Crowler In The Night: A Poem By Erik Wollschlager

The Buffalo streets, though sometimes cold
Are overflow’n with rivers of gold –
But not the type that prospectors seek
It’s more the kind for discerning ‘geeks’
Made with water, malt and hops
Enjoyed until the last flaxen drop
It’s beer, of course, it’s beer we love
Sent down to us from high above.
Served up in glasses and plastic cups
Clanked for shouting “Bottoms up!”
But I deride those lesser vessels
Tossed aside to shards from tressels.
We all know cans are where it’s at
Aluminum and short and fat.
Like a pop-top holy grail
The only thing to hold my ale,
And this is where my tale begins
A beach, some beer, and many friends
From that day forward, I will stan
For my greatest friend, the aluminum can.
The call came in one early morning
A plan my friends early forming
A sun-filled day upon shore
With coolers full of beers to pour.
Some Jam of Kan and jams of bands
And relaxing stretched out on the sand.
They’d bring chips, some fruit, & crackers
Some food for beach bumming snackers
Eagerly I volunteered
To be the one to bring the beer.
I filled my trunk with coolers, iced
Engineered my car precisely
Down the road to my local zymurgist
Ran through the door feeling quite urgent
But my horrified eyes did see
The cooler shelves were quite empty.
A moment of dread, then I thought
Of all the growlers I had bought!
Back to the car, back to my house
Grabbed my glass and brought it out
Back to the brewery, back inside

Filled with Buffalo’s brewish pride
Back to the car, onto the beach
Where my friends waited for me.
I dragged the coolers to the beach,
But security would not let me breech;
She popped my coolers and saw the growlers
“NO GLASS ON SHORE!” the guard howled
My beer was housed in a half-gallon glass
And the matron screamed ‘YOU SHALL NOT PASS’
Like the Balrog, flamed hot and dry
Unto the maiden, my thirst becried.
Still she shook her stern head nay;
I hung my head in wretched shame
But inside a voice called out to me
What about some crowlers, B?
A smile spread across my face
My glass-held beer I could replace
With giant cans perfect for the beach
I bought my gang a couple each
Returned to meet security
Who smiled and I think winked at me?!
Regardless, she let me pass and I
Struck out past the blowing grass
Onto the sand where my friends had perched
Hot and looking of mighty thirst.
We popped our tops and drank down some beer
I swear that I could hear the cheers!
So to this day, I swore allegiance
For picnics and for days at beaches
Bar-mitzvahs and baptisms too
Only one vessel will do
So here’s to you, almighty crowler
I raise my can and then I holler
Thanks to you, sealed tube of tin
For keeping all my beer within
Until it’s time that we should drink.
We drink this one to you, I think.

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Buffalo Beer Week Day 10: Come Get Your Happy Ending, And a Thank You

As I sit here writing this, an article I’ve written a number of times in the past, while drinking a 12 Gates Brewing Anastasis Double New England IPA, I can’t help but feel thankful. Thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great beer scene as a mere keyboard warrior; thankful to be able to tell the stories of these people and these beers; just…thankful. As we put another Buffalo Beer Week to bed, a number of things are swirling through my head, I can’t help but feel anything but sincerely thankful, humbled and appreciative.

It’s that word – appreciative – that sticks out to me most of all. I love this beer scene. I love the people in it. And I’m truly appreciative of its supporters, that’d be all of you who are taking a few minutes to read the words I’ve put to paper. It’s because of you that our beer scene has grown to become a tourist destination on a national and international level with over 30 breweries, cideries and wineries. If you attended one of this year’s many Beer Week events, thank you. If you drank something local this year, thank you. On behalf of myself, the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, the Buffalo Beer League, thank you.

As I said last year, this is your last chance to dance, so take a look at what’s on tap for today, then go out and raise a pint to the end of yet another Buffalo Beer Week. We’ll see you all next year. The 2020 edition of Buffalo Beer Week takes place September 11-19, so save those dates my friends.

The second annual Borderland Music + Arts Festival, a two-day music and arts festival featuring over 22 bands, local culture, tastemakers, artisans and food at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, continues today with a bigger emphasis on the local craft beer community, with a 100% craft beer lineup. The fest will also host a panel discussion on the local beer scene featuring all local beer experts, samplings from local breweries and even a live brew that will happen onsite, held in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. Free beer samplings from 12-3pm today. 12 Gates, West Shore, Community Beer Works, Brickyard Brewing, Collective Arts and Five &20 will be on hand to sample beer.

Buffalo Beer Week ends with the Happy Ending Taproom Brunches, taking place at taprooms around the area, including 42 North, Belt Line, Brickyard Brewing and New York Beer Project, for the closeout event of Beer Week.

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.

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 9: To The Borderland, And Beyond

We are now entering the final weekend of the tenth annual Buffalo Beer Week, and today is perhaps the busiest day of them all. Well, at least it has the biggest events. Today marks the start of the weekend-long Borderland Music + Arts Festival in East Aurora, Pumkingfest is happening down at Southern Tier Brewing, the Ballpark Brew Bash returns to Sahlen’s Field and Cocktoberfest is back at Woodcock Brothers in Wilson, and Belt Line Brewery are holding their first ever can release. Are you as exhausted reading that as I am typing it? Probably. There’s a lot here, so let’s just skip the pleasantries and get right to it.

The second annual Borderland Music + Arts Festival, a two-day music and arts festival featuring over 22 bands, local culture, tastemakers, artisans and food at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora on September 21 & 22, features a bigger emphasis on the local craft beer community this year, with a 100% craft beer lineup. The fest will also host a panel discussion on the local beer scene featuring all local beer experts, samplings from local breweries and even a live brew that will happen onsite, held in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. Free beer samplings from 12-3pm today and tomorrow. Among the breweries sampling their wares on Day 1 are 42 North, Lilly Belle Meads, West Shore Brewing, Rohrbach, Collective Arts, Resurgence Brewing and Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing.

Belt Line Brewery will hold their first ever can release, A Beer with Citra New England IPA (12pm). A Beer with Citra, the latest in their A Beer With… series, is brewed with a copious amount of Citra hops balanced by Centennial and El Dorado hops. This IPA delivers flavors of orange rind and candied sugar with soft, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The can art for A Beer With Citra was designed by Buffalo ex-pat Courtney Menard. 4-pack 16oz. cans will cost $16 (plus tax) or $84 (plus tax) for a case.

The ninth annual Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Sahlen’s Field (4-7pm). The event, sponsored by Consumers Beverages, features over 50 breweries from across the globe, local favorites and New York institutions, including Big Ditch, Thin Man and Pressure Drop, as well as Barrier, Lawson’s Finest, Mikkeller and more. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com. General admission ($35 presale, $5 day of) tickets include a souvenir tasting glass and 20 drink tickets. VIP tickets ($75) include access to special VIP section with 20+ special beers and cask ales, food and more.

Southern Tier Brewing Company will hold the fourth annual Pumkingfest (12pm). The event will play host to a number of special features built around the fall beer favorite, including Pumking & Warlock Imperial Stout (with pumpkins) brewery exclusive variants, gourd bowling, seasonally inspired cuisine, live music and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Woodcock Brothers will hold Cocktoberfest, featuring live music (Restless Souls, 1pm, Penny Whiskey, 5pm) and German food specials. $20 gets you a ceramic Woodcock 20oz mug, your first pour free, and every 20oz. mug pour for the price of 16oz. Ein prosit!

Ellicottville Brewing is hitting the taps at World of Beer (2pm), Mick Hayes will perform at 12 Gates (8pm) as part of the Rhythm N Blues Festival (12pm), which features live music at the brewery all day long and the 2nd annual Oktoberfest celebration take place at Eli Fish Brewing (4pm).

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.

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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Borderland Festival to Highlight WNY’s Best Beer Via Sampling, Live Brew & Beer Talk

The second annual Borderland Music + Arts Festival, a two-day music and arts festival featuring over 22 bands, local culture, tastemakers, artisans and food at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora on September 21 & 22, will feature a bigger emphasis on the local craft beer community, with a 100% craft beer lineup, a panel discussion on the local beer scene featuring all local beer experts, samplings from local breweries and even a live brew that will happen onsite, held in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.

During the two-day festival, the Buffalocal™ “Beer Paddock” will feature 20 taps with a line-up of signature and seasonal beers from participating breweries. Breweries include12 Gates, Community Beer Works, Flying Bison, Resurgence, 42 North, Rohrbach Brewing Company, Blackbird Cider Works, and Canada’s Collective Arts. The 2019 Borderland beer line-up is as follows:

  • 12 Gates – Resting Peach Face, Festbier
  • Community Beer Works – Frank, Let’s Go Pils
  • 42 North Brewing Company – Borderland IPA, Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale
  • Rohrbach Brewing Company – Scotch Ale, Blueberry Ale
  • Resurgence Brewing Company – Cosmic Truth, Oktoberfest
  • Collective Arts – Jam up the Mash, Life in the Clouds IPA
  • Flying Bison – 716 Kolsch, Aviator Red
  • Blackbird Cider Works – Estate Reserve, Chandler Street Cherry

And if you don’t know what you want to drink, the BNBA will provide beer docents to help curate what goes into your glass. And if that’s not enough, the BNBA is holding free beer samplings so you can taste before you buy. Among the breweries sampling their wares on Day 1 are 42 North, Lilly Belle Meads, West Shore Brewing, Rohrbach, Collective Arts, Resurgence Brewing and Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing. Then, on Day 2, 12 Gates, West Shore, Community Beer Works, Brickyard Brewing, Collective Arts and Five &20 will be on hand to sample beer. These will take place both Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-3pm.

Additionally, the Borderland Festival will host a “live brew” on-site at the festival on Saturday. In partnership with the Buffalo Niagara Brewer’s Association (BNBA), local brewers will brew on-site and engage with fans to discuss the process of brewing. And, finally, on Sunday afternoon, the BNBA will host a ‘Brew Talk” roundtable with regional brewers and brewery owners. Panelists include Hannah Trujillo (VP of Brewing Operations, 42 North), Dan Syracuse (Owner, Pizza Plant) and Chris Smith (Owner, CBW).

Gov’t Mule, led by former Allman Brothers guitarist, Warren Haynes, will headline Saturday night, while bluegrass band, Greensky Bluegrass, headlines Sunday. The line-up also includes Mavis Staples, Shakey Graves, The Wood Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters and The Sheepdogs, among others.

Very limited tickets still remain and can be purchased at BorderlandFestival.com. You can also find more information, including vendors and a full schedule of music and exhibits, at the site.

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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Ballpark Brew Bash Beer Festival Returns to Sahlen’s Field

The ninth annual Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Sahlen’s Field on September 21 (4-7pm) as part of the final weekend of the tenth annual Buffalo Beer Week.

The event, sponsored by Consumers Beverages, features over 50 breweries from across the globe, local favorites and New York institutions, including Big Ditch, Thin Man and Pressure Drop, as well as Barrier, Lawson’s Finest, Mikkeller and more.

Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com. General Admission tickets include admission to the event, souvenir tasting glass, program, and 20 tasting tickets which can be redeemed for one (1) 3oz. beer sample each. Additional tasting tickets are available for $1.00 each.

VIP tickets grant you access to a special VIP section located inside Consumer’s Pub at the Park (formerly Pettibone’s), which will feature 20+ special hand selected rare beers and cask ales. The VIP section also features a large food spread, including carving stations, cheese plates, Buffalo favorites and more.

For more information, including the entire brewery lineup that will be in attendance, visit http://www.ballparkbrewbash.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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Celebrate Sour Beer Day at Funky Fruity Friday at Coles & Mr. Goodbar

 Are you a sour beer lover? Then today is the day for you, and your taste buds perhaps more importantly. In honor of Sour Beer Day, you can enjoy a wide array of all things sour – from sessions and fruited to Sour IPAs and barrel aged – Mr. Goodbar and Coles (5pm) have what you desire. The unique event is free to attend; all you have to do is show up and drink some of the sour stuff.

Both Goodbar and Coles will have dozens of tart treats on draft and in bottles and cans. Here is the latest, up-to-date beer list for both venues. Keep in mind that this beer list is tentative and subject to change. There may also be some additional beers available that are not listed here.

Goodbar will also have their free Happy Hour buffet at 6pm and again at 7:30pm, featuring wings, a vegetable platter and more.

Mr. Goodbar

Draft

– Grimm Super Shine Gose
– Gun Hill City Island Gose
– Discord Disconnected Sour IPA
– Mikkeller Guava Mikkellerita Sour IPA
– Almanac Cherry Sournova (Aged in oak barrels with cherries and vanilla beans)
– Springdale Remarkablend Flanders Red (30% Belgian Red Ale aged in sherry casks, 22% Gold Lager with strawberry juice refermented in bourbon barrels, 48% Gold Lager with strawberry juice refermented in red wine barrels)
– Collective Arts Jam Up the Mash
– Dogfish Head SuperEIGHT Gose
– DESTIHL Synchopathic
– DuClaw My, My, My Key Lime Pie Sour IPA
– Perennial Prism Farmhouse Ale
– Petrus Aged Red
– Three Heads Blackberry Gose (cask)

Bottle/Can

– Brooklyn Bel Air Sour
– DESTIHL Blueberry Gose
– Dogfish Head Sequench Ale
– Duchesse De Bourgogne Flanders Red
– Prairie Pink Guava Funk
– Stillwater Insetto
– Two Roads Persian Lime Gose
– To Øl Marmelade
– Ritterguts Gose Urgose Märzen
– Anchorage Anadrommous Black Sour

Coles

Draft

– Sixpoint Firecracker Sour IPA
– Thin Man Minkey Boodle
– Duclaw Purple Passion Gose
– K2 Brothers Mango/Peach/Lime Milkshake IPA
– Troegs Raspberry Tart Ale

Bottles/Can

– Crooked Stave
– Bells II : The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Leaves of Grass Series) Gose

For more information on Fruity Funky Friday, visit their Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/505387493579646/.

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.

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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Pack Your Antacids: New York Beer Project Presents Funk Fest

If you’ve got some Tums or Rolaids (or in my case, Zantac 150), it’s time to stock up and pop ‘em if you got ‘em, because, 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 on September 20 (5pm).

NYBP are pulling out all the sour stops for Funk Fest; not only are they returning four of their most beloved sour offerings, 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.

“We have a great lineup of past favorites plus new ones, including four takes on a Berliner Weisse,” NYBP Head Brewer Jason Crossett says. “It’s been a lot fun watching our brewers’ creative juices flow and come up with some unique ideas and twists on a traditional German-style sour. It also was a lot of fun! [It] breaks up the daily routine of brewing flagships as well as seasonal beers. Everyone put a lot of thought in to these beers and even went outside their knowledge base to try something new. Can’t wait to try them all!”

Now for the important stuff. Here is all of the sour beers you can expect to see for Funk Fest.

Returning favorites:

  • Moscow Mule (4.4%): Gose brewed with Motueka hops, lime zest, Kaffir lime leaves, fresh ginger, coriander, and fleur de sel (sea salt).
  • Superhero (4.5%): Sour brew with lemon peel and Mosaic hops. Aged with blueberries, raspberries, tart and cherries. Fermented with a Belgian Saison strain.
  • Supernatural (4.2%): Sour brewed with Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Aged with passionfruit.
  • Superfunk (6.25%): Barrel aged blend of two beers that took nearly 2 years in the making. Blend of a farmhouse saison and barrel fermented sour (in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels). It packs a rustic barnyard character with flavors of ripe apricots and mild notes of wood, spice and citrus. Moderate tartness and finishes dry.

New beers:

  • Barrel Aged Papaya Gose (4.8%):Last year NYBP brewed a gose with Azacca hops then fermented it with papaya and dry-hopped with Galaxy. They aged a portion of it in Lockhouse Gin barrels that were previously aged with Blackbird cider. The barrels lent aromas of juniper spice and citrus while imparting flavors of tart and sweet apples to go along with the tropical fruit flavors already present.  Effervescent and refreshing.
  • Pink Lemonade Sour (3.8%):Their newest full-scale kettle sour from the creative brewers at our Lockport location. Brewed with fresh lemon zest and juice, Mosaic and Huell Melon hops and finished with a blend of raspberry and strawberry puree. It holds a bold pinkish color with reddish hues. It offers a light body with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity. Blast of strawberries and lemon zest with just the right amount of raspberries to round out the tartness and add some depth of flavor. Light and refreshing just like lemonade should be.

Brewer’s Friendly Competition Beers (Berliner Weisse as base style):

  • Berliner Weisse Aged in Casa Larga Chardonnay Barrels (4.6%):Aged in second use barrels that previously aged a farmhouse ale brewed with sage. Ben Elford, who heads up brewing operations at NYBP Victor, brewed this. Soured with Lallemand wild brew strain and fermented with house strain. Pale straw colored beer brewed with pilsner malt, wheat, and Hersbrucker hops. Chardonnay barrel character evident on the nose. Pleasant tartness up front with a wheat grain finish.
  • Da Crusher (7.2%):Brewed by John Hyman and Jason Crossett with pilsner malt, white wheat, flaked wheat and oats. Soured with a blend of lactobacillus strains: Brevis and Delbrueckii. Late addition hops with Mosaic, Nelson, and Azacca. Fermented with German ale yeast strain with a secondary fermentation on 12lbs. of fresh organic blueberries from Child’s Blueberry Farm out of Hinsdale, NY. Lightly dry-hopped with Mosaic and Nelson hops and aged with guava puree to add complexity. Da Crusher is fruit forward lending some sweetness to balance the acidity with aromas of blueberries, grape, and tropical fruit. Flavors of blueberry, guava, and grape, with light floral and citrus to compliment. Smooth with a light creamy texture.
  • PEACH, please (4.5%):Brewed by Chris Ceccato and Pat Bradley with lager malt, white wheat, oats, and Amarillo hops. Soured with Greek yogurt then fermented with Champagne yeast. Secondary fermentation on 14lbs. of fresh peaches from Susice Farms in Ransomville, NY. Dry-hopped with Amarillo hops. A refreshing beer that is tart and fruity. Aromas of peach, apricots, and citrus. Strong peach flavor with moderate acidity and somewhat dry finish.
  • Strawliner Winner (7.7%):Brewed by Sean Hamilton and Alec Campbell and brewed with pilsner malt, white wheat, Topaz and Huell Melon hops. Soured with Greek yogurt and fermented with a blend of kolsch yeast and Brett Bruxellensis. Secondary fermentation and aging with over 10lbs. of fresh strawberries. This beer has a light pinkish color with complex aromas of barnyard funk, leather and fresh strawberries. Moderate tartness and very refreshing.

Whether you’re an experienced sour seeker or just a tart trainee, Funk Fest really does have something for you, from the lighter end of the sour spectrum with sessionable sours and easy-drinking goses to bigger bodied, more imperial style brews. And if you’ve yet to try a sour beer and have been sitting around wondering what all of the hype is about, this is the perfect opportunity to try a few and see what you like.

For more information on Funk Fest, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/920266878320638/.

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 8: It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday

As I write this, I’m indifferent. Sure, it’s Friday, which is awesome and we have Fruity Funky Friday at Coles and Goodbar and  Funk Fest at New York Beer Project on tap for tonight, but that also means there is only today, then the weekend, left for Buffalo Beer Week. While I won’t entirely miss just how freaking busy I have been on the daily, I look forward to being able to take naps again. Yes, I’m old.

Regardless, there are tons of events going on today. From beer festivals and sour beer events to tap takeovers and beer walks, there’s something for everything tonight. If you want to go out and just grab a beer and listen to some live music, then that’s on the docket for today as well. Take a look for yourself.

Today is also the final day to win some free beer from my friends at Buffalo Brewing. And 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.

Woodcock Brothers is gathering up over 20 New York State breweries serving all fall seasonal style brews at their Wilson headquarters, along with live music (Experimental Sandwich, 7pm), food trucks, distilleries, ciders and lawn games at the third annual NY Fall Beer Festival (6pm). $3 per drink ticket, good for a 5oz pour.

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary Buffalo Beer Week in the beautiful Village of Lewiston. Start at Brewed & Bottled Craft Beer Shop (5pm), where you’ll taste beer and learn about history of craft beer in the area. Sample beers at select village establishments from there. Pay as you go.

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 (5pm). 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.

Pizza Plant Transit are tapping a few Mortalis Brewing beers (5pm). They are featuring Orion Double IPA (Mosaic, Citra & Nelson hops) and Venus Strawberry Fig Newton Milk Stout.

Osborn Nash will be performing at Big Inlet (6pm), Tommy Link will take to the stage at Four Mile (6pm) and Qwister will perform at 12 Gates (8pm).

Are you a sour beer lover? This day is perfect for you! Enjoy a selection of session, fruity and barrel aged sours at Mr. Goodbar and Coles in honor of Sour Beer Day at Fruity Funky Friday (5pm). Mr. Goodbar will tap Gun Hill City Island Gose, Discord Disconnected Sour IPA, DuClaw My, My, My Key Lime Pie Sour IPA, Almanac Cherry Sournova and more, while Coles will tap Upstate Lemonade Sour, LIC Beer Project Gal Friday (Cherry & Vanilla) Berliner Weisse, Sixpoint Firecracker Sour IPA, Thin Man Minkey Boodle and bottles of Crooked Stave. Free entry. A la carte pints.

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 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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