Today is the second last day of the 2018 edition of Buffalo Beer Week, which is equal parts saddening and welcoming. But let’s not wallow and lament, let’s celebrate, because we still have today and tomorrow left to raise a pint to the Buffalo-Niagara beer scene and just how far we have come in such a short period of time. So, to make a long story short, grab a pint somewhere today.
If Buffalo Beer Week has proven anything, it’s that beer and music are the ultimate pairing, so why not celebrate both in one night at Buffalo Brewed, Buffalo Beer Week’s own Rock and Roll Beer festival, which pairs local craft breweries with the virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks, a Dayton jam band who are best known for improvisation and exploration of music across multiple genres. The event takes place at the Town Ballroom at 8pm. The festival offers performances by The Werks and several Buffalo bands (TBA) paired with beer from all nine local packaging breweries.
Taste all 7 Deadly Sins beer from Denmark’s Amager Brewing for $10 at Hamm & Fattey’s Beer Company while supplies last today.
Gordon Biersch is offering $3 16oz. drafts of Fest Bier all day.
Flying Bison Brewing is shining the spotlight on all things wood at BuffalOAKfest, an afternoon of oak aged beers, displays from local woodcrafters, and acoustic-driven music by Vinnie DeRosa and Leroy Townes. Limited oak-aged beers will be available, including Bourbon Barrel Spot Coffee Stout, Bourbon Barrel Spot Coffee Stout aged on cherries, Patrona Imperatrice Brettanomyces-aged Wild Saison, and Oaked India Pale Ale. Flying Bison will also have their Blackbird Oatmeal Stout and a keg of their Beer Week collaboration with Buffalo Brewpub, a porter with freshly-roasted coffee beans from Steamworks Coffee in Lockport, NY. The event is free.
Harvest Fest kicks off today at Rusty Nickel Brewing, a full on weekend celebration that features cider pressing, live music, face painting, kids mini tractor pulls, pumpkin painting, stein host competition, pig roast and tons of great beer. There’s also a homemade pie bakeoff at 6pm.
Join 12 Gates Brewing for Rhythm ‘N’ Brews with live blues music all day and a limited bottle release, Dissolution, a Fire and Butterscotch Oak Aged Baltic Porter aged on Chinese Schisandra Berries. Only 100 bottles will be available, $12 each. Speedy Parker Blues Band will take the stage until 6:30, then the River Dogs perform at 7pm.
West Shore Brewing is celebrating their official grand opening with live music, seven beers on tap and food trucks.
Windy Brew is driving the Beer Train tonight, featuring their Harvest Fest Beer. They will be the sole brewery on the Attica & Arcade Railroad tonight, which goes to support the Arcade Historical Society. Windy Brew will be offering samples of 4 different styles beers to the passengers to taste. 5-9pm.
Tim Britt is performing at Hamburg Brewing at 7pm.
New York Beer Project is hosting the largest 80’s Party of the Year with the Nerd’s Gone Wild upstairs in the Party Bar. 9pm.
Midnight Mass is going down tonight with Community Beer Works and Black Sheep. Late night food amazingness with the crew at Black Sheep featuring Community Beer Works (CBW) beer. This will not be one to miss. 11:30-2:30am. CBW has also released bottles of their Swivet, a new barrel aged Belgian quad. Aromas of tart cherries and dates up front give way to subtle support of malt and a faint funk. The flavor is at first full of stone fruit, followed quickly by a dry, soft oak with an assertive tart cherry finish. A prefect balance of malt sweetness, funk and pleasant acidity make this beer an absolute delight to drink. Each 500ml bottle is priced at $12.
West Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company are 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.