Buffalo Beer Week Day 9: Beer Week Gets Even Bigger

zwanze-day-2016Today just might be the biggest day of this Buffalo Beer Week and no doubt this post will be the longest. There are so many events and so many festivals happening around our area that it’s even daunting to look at as I write this. That being said, we should probably cut the small talk and get right into it.

The undoubted headliner today is Zwanze Day at Thin Man Brewery, the only place to get Zwanze 2016 on this side of the state (only 2 restaurants in NY will carry it). Brasserie Cantillon describes their release of Zwanze 2016: “We’ve stepped back in time 30 years for Zwanze 2016, which is the result of a blend of 82% raspberries, 18% blueberries, and .05% Bourbon Vanilla beans, on which we’ve aged two-year-old Lambic at a rate of 300g fruit per liter.” This heralded event is long sold out but you can still attend and enjoy any number of ridiculous bottles that Thin Man will have available for the event. Check out https://www.facebook.com/ThinManBrewery for a full listing.

New York Beer Project will release their Imperial Pumpkin Ale, which has been fermented using oak that has been soaked in Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

Aurora Brew Works will have their Firestone Walker Proprietor Vintage Series event, which features multiple vintages of Sucaba, Parabola, Stickee Monkee, Helldorado, Velvet Merkin, Anniversary, and more.

14089013_1141117829267741_5836955852098467553_nHamburg Brewing will celebrate their 3rd Anniversary, beginning at noon. The day’s festivities include live music by Strictly Hip & other performers, food prepared by the taproom including a clam & oyster bar, exclusive beers brewed specifically for the event and other various entertainment throughout the day. This year HBC has made a limited number of 3rd Anniversary souvenir mugs to be sold for $10 which gives the holder $1 off their beers for the day and a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.
Guests can also expect a full line up of HBC’s usual beer offerings with the addition of exclusive beers for the event. Grab more information here.

Rusty Nickel Brewing kicks off their Harvest Fest at noon as well, an event which includes fun for the whole family, live music, fresh food, local produce, several beer releases made with farm fresh ingredients, kids activities, adult fun, games and various competitions. Harvest Fest continues tomorrow as well.

Resurgence Brewing’s Fallfest Original Music Showcase will feature seven original rock bands, food trucks and more. From 2-10pm, the all-ages show will host the following performances: 2pm-2:45pm – Coral Collapse, 3pm-3:45pm – Meat Whistles, 4pm-4:45pm – Wacko Fest, 5pm-5:45pm – Copper Crown (from Toronto), 6pm-7pm – The Spinwires, 7:30pm-8:30pm – Rustic Radio and 9pm-10pm – Electric Watermelon.

14054914_1186428831414261_7072590888283455673_n12 Gates Brewing presents: Philosofest, a fall beer and music festival, at 5pm. The event will feature the debut of their Dunkelweizen along with plenty of live music, great food and lawn games. There will be live music from 3-11pm as well as food trucks.

The Anti-Venue Tour rolls through Flying Bison, starting at 7pm. Some of Buffalo’s finest will be showcased at the Anti-Venue Tour, a unique sensory experience that challenges conventional limitations and labels in order to provide a platform for creative individuals. This tour is designed to be anything but traditional. Get more info at antivenuetour.com.

And don’t forget that Buffalo’s newest watering hole, Buffalo Brewing Company, is open each and every day of beer week. Today they are open from 2-8pm and will have 6 beers for you to try – 1804 American Pale Ale, 1813 Porter, 1842 Vienna Lager, 1825 I.P.A., 2016 Celebration Ale and 1826 Oktoberfest. Check them out at 314 Myrtle Avenue.

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.

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 for The Public. He can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com.

Buffalo Beer Week Day 8: No Cute Titled Needed

PrintWhile we’re hurdling towards the finish line of Buffalo Beer Week, it’s only Friday and we’re not slowing down quite yet. There are more than enough things to do and more than enough libations to wet your whistle as you look for something to do tonight.

Lockhouse Distillery will host Casks for a Cause, a mini cask festival that benefits Evergreen Health (http://evergreenhs.org/). The event is free and attendees will receive an event booklet with information on each cask to help guild them through the night. Casks will be tapped and poured in the distillery space. Tokens for cask pours will be available for purchase at the door and the bar. Participating breweries include Community Beer Works, Resurgence Brewing, Big Ditch Brewing, New York Beer Project, Hamburg Brewing, Old First Ward Brewing, 12 Gates Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Woodcock Brothers Brewing, Flying Bison Brewing, Wagner Brewing and Pearl Street.

Old First Ward Brewing/Gene McCarthy’s will have casks of their Grapefruit Not A Pale Ale and Coffee Stout, while Gordon Biersch will tap a firkin of their Cinnamon Ginger Festbier, beginning at 5pm.

Rusty Nickel will be hosting a Beer Dinner at their West Seneca brewery, 6:30pm-8:30pm. The dinner is super limited to 20 spots and tickets can be had at Eventbrite.com. You can also check out the full pairing menu here.

14322327_1684554438530188_7453402727186225439_nBrewed & Bottled in Lewiston will have a mini tap takeover with Woodcock Brothers with a cheese pairing for each beer. Flights of beer and cheese will be available for purchase, along with growler specials & pint specials throughout the event. There’s also a rumor that their Dogfish Randall will make an appearance to infuse one of the beers. Cheese will be available for purchase at Sgt. Peppers Hot Sauces Etc. No tickets required.

It’s Beer Cocktail Day at Hydraulic Hearth, who will feature cocktails with beer (all local), some classic and some unexpected, with a purpose to push the boundaries of what beer can do in a cocktail glass. This event goes down at 4pm and the kitchen will be open until 10pm.

And don’t forget that Buffalo’s newest watering hole, Buffalo Brewing Company, is open each and every day of beer week. Today they are open from 5-8pm and will have 5 beers for you to try – 1804 American Pale Ale, 1813 Porter, 1842 Vienna Lager, 1825 I.P.A. and 2016 Celebration Ale. Check them out at 314 Myrtle Avenue.

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.

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 for The Public. He can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com

Buffalo Beer Week Day 7: More Events, Even More Beer

14446095_1744058895811847_7507038511939820419_nThere are so many things going today that we really don’t feel like being all that cute to start things off, so why don’t we get right into the main reason any of you are reading, shall we?

Community Beer Works will literally be everywhere tonight. Not only are they releasing their collaboration with Canada’s Brimstone Brewing, the Across the Border Porter, a Maple Porter featuring plumwood smoked malt from New York Craft Malt (on tap at the brewery at 3pm), they are also resurrecting their Alpaca Porter, this time at Hydraulic Hearth at 4pm. Thistle Creek Alpacas will be bringing a mother and her cria to the event as well as special guest star Larkin who was a favorite with the crowd last year. There will also be alpaca products available for purchase.

14446206_1456375934388924_7677634359527503009_nAnd if that was not enough, CBW is teaming with their brothers from the southern tier, literally, Southern Tier Brewing, for a tap takeover event at Crabapples, starting at 8pm. They will have their collabo beer Make America Grape Again, a witbier brewed with concord grapes, on tap along with a whole host of other favorites, including Southern Tier’s Jahva and Nitro Milk Stout Aged in Maple Bourbon Barrels.

42 North is finally releasing their 20A Red Rye IPA, which served as Beer Week’s commemorative beer. It was wet-hopped with hops harvested from Hunters Valley Hops. GRAVY will perform starting at 7pm.

Speaking of beer releases, New York Beer Project has one tonight with their Festive Ale, a spicy, sassy, crushable saison, which will be tapped at 5pm.

Pearl Street is looking to get everyone into the swing of fall things with their annual Tapping of the Pumpkin, which means they take a pumpkin, hollow it out, jam a tap into it and fill it with their pumpkin ale. So yes, you can drink pumpkin beer out of a real pumpkin. Plus spicy hot pumpkin bomb “Beer-Tail” drinks will be available too. Check that out at 5pm.

14264208_546891612178186_1668729075615658941_nRusty Nickel Brewing Company launches their FemAle Brew Series, a new line of beer brewed and handled exclusively by the West Seneca brewery’s female staff, all the way from the kettle to the keg, including everything from the recipe down to the brew process, all carried out by the six woman staff at Rusty Nickel. The first in the series will be the Estrogen Ale, an albino stout with a touch of chocolate. Look for this beer release at 6pm.

You can also join the team from Resurgence Brewing on their Beer Week Pub Crawl, which starts at 5:30pm and will hit Ulrich’s Tavern, Fat Bob’s, Lenox Grill, The Old Pink and Billyclub. Drink a lot of Resurgence beer and enjoy beer specials at each stop!

$10 ($5 for new or renewing BBG members) gets you a free pint of Flying Bison beer, food by Mr. Goodbar and the Buffalo Beer Goddesses, door prizes and tastings, including an EXCLUSIVE beer brewed by the Goddesses in collaboration with Big Ditch Brewing Company, at the Buffalo Beer Goddesses 4th Anniversary party. EllePeaTea will be on site to sell her handmade BEER soap – so you can clean up after the party, the right way. Join the ladies tonight at 7pm at Mr. Goodbar (upstairs).

And don’t forget that Buffalo’s newest watering hole, Buffalo Brewing Company, is open each and every day of beer week. Today they are open from 5-8pm and will have 5 beers for you to try – 1804 American Pale Ale, 1813 Porter, 1842 Vienna Lager, 1825 I.P.A. and 2016 Celebration Ale. Check them out at 314 Myrtle Avenue.

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.

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 for The Public. He can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com.

Buffalo Beer Buzz: Thin Man Brewery’s Beer Makes Its Debut

14370444_313370899029449_7734283357683925797_n After months of waiting, Thin Man Brewery, Buffalo’s first brewery in the Elmwood Village, is set to debut its very own beer. While they have bene open for some time now, they have not had their own beer on tap, until today that is.

If you didn’t know, Thin Man is the latest venture from former Blue Monk owner Mike Shatzel and real estate developer Rocco Termini. The beer operations are being helmed by Rudy Watkins, formerly of Community Beer Works. And after months and month of hard work, planning and, of course, brewing, Watkins says that he is elated to finally shared his beer with the Buffalo community, which happens today (Sept. 28) at 3pm as soon as Thin Man opens their doors.

“I’m very, very excited,” Watkins said. “I’m really looking forward to people tasting the beer that I have been working so hard on and developing for months now. I think people are going to really dig these beers and I can’t wait to see their reactions. I’m hoping people haven’t had anything like this beer brewed in Buffalo and I’m hoping their minds are blown.”

As for the beer, Thin Man will roll out six initially, which include:

No Pressure New England Style IPA, 5.1%: A New England Style IPA that offers large tropical hop expression, low bitterness, and a round mouthfeel. It pours a hazy light gold, and fluffy white head. The nose is tropical fruit, melon, crackery malt and the flavor is melon, light tropical fruit.

Velocity IPA, 6.2%: More traditional IPA. Maltier than No Pressure, more bitter, pine/dank hop expression. Pours hazy light amber. Nose is dank juicy fruit gum with a solid malt backbone. Flavor is pine, blood orange, honey.

Skinny Fat American Pale Ale, 4.3%: Easy crusher, low alcohol. Medium level of hops, nice malt expression. Pours a hazy light gold with a fluffy white head. Aromas of fresh cut grass, orange peel and crackery malt. Flavors of lemon, doughy malt and grass.

Black Francis Stout, 6.6%: A robust stout with a big mouthfeel. It pours black with a fine tan head and has a nose of roast malt and coffee.

Dummy Belgian Pale Ale, 6.2%: 100% Brettanomyces fermentation, dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops. Pours light amber, fine white head. Nose is spicy yeast & hops, pineapple & gooseberry. The Brett and hops combine to create a crisp, lightly fruity Belgian pale ale. Light caramel malts mix with gooseberry, pepper and honey.

Bliss Double IPA, 8.0%: Hazy light gold body, fluffy white head. Nose is dank, pine, ripe citrus. Flavor is ripe mango, melon, dank & citrus.

While it’s early, Watkins still has some beer in his arsenal that he tends to lean towards, even though, like parents asked about their favorite child, he loves them all.

“I’m really happy with all of them but I think in terms of the hoppy stuff I think the No Pressure is really, really killer – low bitterness and some nice juicy orange creamsicle hop character going on. I’m also really loving the Dummy, which tastes like I pictured it in my mind when I put the recipe together, which makes me really, really happy.”

Watkins also said that Thin Man has a Belgian Golden with Brett as well as a Table Saison are in the pipeline.

“There’s a bunch of cool, fun, weird, sour, fruity, hoppy Belgian things to come,” he added

Check out more about Thin Man Brewery at http://thinmanbrewery.com/.

Buffalo Beer Week Day 6: The Hits, They Keep On Coming

14264986_10157418677620076_263777624193473834_n We’re past the halfway point here people and there’s no turning back. Well, not that you’d really want to, but as Buffalo Beer Week rolls on, the events keep on coming and today is no different. While there was a lot to digest, quite literally, yesterday, there is even more going on today. So much so that we might not get to it all in this post. Who am I kidding? Of course we will. Cause that what I do.

From 6-9pm, Flying Bison Brewing are bringing together the worlds of cheese and beer at their Beer & Cheese: In Perfect Harmony event. Michelle from Buffalo Cheese Traders & Amanda from Premier Gourmet’s Cheese Department will curate the cheese portion of the event while Flying Bison will present a few interesting brews to pair with the cheeses (including Funky Farmhand NYS Saison w/ Brettanomyces, Oak-Barrel Aged Herc Barleywine 2015, and ‘One Foot Bock’ Apple-Brandy Barrel-aged Maibock). Ethan, head of Premier’s Beer Department, will be selecting some traditional and interesting new guest beers to add. Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. All proceeds from the ticket sales, and $2 from each additional beer sold, will go directly to Sole of Buffalo, a non-profit organization promoting access to healthy, sustainable, local, and organic foods for all in the community.

Thin Man Brewery will also finally tap their own beer, beginning at 3pm. The new outfit will premiere 6 of their in-house brews, including No Pressure IPA (5.1% New England Style IPA), Velocity IPA (6.2% American IPA), Skinny Fat American Pale Ale (4.3%), Black Francis Robust Stout (6.6%), Dummy Belgian Pale Ale (6.2%, fermented with Brett, dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin) and Bliss Double IPA (8%). Flights and glasses of all will be available. Crowlers will also be available to go as well. We will have more on this soon, so stay tuned.

Rusty Nickel will host Hues & Brews, 7-9pm, a night of painting and beer. They provide all of the materials you’ll need, so all you have to do is show up. The theme this time is ‘Buffalo Hoppin.’ Pre-registration is required and spots are limited, so check www.rustynickel.com for more details.

42 North is releasing their highly popular Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale. It will be on tap in their East Aurora taproom as well as down the street at Elm Street Bakery.

img_3417Aurora Brew Works will host Smokey the Beer, an event featuring an array of smoke-infused beers paired with smoked meats, cheeses and cigars.

Speaking of pairings, Pizza Plant Canalside will be hosting a beer and chocolate pairing with Grimm Ales and Chow Chocolate. This event runs from 5-8pm.

Elsewhere, Premier Gourmet will host an in-store Hamburg Brewing tasting from 5-7pm, Butera’s in Hamburg will host a Long Trail Citrus Limbo Release Party at 5pm, World of Beer will tap a keg of Ellicottville Brewing’s Mosaic Sunrise IPA and Four Mile is in town for a tap takeover at Fat Bobs Smokehouse from 6-8pm.

And don’t forget that Buffalo’s newest watering hole, Buffalo Brewing Company, is open each and every day of beer week. Today they are open from 5-8pm and will have 5 beers for you to try – 1804 American Pale Ale, 1813 Porter, 1842 Vienna Lager, 1825 I.P.A. and 2016 Celebration Ale. Check them out at 314 Myrtle Avenue.

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.

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 for The Public. He can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com.

Buffalo Beer Week Day 5: Back To Business

springgarden_bbwad_2016While there was a bit of a scaled back slate of events yesterday, Buffalo Beer Week fully ramps back up on its fifth day, which is, well, today of course. Beer releases, beer dinners, tap takeovers – today offers pretty much everything you’d come to expect from Buffalo Beer Week.

Gordon Biersch will hold a German Brewmasters Dinner (6pm) in conjunction with the Spring Garden Association, which is famous for its many successful ethnic festivals such Maifest, Waldfest and Schlactfest. Featuring 4 courses paired with 5 of Gordon Biersch’s beers, partial proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Buffalo Dortmund Sister City Committee. The Brewmasters Dinner is $50 and reservations are required and can be made by calling (716) 683-0050. Spots are filling up quickly for this we’re told, just FYI.

Four Mile Brewing is making the trek from the Southtowns to the Northtowns for in-store tasting at Premier Gourmet from 5-7pm.

Pan-American Brewery, located inside the historic Lafayette Hotel if you didn’t know, is releasing their Oktoberfest beer, and better yet, it’s only $4 per pint.

In what has become an annual tradition and a true beer rite of passage, Community Beer Works will again say goodbye to a dear beer and old friend Rutherford B. Haze as they lay him to rest for another year. They will do so via a traditional New Orleans Dixieland-style funeral at Hot Mama’s Canteen, beginning at 6pm. The funeral procession forms at the corner of Grant St. and Amherst St. and will proceed to the Canteen, where the pints of Rutherford are sure to be flowing as the Fred Town Stompers hit the stage.

BBW2015-qp-HM-CBW42 North is teaming up with Black Iron Bystro for a beer pairing dinner, from 5-9pm. Chef Bryan from Black Iron Bystro is getting together with the team from 42 North for a 4-course, 4-beer pairing dinner. Reservations can be made by calling Black Iron at (716) 240-9830 and are $60/seat.

For one night only, Pizza Plant (Williamsville) is letting Dr. Evil aka Evil Dave aka Evil behind the bar for Dr. Evil’s Interactive Beer Alchemy Mash Up, and we can only imagine what boozy beer cocktails he is going to concoct. He will be pulling from Pizza Plant’s massive tap and bottle selection (nothing is off limits), blending the beers and serving them to you. It’s sure to be an interesting evening.

And don’t forget that Buffalo’s newest watering hole, Buffalo Brewing Company, is open each and every day of beer week. Today they are open from 5-8pm and will have 5 beers for you to try – 1804 American Pale Ale, 1813 Porter, 1842 Vienna Lager, 1825 I.P.A. and 2016 Celebration Ale. Check them out at 314 Myrtle Avenue.

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.

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 for The Public. He can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com

Buffalo Beer Week Day 4: A Day of Rest

vines-and-bines As you emerge from the first weekend of the seventh annual Buffalo Beer Week, hopefully intact, or somewhat intact at least, we hope you have been enjoying yourself thus far and enjoying what the Buffalo-Niagara beer scene has to offer.

On this fourth day of Beer Week, or fifth if you joined us at Big Ditch for the shuffleboard tournament on Thursday, there is a chance for some rest due to todays pared back slate. Still, if you’re the adventurous type, there are some gems today to mine for your drinking pleasure.

Big Ditch and the Nittany Epicurean are joining forces for Vines & Bines, a five-course dinner featuring each course expertly paired with beer from Big Ditch and wine from Leonard Oakes Estate Winery. The event, 6-9pm, is limited to 50 attendees and each ticket is $80/person (plus tax and gratuity) with a portion of proceeds benefit Slow Food Buffalo Niagara, who ‘advocate for food and farming policies that are good for the public, good for the planet, and good for farmers and workers; to help consumers find fresh, healthy food at a reasonable price; to educate young people about the value of food.’ You can view the full pairing menu and purchase your tickets here.

bc79370caa58d57c36b41e1a83e087deWorld of Beer will be tapping a keg of Resurgence Brewing’s recently resurrected Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale, Woodcock Brothers will be sampling their beery wares at Premier Gourmet (5-7pm) and Rusty Nickel will have DJ Trivia at the brewery from 7-9pm.

And don’t forget that Buffalo’s newest watering hole, Buffalo Brewing Company, is open each and every day of beer week. Today they are open from 5-8pm and will have 5 beers for you to try – 1804 American Pale Ale, 1813 Porter, 1842 Vienna Lager, 1825 I.P.A. and 2016 Celebration Ale. Check them out at 314 Myrtle Avenue

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.

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 for The Public. He can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com.

Buffalo Beer Week Day 3: Sunday Funday

smokershaven_bbwad_2016Things are a bit pared down for Day 3 of Buffalo Beer Week, which also happens to be a Sunday. But, don’t fear, because there are still some fun things to do today.

You can catch the Buffalo Bills game against the Arizona Cardinals at a few locations, either at 42 North’s Kegs & Eggs Bills Brunch, 11:30am-2pm, which features a special brunch menu. There is also a Bills Buffet at Gordon Biersch, 1pm-5pm. The event is $20 per person and includes 2 beers, food & jersey, raffle tickets.

Though cigars have long been associated with whiskey, they pair with craft beer just as well. You can find out for yourself at an exclusive cigar and beer pairing event, 1pm-5pm, at Hamburg Brewing. The event will feature Hamburg beers expertly paired with Arturo Fuente cigars by Smoker’s Haven of West Seneca. The event will benefit Operation: Cigars for Warriors Foundation, a charitable organization that provides premium cigars to active duty U.S. military members serving overseas.

buffalo_bills_helmetGrab your lederhosen and get your biceps primed for some stein hoisting because New York Beer Project is hosting their German Oktoberfest in their biergarten. The German American Musicians will perform at 3pm for the event, which features NYBP Oktoberfest beer, bratwurst, huge bavarian pretzels, beer floats, games of beer skill and German beer songs.

Sour Power returns to Pizza Plant’s Transit location, which this year features Brasserie Cantillon Fou Foune, Mikkeller Spontancarrot, Cascade Brewing Noyaux, Victory Beer Sour Monkey and Firestone Walker  Bretta Rose. The beer flows at 5pm.

There will also be a Parkinson’s Foundation Fundraiser featuring Flying Bison beers beginning at noon at Mr. Goodbar.

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.

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 for The Public. He can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com.

Buffalo Beer Week: Onward To Day 2

GMBeerWeekAd2016Well, we’ve made it to the second day of Buffalo Beer Week. It’s our hope that everyone made it here with us at least. Anyways, there’s a plethora of events to get to, so let’s get to it.

Before you make your way over to the Ballpark Brewbash, head down and dunk Willard Brooks at Old First Ward Brewing/Gene McCarthy’s. There’s a good chance that if you know Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association President Willard Brooks, or have ever met him, you’ve envisioned dunking him in water at one point or another. Well now you have your chance. From 12pm-2pm, try your hand at dunking Brooks at the Willard Brooks Dunkfest, and while you’re waiting in line to knock Brooks into the dunk tank, you can enjoy two dozen steamed clams, corn and a pint for $20. Proceeds from the event go to a good cause – the OFW Community Center.

The 2016 Ballpark Brew Bash then takes place at Coca Cola Field (GA admission, $25, 4-7pm). The event, sponsored by Consumers Beverages, features over 50 breweries from across the globe, including Allagash, Firestone Walker, Flying Monkeys and Stone, local favorites like Resurgence, 12 Gates Brewing and Pearl Street and New York institutions like Genesee, Southern Tier and Ommegang. Tickets are available at Consumer’s Beverages, the Buffalo Bisons ticket office and online at Tickets.com. For more details, visit www.ballparkbrewbash.com.

Southern Tier Brewing Company will hold the first ever Pumking Festival in honor of the annually anticipated imperial pumpkin beer. The event, which goes down from 12pm-6pm on the grounds of Southern Tier in Lakewood, will play host to a number of special features built around the fall beer favorite, including Pumking & Warlock beer floats and Pumking & Warlock brewery exclusive variants. There will also gourd bowling, seasonally inspired cuisine, live music from the Keith Shuskie Band and last, but not least, the return of Rum Barrel Aged Pumking. Buy it at the Pumking Fest first!

12 Gates Brewing will debut their Ales for ALS Double IPA, which features Cascade, Centennial and Columbus hops. Proceeds will benefit ALS education and research.

mcudejnkWoodcock Brothers’ Cocktoberfest is an all-day event, featuring live traditional German music from German American Music Association (2-5pm) and The Auslanders (6-10pm), 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 Sourbraten with spatzle and braised red cabbage. Cocktoberfest Lager will be featured on draft as will several other house beers.

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.

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 for The Public. He can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com.

Buffalo Beer Week Day 1: Let the Madness Begin

14390895_10154396327852527_3630104493628899030_nAs Milhouse Van Houten once famously said, ‘we’re through the looking glass here people.’ And so we are, as today is finally the day – the official kickoff to the 2016 Buffalo Beer Week. And there are plenty, and we mean PLENTY, of things to do today.

First off, let us extend a massive thank you to Big Ditch Brewing for getting things underway last night at the 2nd Annual Brewers Shuffleboard Tournament. The team from 42 North won the trophy this year FYI, but the highlight of the night was the debut of the Wise PA, a fantastic memorial beer for the late Kevin Wise, a beer that he would have surely been proud of. It features big juicy citrus, potent hops and fragrant tropical fruits. You need to have this beer.

But anyways, we digress. On to tonight.

Come out and celebrate the official kick-off to Buffalo Beer Week at an intimate Meet the Brewer night at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle beginning at 5pm. Over 15 of your favorite WNY breweries will be on hand serving their latest offerings, including 12 Gates, 42 North, Big Ditch, Blackbird Cider Works, Chateau Buffalo Cider, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing, Flying Bison, Four Mile Brewing, Old First Ward Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing, Pearl Street, Resurgence Brewing, Rusty Nickel, Southern Tier Brewing and Woodcock Brothers, plus award-winning a-la-carte pierogi will also be available. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Torn Space Theater. There is no cover for the event.

New York Beer Project is releasing their latest beer, a fresh wet-hopped ale named Beer Project Buffalo Ale, which is only available at the brewery. And speaking of beer releases, 42 North will have a special cask tapping at 7pm and Gordon Biersch will have a firkin of their Belgian IPA with Passionfruit.

thinkstockphotos-187470743The WNY Fall Beer Festival is going down at Woodcock Brother Brewing, which features 14 different fall seasonal brews from 13 local breweries and two local ciders. From 6-11pm, go out and drink your fill of Hamburg – Oktoberfest, 4 Mile – Wet Hop Ale, Southern Tier – Warlock, 12 Gates – Cherry Vanilla Wheat, Old First Ward – Coffee Oatmeal, Resurgence – Autumn Saison, Ellicottville – Fall Festival, NYBP – Wee Heavy, Flying Bison – Bisonfest, Big Ditch – Cinnamon Apple, Woodcock Bros – Cocktoberfest and Wet Hop IPA (IPA w/ WNY Chinook hops), Barker Brewing – German Feist Bier, Leonard Oaks Estate Winery – Steam Punk Cider and Blackbird Cider Works – Buffalo Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel Aged 8% Cider.

And finally, another e vent to sink your teeth into is the Calling Copenhagen Tap Takeover at Aurora Brew Works, featuring nothing but Copenhagen beers, including many offerings from Mikkeller, To OL, Beer Here and Amager. Grab more info here.

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.

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 for The Public. He can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com.