Buffalo Beer Week Day 7: Into the Homestretch We Go

We are entering the home stretch of the tenth annual Buffalo Beer Week, and since there are only a few days left of this glorious time of year, the time in nigh to put something local in your glass. If you have yet to hit a Beer Week event, then tonight is the night because Pearl Street’s annual Tapping of the Pumpkin is tonight, which is always one of Beer Week’s best events.

There’s also a bunch of beer releases from New York Beer Project and Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing, and if you missed them yesterday, Big Ditch and Buffalo Brewpub tapped their Beer Week collaboration, Honey Marzen, and In the Mix Brewing released their Maple Espresso Brown Ale, brewed with Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters Maple Creme Coffee, maple syrup and local honey.

Want to win some free beer from my friends at Buffalo Brewing? Good, because it’s easy to get in the running. They are giving away a case of beer – fresh cans of 1932 Oat Cream IPA and 1906 New England IPA – now through 11pm tonight. All you have to do is visit them on Instagram (@buffalobrewingcompany), follow them and tag three friends in the comments. If you win you can pick up your beer on Saturday during retail hours. It’s just that easy. A few clicks and you could be one case of beer richer.

Now onto today’s events…

It’s not truly fall until you drink a pint of beer from an actual pumpkin. Yes, for the sixth straight year, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery hollow out a pumpkin, jam a tap in it, fill it with their Pumpkin Spice Ale and serve it directly to you (5pm). Grab a pint poured directly from a real pumpkin. There will be pint specials, maple-cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses (if you’re into that sort of thing) and the first pour will be at 5pm from PSG head brewer Chris Herr.

The official release of Five & 20’s fall seasonal, Haulin’ Oats Brown Ale, in bottles (5pm). In addition to the beer release, enjoy $2 off all drafts, food by Bird, live music and special swag giveaways. The brewery will also be offering guided informational tours of the brewery/distillery and the TimberFish project on site.

Join the Buffalo Beer Goddesses as they celebrate seven years of promoting women in the craft beer industry at their 7th Anniversary Party at Mr. Goodbar (7pm). $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Tickets include food, door prizes and one pint.

New York Beer Project is tapping a pair of beers, West Coast Destination IPA and Vanilla Muffin Oatmeal Stout and 42 North is taking over the taps at World of Beer (7pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Drinking in the Dark: A Truly Unique Beer Sensory Experience

Drinking in the Dark is this areas first official blind beer tasting! Created by Pizza Plant and Community Beer Works. This round is all Double IPAs.

Drinking in the Dark is this areas first official blind beer tasting! Created by Pizza Plant and Community Beer Works, all participants will receive 10 4 -5 oz samples of five of the best local and five non-local Double IPAs. You will be unaware of each beer, and will rank each beer from 1-10, and then will be given time to try to identify each brewery. Beer and prizes will be awarded for the best 10 attempts.

Held at Pizza Plant Italian Pub, 7770 Transit Rd. Please arrive by 6pm as the event will promptly start at 7pm.

Date And Time:

Wed, September 18, 2019
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Location:

7770 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

 

 

 

 

 

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 6: Happy Humpday

It’s Wednesday, or Humpday for those so inclined, and there’s a bit of a light schedule today in terms of Buffalo Beer Week goings on. One of our favorite fall beers – Gordon Biersch’s Festbier – makes its triumphant return today, Beer School starts at Gene McCarthy’s, and if you’ve ever wanted to know what a full, operational brewery inside of a grain silo looks like, today is your lucky day because Riverworks Brewing is holding exclusive tours of their unique brewhouse. So all you have to do is make it through your workday, then head out and grab a beer. And maybe some tacos too. Yeah, that sounds pretty tremendous.

One of my favorite annual events during Beer Week – Gordon Biersch’s Festbier Tapping Party (5pm) – will feature live music, food and games. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Hospice Buffalo. Gordon Biersch’s Festbier has a lighter body with a robust, hoppy flavor, thanks to Hallertau and Tettnang aroma hops.

Rusty Nickel Brewing are breaking out the good stuff for Steak, Cigars, Beer & Whiskey (6:30pm). Tickets available via Rusty Nickel’s website. Each ticket includes a steak dinner from Ebenezer Ale House, a cigar from Nice Ash Cigars, local whiskey and bourbon tastings and of course, a flight of Rusty Nickel brews.

Get an exclusive tour of Riverworks Brewing at Buffalo Riverworks (6:30pm), a brewery built right inside the giant six-pack in former grain silos. Don’t forget to grab a few beers while you’re there. I hear the new Rejuvenator IPA is solid.

Gene McCarthy’s is holding their first monthly Beer School (7pm) with a focus on Oktoberfest with beer sausage. Michelle Stevens (aka Madame Fromage) will organize and present a beer/food menu for each class and will provide information on cooking with beer and provide recipes of the dishes offered. Gene’s will offer two beer/food pairings in larger portions, each plate matched with a 10oz. beer. $25 per class ($200 for the entire year (10 classes, $20/class, no refunds)).

42 North will host the first annual Aurora Fest (6pm) to benefit Aurora Adult Day Services. Your $40 ticket includes two drinks, full taco bar and live music by Jordan Rose & Rob Montone. You can also enter to win a Borderland Festival weekend package including a pair of 2-day passes and 42 North’s Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale will be on tap for the festivities.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 5: A Titular Tuesday On Tap  

Isn’t it great how Buffalo Beer Week makes an otherwise mundane Tuesday seem like something truly special? There are so many awesome events going on today, a few of which I’ve had marked on my calendar since I first found out about them, namely the Oktoberfest and Beerfest screening at Lafayette Brewing and the Buffalo Beer Symposium at the Buffalo Cider Hall. If you happen to see me out tonight, make sure you say hi, then buy me a beer. Well, you don’t really have to buy me a beer, but if you’re nice enough to do so, I’m not going to turn it away. So keep reading and keep scrolling to see what’s on tap for today, Buffalo Beer Week Day 5.

Lafayette Brewing is releasing their annual Oktoberfest beer, a smooth, crisp and toasty version of the classic style lager that blends a variety of classic, rich German malts. And if that wasn’t enough, the brewery is also hosting a screening of one of the greatest beer movies ever released, Beerfest, while you drink the new beer from Das Boot. 5:30pm.

The Buffalo Beer Symposium (Buffalo Cider Hall, 6pm) is a panel discussion, featuring Matt Kahn (Big Ditch), Mike Shatzel (Thin Man), Scott Donovan (Blackbird) and more, on the history and future of brewing in Buffalo. The panel features brewers and industry experts that will discuss the evolution of brewing in Buffalo and where the craft beverage industry is headed. Both the public and industry members are invited to join us. Free entry.

Looking for something different during Beer Week? Why not try your hand at some meads and painting? Lilly Belle Meads is pairing up with local artist Diane Sypniewski for an evening of Meads & Masterpieces (6pm). She will guide you through the creation of this work of art while enjoying locally brewed craft meads and beverages at Lilly Belle Meads’ Potions Bar. At the Potions Bar, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to mix some classic potions and the ability to create your own. Seating is limited. $40 ticket includes all painting supplies, artistic instruction and a chance to become a Potions Master. Lilly Belle Meads will also have additional appetizers and snacks available for purchase.

There are a number of takeovers around town today as well. Hamburg Brewing is hitting the taps at World of Beer at the Walden Galleria (6pm), Pressure Drop is bringing a number of their beers to Hatchets and Hops (6pm) and pizza is taking over the kitchen menu at Belt Line Brewery (4pm).

New York Beer Project is hosting a German Beer Dinner (6:30pm), a gourmet four-course dining experience that pairs each German-inspired dish with one of NYBP’s ales and lagers. The brewing team will be on hand to walk everyone through each pairing in this sensory experience. Later on, they are hosting the North American Comedy Brewery Tour (7:30pm), an evening of laughing and drinking at New York Beer Project where you can indulge in the finest that comedy has to offer. Gene McCarthy’s is also hosting their Trivia Tuesday (7pm) and 12 Gates will host an Open Mic Night (6:30pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 4: Back to Work, But At Least There’s Beer

Like the title of this article says, it’s Monday, so we’re all back to work, right? Unless you’re like me and work the weekends. Thankfully for all of us, this is no ordinary Monday, as it’s a Buffalo Beer Week Monday, meaning that it doesn’t have to be part of the normal wake up, drink coffee, work, go home, eat dinner, go to bed routine. Well, you can do all of those things, but just add a few beers somewhere in that process. And if you’re looking for something to drink, there’s no shortage of big events going down today.

Hotel Henry is teaming up with a handful of local breweries and cideries including Froth Brewing, Thin Man, 42 North and BlackBird Cider Works for a true Farm to Pint & Plate craft beer and food pairing on September 16 (6pm). Pair Froth’s Stardog Double IPA with seared scallops, Blackbird’s Tart Cherry Perry cider with porchetta, 42 North’s Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale with a spiced chocolate nut bar from 100 Acres Bakery and Thin Man’s Pills Mafia with rabbit quesadilla. Each $55 ticket includes four sampling glasses of craft brew, one full draft of your choosing, and four tasting plates.

12 Gates Brewing are releasing cans of their Community Beer Works collab Resting Peach Face, a sessionable peach sour. $12.69 4-pack/ $76 case 16oz, cans (+ tax & deposit). Pints of Resting Peach Face will be $5.

The Buffalo Beer Geeks are hosting a charitable bottle share at Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen on September 16 (5pm), with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit the Kevin Guest House, whose mission it is to provide a home away from home for patients and their families traveling for medical care. For a donation (ticketing information at EventBrite) and some geeky bottles, you can join in on the share and donate to a good cause. The Buffalo Beer Geeks club will be on site selling their newest glassware. Light complimentary bites will be served. Kitchen will be open too.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 3: Sunday Funday (An Oldie, But a Goodie)

Buffalo Beer Week is only a few days old, but to recap: Rusty Nickel are the reigning Buffalo Brewers Shuffleboard Tournament champions. The Beer Week Opening Gala was a tremendous showcase for local craft beer. And Resurgence Oktoberfest flowed like water on Saturday. I’ve survived so far, here’s hoping you did too. Now we’re onto the third day of Buffalo Beer Week, the same day the Bills are playing the Giants. Does it really get that much better than that?

You can watch the game at Flying Bison (12:30pm) with mini-pitcher specials, free light snacks at halftime and the game on the big screen. Mextober Fest at Gene McCarthy’s (1pm), which will feature Mexican dishes as well as Mexican beer and margaritas for purchase, is free to attend. You can also nab $3 16oz. beers at Gordon Biersch during their Yappy Hour Dog Friendly event (3pm).

20 local restaurants will compete to be named the Meatball King of Buffalo at the Meatball Street Brawl IV (11:30am) on W. Mohawk between Franklin & Delaware. The Bills-Giants game will be shown on the big screen and beer and wine tastings available. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to local charities. $18 advance. $25 day of. Meatballstreetbrawl.com.

New York Beer Project’s Oktoberfest celebration (3pm) will feature live music by The Frankfurters, traditional Bavarian fare, Oktoberfest games (including Stein Hoisting Competition), German sing-a longs, and prizes for best German costumes.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 2: The First Saturday

The first weekend of Buffalo Beer Week is upon us, and, as you’d expect, it is rife with events and happenings, headlined by the annual Buffalo IPA Palooza at Pizza Plant Canalside, which features most every local brewery bringing their hoppiest wares out to play. That’s one you don’t want to miss. From there it’s only a few miles up the road to Resurgence’s Oktoberfest party at their Niagara Street home, so that’s another one to get on the list. Find all of the pertinent info on those events below.

There’s also the requisite drink specials and live music going on around town, and one event you’re going to want to think about is Sour Saturday at 42 North in East Aurora, a celebration of local sour and barrel aged beers. You can also find out more, including all of the beer on tap, listed below.

 If you are a worshiper of the hop, then this is an event you can ill afford to miss. The annual Buffalo IPA Palooza at Pizza Plant Canalside (12pm) features all of your favorite IPAs from all of your favorite local breweries, all in one place for a massive hop blowout! Among the hoppy brews you can expect are Big Ditch Lock IPA Series #7: Dart, Thin Man Trial By Wombat, Ellicottville Brewing Tangerine New England IPA, Community Beer Works Singularity Citra, Pressure Drop / Big Ditch Aqua Jesus Triple IPA, Hamburg Brewing Just Saying Volume 2: Swear Jar, Resurgence Brewing Head in the Clouds DIPA, Lilly Belle Meads Hops & Honey, Belt Line Seven Dankly Sins DIPA, West Shore Green Flyer, Flying Bison Farm to Pint IPA (cask) and 12 Gates Chinook Wet Hop Pale Ale (hops from Fredonia’s Lupulin Fields). Free entry. A la carte pints.

Celebrate the season at Resurgence Brewing’s annual Oktoberfest Party (12pm), featuring the RBC Oktoberfest Games! Team competition includes Stein Hoisting (longest hold wins), Axe Throwing (best/most accurate), Stein Carrying Relay Race (each team does 2 laps, 2 teams against each other, fastest time wins), Barrel Roll (fastest times wins) and Pretzel Eating Contest. $25 per team, entry fee includes RBC Games shirt, mug, first fill, beer for games. Live music from German Association (2-6pm, parking lot) and food from Lloyds Taco Truck (12-3pm) and Fat Bobs (2-6pm). Resurgence are also releasing cans of their Pina Colada Sour.

Blackbird Cider Works will release their Peach and Strawberry Cayuga Island Perry Cider at both their Barker taproom and the Buffalo Cider Hall, 42 North will host Sour Saturday (12pm), featuring an all-local sour and barrel aged lineup, including Resurgence Brewing Mango Peach Tangerine Kettle Sour, Pressure Drop Solenya Cucumber Sour, New York Beer Project Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Five & 20 Barrel Aged Barleywine and 42 North Elettaria & Verboden Flanders Blends and Halt! Who Gose, There? Five and 20 is hosting a Whiskey Barrel Tasting, where a member of their distilling team will lead you through an exclusive tasting of whiskey being aged in a selection of barrels and the Carnegie Arts Center will host Uncork Your Creativity, a Fall fundraiser for The Carnegie Arts Center. Wine, beer, and kombucha tastings, live music, art activities and more. More info and tickets at CarnegieArtCenter.com.

For live music, visit Big Inlet Brewing (Adam McKillip, 6pm), Gene McCarthy’s (Jonah Krull, 7pm) and 12 Gates (Last Call, 8pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 1: The Insanity of the Tenth Annual Beer Week is Here

All of the hard work and preparation is complete and constant worry of things not getting done on time is behind us, because the Tenth Annual Buffalo Beer Week is now here. Ten days of celebrating ten years of craft beer in Buffalo. Ten packed days of events, beer, friends, merriment and revelry is on tap, and it can be a daunting time. Look, I get it. I’m about as immersed in all of this as anyone, and it can be easy to overlook events and beer releases and get lost in the overall shuffle. As I have done for few years now, I will be providing daily rundowns of events in order to help you cut through the fat as it were. So keep it locked right here for the next ten days. Let me do all of the legwork so all that’s left for you to do is drink something local.

And on that note, let me, on behalf of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, Buffalo Beer League and each and every one of us involved in the Buffalo-Niagara beer scene, thank you in advance for being a part of Buffalo Beer Week. If you are reading this, thank you. If you drink something local this week, thank you. If you spend time at a brewery, brewpub, bar or bottle shop this week, thank you.

I hope to see many familiar faces at the Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala tonight! If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

Get the 10th Annual Buffalo Beer Week started off on the right foot at the Official Opening Gala at Flying Bison Brewing on September 13 (5pm). Enjoy a selection of beers from over 25 Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association member breweries and meet the brewers. Listen to live music by Tony DeRosa on the covered patio and satisfy your hunger with food from Casa Azul & Kindred Kreek’s Farm to Table food trucks. $20 admission at the door (includes drink tokens). Ticket includes 8 tokens worth 5 oz. each. More can be purchased for $2 each as well.

If you’re looking for some live music to go along with your fresh pint, there are plenty of options today. Mike Brown from The Probables will perform on The Stage at Southern Tier Brewing, Rochester-based songwriter and guitarist Chris Bethmann will perform at Four Mile Brewing (6:30pm), A Man In Black: The Johnny Cash Experience will be at 12 Gates (7pm) and Good Morning Bedlam will take to the stage at 42 North (8pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ 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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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12 Can’t Miss Events During the 10th Annual Buffalo Beer Week

With over 100 events planned throughout the course of only 10 days, Buffalo Beer Week may seem at times to be more of a sprint than a marathon. And that’s especially true this year because the tenth annual Buffalo Beer Week is bigger and badder than it’s ever been in the past. With so many venues hosting great happenings this year (more than there has ever been), it might be easy to get lost in a sea of local beer (which sounds pretty great to me). And now that the official list of events is out (official Beer Week books are arriving quickly at your favorite beer venues), it’s time to grab a pen and paper and start making those can’t-miss lists.

Here’s a better idea – sit back, crack a beer, read all of the great articles in the Beer Week Book (starting with mine of course) and let me do the dirty work and dig through the event listings for suggestions on what places you need to be at, what events you need to attend and what beer you need to be drinking. Prost!

Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala
Fri, September 13 (5-9pm)
Flying Bison Brewing

Get the 10th Annual Buffalo Beer Week started off on the right foot at the Official Opening Gala at Flying Bison Brewing on September 13 (5pm). Enjoy a selection of beers from over 25 Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association member breweries and meet the brewers. Listen to live music by Tony DeRosa on the covered patio and satisfy your hunger with food from Casa Azul & Kindred Kreek’s Farm to Table food trucks. $20 admission at the door (includes drink tokens). Ticket includes 8 tokens worth 5 oz. each. More can be purchased for $2 each as well.

Pizza Plant Buffalo IPA Palooza
Sat, September 14 (12-4pm)
Pizza Plant Canalside

If you are a worshiper of the hop, then this is an event you can ill afford to miss. The annual Buffalo IPA Palooza features all of your favorite IPAs from all of your favorite local breweries, all in one place for a massive hop blowout! Among the hoppy brews you can expect are Big Ditch Lock IPA Series #7: Dart, Ellicottville Brewing Tangerine New England IPA, Community Beer Works Singularity Citra, Pressure Drop / Big Ditch Aqua Jesus Triple IPA, Hamburg Brewing Just Saying Volume 2: Swear Jar, Lilly Belle Meads Hops & Honey, Belt Line Seven Dankly Sins DIPA, West Shore Green Flyer, Flying Bison Farm to Pint IPA (cask) and 12 Gates Chinook Wet Hop Pale Ale (hops from Fredonia’s Lupulin Fields). Free entry. A la carte pints.

Farm to Pint & Plate Dinner
Mon, September 16 (6-9pm)
Hotel Henry

Hotel Henry is teaming up with a handful of local breweries and cideries including Froth Brewing, Thin Man, 42 North and BlackBird Cider Works for a true Farm to Pint & Plate craft beer and food pairing on September 16 (6pm). Pair Froth’s Stardog Double IPA with seared scallops, Blackbird’s Tart Cherry Perry cider with porchetta, 42 North’s Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale with a spiced chocolate nut bar from 100 Acres Bakery and Thin Man’s Pills Mafia with rabbit quesadilla. Each $55 ticket includes four sampling glasses of craft brew, one full draft of your choosing, and four tasting plates.

Oktoberfest Release & Beerfest Screening
Tues, September 17 (5:30pm)
Lafayette Brewing

Lafayette Brewing is releasing their annual Oktoberfest beer, a smooth, crisp and toasty version of the classic style lager that blends a variety of classic, rich German malts. And if that wasn’t enough, the brewery is also hosting a screening of one of the greatest beer movies ever released, Beerfest, while you drink the new beer from Das Boot.

Buffalo Brewers Symposium
Tues, September 17 (6-9pm)
Buffalo Cider Hall

The Buffalo Beer Symposium is a panel discussion, featuring Matt Kahn (Big Ditch), Mike Shatzel (Thin Man), Scott Donovan (Blackbird) and more, on the history and future of brewing in Buffalo. The panel features brewers and industry experts that will discuss the evolution of brewing in Buffalo and where the craft beverage industry is headed. Both the public and industry members are invited to join us. Free entry.

Meads & Masterpieces 5
Tues, September 17 (6pm)
Lilly Belle Meads

Looking for something different during Beer Week? Why not try your hand at some meads and painting? Lilly Belle is pairing up with local artist Diane Sypniewski for an evening of Meads & Masterpieces. She will guide you through the creation of this work of art while enjoying locally brewed craft meads and beverages at Lilly Belle Meads’ Potions Bar. At the Potions Bar, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to mix some classic potions and the ability to create your own. Seating is limited. $40 ticket includes all painting supplies, artistic instruction and a chance to become a Potions Master. Lilly Belle Meads will also have additional appetizers and snacks available for purchase.

Gordon Biersch Festbier Tapping
Wed, September 18 (5pm)
Gordon Biersch – Walden Galleria

One of my favorite annual events during Beer Week! Gordon Biersch’s Festbier tapping party will feature live music, food and games. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Hospice Buffalo. Gordon Biersch’s Festbier has a lighter body with a robust, hoppy flavor, thanks to Hallertau and Tettnang aroma hops.

Annual Tapping of the Pumpkin
Thurs, September 19 (5pm)
Brawlers Deli @ Pearl Street Brewery

It’s not truly fall until you drink a pint of beer from an actual pumpkin. Yes, for the sixth straight year, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery hollow out a pumpkin, jam a tap in it, fill it with their Pumpkin Spice Ale and serve it directly to you. Grab a pint poured directly from a real pumpkin. There will be pint specials, maple-cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses (if you’re into that sort of thing) and the first pour will be at 5pm from PSG head brewer Chris Herr.

Haulin’ Oats Official Release Party/ Buffalo Beer Week Pint Night
Thurs, September 19 (5pm)
Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing

The official release of Five & 20’s fall seasonal, Haulin’ Oats Brown Ale, in bottles. In addition to the beer release, enjoy $2 off all drafts, food by Bird, live music and special swag giveaways. The brewery will also be offering guided informational tours of the brewery/distillery and the TimberFish project on site.

Funk Fest: A Celebration of Sours
Fri, September 20 (5pm)
New York Beer Project

In honor of Sour Beer Day, New York Beer Project are funking up the taps (in a good way) at the first ever Funk Fest: A Celebration of Sours. They are pulling out all the sour stops as, not only are they returning four of their most beloved sours, they are debuting half a dozen new brews, including a sour take on a classic refreshing beverage, four Berliner Weisse variants born out of a friendly competition between NYBP brewers, and a barrel aged sour.

Funky Fruity Friday
Fri, September 20 (5pm)
Coles & Mr. Goodbar

Are you a sour beer lover? This day is perfect for you! Enjoy a selection of session, fruity and barrel aged sours at two great bars in honor of National Sour Beer Day! Free entry. A la carte pints.

Belt Line Brewery ‘A Beer With Citra’ Can Release
Sat, September 21 (12pm)
Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen

Belt Line Brewery will hold their first ever can release, A Beer With Citra New England IPA, during Beer Week’s final weekend. A Beer with Citra is made with a copious amount of Citra hops balanced by Centennial and El Dorado. This IPA delivers flavors of orange rind and candied sugar with a tight carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Artwork was designed by Buffalo ex-pat Courtney Menard.

For more information on these events and to see every event going on during Buffalo Beer Week, please visit www.buffalobeerweek.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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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BNBA, 26 Shirts Partner on Charitable Shirt for Buffalo Beer Week

The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association has partnered with Buffalo-based charitable apparel company 26 Shirts on a limited edition shirt in honor of the tenth anniversary of Buffalo Beer Week. 8% from the sale of every shirt will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, respectively. The exclusive shirt costs $26 (plus tax and $4.99 shipping) and is only available until September 12.

You can purchase your 26 Shirts’ Buffalo Beer Week shirt here.

Buffalo Beer Week, which runs from September 13-22, is a 10-day celebration of the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene. The lineup features hundreds of events, including over a dozen featured events, starting with the Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala on September 13 at Flying Bison Brewing (5-9pm), which will feature live music, food trucks and beer from all of your favorite local breweries. Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary tasting glass. The theme this year is ‘ten years of craft beer.’

26 Shirts’ Dan Gigante says that they were thrilled when they were approached by the BNBA to commemorate this year’s Beer Week with a special shirt.

“When we were approached about doing the shirts commemorating the 10th anniversary for this year’s Buffalo Beer Week we were thrilled as we have been doing more and more shirts for events in the area,: he says. “We just had one stipulation – all of our shirts give back so there would need to be a giving component. But not only were they 100% OK with that – they wanted to make 2 donations for each shirts – one to Habitat for Humanity, whom they donated to last year, and another donation to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Well, we certainly won’t going to say no to that!”

The BNBA and Habitat for Humanity have enjoyed a beneficial working relationship. Recently, the association helped to promote, along with several local breweries, distilleries and bars, the sales of Habitat for Humanity Buffalo’s The House Beer Built tour cards, which featured coupons for free beer, mead and craft cocktails at over two dozen local locations. Proceeds from sales helped to fund the building of a new home on Manitoba Street, which refugee family Manasse Nsabiyuma and Nechode Ndayishimiye and their six children moved into.

“We’re really excited to be working with 26 Shirts for our 10th anniversary t-shirt,” Clint Perez, Ex-Officio BNBA Marketing Co-Chair, adds. “I have known Dan for a long time and have been interested in working with him when the right opportunity arose. When we decided to do the fundraiser for Habitat Buffalo and BN Waterkeeper, 26 Shirts was a natural fit and have been a great partner.”

Local craft beer for a good cause. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Habitat Buffalo’s core mission consists of building homes for families in Buffalo and across Erie County, while the BN Waterkeeper serves as the guardian of Western New York’s fresh water.

To see all the events and to view the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. You can find out more about 26 Shirts at https://26shirts.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 for Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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