Celebrating the Evolving History and Continuous Education of our Beloved Beverage Buffalo Beer Week® promotes Buffalo’s growing craft beer culture by sponsoring a ten-day festival in Erie and Niagara counties and Western NY that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for Buffalo’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community.

Buffalo Beer Week Day 6: Happy Humpday

You’ve made it to the middle of your work week. Or maybe you’re not working – maybe you’re unemployed, maybe you’re independently wealthy. What do I know? Who am I to judge? Regardless, it’s Wednesday, which in itself is cause to celebrate, and as you damn well know by now, it’s Buffalo Beer Week, so there’s plenty of opportunity for you to get out into the wild and raise a toast to putting the tough half of your week behind you.

Five & 20 in Westfield are offering something different with a scenic bike ride. Take your pick of two cycling cruises through the farmlands and town of Westfield, NY, starting and ending at the brewery. Hang out after your ride and enjoy some beer or wine and food. Free to participate. Drinks and food available for purchase after your ride. Two routes: 5pm: Scenic Lake Route: (led by Five & 20’s own Bob Dahl) medium-paced, flat, approximately 25-30 miles. 5:30pm: Slow Roll to Town: (led by Five & 20’s own brewer, Paul Alessi) very relaxed-pace, approximately 5 miles. Meet at the brewery. 5pm.

Steak, Cigars, Beer & Whiskey at Rusty Nickel Brewing: The name says it all, right? What else could you possibly need? Each ticket includes a steak dinner with Ebenezer Ale House, along with a cigar from a selection of Nice Ash Cigars, local whiskey and bourbon tastings with Black Button Distilling and Southern Tier Distilling Company and a flight of Rusty Nickel brews. Representatives from each business will be on site to discuss pairings and to present their products in depth. Tickets at EventBrite. 7pm.

Resurgence Brewing is bringing their brewhouse to 716 Food and Sport for a special on-site collaboration pilot brew (2:30-5pm), before they take over the taps with 2017 Imperial Sponge Candy Stout, 2017 BBA Imperial Sponge Candy Stout, Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin, Black Currant Kettle Sour, Head in the Clouds Double IPA and Resurgence IPA. 5pm.

42 North Brewing and Community Beer Works are swapping places, well their bartending staffs are at least. Head to 42 North to hang with your fav CBW beertenders and stop out to CBW to see your fav 42N beertenders. 5pm.

Gordon Biersch are tapping their Festbier, and are celebrating the perennial release with live music from the Auslanders and food and games. A portion of proceeds will go to benefit Hospice Buffalo. 5pm.

Buffalo Brewpub are welcoming a number of brewing friends from Rochester for the 585 Tap Takeover, including CB Craft Brewers, Triphammer Bierwerks, and Rohrbach Brewing Company. Three Heads Brewing will also collaborate with Buffalo Brewpub on a limited edition Altbier. 5pm.

Have you ever wanted to tour the silo brewery at Riverworks Brewing? Take part in a meet and greet with the Riverworks brewers, and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery, which is built inside a giant six-pack, the only brewery built into a grain silo in the world. 6:30pm.

Also, New York Beer Project is taking over the taps at World of Beer (7pm), Flying Bison is hosting their Weekly Cornhole Tournament (6pm), Four Mile Brewing will be at Hamm & Fattey’s with their Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale and the evolution to their Citra Dry Hopped Cream Ale (12pm) and get $ off all hoppy beers at Mr. Goodbar all day long.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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

Buffalo Beer Week Day 5: Tuesday Brewsday

And then there was Tuesday. Let’s face it – Tuesday’s are usually boring. It’s not quite the middle of the week, not quite the beginning of the week. It’s just a day, normally. Well, not during Buffalo Beer Week, because there’s a number of events to attend tonight. I know, by now you’re probably sick of me saying it, but there is really a lot to do.

From beer education events and trivia to beer pairings and opportunities to meet and talk shop with brewers, the only Tuesday of BBW presents all of those opportunities for you!

Truly learn about beer at Drinking in Style, which takes place at Trocaire College. Brian Barrows, director of Trocaire’s Brewing, Distilling, & Fermentation Science Program, will discuss and offer tastings of beers that have been brewed “to style.” The event is free. 7pm.

Lafayette Brewing Co. are holding their Fourth Annual Oktoberfest, featuring a meet and greet with Lafayette’s brewing team. Enjoy $3.50 pints as well. 5pm.

Rusty Nickel Brewing is holding a one-of-a-kind pairing with the experts, as they guide you through an in-depth and educational food and beer deconstruction and recipe development. Your ticket includes a meet and greet with RNBC Head Brewer Dave Johnson, along with Kitchen Manager Marcus Hunger and Owner Nate Springer of the Ebenezer Ale House along with four courses, four beer tastings, and a specialty beer glass. 7:30pm.

Head Brewer Paul Alessi of Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing will be at Hamm & Fattey’s in Hamburg sharing his story as well as some of his brews. 6pm.

New York Beer Project presents ‘A Spectacular 4 Course Magical Beer Pairing Evening.’ Join NYBP for an unforgettable sensory experience that pairs food, craft beer and magic, featuring NYBP Executive Chef Jesse Billinghurst, Head Brewer Jason Crossett, and Magician Garrett Thomas. 6:30pm.

Also, 12 Gates Brewing are offering $2 off all growler fills in their taproom (4-6pm), Busted Stuff is performing at Gordon Biersch (6pm), the Buffalo Beer Goddesses are holding a special trivia night at Flying Bison during Food Truck Tuesday (6:30pm), Steelbound Brewery is taking over the taps at World of Beer (7pm), and there is also trivia at Gene McCarthy’s (7pm) and Schnitzel and Co. (7:30pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street is offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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

Buffalo Beer Week Day 4: A Cure For Your Case of the Mondays

The start of a new week has arrived, but thank goodness it’s still Buffalo Beer Week. Sure, we are all taking that long walk back into our offices today, but at least you can take solace in the fact that BBW continues to churn with a handful of events and beers tonight for you to enjoy once you punch the clock at the end of the day.

So, if you have a case of the Monday’s, then take a lunch break and head over to Gene McCarthy’s, because Old First Ward Brewing are tapping #Smashtag, their absolutely insanely good New England IPA. As always, this one will not last long, so grab a Beef on Weck and a few pints to help break up the monotony of your workday.

Check out BlackBird Cider Works’ brand new Buffalo Cider Hall at the Buffalo Beer Week Brewer’s Social. This is a great opportunity to stop out and see the new Buffalo Cider Hall as well as their BuffaLocal Beer and Cider draft line-up. 6:30pm.

Certified Cicerone Tom Robson of East Hill Creamery and Chef Jim Gaurino are teaming up to pair the award-winning cheeses of East Hill Creamery with local craft beer from 42 North Brewing, Steelbound, Hamburg Brewing, and Resurgence Brewing at Shango Bistro. Meet the chef, the cheesemaker, and the brewers, taste, and learn. A la carte small plates. $35 (cheese and beer).

Rusty Nickel is holding a special edition of DJ Trivia with special beer trivia questions in honor of Buffalo Beer Week. Bring your team and compete for the top spot. 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place teams all win Rusty Nickel Brewing gift cards. 7pm.

Oktoberfest at Murphy Brown’s brings $4 fall seasonal beer goblets and $4 off bratwurst pizzas. New York Beer Project will also be sampling their Triple Crown Imperial Stout at Premier Gourmet (5-7pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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

Buffalo Beer Week Day 3: Sunday Funday

And in the blink of an eye we are just about one-third of the way through Buffalo Beer Week. Time flies, you know? There’s some fun stuff to get wrapped up in on BBW’s first Sunday, and if watching Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills open up the home half of their schedule again the Los Angeles Chargers, there are plenty of places you can watch the game while drinking an uber-fresh local brew.

The Brewers Tailgate at 716 sounds like a hell of a lot of fun and there’s something about watching the Bills at Buffalo Brewing on their new screen that sounds just so cool – huddling inside the brewery to watch the game with a cold beer, then spending commercial breaks outside in the beer garden. But I digress.

Here are the highlights of Buffalo Beer Week Day 3:

A host of Buffalo brewers will gather at 716 Food and Sport for the inaugural Buffalo Brewers Tailgate, who will take over the taps and watch the Buffalo Bills plays the Los Angeles Chargers. Head down to 716, watch Josh Allen’s first start on 716’s massive video screen and hang out and talk shop with Buffalo’s best and brightest beer minds. 1pm.

Both Pizza Plant locations (Canalside and Transit) are offering 30 percent off all of their bottles and cans. Yes, anything on the list! And, if you spend $20, you’ll receive a free glass. All day.

Hamm & Fattey’s will host winning homebrewer Ian Calder and his Alec’s Amber Ale, which was brewed by Calder at Windy Brew in Strykersville. Grab a pint of the award-winning brew and meet the brewer himself. 6pm.

Gordon Biersch is offering $8 growler fills all day, as well as $3 pints (4-7pm) and Tyler Smilo is performing at Five & 20 (1-4pm) as well.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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

Buffalo Beer Week Day 2: You Survived Day 1

Welp, here we are, Day 2 of Buffalo Beer Week, which means that, if you’re reading this, you survived the first day of BBW and are off and running with your calendars and schedules planned out accordingly. Hopefully you have a copy of the official book with all of your events circled and highlighted. As expected on the first Saturday of BBW, there are plenty of things on tap (BEER PUNS!) for you to do today and even more beer to make sure you try.

Hopefully you had the chance to make it out to the Opening Gala last night at Flying Bison. As per usual, I ended up pouring beer for many thirsty folks, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d just like to thank Flying Bison for being such gracious hosts – they continue to be class acts in this beer scene.

Now, onto Beer Week Day 2.

Buffalo Brewed takes place tonight at the Imagine Event Center, which will feature a local beer takeover and performances by two of Buffalo’s most prominent Americana bands, PA Line and Black Canyon Lights. 7pm.

IPA Palooza at Pizza Plant Canalside features all locally brewed IPAs and a chance to speak with the brewers who made them. Yes, a beer event featuring all locally brewed IPAs – sounds pretty perfect, right? 12pm.

Resurgence Brewing’s Oktoberfest Party returns this year featuring not only individual Men’s and Women’s Stein Hoisting competitions, but Team Bier Games, including teams of four competing in Bier Barrel Race, Stein Carry Relay, Stein Hoisting and Cornhole. $10 gets you a commemorative stein, which features a free fill and $0.50 off all fills. Festivities start at 1:30pm with the Ceremonial Keg Tapping, followed by dancing, yodeling, music, food (Wayno’s BBQ) and the return of Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale. All team participants will receive a bier stein with complementary first fill and a Bier Team Shirt. 12pm.

Proving that time really does fly when you’re having fun, SATO Brewpub, the Japanese restaurant and brewpub featuring Belgian-inspired beers, is turning one. Their anniversary party will feature food, drink and merchandise specials, live music from Gravy, contests for prizes and a trio of anniversary beers, Momotoro, a 5% Brut IPA with Peaches, the latest in their J-Pop sour series, Ume Plum Gose, and Lil’ Peachy, Momotoro dosed with glitter. Yes, glitter beer returns to Buffalo! The event is non-ticketed and all are welcome to attend. 4pm.

Celebrate the coming of autumn at Flying Bison’s annual Bisonfest party. Contest & prizes will be awarded for Best traditional German attire, Best Moustache/Beard and Best David Hasselhoff Impersonator/Costume. The Frankfurters will take the stage outside in the biergarten under a massive tent from 1-4pm and the Isotopes follow 5-8pm. Food includes Spar’s Bisonfest Beer Bratwurst, Hamburgers, Scharf’s German Potato Salad, and One Foot Cock Apple Brandy Stewed Red Cabbage. Mazurek’s Bakery will be on-site with their new Eats-N-Sweets trailer serving up Aviator Red Soft Pretzels and desserts. $10 entry at the door includes 1 drink ticket (good for beer or soda) & 6 hours of live music. 12pm.

There’s plenty of live music to go out and see tonight as well. The Acoustified Duo performs at West Shore Brewing (7-9pm), the Michael DiSanto Trio takes the stage at 42 North (8-11pm), Old Hippies perform at Eli Fish (9-11:55pm) and Mosswalk are at Thin Man (10pm-1am).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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

Buffalo Beer Week Day 1: We’re Back In The Cut

Well, here we go again. Buffalo Beer Week is back for its ninth year and we’re back in the cut pouring over the dozens and dozens of events planned each day. Over the course of these next 10 days, we will be highlighting all of the events you need to attend, all of the beer you should have in your glass and all of the bands you should see live.

First and foremost, congratulations are in order for 42 North Brewing on taking home their third consecutive title at the Brewers Shuffleboard Tournament last night at Big Ditch. Now that that is out of the way, let’s get onto the good stuff.

The Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala at Flying Bison Brewing, which is ticketed this year, will feature beers from all Western New York breweries, as well as food trucks and live music. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a special Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tasting glass as well as tasting tickets. The Leroy Townes Band and the Panfil Family Bluegrass Band will provide live music and food comes courtesy of Lloyd’s and Lomo Lomo food trucks. 5-9pm.

Rum Raisin Belgian Dubbel, New York Beer Project’s latest collaboration with Perry’s Ice Cream, hits taps at NYBP. This old-time favorite, Rum Raisin, is a perfect flavor profile for a Belgian Dubbel, a style that originated in the Middle Ages. $1 from every pint sold at NYBP Lockport goes to Oishei Children’s Hospital, so #makeadifference while enjoying this classic flavor. They also released a new Papaya Gose last night, so look for that on tap as well. 5pm.

There’s plenty of live music to catch tonight, including Ade Adu at Four Mile Brewing (6pm), Jessika and the Feels at Hamburg Brewing (7pm), Bob Schiele at 12 Gates Brewing (8pm), Rebel Posse at Eli Fish Brewing (9pm), Brendan & the Strangest Ways (with special guest Timothy Alice) at Thin Man (10pm) and Hundred Plus Club at Mr. Goodbar (8pm).

Happy Hour at Gordon Biersch brings $3 16oz. drafts from 4-7pm and a number of tastings are taking place as well, including Big Ditch at Wegmans (Amherst St) (4-6pm), Ellicottville Brewing at Consumer’s Beverages Abbott Road location (4:30-6:30pm) and Community Beer Works at Premier Gourmet (5-7pm).

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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

Fill Your Schedule with These 11 Can’t-Miss Buffalo Beer Week Events

Buffalo Beer Week can be overwhelming, I get it. Trust me, I know. There’s dozens and dozens of venues holding over 100 events jam packed into just 10 days. There’s plenty to see and do, and more importantly, drink, over the next week plus, so I felt it necessary to point out a few of the events that I am most looking forward to, events that you should try and plan to be at as well.

I scoured all of the events that are planning around the area during Buffalo Beer Week and came up with a selection of 11 events that you should think about hitting. I plan on attending most of these, starting with the Opening Gala at Flying Bison. I wrote a feature on the gala, so be sure to scroll down on the homepage and check that out. Beyond that, there’s tastings, plenty of beer releases and other beer-related parties to keep your glass full and to fully wet your appetite. Read up on the events, then plan accordingly.

September 14 – Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala: The event, which is ticketed this year, will feature beers from all Western New York breweries, as well as food trucks and live music. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a special Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tasting glass as well as tasting tickets. The Leroy Townes Band and the Panfil Family Bluegrass Band will provide live music and food comes courtesy of Lloyd’s and Lomo Lomo food trucks. 5-9pm.

September 15 – Buffalo IPA Palooza at Pizza Plant Canalside: All IPAs, all the time. At least 15 local IPAs will be on tap at Pizza Plant as brewers from all over Buffalo will be chatting about beer, talking about beer, listening while you talk about beer, tasting beer, and doing various other beer related things. 12pm.

September 15 – SATO One Year Anniversary Party: Their anniversary party will feature food, drink and merchandise specials, live music from Gravy, contests for prizes and a trio of anniversary beers, Momotoro, a 5% Brut IPA with Peaches, the latest in their J-Pop sour series, Ume Plum Gose, and Lil’ Peachy, Momotoro dosed with glitter. Yes, glitter beer returns to Buffalo! The event also marks the launch of SATO’s official spirit made in collaboration with Lockhouse Distillery. 4pm-2am.

September 17 – Buffalo Beer Week Brewer’s Social at Buffalo Cider Hall: What better time to go and check out BlackBird Cider Works’ new location, the Buffalo Cider Hall, than during Beer Week? Visit the new location, check out the new digs and see the new Cider Hall and the BuffaLocal beer and cider draft line-up. 6:30-8:30pm.

September 19 – Steak, Cigars, Beer & Whiskey at Rusty Nickel Brewing: The name says it all, right? What else could you possibly need? Each ticket includes a steak dinner with Ebenezer Ale House, along with a cigar from a selection of Nice Ash Cigars, local whiskey and bourbon tastings with Black Button Distilling and Southern Tier Distilling Company and a flight of Rusty Nickel brews. Representatives from each business will be on site to discuss pairings and to present their products in depth. Tickets at EventBrite. 7pm.

September 20 – Pressure Drop Brewing / Thin Man Brewery Dog Birthday Party release: Pressure Drop continues their can release barrage with Dog Birthday Party, their third such collaboration with Thin Man Brewery. Cans and draft will be released at both locations. Dog Birthday Party is a Graham Cracker Stout with Cinnamon, Vanilla and Brown Sugar. Some vanilla extract and cinnamon were added in the whirlpool, chocolate and biscuit malt with a little bit of honey as well.

September 20 – 4th Annual Tapping of the Pumpkin at Pearl Street: Not only will a pumpkin be tapped, meaning you can literally drink beer out of a pumpkin, Pearl Street will be releasing their Pumpkin Spice Ale for the special occasion. This medium-bodied amber ale is brewed with 350lbs. of real pumpkin, spiced with pumpkin pie spices, and aged on vanilla beans. PSG then pours it through a real pumpkin to add to the fun of the season. Try it with a special brown sugar-cinnamon rimmed glass. Meet the brewers and grab something to eat at Brawlers Deli with special pint prices. 5-8pm.

September 21 – Ballpark Brewbash: The 2018 Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Coca-Cola Field and features over 50 breweries from local and regional favorites as well as other well-known national breweries, who will be serving their wares both out on the field and inside on the concourse. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com and at any Consumer’s Beverages locations. 6-9pm.

September 22 – Brickyard Brewing / West Shore Brewing Das Blep NEIPA Release: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Brickyard (White Bronco) and West Shore (Green Flyer) are brewing some of the best hazy beers no one is talking about, so Das Blep, their first ever collaboration, should be great. This Double Dry Hopped New England IPA features notes of over-the-top tropical fruit and white wine. Grab cans of this beer at Brickyard. 11am.

September 23 – Community Beer Works Funeral of Rutherford B. Haze: It’s that time a year again, the time when we say goodbye to someone who has been so good to us over the past few months – CBW’s beloved Belgian Witbier, Rutherford B. Haze. Start with a fabulous beer brunch pairing, 11am-2pm, at Hot Mama’s Canteen, immediately followed by HMC & CBW 2nd Line NOLA funeral parade. The 2nd Line Jazz Funeral will be led by Brass Pro and the Waterfront Revivalist. CBW will provide swagtastic items. Wear your finest black, bring a bright umbrella and just dance down the street. The band will lead in a group song of “When the Saints” feel free to sing. Then Brass Pro will perform for us in front of the bar and inside. 11am.

September 23 – Malt Madness Homebrew Competition at Rusty Nickel: It’s time to brew up your favorite malt-forward recipes for RNBC’s Malt madness Home Brew Competition! Rusty Nickel is approaching this homebrew comp a little different as they are splitting the categories in an unorthodox way – beers will be judged by SRM instead of style. Winners of each category will receive a medal, and the winner of the Best in Show competition will be invited to brew their beer at Rusty Nickel and have it on tap in the tasting room. And better yet, I’ll be serving as one of the judges for the competition, along with some other members of the Buffalo Beer League. Register at EventBrite. 3-6pm.

To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

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.

Opening Gala Kicks Off Buffalo Beer Week’s 100+ Events

The Opening Gala is one of my favorite events during Buffalo Beer Week year after year. Though it’s new to Flying Bison Brewing this year on September 15 (5-9pm), I have loved this event dating back to its days as Buffalo Brewed at the Adam Mickiewicz Library. It’s also one of the very first events we attended after starting the Buffalo Beer League. I’ll miss having this event at the Library, and the Torn Space Theatre last year, but I’m excited for its next incarnation, and you should be too.

That was then. This is now.

The event, which is ticketed this year, will feature an all-Western New York taplist, as well as food trucks and live music. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a special Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tasting glass as well as eight tasting tickets additional 5oz. pours will be $2). The Leroy Townes Band and the Panfil Family Bluegrass Band will provide live music and food comes courtesy of Lloyd’s and Lomo Lomo food trucks.

Brewers and representatives from each brewery will be on hand as well at the gala so you will have the chance to chat directly with those responsible for the delicious liquid that is in your glass.

Beer list (subject to change):

“Successful growing festivals like Buffalo Beer Week highlight how strong an impact local craft brewing has on the revitalization of Western New York,” outgoing BNBA President Willard Brooks adds. “The BNBA was formed as a way to showcase Buffalo’s rich beer-making history and to stimulate further interest in the local beer industry from surrounding counties in the region, as well as Rochester and Southern Ontario.”

Buffalo Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene, now in its ninth year, runs through September 23. The lineup features hundreds of events, including over a dozen featured events. New this year is Class Is In Session IPA, the official Buffalo Beer Week beer, a collaboration between 20 local breweries, which will be available for sale throughout Beer Week. You can find the beer in six pack cans and on draft at a number of breweries as well as local Wegmans and bottle shops like Village Beer Merchant, Brewed and Bottled and Premier Gourmet.

Oh, and although it is called a gala, there is no dress code – feel free to wear what you want. Although I considering wearing my three-piece suit, I think I will just go with a polo.

To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

For more information on the Opening Gala, head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/1857340951053428.

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.

Class Is In Session IPA: A Collaboration for a Community

By Clay Keel

On August 8, 2018, for the first time in the history of Buffalo Beer Week, over 20 Western New York brewers came together to brew a beer for Buffalo. The brew is a juicy IPA born from the collective minds of Buffalo brewers called “Class Is In Session.” As I am writing this, the beer is fermenting so I can only hypothesize as to what it will taste like, but I do know what it represents. This beer represents collaboration, comradery, and above all community.

That simple word, community, is a complicated thing. There are at least two definitions per Webster’s Dictionary. The first, “a group of people living in close proximity with common interests,” describes most cities in our country. Buffalo, however, represents one of the few places where community matches the second definition: “a group of people with shared interest, history, beliefs and common goals.” Our sense of community is developed by long winters and hardened by challenging times. This amazing, unique sense of community transfers to the Western New York brewers.

Few cities have the sense of cooperation between breweries like Buffalo. The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association and a large community of talented homebrewers laid the foundation for a tremendous brewing community. Now, any brewery that opens in Western New York will find a welcomed reception from existing industry members. We meet monthly to share lessons, ideas, techniques, and a few beers. If this unique cooperation can maintain, Buffalo has a bright future as an even bigger craft beer destination.

The first beer week collaboration beer, Class is in Session IPA, exemplifies the amazing cooperation between Buffalo breweries. Just about every Western New York Brewer contributed Pale malt, Galaxy hops, or some other ingredient to the finished product. The brewery community came together to work toward a shared goal of a successful beer week and successful Buffalo beer scene. Through strong cooperation, Buffalo beer will only continue to grow and become a destination for beer lovers nationwide. So grab yourself a Class is in Session and enjoy a true Buffalo community beer.