12 Gates of Christmas Challenge Returns to 12 Gates Brewing

It’s time for 12 Gates Brewing to open the 12 Gates of Christmas. Starting December 1, the brewery will tap a new beer for 12 consecutive days and to complete the challenge, you’ll need to be in attendance each day to get your card punched. Starting December 1, the following beer will be tapped: Chocolate Pretzel Porter, Margarita Sour, Buzz the Tower IPA, French Saison, Chocolate Blueberry Jalapeno Porter, Hot Honey Hazy IPA, Xmas Spice Amber, Strawberry Raspberry Seltzer, Salted Caramel Coffee Porter, Belgian Pale, Barrel Aged Stout and Abominable Hazy IPA. If you drink each beer, you’ll receive a custom t-shirt, bragging rights and an invitation to an exclusive party.

42 North Releases Trio of New Barrel Aged Beers

42 North Brewing has released three new beers from their 42 Below Barrel House. Lady Sif, a 6% mixed fermentation barrel aged blonde ale blended with Saison, features notes of oak, lemongrass, white grape, pineapple and stone fruit, Kreik Walkin, a 6.25% blend using 42 Below’s house culture with barrel aged blonde and brown ales  with secondary fermentation on tart cherry, sweet cherry and red raspberry, has notes of oak, cherry, port, and dark stone fruit, and Repeats Verboden, a 6.25% blend of barrel aged blonde and brown ales, with notes of oak, black currant, red raspberry, blackberry and loganberry. Limited amounts of all three can be found on draft and in cans at the brewery right now.

Pressure Drop Release New Sabres-Themed Lager

Pressure Drop Brewing is paying homage to Buffalo Sabres head coach Don Granato with the release of Donny Meatballs, a light-bodied and clean pilsner that is crisp and satisfying like a slapshot from center ice. This beer is available now in 16oz. 4-packs to-go, or solo cans for on-site consumption at the brewery. Looking for a place to watch the Sabres the next time they take the ice? Look no further than Pressure Drop. During each game they are open for, Donny Meatballs is available for $5 for single cans or $17 buckets.

The Ridge West Seneca Taps New Hazy IPA, Stout

There is a pair of new beers on tap in the Southtowns at The Ridge West Seneca – Ridge Oatmeal Stout and Haze on The Ridge New England IPA. Haze on the Ridge features mostly Idaho 7 hops to create notes of subtle pine, tropical and citrus fruits and a resinous mouthfeel, and Ridge Oatmeal Stout features notes of chocolate and coffee, chewy malts, toasted bread and caramel. Both beers can be found on tap right now at the brewery.

Mystic Hills Brewing Taps Two New Beers

East Concord’s Mystic Hills Brewing has released a pair of new beers – Yuzu Dry Hopped IPA and Berliner Weisse. The Yuzu IPA, brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops, features notes of yuzu, key lime, and tangerine, and the Berliner Weisse is an easy-drinking, light-bodied German Wheat beer fermented with lemon and lime zest. They have reserved a keg of this beer, which they plan to tap next spring. Both beers can be found on tap right now at the brewery.

Fall Fest Month at Flying Bison Brewing

November is Fall Fest Month at Flying Bison, which will feature the releases of Sleigh Rider (cans and draft) and MacBison Scotch Ale (draft and Nitro), along with several other special new releases. Additionally, you will be able to find Brindle Porter (Dark and smooth, English Malts and hops), Vanilla Porter (Vanilla adds an extra complexity of flavor to an already great beer), Apple Spice Draft Seltzer (Just like a fall harvest – fresh apple flavor with notes of spice) and Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Dark and delicious, well balanced pumpkin and spices) on draft and in bottles and cans to-go while supplies last.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the 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 brian@buffalobeerleague.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).