Buffalo Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of the Buffalo-Niagara craft beer scene, returns for its ninth year, September 14-23. The lineup features hundreds of events, including over a dozen featured events, starting with the Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala on September 14 (5-9pm) at Flying Bison Brewing. 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. To see all the events and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘beer education.’
Resurgence Brewing’s annual Oktoberfest Party returns on September 15 (12pm), this year featuring not only individual Men’s and Women’s Stein Hoisting competitions, but Team Bier Games, including teams of four competing in Bier Barrel Race, Stein Carry Relay, Stein Hoisting and Cornhole. $10 gets you a commemorative stein, which features a free fill and $0.50 off all fills. Festivities start at 1:30pm with the Ceremonial Keg Tapping, followed by dancing, yodeling, music, food (Wayno’s BBQ and the return of Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale. All team participants will receive a bier stein with complementary first fill and a Bier Team Shirt.
Proving that time really does fly when you’re having fun, SATO Brewpub, the Japanese restaurant and brewpub featuring Belgian-inspired beers, is turning one. Their anniversary party, September 15 (4-12pm), will feature food, drink and merchandise specials, live music from Gravy, contests for prizes and a pair of anniversary beers, Momotoro, a 5% Brut IPA with Peaches, and the latest in their J-Pop sour series, Ume Plum Gose (there may be additional surprise beers tapped). The event also marks the launch of SATO’s official spirit made in collaboration with Lockhouse Distillery. The event is non-ticketed and all are welcome to attend.
Pressure Drop Brewing has been busy in the collaboratory as of late, with a pair of collab can releases this week alone. On September 13 (5pm), Pressure Drop will release Knives Out, a Double Dry Hopped Session IPA brewed with Community Beer Works, in cans and on draft. The 4.5% beer features Simcoe, Azacca, Citra, Mosaic and Loral hops for notes of white peach, apricot and citrus. Then, on September 20, Pressure Drop will drop Dog Birthday Party, a Graham Cracker Stout with Cinnamon, Vanilla and Brown Sugar, their third beer with Thin Man Brewery, in cans and on draft.
Big Ditch Brewing is getting into the football spirit with the release of their own Buffalo Bills-inspired beer, Make Me Wanna Stout, in 6-pack cans ($9.99, no limit), this Friday. This 5.2% coffee and cream stout is brewed with Revolution coffee beans from Public Espresso. “This beer was received really well by guests, our brewers were big fans, and we thought the obvious football tie in would keep it popular, at least during football season, if not beyond,” Big Ditch’s Matt Kahn says. Cans will be available in Big Ditch’s taproom (draft and cans) and wherever good beer is sold.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.