Class Is In Session IPA: A Collaboration for a Community

By Clay Keel

On August 8, 2018, for the first time in the history of Buffalo Beer Week, over 20 Western New York brewers came together to brew a beer for Buffalo. The brew is a juicy IPA born from the collective minds of Buffalo brewers called “Class Is In Session.” As I am writing this, the beer is fermenting so I can only hypothesize as to what it will taste like, but I do know what it represents. This beer represents collaboration, comradery, and above all community.

That simple word, community, is a complicated thing. There are at least two definitions per Webster’s Dictionary. The first, “a group of people living in close proximity with common interests,” describes most cities in our country. Buffalo, however, represents one of the few places where community matches the second definition: “a group of people with shared interest, history, beliefs and common goals.” Our sense of community is developed by long winters and hardened by challenging times. This amazing, unique sense of community transfers to the Western New York brewers.

Few cities have the sense of cooperation between breweries like Buffalo. The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association and a large community of talented homebrewers laid the foundation for a tremendous brewing community. Now, any brewery that opens in Western New York will find a welcomed reception from existing industry members. We meet monthly to share lessons, ideas, techniques, and a few beers. If this unique cooperation can maintain, Buffalo has a bright future as an even bigger craft beer destination.

The first beer week collaboration beer, Class is in Session IPA, exemplifies the amazing cooperation between Buffalo breweries. Just about every Western New York Brewer contributed Pale malt, Galaxy hops, or some other ingredient to the finished product. The brewery community came together to work toward a shared goal of a successful beer week and successful Buffalo beer scene. Through strong cooperation, Buffalo beer will only continue to grow and become a destination for beer lovers nationwide. So grab yourself a Class is in Session and enjoy a true Buffalo community beer.

Announcing Buffalo Beer Week 2018

Buffalo, NY – – Buffalo Beer Week is back and bigger than ever! Kicking off Thursday night September 13th (Beer Week Eve) and running to Sunday, September 23rd, Buffalo Beer Week will feature lots of unique events at the best bars, pubs, restaurants, breweries, and other craft beer destinations throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region.

The 10-day lineup features events such as beer dinners, tasBuffaloBeerWeek_2018_Postertings at your local pub, huge ticketed special events, and nearly everything in between. The overarching theme for the 2018 Buffalo Beer Week is Beer Education and we aim to celebrate the depth of skill, knowledge, and education required to make our beloved beverage. But this also highlights the growing depth of knowledge of craft beer that our local bartenders, home-brewers, teaching institutions, enthusiast clubs, retailers, and generally anyone who loves beer and it’s many deep and multiple facets.  If you are really into craft beer, you have probably discovered that craft beer is a subject of lifelong learning that you will never come to the end of.   We encourage venues to plan events that highlight and promote craft beer education in fun and engaging ways.   If beer is your passion, learning about it is unique in that it’s a very dynamic, tasty, and endlessly entertaining subject of study & research.  Also, while there are many among us who already view Buffalo as a world class beer destination,  Buffalo Beer Week gives us the occasion to get up on our soapbox and educate the world about Buffalo as a great place to visit if you like great craft beer.

The initial schedule of events will be made available to the public on 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.

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. 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

Buffalo Beer Week Day 1: Here We Go

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The eighth annual Buffalo Beer Week is upon us and with it comes 10 action-packed days of everything the Buffalo-Niagara beer scene has to offer. And this year’s theme is beer and music, so the next ten days also represent some of the best thriving music scene in our area has to offer. Beer and music are two things that not only go perfectly hand-in-hand; they are also a unifying force – two things that can bring people together no matter the venue, no matter the situation.

Over the course of these next 10 days, we will be highlighting all of the events you need to attend, all of the beer you should have in your glass and all of the bands you should see live. Yes, it’s an arduous task, but someone has to do it. So, without further ado, let’s get to it, shall we?

Come out and celebrate the official kick-off to Buffalo Beer Week at the Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle at 7pm. Local beer from all of your area favorites will be on tap at the kickoff event, live music will be provided by GRAVY and the Steam Donkeys, award-winning a-la-carte pierogis will be available for purchase and Smoker’s Haven will be on hand for all of your cigar-related needs. $5 donation at the door.

Woodcock Brothers Brewing will host the second annual WNY Fall Beer Festival at 6pm. This unique event features fall, and harvest seasonal brews exclusively from New York State craft breweries. Eventattendees will get to sample over 20 different beers from 20 different breweries. All the beers featured are fall, or harvest seasonal style brews and were brewed in New York. Representatives from each brewery will be on hand to showcase each of their unique brews. The event is open to the public. $3 per drink-ticket, each ticket gets you one 5oz pour.

42 North Brewing will release one of their most beloved beers, Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale at noon. The beer will also be on tap at Elm Street Bakery and Ru’s Pierogi.

ThinkstockPhotos-667820346At 6pm, Brewed & Bottled in Lewiston will tap one of the only kegs of Big Ditch Brewing’s FIP IPA available outside the brewery. In addition to pints, they will be filling a very limited amount of 32oz crowlers (one per person, to go only).

Community Beer Works will release Boats N’ Gose, a new gose with concord grapes at 3pm. The brewery will also host a nacho and Lemonhead bar. Also, the hype video for the beer is pretty next level, so we had to include it.

Additionally, Boys of Summer will take the stage at New York Beer Project at 9pm and Super Tuggers and Scarlet Begonias will play at Mr. Goodbar at 8pm.

West Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company will also be open every day during Buffalo Beer Week.

Keep it locked to 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, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and

Buffalo Beer Week Back for 8th Year


Buffalo Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of the entire Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene, returns for its eighth year, September 22 – October 1. The 2017 lineup will feature dozens of events – from tastings at your local pub to ticketed special events and nearly everything in between. Presented by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, the beer-centric week promotes Buffalo’s growing craft beer culture throughout Erie and Niagara counties, which attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of regional brewing heritage and serves as a showcase for Buffalo’s breweries, restaurants and pubs.

The official Buffalo Beer Week Book can be found here. And clicks over to the Events page and plan your schedule accordingly.

A “Week” Excuse

BuffaloBeerWeek_2017_Poster_B (2)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

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 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.

Breaking Down the Beer: The Best Buffalo Beer Week Had To Offer

Now that the seventh annual Buffalo Beer Week has (sadly) come and gone, all we are left with are all of the memories and all of the beers. And boy, were we treated to a lot of good beers over those 10 days.

Since there were so many memorable beverages to hang our collective hats on (the Buffalo-Niagara beer-community that is), we decided it would be a good idea to shine the spotlight on some of those beer. Now, we know there was a lot of beer to be had during Beer Week, so this is a heady task. But hell, we’re going to attempt to tackle it anyway.

And now, in no particular order, our picks for the top beers from Buffalo Beer Week 2016:

67a6cd0dc798008c2528c8c7de72735e_320x32042 North Brewing 20A Red Rye IPA: Wet-hopped with 55 pounds of freshly picked Cascade hops from neighboring Hunter Valley Hops, this RIPA bursts with flavor right from the jump, featuring a nice dose of lemony citrus and grass, backed by rye spice and bready malts.

20160928_154440Thin Man Brewery No Pressure / Thin Man Brewery Bliss: No Pressure is a New England-style IPA with melon, pineapple and bright tropical fruit, while the Bliss Double IPA is big, bold and dank, with flavors of ripe mango, melon, & citrus.

09240c22c84f8f1784921446a46dcf59_320x320Four Mile Brewing / Old First Ward Brewing Fourward Double IPA: Brewed with wet hops picked fresh at Crooked Creek Hop Farm in Addison, N.Y., Fourward is piney and bitter, or as one drinker told us, it’s ‘freaking amazing.’

0165e7231bb5977cb6429f36ec747087_320x320Resurgence Brewing / Lockhouse Spirits Fitzbeerald: A 9% kettle sour brewed with botanicals from Lockhouse, Fitzbeerald was made to emulate the Fitzgerald cocktail. It’s grassy and all things herbal with a big bite and major wallop. This was both strange and wonderful.

380409d99491bcc278779859803244f9_640x640Buffalo Breweries Wise PA: This was brewed as a collaboration between the entire Buffalo beer community, who donated malts and hops to brew this IPA. Wise Pa celebrates the life of Kevin Wise: local beer enthusiast, writer, scientist, teacher and friend, who would have loved this IPA. It features juicy flavors of orange, passion fruit, melon and mango. We even heard people call this the best Buffalo beer they’ve ever tasted.

a9fff42bc3d9951d99b3910d3f903d91_320x320Rusty Nickel Wet Hop English Pale Ale: This wet-hopped ale features a big hop bitterness that is both spicy and herbal, supported by a nice malt backbone.

41bf7557a770997d0fb2915f7e96bbd7_640x640Community Beer Works / Brimstone Brewing Across the Border Porter / Community Beer Works / Swiftwater Brewing The Other Dunkel Roggen: The Across the Border Porter was brewed with fresh Canadian maple syrup and plumwood smoked malt from New York Craft Malt, making for a rich complexity and syrupy sweetness. The Other Dunkel Roggen was rife with rye and clove, subtle smoke, roasted coffee and chocolate as well.

Honorable Mention       

a098df3467fe86482e80b79de4bab36c_320x320Brasserie Cantillon Zwanze 2016: Pours a deep ruby, nose is funky raspberry, burnt toffee and vanilla, while taste is tart raspberry with blueberry and vanilla.

If you think we got this list wrong, or forgot a beer that you feel should have been mentioned, feel free to email us (listed below), and we will be sure to mention it.

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


Buffalo Beer Week Day 10: More Events And A Humble Thank You

osteria_bbwad_2016Well, this is it, the final day of the seventh annual Buffalo Beer Week. We really hope you all have enjoyed yourselves. We really, really do. We hope that you took this opportunity to have a new experience, visit a new venue and drink a new beer or cocktail. We sincerely hope you participated in some way, because if you did, the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer is truly better for it. So thank you, thank you for caring about our local craft beer scene and thank you for reading. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now, more events.

The first ever Meatball Street Brawl takes place today at 11am at Osteria 166. This unique event is a fight for bragging rights for the best meatball in Western New York. Taste the finest meatballs anywhere while the Bills do battle against the Patriots on the televisions at this event to benefit deserving charities. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of. Participating restaurants include Amici, Bada Bing, Chef’s, Frankie Primo’s, Ilio DiPalo’s, Lombardo’s, Marco’s, Mulberry, Osteria 166, Siena, Providence Social, Sinatra’s, Snooty Fox, Tappo  and Trattoria Aroma. Get more details here..

Join Gene McCarthy’s and Old First Ward Brewing for their 2nd Annual OFest! Harvest March and Celebration! Be a part of the parade through the Old First Ward while wearing your best German garb. Afterwards stay for a ceremonial blessing and tapping of the cask of Ofest! Oktoberfest Lager. Enjoy $3 shots of Jagermeister, $12 German plates all day (Sausages, German pototo salad and kraut) and get a free pint with food purchase. Prizes will be awarded for best female and best male dressed. Parade starts promptly at 11:30am from Undergrounds Coffee House at 580 South Park Avenue.

You can catch the Buffalo Bills game against the New England Patriots at the Bills Buffett at Gordon Biersch, 1pm-5pm. The event is $20 per person and includes 2 beers, food & jersey, raffle tickets.

14231758_624810767678497_8223316828302786453_oSpeaking of the Bills and Pats, head down to Pearl Street for a game viewing party and watch the game while donating to a good cause. Admission is $15 with a portion of the proceeds going to Roswell Park Cancer Institute on behalf of Bridget’s Battle. This event includes a half-time buffet, door prizes, split club and post-game party with live music by Toast. Want more info? Head here.

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 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

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 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

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 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

Buffalo Beer Week Day 8: No Cute Title 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 ( 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 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 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