Well, we have made it to the second Friday of Buffalo Beer Week. Seven days ago we were hold up at the Adam Mickiewicz Library for the Beer Week Opening Gala, and somehow there are only a few days left in this annual celebration. Luckily for all of you, and me too actually, there are bountiful opportunities to get tonight and kick your weekend off right and wind down Buffalo Beer Week in proper fashion.
And don’t mind the crappy weather – we were bound to get some of it sooner rather than later, although it is gonna suck when we go out tonight and have to wear jeans and a hoodie instead of shorts, sandals and a t-shirt. Oh well, a beer will cure all of that.
42 North Brewing has tapped a fresh keg of their Enforcer Galaxy Double IPA. You could literally be drinking it right now as you read this.
Flying Bison Brewing will have a fresh cask of Blackbird Stout at 3pm, along with the bottle release of their Blackbird Stout, the first time in nearly 10 years it’s been bottled. The first ten people in line for some cask beer will receive free Buffalo Sabres tickets.
Celebrate all things Buffalo Beer Week at Colter Bay with a bevy of local brews including Four Mile Crooked Creek Wet Hop Ale, Woodcock IPA, Southern Tier Citra Hopped Live, Ellicottville Blueberry and Hamburg Gary’s Wild Hops. These are all on tap now.
One of the strongest aspects of the Buffalo beer scene is the collaboration not competition mantra. Well, showcasing that this time is West Shore Brewing and 12 Gates Brewing, who have teamed up on Dark Frontier Black IPA, which will be released at the West Shore Brewing taproom at 6pm. Clocking in at 7.1% ABV and 100 IBUs, Dark Frontier brings the Pacific Northwest to Western New York.
All three Griffon Pub locations (East Aurora, Niagara Falls, Clarence) are hosting Resurgence Brewing takeovers, including the brand new Griffon Collab (Milkshake IPA), Peach Gose, R&D 9 (IPA), Imperial Barrel Aged Irish Breakfast Stout, Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged Sponge Candy Stout, Citmo (IPA), Cosmic Truth (Session IPA) and Loganberry Wit (Witbier), among others, available. 6pm.
The Revenge Therapist takes the stage at Mr. Goodbar downstairs at 10pm, while karaoke goes on upstairs.
The A List band performs at New York Beer Project at 9pm.
Butera’s is hosting a Big Ditch Brewing tap takeover, including their just tapped BDU Collaboration Ale, a new collaborative beer with Upstate Brewing. 6pm.
Old First Ward Brewing/Gene McCarthy’s will tap a firkin of their Hopster IPA with grapefruit. 5pm.
World of Beer will host a Flying Bison beer spotlight at 6pm. The tap list includes Blackbird Stout with infusion of Maraschino Cherries, Juice Caboose, Rusty Chain, 716 IPA, Bisonfest, Barrel Aged Spot Coffee Stout and Patrona Imperatrice.
Rusty Nickel Brewing is hosting a Mug Club Member / Potential Member Mixer, Beer Week Edition. Come by the RNBC tasting room to learn more about becoming a 2018 RNBC Mug Club Member from staff and current members. Membership includes discounts on drinks, merchandise, & bookings as well as special event access, mug club exclusive events and more. It’s also $10 off for any new members. 6pm.
West Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company will also be open every day during Buffalo Beer Week. It’s also Steal The Pint Week at Buffalo Brewing, meaning that each time you order a pint, you keep the glass (while supplies last). Lafayette Brewing is also offering $3.50 pint specials all Buffalo Beer Week long.
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 next 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.