Celebrating the Evolving History and Continuous Education of our Beloved Beverage Buffalo Beer Week® promotes Buffalo’s growing craft beer culture by sponsoring a ten-day festival in Erie and Niagara counties and Western NY 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.

Fill Your Schedule with These 11 Can’t-Miss Buffalo Beer Week Events

Buffalo Beer Week can be overwhelming, I get it. Trust me, I know. There’s dozens and dozens of venues holding over 100 events jam packed into just 10 days. There’s plenty to see and do, and more importantly, drink, over the next week plus, so I felt it necessary to point out a few of the events that I am most looking forward to, events that you should try and plan to be at as well.

I scoured all of the events that are planning around the area during Buffalo Beer Week and came up with a selection of 11 events that you should think about hitting. I plan on attending most of these, starting with the Opening Gala at Flying Bison. I wrote a feature on the gala, so be sure to scroll down on the homepage and check that out. Beyond that, there’s tastings, plenty of beer releases and other beer-related parties to keep your glass full and to fully wet your appetite. Read up on the events, then plan accordingly.

September 14 – Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala: The event, which is ticketed this year, will feature beers from all Western New York breweries, as well as food trucks and live music. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a special Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tasting glass as well as tasting tickets. The Leroy Townes Band and the Panfil Family Bluegrass Band will provide live music and food comes courtesy of Lloyd’s and Lomo Lomo food trucks. 5-9pm.

September 15 – Buffalo IPA Palooza at Pizza Plant Canalside: All IPAs, all the time. At least 15 local IPAs will be on tap at Pizza Plant as brewers from all over Buffalo will be chatting about beer, talking about beer, listening while you talk about beer, tasting beer, and doing various other beer related things. 12pm.

September 15 – SATO One Year Anniversary Party: Their anniversary party will feature food, drink and merchandise specials, live music from Gravy, contests for prizes and a trio of anniversary beers, Momotoro, a 5% Brut IPA with Peaches, the latest in their J-Pop sour series, Ume Plum Gose, and Lil’ Peachy, Momotoro dosed with glitter. Yes, glitter beer returns to Buffalo! The event also marks the launch of SATO’s official spirit made in collaboration with Lockhouse Distillery. 4pm-2am.

September 17 – Buffalo Beer Week Brewer’s Social at Buffalo Cider Hall: What better time to go and check out BlackBird Cider Works’ new location, the Buffalo Cider Hall, than during Beer Week? Visit the new location, check out the new digs and see the new Cider Hall and the BuffaLocal beer and cider draft line-up. 6:30-8:30pm.

September 19 – Steak, Cigars, Beer & Whiskey at Rusty Nickel Brewing: The name says it all, right? What else could you possibly need? Each ticket includes a steak dinner with Ebenezer Ale House, along with a cigar from a selection of Nice Ash Cigars, local whiskey and bourbon tastings with Black Button Distilling and Southern Tier Distilling Company and a flight of Rusty Nickel brews. Representatives from each business will be on site to discuss pairings and to present their products in depth. Tickets at EventBrite. 7pm.

September 20 – Pressure Drop Brewing / Thin Man Brewery Dog Birthday Party release: Pressure Drop continues their can release barrage with Dog Birthday Party, their third such collaboration with Thin Man Brewery. Cans and draft will be released at both locations. Dog Birthday Party is a Graham Cracker Stout with Cinnamon, Vanilla and Brown Sugar. Some vanilla extract and cinnamon were added in the whirlpool, chocolate and biscuit malt with a little bit of honey as well.

September 20 – 4th Annual Tapping of the Pumpkin at Pearl Street: Not only will a pumpkin be tapped, meaning you can literally drink beer out of a pumpkin, Pearl Street will be releasing their Pumpkin Spice Ale for the special occasion. This medium-bodied amber ale is brewed with 350lbs. of real pumpkin, spiced with pumpkin pie spices, and aged on vanilla beans. PSG then pours it through a real pumpkin to add to the fun of the season. Try it with a special brown sugar-cinnamon rimmed glass. Meet the brewers and grab something to eat at Brawlers Deli with special pint prices. 5-8pm.

September 21 – Ballpark Brewbash: The 2018 Ballpark Brew Bash takes place at Coca-Cola Field and features over 50 breweries from local and regional favorites as well as other well-known national breweries, who will be serving their wares both out on the field and inside on the concourse. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.com and at any Consumer’s Beverages locations. 6-9pm.

September 22 – Brickyard Brewing / West Shore Brewing Das Blep NEIPA Release: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Brickyard (White Bronco) and West Shore (Green Flyer) are brewing some of the best hazy beers no one is talking about, so Das Blep, their first ever collaboration, should be great. This Double Dry Hopped New England IPA features notes of over-the-top tropical fruit and white wine. Grab cans of this beer at Brickyard. 11am.

September 23 – Community Beer Works Funeral of Rutherford B. Haze: It’s that time a year again, the time when we say goodbye to someone who has been so good to us over the past few months – CBW’s beloved Belgian Witbier, Rutherford B. Haze. Start with a fabulous beer brunch pairing, 11am-2pm, at Hot Mama’s Canteen, immediately followed by HMC & CBW 2nd Line NOLA funeral parade. The 2nd Line Jazz Funeral will be led by Brass Pro and the Waterfront Revivalist. CBW will provide swagtastic items. Wear your finest black, bring a bright umbrella and just dance down the street. The band will lead in a group song of “When the Saints” feel free to sing. Then Brass Pro will perform for us in front of the bar and inside. 11am.

September 23 – Malt Madness Homebrew Competition at Rusty Nickel: It’s time to brew up your favorite malt-forward recipes for RNBC’s Malt madness Home Brew Competition! Rusty Nickel is approaching this homebrew comp a little different as they are splitting the categories in an unorthodox way – beers will be judged by SRM instead of style. Winners of each category will receive a medal, and the winner of the Best in Show competition will be invited to brew their beer at Rusty Nickel and have it on tap in the tasting room. And better yet, I’ll be serving as one of the judges for the competition, along with some other members of the Buffalo Beer League. Register at EventBrite. 3-6pm.

To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

Opening Gala Kicks Off Buffalo Beer Week’s 100+ Events

The Opening Gala is one of my favorite events during Buffalo Beer Week year after year. Though it’s new to Flying Bison Brewing this year on September 15 (5-9pm), I have loved this event dating back to its days as Buffalo Brewed at the Adam Mickiewicz Library. It’s also one of the very first events we attended after starting the Buffalo Beer League. I’ll miss having this event at the Library, and the Torn Space Theatre last year, but I’m excited for its next incarnation, and you should be too.

That was then. This is now.

The event, which is ticketed this year, will feature an all-Western New York taplist, as well as food trucks and live music. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a special Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association tasting glass as well as eight tasting tickets additional 5oz. pours will be $2). The Leroy Townes Band and the Panfil Family Bluegrass Band will provide live music and food comes courtesy of Lloyd’s and Lomo Lomo food trucks.

Brewers and representatives from each brewery will be on hand as well at the gala so you will have the chance to chat directly with those responsible for the delicious liquid that is in your glass.

Beer list (subject to change):

“Successful growing festivals like Buffalo Beer Week highlight how strong an impact local craft brewing has on the revitalization of Western New York,” outgoing BNBA President Willard Brooks adds. “The BNBA was formed as a way to showcase Buffalo’s rich beer-making history and to stimulate further interest in the local beer industry from surrounding counties in the region, as well as Rochester and Southern Ontario.”

Buffalo Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene, now in its ninth year, runs through September 23. The lineup features hundreds of events, including over a dozen featured events. New this year is Class Is In Session IPA, the official Buffalo Beer Week beer, a collaboration between 20 local breweries, which will be available for sale throughout Beer Week. You can find the beer in six pack cans and on draft at a number of breweries as well as local Wegmans and bottle shops like Village Beer Merchant, Brewed and Bottled and Premier Gourmet.

Oh, and although it is called a gala, there is no dress code – feel free to wear what you want. Although I considering wearing my three-piece suit, I think I will just go with a polo.

To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

For more information on the Opening Gala, head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/1857340951053428.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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 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 Day 10: Last Call For Alcohol and a Humble Thank You

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As another Buffalo Beer Week comes to a close, we can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the sheer love that all of you have shown our beer scene these past few days. It’s hard to believe that the eighth annual Buffalo Beer Week is already over, but we shouldn’t be sad that it’s over, we should be happy that it happened. Hey, forgive us for being extra sappy; we just watched a Saved By The Bell marathon.

It is with a full heart and a cold pint that we here at the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association say, thank you. Simply, thank you. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule and hard earned money out of your wallet to order a pint of local craft beer and walk into a local brewery or corner bar and ask for something local. It’s because of all of you that Buffalo Beer Week exists and gets bigger and better year after year. We think a round of applause for all of you is in order, or at least another round of beers. Cheers.

Join Gene McCarthy’s and Old First Ward Brewing for their 3rd 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, live music from the New Direction Band, $15 German plates all day (Sausages, German potato 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.

 

flight of beers at a beer tastingBootleg Bucha is taking over 42 North Brewing’s regular Sunday Brunch. Root’s Kitchen is preparing a special brunch menu to pair with various kombucha/beer combos that will no doubt be delicious. No tickets in advance, just show up and place your orders for your brunch/kombucha/beer pairing right at the 42 North Kiosk. 11am.

Join Pizza Plant Transit and Community Beer Works at Hop Art! at 3pm where they will attempt to make art from exploding hops. Join them as they will have a few casks on site, which they will tap in the general direction of some canvases and spray some dry hopped goodness all over the place. Then plans call for drinking beer and auctioning off the Hop Art to the benefit of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Gruvology will bring some hot jazz to the Colored Musicians Club from 6-9pm. Two Roads Brewing will serve as the featured brewery. $10 for non-members, free for members.

West Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company are open every day during Buffalo Beer Week. It’s also Steal The Pint Week at Buffalo Brewing, meaning that each time you order a pint, you keep the glass (while supplies last). Lafayette Brewing is also offering $3.50 pint specials all Buffalo Beer Week long.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft. New users can download the Lyft app and use the promo code ‘BNBA’ to receive four $5 credits towards rides.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

 

Buffalo Beer Week Day 9: The Penultimate Day

Group Of Friends In Tavern

Today is the second last day of the 2018 edition of Buffalo Beer Week, which is equal parts saddening and welcoming. But let’s not wallow and lament, let’s celebrate, because we still have today and tomorrow left to raise a pint to the Buffalo-Niagara beer scene and just how far we have come in such a short period of time. So, to make a long story short, grab a pint somewhere today.

If Buffalo Beer Week has proven anything, it’s that beer and music are the ultimate pairing, so why not celebrate both in one night at Buffalo Brewed, Buffalo Beer Week’s own Rock and Roll Beer festival, which pairs local craft breweries with the virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks, a Dayton jam band who are best known for improvisation and exploration of music across multiple genres. The event takes place at the Town Ballroom at 8pm. The festival offers performances by The Werks and several Buffalo bands (TBA) paired with beer from all nine local packaging breweries.

Taste all 7 Deadly Sins beer from Denmark’s Amager Brewing for $10 at Hamm & Fattey’s Beer Company while supplies last today.

Drinking Beer At the BarGordon Biersch is offering $3 16oz. drafts of Fest Bier all day.

Flying Bison Brewing is shining the spotlight on all things wood at BuffalOAKfest, an afternoon of oak aged beers, displays from local woodcrafters, and acoustic-driven music by Vinnie DeRosa and Leroy Townes. Limited oak-aged beers will be available, including Bourbon Barrel Spot Coffee Stout, Bourbon Barrel Spot Coffee Stout aged on cherries, Patrona Imperatrice Brettanomyces-aged Wild Saison, and Oaked India Pale Ale. Flying Bison will also have their Blackbird Oatmeal Stout and a keg of their Beer Week collaboration with Buffalo Brewpub, a porter with freshly-roasted coffee beans from Steamworks Coffee in Lockport, NY. The event is free.

Harvest Fest kicks off today at Rusty Nickel Brewing, a full on weekend celebration that features cider pressing, live music, face painting, kids mini tractor pulls, pumpkin painting, stein host competition, pig roast and tons of great beer. There’s also a homemade pie bakeoff at 6pm.

Join 12 Gates Brewing for Rhythm ‘N’ Brews with live blues music all day and a limited bottle release, Dissolution, a Fire and Butterscotch Oak Aged Baltic Porter aged on Chinese Schisandra Berries. Only 100 bottles will be available, $12 each. Speedy Parker Blues Band will take the stage until 6:30, then the River Dogs perform at 7pm.

West Shore Brewing is celebrating their official grand opening with live music, seven beers on tap and food trucks.

Hoppy IPA Craft Beer in a Libbey Belgian 13oz GlassWindy Brew is driving the Beer Train tonight, featuring their Harvest Fest Beer.  They will be the sole brewery on the Attica & Arcade Railroad tonight, which goes to support the Arcade Historical Society. Windy Brew will be offering samples of 4 different styles beers to the passengers to taste. 5-9pm.

Tim Britt is performing at Hamburg Brewing at 7pm.

New York Beer Project is hosting the largest 80’s Party of the Year with the Nerd’s Gone Wild upstairs in the Party Bar. 9pm.

Midnight Mass is going down tonight with Community Beer Works and Black Sheep. Late night food amazingness with the crew at Black Sheep featuring Community Beer Works (CBW) beer. This will not be one to miss. 11:30-2:30am. CBW has also released bottles of their Swivet, a new barrel aged Belgian quad. Aromas of tart cherries and dates up front give way to subtle support of malt and a faint funk. The flavor is at first full of stone fruit, followed quickly by a dry, soft oak with an assertive tart cherry finish. A prefect balance of malt sweetness, funk and pleasant acidity make this beer an absolute delight to drink. Each 500ml bottle is priced at $12.

West Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company are open every day during Buffalo Beer Week. It’s also Steal The Pint Week at Buffalo Brewing, meaning that each time you order a pint, you keep the glass (while supplies last). Lafayette Brewing is also offering $3.50 pint specials all Buffalo Beer Week long.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft. New users can download the Lyft app and use the promo code ‘BNBA’ to receive four $5 credits towards rides.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

 

Buffalo Beer Week Day 8: Here’s To The Freaking Weekend

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Well, we have made it to the second Friday of Buffalo Beer Week. Seven days ago we were hold up at the Adam Mickiewicz Library for the Beer Week Opening Gala, and somehow there are only a few days left in this annual celebration. Luckily for all of you, and me too actually, there are bountiful opportunities to get tonight and kick your weekend off right and wind down Buffalo Beer Week in proper fashion.

And don’t mind the crappy weather – we were bound to get some of it sooner rather than later, although it is gonna suck when we go out tonight and have to wear jeans and a hoodie instead of shorts, sandals and a t-shirt. Oh well, a beer will cure all of that.

42 North Brewing has tapped a fresh keg of their Enforcer Galaxy Double IPA. You could literally be drinking it right now as you read this.

Flying Bison Brewing will have a fresh cask of Blackbird Stout at 3pm, along with the bottle release of their Blackbird Stout, the first time in nearly 10 years it’s been bottled. The first ten people in line for some cask beer will receive free Buffalo Sabres tickets.

DsrinksCelebrate all things Buffalo Beer Week at Colter Bay with a bevy of local brews including Four Mile Crooked Creek Wet Hop Ale, Woodcock IPA, Southern Tier Citra Hopped Live, Ellicottville Blueberry and Hamburg Gary’s Wild Hops. These are all on tap now.

One of the strongest aspects of the Buffalo beer scene is the collaboration not competition mantra. Well, showcasing that this time is West Shore Brewing and 12 Gates Brewing, who have teamed up on Dark Frontier Black IPA, which will be released at the West Shore Brewing taproom at 6pm. Clocking in at 7.1% ABV and 100 IBUs, Dark Frontier brings the Pacific Northwest to Western New York.

All three Griffon Pub locations (East Aurora, Niagara Falls, Clarence) are hosting Resurgence Brewing takeovers, including the brand new Griffon Collab (Milkshake IPA), Peach Gose, R&D 9 (IPA), Imperial Barrel Aged Irish Breakfast Stout, Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged Sponge Candy Stout, Citmo (IPA), Cosmic Truth (Session IPA) and Loganberry Wit (Witbier), among others, available. 6pm.

The Revenge Therapist takes the stage at Mr. Goodbar downstairs at 10pm, while karaoke goes on upstairs.

Sour Grapefruit Craft BeerThe A List band performs at New York Beer Project at 9pm.

Butera’s is hosting a Big Ditch Brewing tap takeover, including their just tapped BDU Collaboration Ale, a new collaborative beer with Upstate Brewing. 6pm.

Old First Ward Brewing/Gene McCarthy’s will tap a firkin of their Hopster IPA with grapefruit. 5pm.

World of Beer will host a Flying Bison beer spotlight at 6pm. The tap list includes Blackbird Stout with infusion of Maraschino Cherries, Juice Caboose, Rusty Chain, 716 IPA, Bisonfest, Barrel Aged Spot Coffee Stout and Patrona Imperatrice.

Rusty Nickel Brewing is hosting a Mug Club Member / Potential Member Mixer, Beer Week Edition. Come by the RNBC tasting room to learn more about becoming a 2018 RNBC Mug Club Member from staff and current members. Membership includes discounts on drinks, merchandise, & bookings as well as special event access, mug club exclusive events and more. It’s also $10 off for any new members. 6pm.

People holds mugsWest Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company will also be open every day during Buffalo Beer Week. It’s also Steal The Pint Week at Buffalo Brewing, meaning that each time you order a pint, you keep the glass (while supplies last). Lafayette Brewing is also offering $3.50 pint specials all Buffalo Beer Week long.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft. New users can download the Lyft app and use the promo code ‘BNBA’ to receive four $5 credits towards rides.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.   

Buffalo Beer Week Day 7: It’s Almost The Weekend

delicious beer on a wooden table

Today is Thursday, so it’s almost the weekend, but to be honest, who the hell needs the weekend when it is Buffalo Beer Week? Today is one of the more anticipated days of this 10 day stretch with plenty of noteworthy events on the docket. While we have mentioned many times before and will mention it again later on in this very same article, since you’re going to need a ride from event to event, grab a Lyft.

So let’s get to it.

Gordon Biersch is offering $8 growler fills all day long on all beers except for their Belgian Dark Strong Ale.

It’s not truly fall until you drink a pint of beer from an actual pumpkin. Yes, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery hollow out a pumpkin, jam a tap in it, fill it with their Pumpkin Spice Ale and serve it directly to you. Grab a pint of Pearl Street’s Pumpkin Spice Ale poured directly from a real pumpkin. There will be pint specials, special ‘Pumpkin Spice Bomb Shots’ and maple-cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses. The first pour will be at 5pm from PSG head brewer Chris Herr. The 4th Annual Tapping of the Pumpkin happens downstairs at Brawler’s Deli.

Four glasses of different craft beerOne of the strongest aspects of the Buffalo beer scene is the collaboration not competition mantra. Well, showcasing that this time is West Shore Brewing and 12 Gates Brewing, who have teamed up on Dark Frontier Black IPA, which will be released at 12 Gates taproom 6pm. Clocking in at 7.1% ABV and 100 IBUs, Dark Frontier brings the Pacific Northwest to Western New York.

New York Beer Project is tapping their new Plum Vanilla Saison at 5pm. This is a very limited edition, and only available at NYBP, and certain select beer bars and restaurants. 10% of all beer you drink for the entire day, NYBP will donate to local Music Education in our schools.

Hamm & Fattey’s are offering $3 16oz. pours of Sloop Brewing beers today.

Tonight marks the return of alpacas to Hydraulic Hearth! Celebrate the release of Community Beer Works’ Alpaca Porter with Alpacas on site, and products from Thistle Creek Alpacas. Live music by Miller and The Other Sinners. Alpaca Porter is a rich dark ale brewed with English malts and American cherrywood-smoked malt. 4pm.

Community Beer Works are not only taking over the taps at Crabapples, they are taking over the speakers at the CBW/Crabapples Tap Takeover and Kazoo Jamboree. Among the CBW beer available will be the This Beer Kills Fascists Brett Saison, No Goal and Boats N Gose. When you get a CBW beer, you get a kazoo (one per person). Jukebox requests will be taken and, throughout the night, play your favorite songs so that everyone can all kazoo to the music. 8pm.

Let's toast with beer!Thin Man Brewery continues their Beer Week celebrations with a fresh cask of Burning Money IPA with Nelson hops. This IPA is drenched with flavors & aromas of pine & tropical fruits. Drink this one fresh – Orange juice, pineapple juice, mango juice, juice juice. 3pm.

Moor Pat is also tapping a special beer tonight, Pipeworks/ Toppling Goliath Double Creature Feature at 6pm. They will have Singlecut DDH Workers Are Going Home DIPA and a cornhole tournament ($20) with registration starting at 4pm.

Lilly Belle Meads are tapping a keg of Cy-Spi, a carbonated mead brewed with English ale yeast, local cider, and a dash of cinnamon and cardamon. It’ll be available all weekend or until it’s kicked. \

Shango Bistro will host a Beer & Music Happy Hour, 5-8pm, combining farm to table tapas, local brews and jazz by trumpeter Daniel Bassin.

Cleveland’s Fat Heads Brewery is invading the taps at Pizza Plant Transit, starting at 5pm. The beer available includes Headhunter, Sunshine Daydream, Bumbleberry Wheat and Spookytooth. Tickets are $20 and are available at both of our locations. For any questions about this event or the tickets, please email beertastings@pizzaplant.com. Also featuring live music from the Zac Steinburg Band.

At 5pm, Rusty Nickel Brewing are releasing their FemAle Series #4 beer, “Kolsch Hearted Peach,” a crisp kolsch brewed with peaches and cranberries. Free limited-edition pint glass for the first 100 people.

Waiter pouring draught beer into a glassJoin the Buffalo Beer Goddesses in celebrating five years of supporting the Buffalo beer scene at their annual Buffalo Beer Week party in the upstairs room at Mr. Goodbar. Tickets are available at https://bbgbeerweek.eventbrite.com ($10 for non-members, $5 for members).

Hamburg Brewing is hosting live bluegrass music from Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members Mark and Chris Panfil featuring Scott and Katie Panfil and special guests. Tonight calls for folk, acoustic, and eclectic music with a Smoker’s Haven Cigar Table and fresh Hamburg Brewing beer. 7pm.

West Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company will also be open every day during Buffalo Beer Week. It’s also Steal The Pint Week at Buffalo Brewing, meaning that each time you order a pint, you keep the glass (while supplies last). Lafayette Brewing is also offering $3.50 pint specials all Buffalo Beer Week long.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft. New users can download the Lyft app and use the promo code ‘BNBA’ to receive four $5 credits towards rides.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

Buffalo Beer Week Day 6: The Second Half Begins

Pint of Beer on the Bar

As sit here pouring over (puns!) the day’s Buffalo Beer Week happenings while jamming to some Type O Negative, it has dawned on us that today represents the official start of the second half of Beer Week, which is both an exhaustive and depressing thought, but also a welcome relief. Oh, don’t worry about us, we’ll be just fine. We just need a beer.

If you’re reading this, first off, thank you, and second, just know that, including today, you only have 5 days left to help celebrate Buffalo Beer Week. And with the weather we have been having, why wouldn’t you want to get out of the house, get a cold beer in your hand and some quality local tunes in your ears?

Steal the Pint events have been the norm throughout Buffalo Beer Week, and you can keep the glass you drink from tonight with Four Mile Brewing at ABV. Four Mile swag will also be handed out and there will be live music. 7-9pm.

All three Griffon Pub locations (East Aurora, Niagara Falls, Clarence) are hosting Grimm tap takeovers with Living Daylights (Double Dry Hopped Sour Ale), Double Dry Hopped Lumen (IPA), Capslock (APA), Supergoing (Gose), Pineapple {Pop (Dessert Style Berliner Weis), Double Negative (Imperial Stout), Power Pop (Berliner Weis), Castling (Saison), Double Dry Hopped Afterimage (Double IPA), Afterimage (Double IPA), among others, available.

Assorted beers and alesMeet and greet with the brewers of Riverworks Brewing and take part in an unofficial pinball/game tournament. 5-8pm.

Thin Man Brewery is releasing their Brett the Technique 2.0, which is a double dry hopped version of their funky Brett Saison. Thin Man describes the beer as “light berry, lemon, mild funk in the nose. Unripe berry, crisp wheat & a touch of barnyard in the flavor. Tropical fruit, very light funk & berry brett character in the finish.” 6pm.

Other Half Brewing is taking over the taps tonight at Moor Pat with an impressive lineup of beers. The tentative list includes IPA, Forever Ever, DDH All Enigma Everything, DDH Mylar Bags, DDH Hop Showers, Vic Secret+Mosaic DIPA, DDH Double Mosaic Daydream, DDH Stacks on Stacks, DDH Forever Simcoe and DDH Southernhopalistic. There will also be music from DJ/Producer Awake The Silence. 6:30pm.

Murphy Brown’s Craft Beer Emporium is hosting a special Firestone Walker event, Sips and Nibbles. For $25 you will receive 4 6oz. samples, a Firestone glass and charcuterie plate. Beer available includes Helldorado, Sloambic, Stickee Monkee and Walker’s Reserve. 6:30pm.

Enjoy cold brews, smoked meat and live blues from Buffalo’s own River Dog Blues Band at New York Beer Project’s Buffalo Beer Week Blues, Brews & BBQ. 7pm.

Young asian man drinking beer and clink glasses happy while enjoying home partyWest Shore Brewing and Buffalo Brewing Company will also be open every day during Buffalo Beer Week. It’s also Steal The Pint Week at Buffalo Brewing, meaning that each time you order a pint, you keep the glass (while supplies last). Lafayette Brewing is also offering $3.50 pint specials all Buffalo Beer Week long.

Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft. New users can download the Lyft app and use the promo code ‘BNBA’ to receive four $5 credits towards rides.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.