Buffalo Beer Week mobile app!

BuffaloBeerWeek_2014_WebPlease welcome the official Buffalo Beer Week® mobile app!

http://www.BuffaloBeerWeek.com/app

We have tested it on iPhone 4s and 5s as well as newer versions of Android. It’s not perfect but it has many features that will help you find your way to the many great beer events taking place around Buffalo in the next ten days! Release notes with info about known issues will be posted on the Buffalo Beer Week website later today. Also, it will be distributed as an Android native app within the next days.

—Buffalo Beer Week® is a trademark of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, all rights reserved—

Launch into Buffalo Beer Week at Templeton Landing

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Come to a Buffalo Beer Week Launch Party on September 25th at Templeton Landing! It’s your lucky weekend because general admission tix are $10 OFF until Tuesday at midnight! Hurry and get your tickets to meet & sample some of the best breweries around the region while capacity lasts!
Click here for tickets!
Tentative Beer List (may change): Saranac (Black Forest, Vanilla Porter), Flying Bison (Bisonfest, Kolsch). Big Ditch (Low Bridge, Wedding of the Waters), Great Lakes (Octoberfest, Edmund Fitzgerald), Brooklyn (Lager, Ridgy Didge), Magic Hat (Dream Machine, Wilhelm Scream), EBC (Festival Ale, Blueberry), Ringside (Lager), Southern Tier (Harvest, 2 X IPA), Resurgence (One Varietal), Community Beer Works (Whale), Hamburg (Small Town, Samrye), Woodcock Brothers (Hoppy Cock, Amber), Labatt Prohibition Series

Buffalo Beer Week 2014

FIFTH ANNUAL BUFFALO BEER WEEK TO SHOWCASE RENAISSANCE OF CRAFT BEER SCENE IN WESTERN NEW YORK  Dozens of events scheduled at venues throughout the region!

BuffaloBeerWeek_2014_WebBuffalo, NY – Buffalo Beer Week will once again dominate the local craft beer scene as the 10-day celebration returns for its fifth year. Running from Thursday, September 25th – Sunday, October 5th, 2014 Buffalo Beer Week will once again feature dozens of unique events at bars, pubs, restaurants, breweries, and other craft beer destinations throughout the Buffalo Niagara region, including many breweries that have opened over the last few months.

“One thing is clear: Buffalo loves beer and for that reason Buffalo Beer Week celebrates Buffalo!” said Willard Brooks, Chairman of Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, which organizes the annual festival. “Our Beer Week honors Western New York’s rich brewing history while showcasing the tremendous revival of our craft beer culture that’s currently sweeping the region.”

The 10-day lineup features dozens of events – from tastings at local pubs to ticketed special events and nearly everything in between – including a ceremony to unveil the third annual class of inductees into the Buffalo Beer Hall of Fame which this year honors Bill Metzger of the Great Lakes Brewing News, Peter Kreinheder of Ellicottville Brewing Company, and Phin de Mink of Southern Tier Brewing Company.

This year’s featured events include:

Buffalo Beer Week Launch Party Thursday, September 25, 5-10pm at Templeton Landing (2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo NY 14202). This event will benefit the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. Please visit http://bit.do/BBWLaunchParty for tickets.

Buffalo Beer Goddesses One Year Anniversary Party  Thursday, September 25, 7-10pm, at Mr. Goodbar (1100 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo). Join beer-loving women, from aspiring brewers to homebrewers to interested drinkers and everything in between. Enjoy the malty mojo of beer and grab a pint with the Buffalo Beer Goddesses upstairs at Mr. Goodbar.  On tap is a limited release of craft beer from Flying Bison and Three Heads. For more information visit the Buffalo Beer Goddesses Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buffalobeergoddesses

Brewed in Buffalo Release Party Friday, September 26, 7 pm – 12 am at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Avenue near the Broadway Market in the city of Buffalo). Various breweries will provide exclusive new brews along with a Polish food buffet. Participating breweries include Resurgence Brewery, Community Beer Works, Big Ditch Brewery, Hamburg Brewery, New Buffalo Brewery, Southern Tier Brewery, Pearl Street Brewery, Black Bird Cider Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co. and Old First Ward Brewery.

Locktoberfest  Saturday, October 4, 12-5 pm, in Lockport on Canal Street along the Erie Canal. Includes: cultural programs; narrated tours of the Lockport Locks Historic District; an expanded Community Market; sampling of regional craft brewers and wineries; children’s activities; farm fresh produce & artisan demonstrations; and Erie Canal-themed music, art and photography. There will be beer for sale along with a commemorative glass from Big Ditch, Blackbird Cider, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co, Hamburg Brewing Co., Old First Ward, Southern Tier, & Woodcock Brothers.

Food Pairings and Tastings, Pub Crawls and more! Throughout the 10 days of events and activities, various pubs, restaurants, and retail shops will provide beer dinners, beer and food pairings and pub crawls in communities such as East Aurora, Williamsville, and Black Rock. See website and 64 page program guide on display around the region for full details.

“Since its inception in 2007, Buffalo Beer Week has become one of the most highly anticipated craft beer celebrations in the region and the various events continue to bring visitors from across Upstate New York, Southern Ontario, Ohio and Pennsylvania to Western New York,” Brooks continued. “Successful growing festivals like Buffalo Beer Week and our first Buffalo Brewers Festival this past summer are unique ways we are celebrating the rebirth of craft brewing in the Buffalo Niagara region as well as successfully promoting the region as a destination for beer enthusiasts from all over the world.”

For more information about all of the great events taking place during Buffalo Beer Week, please visit www.buffalobeerweek.com.

About Buffalo Beer Week:  Buffalo Beer Week (BBW) promotes Buffalo’s growing craft beer culture by putting on a ten-day celebration in Erie and Niagara counties 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. Established in 2010, BBW is a growing annual celebration, featuring multitudes of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights at area bars, restaurants and other locations throughout the Buffalo Niagara region — as a growing organization, BBW promises to become one of Buffalo’s mostly highly anticipated annual tourism events. Visit www.buffalobeerweek.com for more information.

About The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association: The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association exists to unify the Buffalo Niagara craft beer community in order to increase regional sales of craft beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness, consumer education, and to monitor and assure a thriving craft beer and brewing industry within the Buffalo Niagara Region. For more information about the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, including membership, please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org

FIFTH ANNUAL BUFFALO BEER WEEK RETURNING TO WNY SEPTEMBER 26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociationLogo_Contact:   August 12, 2014     Earl Wells    e3communications  716-854-8182

FIFTH ANNUAL BUFFALO BEER WEEK RETURNING TO WESTERN NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 5 FOR LARGEST CELEBRATION OF CRAFT BEER IN REGION’S HISTORY!

10-day festival will celebrate rebirth of local craft beer production; Includes dozens of unique events throughout Western New York

Buffalo, NY – – Buffalo Beer Week is back and bigger than ever! Running from Thursday, September 25th – Saturday, October 5th, Buffalo Beer Week will feature dozens of unique events at the best bars, pubs, restaurants, breweries, and other craft beer destinations throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region.

“One thing is clear: that Buffalo loves beer and for that reason Buffalo Beer Week celebrates Buffalo!” said Willard Brooks, Chairman of Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, which organizes the annual festival. “Our Beer Week honors Western New York’s rich brewing history while showcasing the tremendous revival of our craft beer culture that’s currently sweeping the region.”

The 10-day lineup features dozens of events – from tastings at your local pub to ticketed special events and nearly everything in between – including a ceremony to unveil the third annual class of inductees into the Buffalo Beer Hall of Fame.
The initial schedule of events will be made available to the public on BuffaloBeerWeek.com by September 1, and additional events will be added to the lineup as Beer Week approaches. Brochures containing the list of events will also be available at participating Beer Week venues throughout Western New York in the weeks leading up to Beer week.

Highlights of last year’s Buffalo Beer Week included:
• Nearly 100 separate events – pub crawls, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers, meet the brewer nights, and much more – across Western New York;

• Showcasing 16 local breweries as well as several out-of-town favorites; and

• Several events organized by the unique breadth of community groups active in the local craft beer scene, from the Buffalo Beer League to the Queen City Roller Girls to local home brewing clubs.

About Buffalo Beer Week: Buffalo Beer Week promotes Buffalo’s growing craft beer culture by sponsoring a ten-day festival in Erie and Niagara counties that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for Buffalo’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, and other craft beer destinations. Visit www.buffalobeerweek.com for event details.

About The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association: The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association exists to unify the Buffalo Niagara craft beer community in order to increase regional sales of craft beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness, consumer education, and to monitor and assure a thriving craft beer and brewing industry within the Buffalo Niagara Region. For more information about the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, including membership, please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org

A “Week” Excuse

Nary a month goes by without some city, county or state staging a “beer week” to celebrate its brewing heritage. As of mid-September, the Brewers Association listed 47 such events for 2011 on its website www.craftbeer.com.

If you had enough time and frequent flyer miles to attend all, you could have started in January with Alaskan Beer week and Kalamazoo Beer Week. San Francisco Beer Week was the biggie in February. In May, the BA held its sixth annual American Craft Beer Week, encompassing 1,521 separate events in all 50 states, according to the BA website.

Beginning in June, beer weeks come fast and furious for Mid-Atlantic residents, with
Philly Beer Week heralding the start of summer. DC Beer Week takes place in August, and New York Craft Beer Week (Sept. 16-25 this year) was unfolding even as this article went to print. Get ready for Baltimore Beer Week, Oct. 6-16, followed by Richmond Beer Week from Nov. 4 to 11.

Even Alabama and Mississippi have their own beer weeks.

Philly Was First
“They’re a bear to organize – you need to put in not just a lot of time and effort, but frankly money!” says Jay Brooks, who helped organize San Francisco Beer Week and wrote the entry on “beer weeks” for the just-published Oxford Companion to Beer. He’s compiled a list of 56 beer weeks nationwide, including a few (like Indiana Beer Week) that ran out of gas and were not repeated.

Brooks credits Philly Beer Week (originally held in March 2008) with being the first true citywide beer week. But that could be subject to challenge. Brooks notes that San Francisco Beer Week developed from an earlier, week-long celebration called Beerapalooza, first held in 2004 to mark the anniversary of the beer newspaper Celebrator.

Of course, if you’re going to include antecedents of beer weeks, Philly Beer Week could trace its heritage to the Book and the Cook, an annual celebration of the culinary arts that began in the mid-1980s and that for many years included a beer dinner and tutored tasting by the late Michael Jackson at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.

After the Beer Hunter passed away in 2007, a group of publicans, restaurateurs, brewers and beer writers modeled Philly Beer week after the now-defunct Book and the Cook, purposely not licensing the concept of the “beer week” so it could take root elsewhere.

“In the first year, we expected about 75 events and we had 350,” recalls Don “Joe Sixpack” Russell, beer columnist for thePhiladelphia Daily News and PBW’s executive director. “Last year we had over 900 – a few less than 2010. But that was a conscious effort by PBW to urge the creation of better events, not simply more. To me, the best measure is the number of participants – we grew from 165 in 2,010 to 215 in 2011.”

“You need the right kind of events,” says Brooks. “We had bars saying, we’ll knock $1 off the price of Sierra Nevada. That’s not going to get people excited! That’s something you do year around!”

Pete Gariazzo, sales manager for Specialty Beverage in Richmond, Va. and organizer of that city’s beer week, was considering some “fun promotions” in sports bars, such as a left-handed darts tournament to promote Left Hand Brewing Co. “Or maybe a left-handed wrestling competition.”

Timing Is Crucial
Beer week organizers like to bracket the celebrations with big-ticket events. DC Beer Week, for example, kicked off with a brews cruise down the Potomac on the luxury yacht Odyssey, featuring a sneak preview of New Belgium beers not yet officially released.

New York Craft Beer Week commenced with a kick-off party dubbed Freaktoberfest, mingling reps from over 20 brewers with sideshow performers and burlesque dancers.

Baltimore Beer week was timed to fit between two perfect bookends, the Brewers Association of Maryland’s Oktoberfest and the Society for the Preservation of Beer from the Wood’s Real Ale Festival.

Timing is crucial. Richmond can hold its beer week a little later than Philly or New York because “here, it’s still relatively warm,” says Gariazzo. The downside is that it’s right in the middle of football season. A lot of last year’s events didn’t work, he conceded, because they conflicted with Sunday NFL games. “I mean, you could hear a pin drop in some of those places.”

Early planning is also essential. Teddy Folkman, cofounder of DC Beer week and owner of Granville Moore’s, planned to hold three committee meetings in September, October and November to get the wheels turning for the 2012 event. “We like to get these committee meetings out of the way early while ideas are still fresh.” Folkman has invited two northern Virginia establishments to the meeting, Lyon Hall and Mad Fox Brewing Co., because of their expressed desire to participate. “But we still have to hold fast and hard to the geographical limits of not making it a Beltway festival, as it would simply get too out of control.”

He’s also considering making DC Beer Week a 501(c)(3) event with any leftover proceeds going to charity. (The event, he reports, broke even this year.)

Grass Roots Efforts
It’s a tribute to the vitality of the craft beer segment that many beer weeks are grass-roots efforts, started by beer enthusiasts rather than professionals trying to jumpstart a sluggish hospitality industry. Frederick Beer Week began with a Twitter conversation between Kevin Smith, MABN’s Maryland’s columnist, and Flying Dog Brewery.

“I tweeted something along the lines, ‘As the biggest brewery in the state, have you ever thought about getting behind a Frederick Beer Week?'” recalls Smith.

“The response from Flying Dog? ‘If you’ll head it up, we’ll get behind you.'” The result was 18 events in five days last May, culminating with a beer festival on local hop grower Tom Barse’s farm to mark the beer industry’s agricultural roots. Next year’s Frederick Beer Week is in the planning stages, and will be timed to make the annual BAM Springfest the anchor event.

“The important thing is that Baltimore Beer Week was started by a bunch of folks talking amongst themselves at beer festivals,” said Alexander D. Mitchell IV, MABN Baltimore columnists and one of Baltimore Beer Week’s founding fathers. In addition to industry veteran Joe Gold, other movers and shakers included Baltimore Sun editor Ron Kaspar; real estate agent and blues musician Dominic Cantalupo; computer guru and homebrewer Les White; and lumber salesman and craft beer aficionado John Gasparine. Clipper City Brewing Co.’s Hugh Sisson provided seed money by becoming the “official sponsor,” but declined any management role.

Although the impetus is love rather money, beer weeks are a windfall for local bars, restaurants and hotels, and a font of publicity. The website phillybeerweek.org has logged 2.5 million hits to date and Google tracked 700,000 mentions of the 2011 Philly Beer Week alone.

The city tourism board has hosted a With Love Beer Garden at the Four Seasons hotel, while Mayor Michael A. Nutter, these last few years, has yielded the Hammer of Glory to bang in the first tap and inaugurate the festivities.

Not all beer weeks seek to get the local politicians involved. Gavin Newsom, who was mayor of San Francisco when that city’s beer week debuted in 2009, would have been a dubious choice to tap the first keg. In 2007 he had confessed to an affair with the wife of a former campaign manager and checked into a rehab clinic for alcohol abuse.
“We approached Schwarzenegger when he was governor, but he had a scheduling conflict,” says Brooks.

Noreen Burns, George Hummel, Greg Kitsock, Steve Marler, Alexander D. Mitchell IV and Kevin Smith contributed to this article.