge with a pop quiz (top score wins a cool prize). Only 30 spots are available with tickets costing $30. The class also features four rounds of beer samples, each round accompanied by a food tasting, and brewer talks. Tickets for Beer School can be purchased at EventBrite. Feel free to come early or stay later as the brewery will be open to the public.

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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Thin Man Brewery Welcomes Awesome Jenkins to The Family

Snow squalls, whiteouts, bone chilling temperatures, sub-zero wind chills, you get the picture, or as we call it, winter in Buffalo. It’s the middle of February and everything that comes along with this time of year is indeed here, punching us in the face on a daily basis. Right about now, we all need an escape – something we can sink into in order to escape everything horrible going on outside, so enter Thin Man’s latest imperial stout, Awesome Jenkins, an 11.7% easy-drinker that ticks all of the necessary boxes. It will be released this Saturday, beginning at noon. Crowlers and growler fills will be available to go.

Awesome Jenkins is a draft only release, though Thin Man’s Head Brewer Rudy Watkins says that canning it might become an option in the future. He adds that Jenkins could be a candidate to fill some of the brewery’s recently acquired barrels as well (Bourbon, Rye, Port, Tequila, Scotch, Red Wine).

“Awesome Jenkins is the next in our big ol’ silly 10+% ABV imperial stout series,” he says. “This guy clocks in at 11.7% and has tons of body and mouthfeel, thanks to the addition of flaked oats. Cocoa, nuts and coconut are featured, but aren’t overwhelming. It’s a big, rich, delicious stout to help to get us through the next few months of snow and awesomeness.”

I was treated to a preview of this beer (thanks Rudy!) and quite enjoyed it. Notes of chocolate, oatmeal, subtle booze and nuts. It’s soft and velvety, and just a touch sweet. It’s bigger in ABV than its predecessor Take Precaution (cans still available at the brewery by the by) at 11.7%, but drinks lighter with less roast.

“This is a different beer from Take Precaution, of course. There are a couple of different, significant changes going on. Awesome Jenkins features a whole lot less roast than Take Precaution. They finished with the same level of residual sugar, but we tweaked a few little things on Jenkins and it comes across as more rounded and chocolatey, whereas Take Precaution was more of a roasty, old school style imperial stout. Jenkins has a nice sweetness to it, but it’s not unpleasantly sweet.”

As for the name, Awesome Jenkins is the result of Watkins and his team just having some fun. Because, at the end of the day, isn’t that why we are all so hopelessly devoted to craft beer – to have fun? AS the old saying goes, ‘if you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.’

“The name, it’s just nonsense, but it is certainly fun to say. And I think that is really the ultimate goal for a beer name – have it be fun to say and have it be something that people want to say themselves. And anytime we can have a nonsense factor involved, I’m all for it.”

In the future, Thin Man will be releasing several variants of Awesome Jenkins, including Peanut Butter, Brownie (“it’s basically cocoa nibbed to hell,” Watkins says) and Coconut, plus a few others, according to Watkins. These versions should be available over the course of the next few weeks.

Watkins encapsulated this beer up in one perfect phrase – “Awesome Jenkins is the result of us just playing around and making a big stout.” Now it’s your turn to join in on the fun with a pour of Awesome Jenkins.

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: NYBP Victor Beer Hall Opens, 42 North Brewski, Pizza Plant’s Belgian Beer & Chocolate Fest, new Community Beer Works Coffee Stout

New York Beer Project to Open New Victor Location This Week

New York Beer Project’s second location in Victor, NY will officially open its doors to the public on February 14. Built to recreate New York City’s Atlantic Grand Beer Hall at the turn of the century, this new 15,700-square-foot beer hall includes an indoor beer garden complete with live chestnut trees, Beer Lover’s taproom, production brewery with an extensive barrel-aging program, rooftop terrace, and the New Yorker Loft mezzanine event space. Launch beers include Panda Paws Porter, Victor Lager and Beer Hall Ale, among others. Doors will open at 11am, with the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony scheduled for 5pm.

Embrace the Weather with Beer at 42 North’s Brewski 2019

Explore East Aurora’s Knox State Farm during 42 North Brewing’s third annual Brewski, a 2.5 mile trek through snowy trails with multiple beer stops along the way. Tickets are almost sold out online (pre-sale tickets available at EventBrite), but tickets can be purchased at the gate for $30 (only those sampling beer require tickets). Proceeds will support the Aurora Ice Association. Afterwards, your first beer is free at 42 North’s taproom during the after party, which will feature a Hot Cocoa Stout made specially for Brewski. Brewski and the after party are dog friendly. Food vendors will be on hand.

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, February 13 (7pm), at their Transit Road location. The event will feature beers such as Ommegang Bourbon Barrel Aged Adoration Dark Ale, Rosetta, Rare Vos, Pale Sour and Game of Thrones King of the North Russian Imperial Stout, as well as St. Bernardus ABT 12, Framboise Boon and De La Senne Taras Boulba. Chocolates will be courtesy of Chow Chocolat, including a Rosetta-infused chocolate. Those that purchase a beer flight will receive a free Ommegang glass and free chocolate samples. Chocolate gift boxes will also be available.

Beat the Weather with Community Beer Works’ New Stout at Hydraulic Hearth

Nothing beats the winter blues like a nice stout and luckily, Community Beer Works and Hydraulic Hearth have us covered with their new Steamworks Stout. Brewed in collaboration with Lockport’s Steamworks Coffee, this creamy stout, which comes in at 6.1% ABV, features notes of roasted coffee, chocolate and subtle hints of vanilla. The addition of flaked oats and lactose sugar give this dark brew a smooth body, with balanced sweetness and gentle bitterness. The coffee used was a 60/40 Brazilian/Colombian blend roasted by Steamworks. Steamworks Stout is only available at Hydraulic Hearth in Larkinville. Growler fills are available to go.

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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Live, Love, Drink, Die: Noble Ale Works Turns Atreyu Into Hazy Superheroes

 

Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica, Deftones, Every Time I Die and now Atreyu, the latest to join a lengthy, rapidly growing list of bands who have partnered with craft breweries around the globe to create their own boozy concoctions. The Orange County metallers didn’t go too far to find their brewing partner, teaming up with neighboring Anaheim brewery Noble Ale Works on Superhero, a Double Dry-Hopped Double IPA with orange zest.

The hazy 8.7% brew features Citra and El Dorado hops for notes of lychee, tropical fruit and California navel oranges.

Superhero caters to even the most ardent of hazy worshippers – it’s soft with just a touch of prototypical West Coast resin and blossoms with notes of floral orange, stone fruit, pineapple, apricot, mango, starfruit and orange peel. It features a creamy mouthfeel and incredibly smooth finish. It’s a dangerous beer that doesn’t drink up to lofty ABV.

“What happens when an OC band teams up with an OC brewery? @atreyuofficial Superhero DIPA WITH ORANGE ZEST,” Noble Ale Works said in an Atreyu-reference filled announcement. “This beer is so badass it will leave all other brewery/band collabs in our wake. Led by Citra and El Dorado, this hazy DIPA gives soft notes of lychee, tropical fruit, and butterfly kisses, while bright California navel oranges keep the party going.”

Atreyu recently released their seventh studio album In Our Wake on Spinefarm Records. The album hit number two and number nine on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts, respectively. They are set to perform at a number of festivals worldwide later this year, including Germany’s Rock Am Ring, Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting and the Rock USA Festival in Wisconsin.

For more information on Atreyu, please visit http://www.atreyuofficial.com/ and for more information on Noble Ale Works, check out https://www.noblealeworks.com/.

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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New York Beer Project Announces Events for Victor, NY Grand Opening

NEW YORK BEER PROJECT GRAND OPENING WEEK 
Rochester’s new Destination Brewery makes Grand Debut in Victor, NY

Celebrate New York State’s rich Brewing History at the Grand Opening Week of New York Beer Project’s stunning new Victor Beer Hall! Over 170 cast members have been training inside the facility for the past two weeks, but on Valentine’s Day the doors will open to the public for the first time.

Built to recreate the beauty of NYC’s Atlantic Grand Beer Hall at the turn of the century, this 15,700-square-foot space includes an Indoor Beer Garden adorned with life-size chestnut trees, the Beer Lover’s taproom, production brewery with extensive barrel-aging program, rooftop terrace, and the New Yorker Loft mezzanine event space.

Schedule of Events:

  • 2/11: VIP Launch Party for NYBP Mug Club members (New York Beer Project’s VIP loyalty program). (Ticketed Event)
  • 2/12: VIP Launch Party for surrounding local businesses and government officials. (Ticketed Event)
  • 2/14: Official Grand Opening of the NYBP Victor Beer Hall. Doors open to the public at 11AM, with the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony taking place at 5PM.

Owners, brewers, and key NYBP management personnel will be available for interviews and private tours throughout the week. Camera crews welcome. Please call to schedule an appointment.

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42 North Breaks Ground on New Expansion Expansion

42 North Breaks Ground on New Expansion Expansion to include increased production and hospitality space

42 North Brewing broke ground on an expansion of its operations in East Aurora, NY. 42 North acquired the neighboring property this past summer and completed the demolition of an existing structure to begin construction of the new facility.

The 6,600 square foot, 2-story addition will include a full-time canning facility, increased cooler space, office space, event space, and four AirBnB units. Plans call for the project to be completed in June 2019.

“There continues to be strong growth in craft throughout the Western New York region. This expansion allows us to meet the demands of the market and also create some unique hospitality spaces to build upon our reputation as a craft beer destination,” said 42 North founder, John Cimperman. The new structure will also be steps away from 42 North’s barrelhouse, 42 Below. As Cimperman states, “We are creating a bit of a craft campus in East Aurora.”

Cimperman added, “As we enter our fourth year of operations, we are very focused on building upon our foundation in East Aurora, rather than extending our resources to other markets or satellite locations.” 42 North’s current brewery and taproom is 11,000 square feet, located in the center of the vibrant village of East Aurora.

With the expansion, 42 North projects to increase production by 30% in 2019 and the expansion will provide the capacity to produce 15,000 barrels in the East Aurora, NY location. 42 North is currently distributed throughout Western, NY by Try-It Distributing and in the New York City market by Union Distributing.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: 2019 Winter HopFest, Resurgence Kegs & Eggs, Flagship February at Community Beer Works, New Haze at 42 North

Winter HopFest Returns to Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing

Buffalo’s Winter Hop Fest returns to Gene McCarthy’s for its third year on February 9 (1-4pm). The annual celebration will feature nothing but the hoppiest of beers from OFW Brewing, 12 Gates Brewing, Big Ditch, Thin Man, Rusty Nickel Brewing, Hamburg Brewing, Four Mile Brewing, Flying Bison, 42 North Brewing, Resurgence Brewing, Buffalo Brewing Company and Pressure Drop Brewing. For $25 you will receive a logo tasting glass for sampling until the beer is all gone, hopped up hot chili will be available and $5 growler fills will be available at the end of the festival. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite.

Resurgence Brewing’s Kegs & Eggs is Back With More Experimental Beer

Resurgence Brewing’s Kegs & Eggs is back on February 10 (11am-5pm). The beer list for this K&E installment looks as good as ever with tasty brews like Very Berry Lactose Sour (Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Boysenberry), Key Lime Pie Lactose Sour, Blueberry Pancake Bock, Coffee Maple Breakfast Stout, Gin Spiced Kolsch (Juniper, Coriander, Lemon Lime), R&D IPA 16 (New England Style), Mimosa Brut IPA, Imperial Peanut Butter Porter, Barrel Aged Flanders Red, Imperial Milk Stout (Bourbon Barrel) and casks of Resurgence IPA with Spruce Tips and Lemon Zest and Oatmeal Stout with Coconut. Breakfast garbage plates will again be served.

Community Beer Works Celebrates Flagship February, Launches Nickel City Con Beer

Community Beer Works are joining in on Flagship February, a grassroots campaign started by beer writer Stephen Beaumont to shine the spotlight on core beer brands, starting on February 6. Every Wednesday in February, CBW are celebrating classic beers with cases of bottles, reps and swag. Brooklyn Brewing’s flagship Lager will be in the house on February 6, followed by Great Lakes Brewing’s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (February 13), Ithaca Beer’s Flower Power (February 20) and Flying Bison Aviator Red with Owner Tim Herzog (February 27). CBW will also launch their official 2019 Nickel City Con beer on February 10 (5-8pm).

42 North to Drop New Hazy IPA Later This Month

Pre-Emption, True Line, Milestone 82, 42 North Brewing are set to add a new member to their hazy IPA stable with the debut of Colonel Maxwell New England IPA, a new creation that will be released at the end of the month. Colonel Maxwell is a super hazy New England IPA that features melon-forward ripe tropical fruit notes with a soft mouthfeel and little to no bitterness. The beer is brewed with Azacca, Citra and Cashmere hops, with a Mosaic dry hop. Colonel Maxwell NEIPA will be available on draft with tentative plans for it to be canned as well.

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

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The 11 Most Memorable Beers From the 2019 Brewer’s Invitational

 

Another Brewer’s Invitational is in the books, and I had an absolute blast yet again representing the Buffalo Beer League. Thank you to New York Beer Project for having me back again. I saw so many friends, shared an incredible amount of laughs and drank a great amount of awesome beer. And while it was a tough task, I widdled down my list to 11. It’s actually 10 beers and a mead, but who’s counting.

Our area breweries certainly stepped their game up at this year’s Brewer’s Invitational. I’ve been to all three thus far, and this was by far the best selection of beers yet. Hazy IPA’s, milkshake IPA’s, pastry stouts, barrel aged everything, gose’s and sours, this year there was literally something for everyone, including cider and mead as well.

I had plenty of awesome beer that didn’t make this list either. I had my first two beers from Big Inlet Brewing down in Mayville, another banger from One-Eyed Cat Brewing (Champ Stamp Vermont-Style IPA) – they should be open later this year BTW – a real nice Chocolate and Marshmallow Oatmeal Stout from West Shore Brewing, Eli Fish’s Bourbon Leroy Brown Imperial Brown Ale Aged in Black Button Bourbon Barrels, Flying Bison’s Thundersnow IPA on cask, Thin Man’s Helter Kelter Kellerbier on cask and Rusty Nickel’s Bourbon Oaked Slice O’ Havens. Like I said, there was a lot of good beer to be had.

Here are the 11 beers I found most memorable:

12 Gates Brewing Don’t Stop Meow Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Roasted Habanero Porter: This adjunct-palooza featured a myriad of flavors. It was creamy and incredibly rich with a nice heat kick on the finish. It drank fairly lightly for 5.8%.

Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen Main Course Double Dry-Hopped Double IPA: The latest IPA offering from newcomers Belt Line was both fully hopped and fully bodied with big notes of citrus. Gonna have to revisit this one soon at the taproom. I also liked their Crosscut Stout with Barrel Aged Whistle Pig Coffee.

Big Ditch Pina Colada Milkshake IPA: To be honest, it took me a few of these to really get into this beer. It towed the line between cocktail and beer with creamy notes of cherry, coconut and orange. I’ll admit I didn’t know what to think at first, but this beer is why I love craft beer, and why I always say, craft beer is meant to be fun.

Brickyard Brewing White Bronco New England IPA: Bronco has become a staple of these Best Of lists of mine, and this time it’s no different. Easily the freshest batch I’ve had at only nine days old, this beer was bursting with floral tropical fruit, and it finished so damn soft. The first beer I had at the festival, and one of the most memorable. Their Pairs Well With Surrender Chardonnay Barrel Aged Brut IPA was quite the wacky interpretation of the style, and I appreciated the hell out of it. Drank a lot like a dry white wine with notes of white grape and white peach.

Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing Commiseration Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout: The latest barrel aged concoction from Five & 20 is indeed their greatest one yet. Incredibly boozy with big chocolate notes to go along with hints of vanilla and oak. This one was so good that I left the Brewer’s Invitational with a bottle. Thanks Paul! Their Tiramisu Stout was also pretty delectable with smooth lactose notes. I love seeing the evolution of their beer.

Lilly Belle Brett Aged Purpeara Mead with Fredonia Grapes: I don’t consider myself much of an expert when it comes to mead, but this one was fantastic in my mind. Green coffee nose with little to no roast. Constantly changing and evolving flavors of grape, pear, white peach. Purpeara was really a chameleon of flavors.

New York Beer Project SuperFunk Farmhouse Sour: This was a nice way to finish off the fest. Massive sour grape pucker up front. Pungent and tart with a clean finish that didn’t linger. I only wish I could have a grabbed another pour of this, but I’m glad I grabbed one of these on my way out.

Thin Man Brewery DDH Galaxy Bliss DIPA: This beer was so good that I’m annoyed I’m not drinking it right now. Thankfully it will be at the brewery soon enough. Pineapple, mango, papaya, kiwi – hell, all of the tropical fruit were featured in this one. Thankfully, there wasn’t a line when I was at Thin Man because I drank about 4 of these.

If you missed this year’s Brewer’s Invitational, hopefully I’ll see you next year because this is quickly becoming one of the best events of the beer calendar.

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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