9 WNY Breweries Team Up on First Time Collaboration

Available January 21, Ohhh Fudge Vol. 2, an imperial chocolate fudge porter with peanut butter and fluff, is a collaboration featuring Rusty Nickel Brewing, Big Inlet Brewing, SATO Brewpub, Eli Fish Brewing, Windy Brew, Til Brewing, West Shore Brewing, Pressure Drop Brewing and Old First Ward Brewing. Ohhh Fudge Vol. 2 features notes of rich chocolate, peanut butter and sticky marshmallow on a thick, fudge-y body and taps in at 10.5% ABV. The beer will be available at all participating breweries.

Thin Man to Release New Widowmaker Brewing Collab

For their latest collaboration, Thin Man has teamed up with Braintree, Massachusetts’ Widowmaker Brewing. The result, which will be released January 21, is Cosmic Gumbo, an 8.2% Double IPA that was heavily hopped with Galaxy, Vic Secret, Citra and Mosaic hops to produce flavors of dank peach juice, green melon and lime. The beer is smooth and juicy with a pillowy soft body. Cosmic Gumbo will be available at all Thin Man taprooms.

12 Gates Brewing, Eli Fish Brewing Partner on New Collab Sour

Another collaborative brew is coming to Western New York, this one courtesy of 12 Gates Brewing and Eli Fish Brewing. Fruit Explosion, which drops January 20, is 6.5% ABV fruit smoothie sour with flavors of pineapple, raspberry, watermelon, lemon, lime, tangerine, blueberry and blackberry, with a touch of vanilla. Fruit Explosion will be available on draft and in 16oz cans.

Eli Fish will be hosting a tap takeover for the release of Fruit Explosion on January 20 (4pm) at their Batavia taproom. Cans and draft of Fruit Explosion will be available, along with three other 12 Gates beers.

The Dude’s Homebrew Competition Beer Release Party at Resurgence

After last summer’s The Dude’s Homebrew Competition, Pretty Fly for a Ry Guy NEIPA will officially see a release at Resurgence Brewing on January 22 (12pm). The beer was created by homebrewer Jon Tarasiewicz. Attendees will receive their first pint of Pretty Fly for a Ry Guy NEIPA for free, with $1 from every pint and $2 from every 4-pack sold going to The Dude Hates Cancer and blood cancer research. The beer will be on draft with a limited amount of cans available.

Thee Barleywine Classic Returns to Community Beer Works

The second annual Thee Barleywine Classic, an intimate gathering of select craft breweries coming together to celebrate and showcase the wonderful style of barleywine, returns to CBW on February 27 (12-4pm). Tickets are $45 and include 10 tastings, custom tasting glass, bowl of chili with cornbread and live music. Featured breweries include Bolton Landing Brewing, New York Beer Project, Old First Ward, Prison City Brewing, Rare Form, Resurgence Brewing and more. This intimate festival gives you the opportunity to take your time with each round, ask questions and enjoy every ounce of many delicious barleywines.

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).