Yes, just as Samuel L. Jackson’s Ray Arnold famously said in Jurassic Park, everyone needs to ‘hold onto their butts’ come the second day of Buffalo Beer Week. This is the day, the day when all hell breaks loose as it is undoubtedly the busiest, most jam packed day of this 10 day stretch. So, let’s not waste any more time with small talk.
The 2017 Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Coca-Cola Field, 4-7pm. The event, sponsored by Consumers Beverages, features over 50 breweries from across the globe, local favorites and New York institutions. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com. Then after the Brew Bash, head to Lockhouse Distillery for the official after party with The Rifts at 7pm. After parties are also happening at SATO Brewpub and Pearl Street Brewery.
Southern Tier Brewing Company will hold the second annual Pumking Festival. The event, 12pm-6pm on the grounds of Southern Tier in Lakewood, will play host to a number of special features including Pumking & Warlock brewery exclusive variants, gourd bowling, seasonally inspired cuisine, live music from the Keith Shuskie Band & the release of their Rum Barrel Aged Pumking Ale. This event is free and open to the public.
Hamm & Fattey’s bottle shop in Hamburg will offer $6 flights all day long.
Although Thin Man Brewery’s Zwanze Day is sold out, the event is still open to the public as a number of Cantillon beers will be available on tap and via bottle pour. On top of the 2017 Zwanze beer, Thin Man will offer pours of Cantillon Gueuze, Cuvée St-Gilloise, Vigneronne, St-Lamvinus, and Nath (pronounced ‘Nat’ – a rhubarb lambic), in addition to many others. Doors open at 11am.
The first annual Oktoberfest bash at Brickyard Brewing Company in Lewiston is also happening. The first time event will feature German food, live music and specials on Brickyard Brewing’s Dunkel, Oktoberfest and other fall beers.
Cocktoberfest, Woodcock Brothers Brewing’s longest running annual brewery party of the year, starts at noon. The festivities include live music from 12pm – 10pm, featuring Queen City Lights (12:30-3:30pm), Maria Aurigema (4-7pm) and Blue Rocket Trio (7-10pm), authentic style German food specials like house-made beer bratwurst with kraut and potato pancake, weiner schnitzel with braised red cabbage and potato pancake and sauerbraten with spatzle and braised red cabbage. Dress up in your finest Lederhosen or German garb and receive $1 off a pint.
Exham Priory, Barksdales, Kickstart Rumble and Lower Town Trio will take the stage at Mr. Goodbar at 7pm.
West Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company will also be open every day during 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. These 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft. New users can download the Lyft app and use the promo code ‘BNBA’ to receive four $5 credits towards rides.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.