Buffalo Beer Week Day 8: It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday

As I write this, I’m indifferent. Sure, it’s Friday, which is awesome and we have Fruity Funky Friday at Coles and Goodbar and  Funk Fest at New York Beer Project on tap for tonight, but that also means there is only today, then the weekend, left for Buffalo Beer Week. While I won’t entirely miss just how freaking busy I have been on the daily, I look forward to being able to take naps again. Yes, I’m old.

Regardless, there are tons of events going on today. From beer festivals and sour beer events to tap takeovers and beer walks, there’s something for everything tonight. If you want to go out and just grab a beer and listen to some live music, then that’s on the docket for today as well. Take a look for yourself.

Today is also the final day to win some free beer from my friends at Buffalo Brewing. And it’s easy to get in the running. They are giving away a case of beer – fresh cans of 1932 Oat Cream IPA and 1906 New England IPA – now through 11pm tonight. All you have to do is visit them on Instagram (@buffalobrewingcompany), follow them and tag three friends in the comments. If you win you can pick up your beer on Saturday during retail hours. It’s just that easy. A few clicks and you could be one case of beer richer.

Woodcock Brothers is gathering up over 20 New York State breweries serving all fall seasonal style brews at their Wilson headquarters, along with live music (Experimental Sandwich, 7pm), food trucks, distilleries, ciders and lawn games at the third annual NY Fall Beer Festival (6pm). $3 per drink ticket, good for a 5oz pour.

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary Buffalo Beer Week in the beautiful Village of Lewiston. Start at Brewed & Bottled Craft Beer Shop (5pm), where you’ll taste beer and learn about history of craft beer in the area. Sample beers at select village establishments from there. Pay as you go.

In honor of Sour Beer Day, New York Beer Project are funking up the taps (in a good way) at the first ever Funk Fest: A Celebration of Sours (5pm). They are pulling out all the sour stops as, not only are they returning four of their most beloved sours, they are debuting half a dozen new brews, including a sour take on a classic refreshing beverage, four Berliner Weisse variants born out of a friendly competition between NYBP brewers, and a barrel aged sour.

Pizza Plant Transit are tapping a few Mortalis Brewing beers (5pm). They are featuring Orion Double IPA (Mosaic, Citra & Nelson hops) and Venus Strawberry Fig Newton Milk Stout.

Osborn Nash will be performing at Big Inlet (6pm), Tommy Link will take to the stage at Four Mile (6pm) and Qwister will perform at 12 Gates (8pm).

Are you a sour beer lover? This day is perfect for you! Enjoy a selection of session, fruity and barrel aged sours at Mr. Goodbar and Coles in honor of Sour Beer Day at Fruity Funky Friday (5pm). Mr. Goodbar will tap Gun Hill City Island Gose, Discord Disconnected Sour IPA, DuClaw My, My, My Key Lime Pie Sour IPA, Almanac Cherry Sournova and more, while Coles will tap Upstate Lemonade Sour, LIC Beer Project Gal Friday (Cherry & Vanilla) Berliner Weisse, Sixpoint Firecracker Sour IPA, Thin Man Minkey Boodle and bottles of Crooked Stave. Free entry. A la carte pints.

Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.

If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.

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. 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 ‘ten years of craft beer.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.

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, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.

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 Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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BNBA, 26 Shirts Partner on Charitable Shirt for Buffalo Beer Week

The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association has partnered with Buffalo-based charitable apparel company 26 Shirts on a limited edition shirt in honor of the tenth anniversary of Buffalo Beer Week. 8% from the sale of every shirt will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, respectively. The exclusive shirt costs $26 (plus tax and $4.99 shipping) and is only available until September 12.

You can purchase your 26 Shirts’ Buffalo Beer Week shirt here.

Buffalo Beer Week, which runs from September 13-22, is a 10-day celebration of the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene. The lineup features hundreds of events, including over a dozen featured events, starting with the Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala on September 13 at Flying Bison Brewing (5-9pm), which will feature live music, food trucks and beer from all of your favorite local breweries. Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary tasting glass. The theme this year is ‘ten years of craft beer.’

26 Shirts’ Dan Gigante says that they were thrilled when they were approached by the BNBA to commemorate this year’s Beer Week with a special shirt.

“When we were approached about doing the shirts commemorating the 10th anniversary for this year’s Buffalo Beer Week we were thrilled as we have been doing more and more shirts for events in the area,: he says. “We just had one stipulation – all of our shirts give back so there would need to be a giving component. But not only were they 100% OK with that – they wanted to make 2 donations for each shirts – one to Habitat for Humanity, whom they donated to last year, and another donation to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Well, we certainly won’t going to say no to that!”

The BNBA and Habitat for Humanity have enjoyed a beneficial working relationship. Recently, the association helped to promote, along with several local breweries, distilleries and bars, the sales of Habitat for Humanity Buffalo’s The House Beer Built tour cards, which featured coupons for free beer, mead and craft cocktails at over two dozen local locations. Proceeds from sales helped to fund the building of a new home on Manitoba Street, which refugee family Manasse Nsabiyuma and Nechode Ndayishimiye and their six children moved into.

“We’re really excited to be working with 26 Shirts for our 10th anniversary t-shirt,” Clint Perez, Ex-Officio BNBA Marketing Co-Chair, adds. “I have known Dan for a long time and have been interested in working with him when the right opportunity arose. When we decided to do the fundraiser for Habitat Buffalo and BN Waterkeeper, 26 Shirts was a natural fit and have been a great partner.”

Local craft beer for a good cause. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Habitat Buffalo’s core mission consists of building homes for families in Buffalo and across Erie County, while the BN Waterkeeper serves as the guardian of Western New York’s fresh water.

To see all the events and to view the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. You can find out more about 26 Shirts at https://26shirts.com.

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 Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Millions of Peaches Release, SATO & Hamburg Anniversaries, NYBP’s Prostfest!

Millions of Peaches Gelato IPA Cans Return at Brickyard Brewing

If you still regret missing out on cans of Brickyard Brewing Company’s Millions of Peaches when they were released last year, you’re in luck, because it’s being released again, almost a year to the day, on September 5 (4pm) at the Lewiston brewery in conjunction with the start of the 2019 Peach Festival. This year’s version features over 100 pounds of fresh Sanger Farms peaches, as well as a shot of Wai’lti hops to push the hoppy peach and stone fruit aromas, which compliment flaked oats, flaked wheat, lactose Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans.

Hamburg Brewing Company is Turning a Ripe Six Years Old

Another year for Hamburg Brewing is officially coming to an end and it’s time to celebrate as the brewery turns six years old on September 7 (11am). The all day party will feature live music from Breakaway, Vincent Bonelli and Strictly Hip (7pm), a special food menu and beer of course, including all of your Hamburg Brewing favorites as well as the debut (12pm) of their 6th Anniversary beer: Anniversarita! Key Lime Sour with Sea Salt. It’s not overly sour with a peasant lingering tartness, a faint salt note and vibrant key limes flavors. This event is free to attend.

New York Beer Project Get Into Fall Spirit with Annual Prostfest

It’s that time of year again, the time when New York Beer Project roll out the red carpet for the annual return of their award-winning Oktoberfest lager, Prost!, at Prost! Fest, September 7 (8pm). The party will feature live music by the Soul Providers, German food and beer specials and the release of Prost! Oktoberfest Lager. Prost! took home “Best In Show” at the East Coast Raise A Glass Foundation Competition in 2016. It’s copper colored with notes of bready toast and caramel. This seasonal favorite pairs well with giant pretzels, German bologna sandwiches and singing along to Ein Prosit!

SATO Brewpub to Celebrate Second Birthday with an Anniversary Week

SATO Brewpub, Pearl Street’s Japanese restaurant and brewpub featuring all Belgian-inspired beers, is turning two years old and they are taking an entire week to celebrate (September 9-14). Starting at 2pm on Monday, look for Japanese ANIME Trivia, live Japanese music, $2 special menus, $2 drinks and $1 off all beers, including two special anniversary beers, the latest in their J-Pop sour series, Blue Berry Passion Fruit Sour, and Satoberfest. Other weeklong specials include $2 Beer Flights, $2 Sake Shots and $2 Sweet Potato Shochu shots as well as the release of the Fuji Apple Vodka Cocktail and Sake/Shochu Cocktail.

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 Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Hopheads New Savior: Meet Aqua Jesus, The Strongest Triple IPA Ever Created in WNY

Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about Aqua Jesus?

The holy union of Pressure Drop Brewing and Big Ditch Brewing first brought us Aqua Buddha, a 7.4% Double IPA, but now comes Aqua Jesus Triple IPA, a true savior for the hopheads at 11.9%, the strongest triple IPA that Western New York has ever seen. This second coming of hops will be available in cans starting today on the Pressure Drop loading dock at the Barrel Factory at noon. 4-packs will be available right off the canning line to ensure maximum freshness. $15.99 (plus tax and deposit), no limits. Draft will be available throughout the weekend as well.

The distinction of strongest IPA ever brewed in WNY belongs to Lafayette Brewing, whose Teddy’s Big Stick DIPA clocked in at 13.1%.

“I just said, fuck it, let’s make the biggest IPA that has ever been made in Buffalo,” Pressure Drop Head Brewer Karl Kolbe says. “This is one of the biggest IPAs that has ever been made here. It’s a whopper. This is a big ass beer. We’re just trying to make great beer and make it accessible.”

Make sure you get some Aqua Jesus in your life while you can, because Kolbe says that he is never going to brew this beer ever can, calling it a true one-off.

Aqua Jesus registers at 107 IBU and is brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Calypso hops. Be on the lookout for notes of sticky pineapple and tropical fruit with semi-sweet alcohol warmth and resin. Kolbe says that he and Big Ditch Head Brewer Corey Catalano were shooting for 11.7%, but ended up on 11.9% because of the sheer amount of hops they added during brewing.

“There’s a pound and a half of hops per barrel just in the kettle and we dry hopped it at a really aggressive rate as well. We did some quite substantial late additions of Calypso, Citra and Mosaic and then the dry hop is Calypso, Citra and Mosiac as well. The Mosaic brings out that skunky, earthy dankness and I think the Citra plays with that as well, maybe adding a little catty note. I can drink the hell out of this. I will say that most of the alcohol notes come off as a little sweet on this beer.”

Kolbe, a former brewer at San Diego hophaven Knee Deep, a brewery known for massively hopped beers, says that it took so long for Pressure Drop to release a Triple IPA because they are hard to market in this area.

“We love Big Ditch and they love us, so when it came time to brew this beer, we said why not brew a triple IPA? In the end, it’s about having fun, right? We’re just trying to push the envelope and brew something that no one has ever had before. Nobody in WNY has ever had an IPA over 11% this fresh. You’re literally going to be able to drink this beer when it’s two minutes old. The freshest beer is the best beer.”

But, as Kolbe himself says, you don’t necessarily have to drink Aqua Jesus fresh, though you really should, because you can cellar it. “If you took a can of this sat on it for 12 months, it might just taste like an amazing American barleywine. All the bright citrus aromatics are going to fade, but you’re going to get all of that boozy, alcohol and bitter coming through. We’re going to sit on some cans and see what happens.”

“I hope people dig this beer because when you’re doing something that’s as big as this, you’re kind of just hanging it all out there. I think Aqua Jesus is in the gray area between, ‘hey we made a 10% Triple IPA, this is really good’ and ‘this is so fucking big that it hurts your brain because there’s so much going on.’ And quite honestly, I want to hurt people’s brains. I don’t like it when people are comfortable. Comfortable is complacent and complacent is not creative.”

As for what’s next to come from the Pressure Drop – Big Ditch partnership, Kolbe says he wouldn’t mind doing another TIPA. “We’d like to learn from this beer and see where we can refine it and kick it up another notch.” Beyond that, Pressure Drop will be releasing a Salted Caramel Nut Roll White Stout with Rochester’s Swiftwater Brewing this fall.

For more information on the coming of Aqua Jesus, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2360997814174583/.

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 Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Pressure Drop x Big Ditch Aqua Jesus, Big Ditch Releases Dart, Buffalo Brewing Drops Two New Cans, Empty Pint Turns 16, BBG’s Tour de Cask

Pressure Drop, Big Ditch Brew Up Biggest IPA Ever Released in WNY

After gracing us with Aqua Buddha Double IPA, Pressure Drop Brewing and Big Ditch Brewing have again teamed up, this time producing Aqua Jesus Triple IPA, the biggest Triple IPA ever released in Western New York coming in at 11.9%. Aqua Jesus clocks in at 107 IBU and is brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Calypso hops. This heavy hitter will be released on August 31 (12pm) on Pressure Drop’s loading dock fresh off the canning line, minutes after the beer was canned to ensure maximum freshness. 4-pack 16oz. cans will cost $15.99 (plus tax and deposit). 200 cases available, no limits.

Big Ditch Brewing Hits a Bullseye with New Lock IPA Series Release

Big Ditch’s Lock IPA Series is growing by one with the release of Dart, the seventh entry into the series. The beer will be released, along with a fresh batch of Citraburner cans, on August 30 (11am). Dart is named for Joseph Dart, who, along with his business partner Robert Dunbar, were credited with building “Dart’s Elevator,” the world’s first grain elevator. Dart is brewed with Vic Secret, Mosaic, and Citra hops. Malted, flaked oats make this beer creamy while the hops add pineapple and passionfruit flavors. All beer will be available in 16oz. can 4-packs for $14.99 (no limits).

Buffalo Brewing to Drop New 1906 New England IPA, 1980 Loganberry Ale in Cans

Buffalo Brewing Company aren’t wasting much time getting more of their beer into cans with plans to release cans of their new 1906 New England IPA and 1890 Loganberry Ale this Saturday (1pm). 1906 NEIPA features Ekuanot and El Dorado hops built upon a framework of Golden Promise, White Wheat, oats and crystal. Look for huge hop flavors balanced out by a smooth malt profile. $16 per 4-pack. 1890 Loganberry Ale features massive loganberry flavor and a beautiful dark pink color with a touch of sweetness. Only six cases of this beer available with more to come. $12 per 4-pack.

Southern Tier’s The Empty Pint Celebrates Sweet Sixteen Anniversary Party

Southern Tier Brewing’s resident brewpub, Lakewood’s The Empty Pint, is throwing a Sweet Sixteen Party in honor of their sixteenth anniversary on August 31 (12pm). In honor of the special occasion, The Empty Pint will be tapping a special No-Bake Hazy IPA from Southern Tier to go along with live music from 2-5pm with Qwister, $5 pints all day, giveaways, food and anniversary cake. Southern Tier has also recently rolled out a new rose ale, Muse Rose Ale. This rose ale is crisp and refreshing, brewed with white grapes and hints of raspberry. Look for Muse Rose in 6-pack cans.

Buffalo Beer Goddesses’ Annual Tour de Cask Fundraiser Returns to Flying Bison

The Buffalo Beer Goddesses are bringing the fourth annual Tour de Cask, a fundraising event for their Cicerone Scholarship Fund for WNY Women, to Flying Bison Brewing on September 1 (1pm). A number of casks will be available, including 12 Gates Brewing Margarita Sour (sour ale aged on tequila oak with lime puree), 42 North Brewing Gingerism English Braggot with Autumn Harvest Honey and Gingersnaps, Big Ditch Brewing Vanilla Almond Mocha Make Me Wanna Stout and more. Tickets ($30) available at Eventbrite. Each attendee will receive a token for one half pint of beer from each cask. Food is included.

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 Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Pumking Family Reunion, 12 Gates Double NEIPA Drop, World of Beer 4th Anniversary, Thin Man / Crooked Run Collab

Southern Tier Getting the Family Together for Pumking Family Reunion

Even though it seems that fall themed beers arrive earlier and earlier each year, Southern Tier Brewing are getting the family together on August 27 (4pm) for a Pumking Family Reunion, a full day of big beer featuring the entire lineup of Southern Tier’s beloved pumpkin themed beers. All of the brewery’s Pumking varieties will be available on tap at the Empty Pint in Lakewood, including Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout, Cold Press Coffee Pumking, Rum Barrel Aged Pumking and the debut of a new surprise variant. The Pumking family will be available for flights and sampling.

12 Gates Brewing to Release New Double New England IPA, Anastatis

Newly minted Head Brewer Matt Gordon is kicking off his 12 Gates tenure with a bang, an 8% Double New England IPA named Anastasis, which will be released August 23 (12pm), shortly after it was canned to ensure freshness. “I knew I wanted my first project to be a DIPA with some big flavors and aromas that would be a dangerously unnoticeable 8% ABV drinker,” Gordon says of Anastasis. Expect huge tropical notes with some melon, tangerine, citrus and a hint of strawberry. Live music from Joe Squared (8pm). Anastasis is a limited release available only in 12 Gates’ taproom.

World of Beer to Celebrate 4th Anniversary with Special 12 Gates’ Collab Beer

In honor of World of Beer’s fourth anniversary on August 24, the Walden Galleria-based gastropub have enlisted the help of 12 Gates Brewing for a special anniversary beer, 12 Gates / World of Beer Berry Blast, a light and tart fruited Berliner Weisse brewed with blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry puree that clocks in at 5% ABV. WOB are celebrating their anniversary all month, as the beer is on tap right now. The anniversary party (11am) will feature $3 pints of Berry Blast all day long, as well as prize giveaways and cake. For more information on the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2468847116507119/.

Thin Man to Release Crooked Run Collab, Sticky Toffee Imperial Stout

For their latest collaborative brew, Thin Man Brewery headed south to team with Leesburg, Virginia’s favorite sons, Crooked Run Brewing, the result of which is Sticky Toffee Imperial Stout with Candi Sugar and Vanilla, which will hit taps August 24 (12pm) at both Elmwood and Chandler locations. Look for notes of vanilla, dark sugar and dates with maple sweetness and a rich mouthfeel. As it warms, caramel comes forward with smooth alcohol warmth. Thin Man is also dropping a new hazy brew, Darling Vicci, a New England IPA brewed with Vic Secret hops for notes of pineapple, orange and passionfruit.

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 Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Breweries Invade Rochester’s Flour City Brewfest

A number of Buffalo-area breweries are set to invade the 25th Annual Flour City Brewers Fest in Rochester this weekend, including 42 North, Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Hamburg Brewing, New York Beer Project, Pressure Drop, Resurgence Brewing, Rusty Nickel and Thin Man. The event takes place on Saturday (6pm) at the Rochester Public Market.

The festival will feature over 80 breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries. There will also be food from a dozen vendors, including Rubino’s Italian Food, The Meat Ball Truck Company and Neno’s Gourmet Mexican Street Food, live music from Mud Creek and the Secondhand Sidekicks, custom-built lounge areas to relax and enjoy a beer, a special 25th anniversary beer from Rohrbach Brewing and more. Brewed in celebration of 25 years of the Flour City Brewers Fest, Rohrbach’s 25 Peachy Years is a Double New England-style IPA with peaches.

Among the breweries set to attend the fest are Prison City, Fifth Frame, Other Half, Genesee Brewhouse, Mortalis, Abandon Brewing, Rising Storm, Stoneyard, Swiftwater and Triphammer. Cider will be available from OSB Ciderworks and Blackbird Cider Works, as well as mead from 810 Meadworks, spirits from Black Button Distilling and Iron Smoke Distillery and wine from Heron Hill and Living Roots. There will also be a number of other vendors on hand, including the New York Hop Guild, 1886 Maltworks, 585 Rochester Pedal Tours and the New York State Brewers Association.

A limited amount of general admission ($45) tickets are still available at www.flourcitybrewersfest.com and include access to sampling, 6oz. glass and a $5 food voucher good for any food vendor. Tickets go up to $50 the day of.

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 Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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Buffalo Beer Buzz: Number 17 at Brickyard, Blackbird’s Summer Fest, Buffalo Brewing Teams with History Museum, Big Inlet’s Mayville Bluegrass Festival

Brickyard Brewing Drops New Josh Allen-Inspired IPA

Lewiston’s Brickyard Brewing have released a beery tribute to the new savior of Buffalo football Josh Allen, aptly titled Number 17, a West Coast-style IPA that packs as much hops as our hurdling quarterback. Number 17, which is on tap at the brewery right now, is an old school hoppy IPA with a firm malt body, nuanced bitterness and a clean finish. It’s dangerously drinkable. El Dorado and Summit hops provide subtle bitterness, and push strong notes of orange peel, honeysuckle, melon, and dank, piney goodness. The beer is a tweaked homebrew recipe of BBC Home Brewer John Paul Meteer. 

Summer Fest Returns to BlackBird Cider Works for Ninth Year

BlackBird Cider Works will celebrate the ninth annual Summer Cider and Craft Beer Festival on August 17 (1pm) in Barker. Ciders from BlackBird and beer from New York Beer Project, Woodcock Brothers, 12 Gates, Flying Bison, and Big Ditch will be available. Lloyds Taco Truck will also be on hand. Standard tickets ($15 presale/$18 door) include a BlackBird tasting glass and eight tasting tickets and Deluxe tickets ($25 presale/$28 door) include a glass, eight tickets, and two 12oz. draft cider tickets. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com. The event is part of Western New York Cider Week (August 16-25). Ciderweekwny.com for more information.

Buffalo Brewing to Release New Beer on Buffalo History Museum’s Portico

Celebrate the progress of the Buffalo History Museum’s portico renovations on August 16 (5pm) at the Party for the Portico. The event serves as the launch of a new partnership between the museum and Buffalo Brewing Company. Named after the year the museum was founded, 1862 Cream Ale will be available exclusively at museum events and BBC. A percentage of sales will benefit the museum. The Sheila Divine will perform with food available from Center Street Smokehouse and The Green Box. Tickets are $10 presale for members ($15 at door) and $20 general admission presale for non-members ($25 at door).

2019 Mayville Bluegrass Festival Comes to Big Inlet Brewing

Big Inlet Brewing are resurrecting the Mayville Bluegrass Festival, which originally ran from 2002-2009, on August 17 (11am). Now a one-day event, the festival will feature live performances from Doug Yeomans and Mountain Run, Creek Bend featuring the Panfil Brothers, The Blue Grasshoppers Reunion, The Blue Mule Band, Deep Fried and Dipped in Honey, Three Legged Hill, Generic New Grass, Old Dawg Bluegrass, Amanda Barton and Bill Ward, Good for Nuthin String Band, and more. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.biginletbrewing.com. The brewery offers some seating and tables, but it is advisable to bring your own lawn chairs.

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 Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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42 North Brewing Presents First Donation to WNYMBA

As announced this past May, proceeds from the sales of 42 North Brewing Company’s Day Trekker IPA benefit the Western New York Mountain Biking Association. 42 North Founder, John Cimperman, presented the first check to WNYMBA members at a special ceremony at 42 North taproom in East Aurora. The check for $1,575 represents the proceeds from June sales of Day Trekker. 42 North will continue to donate proceeds from every case sale to WNYMBA for their continued maintenance and restoration of trails in Western New York.

Joe Crumlish, President of WNYMBA, states, “From day one, 42 North has supported WNYMBA. Mountain biking and outdoor adventure is part of their DNA. This partnership will be a big help is providing some additional funding to support our mission.”

“Keep drinking so we can keep writing checks,” Cimperman added with a laugh.

WNYMBA actively hosts trail maintenance days every spring. In addition to their work at Hunter’s Creek, the Darien Lake State Park trails, and Sprague Brook Park, WNYMBA is undertaking an aggressive project to construct the Stone Tower Trail in Allegany State Park.

The Day Trekker IPA is a 4.9% sessionable IPA brewed with cascade, cashmere, and aurora hops and, as the brewery states, the “ideal beer for a day of hiking, biking, or paddling the streams of Western New York”. The artwork on the Day Trekker 12 ounce can features a map of the Ellicottville trail system. Day Trekker is available on tap and in cans at Consumer’s Beverage, Wegman’s, Tops, and other select retailers in the region.

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Brickyard Brewing Pay Tribute to Josh Allen With New Beer

Football is back, the Buffalo Bills won their first game (preseason, yes, but a win is a win), and Josh Allen played well (6-11, 66 yards), so where else would you rather be than right here, right now (I miss you Marv)? Well, perhaps one answer would be in Lewiston at Brickyard Brewing, who have released a beery tribute to the new savior of Buffalo football, Number 17, a West Coast-style IPA that packs as much hops as our hurdling quarterback (see what I did there?).

Number 17, which is on tap at the brewery right now, is an old school hoppy IPA that features El Dorado and Summit hops for notes of pine, citrus and melon. The beer is a tweaked homebrew recipe of BBC Home Brewer John Paul Meteer.

“We say hello again to number 17 on the field, and at the BBC! Introducing Number 17, our new Josh Allen inspired West Coast IPA,” Brickyard says. “Born in California, but with a decidedly Buffalo feel. [It features] a firm malt body, without sticky sweetness, is balanced by nuanced bitterness and a clean finish. Dangerously drinkable. El Dorado and Summit hops provide subtle bitterness, and push strong notes of orange peel, honeysuckle, melon, and dank, piney goodness.”

Meteer says that the original Number 17 IPA was born out of homebrew experimentation in hopbursting, back before New England was officially a recognized beer style.

“I wanted something with a West Coast IPA vibe, because Josh is a Cali boy,” Meteer says. “But he seems to fit so well in Western New York that I wanted to soften the bitterness. It’s kind of a hybrid East-West Coast IPA.”

As for why he decided to honor Josh Allen with a beer in the first place, Meteer simply says, ‘because he’s the fucking man.’

“I hear a lot of bad stories about athletes,” he continues. “All I ever hear about him is good stories. And I’m excited for this season. I think that the all of the ‘experts’ predicting a lousy [Bills] season will be eating crow his year.”

Number 17 is on tap now at Brickyard Brewing and is available for a limited time.

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 Step Out Buffalo. 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) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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