Celebrating the brews, bands, and bars of Buffalo N.Y. 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 businesses with ties to the craft beer community.

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.

Buffalo Beer Week Eve: 3 Events To Attend

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Well, today is the day. It’s finally here. While today is only technically the preview to the seventh annual Buffalo Beer Week, there are still some options for you and your beer drinking schedule. Well, not options so much, because if you plan your time right, you can hit everything. And you’ll be a hero.

First up on today’s docket is the Buffalo Beer Week Eve celebration at Thin Man Brewery, featuring the headliner – a cask of Does Anyone Remember Laughter? IPA with Mosaic hops. On tap you can also enjoy a number of Singlecut favs, including Does Anyone Remember Laughter? IPA, Weird & Gilly IPA, 18 Watt Session IPA, Raspberry Kim Sour Lager, Brett Kim Sour Lager and Billy Full Stack IPA. Everything tapped at 3pm.

Then head over to Big Ditch Brewing Company for the 2nd Annual Brewers Shuffleboard Tournament as 11 local breweries square off on the shuffleboard table. Defending champs Woodcock Brothers Brewing have earned a bye in the first round as has Resurgence Brewing, Four Mile Brewing and Big Ditch, while 42 North Brewing takes on New York Beer Project, Community Beer Works battles Pearl Street and Old First Ward and Gordon Biersch meet. This event will also feature the debut of Wise PA, brewed for late beer blogger Kevin Wise and the result of the largest beer collaboration in Buffalo history. Sales of the memorial beer will go to benefit the Wise family.

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And as added incentive, this from Big Ditch President Matt Kahn on Wise PA, “Beer geeks, hopheads, Buffalo brewing appreciators, and friends of Kevin will love this beer. Kevin himself would have loved it too. Flavors of orange, passion fruit, melon and mango abound.” So, there’s that.

Additionally tonight, for you bike enthusiasts, East Aurora’s 42 North Brewing will take part in the EA Tour de Hops, a slow roll bike ride starting at Chain Ring Rhythm.  The ride takes you around the village and back to 42 North for the official after party. Gather at Chain Ring on Main St. (EA) at 6pm, and ride begins at 6:30pm. Bike helmets and lights are recommended.

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.

Announcing Buffalo Beer Week 2016

Buffalo, NY – – Buffalo Beer Week is back and bigger than ever! Kicking off Thursday night September 22nd and running to Sunday, October 2nd, 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.

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Come one, come all! Hundreds of events in dozens of venues accross the entire Buffalo Niagara region ~ celebrating diversity and inclusivness under the Big Tent of Buffalo Beer!

The 10-day lineup features events such as farm to table beer and wine dinners, tastings at your local pub and a huge ticketed special events and nearly everything in between.  The overarching
theme for the 2016 Buffalo Beer Week is “Big Tent Buffalo” celebrating the inclusiveness that the craft beer scene in Buffalo and the greater community embraces and exemplifies. We encourage venues to plan events that highlight and promote inclusiveness across a broad range of potential boundaries that have historically divided us — culture, gender, ethnicity, religion, politics, etc. All are welcome and there’s plenty of room in the big tent of craft beer for all of us!

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.

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. Visitwww.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 visithttp://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org

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