Habitat for Humanity 2024 Craft Brew Tour Cards on Sale

The 2024 Habitat for Humanity’s Craft Brew Tour Card, redeemable for drinks at dozens of local bars, breweries, meaderies, and distilleries, is on sale now. You can get craft beer from 12 Gates, 42 North, Big Ditch, Brazen Brewing, BriarBrothers Brewing, Buffalo Olde Brewery, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing, First Line Brewing, Flying Bison, Hamburg Brewing, Hofbrauhaus, New York Beer Project, One Eyed Cat Brewing, Pod City Beer Labs, Pressure Drop, Prosper, Resurgence, The Ridge West Seneca, Sad Boys Brewing, Shalooby Loofer, Southern Tier, Spotted Octopus, Steelbound Brewery, Windy Brew, and Woodcock Brothers, cider from Blackbird Cider, mead from Lilly Belle Meads and Queen City Meadery, and more. You can purchase online here.

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.

Wayland Brewing Now Offering Brewery Tours

If you’ve wanted to take a peek behind the curtain to see what makes Orchard Park’s Wayland Brewing tick, the brewery is now offering tours. On select Saturdays, Wayland is hosting 45-minute tours through their production facility with behind the scenes access, a rundown on their beer making process and three samples in the taproom afterwards. You can take home your sampler glass and cash in your tour coupon in the merch shop for 15% off a case of 6 packs. Tickets are $15 and are available online. Space is limited.

Deck the Halls at Pizza Plant Transit

Pizza Plant’s annual Deck the Halls fundraiser for Sleep in Heavenly Peace returns to their Transit Road location on December 3 (12pm). The event will feature a Christmas Cookie competition, Anchor Brewing Our Christmas Ale magnum bottle tapping (2pm), special Christmas beers on tap, including Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Three Floyds Alpha Claus, Troegs Mad Elf and more, Buffalo Beer Geek Bottle share (3pm) and more. Judging for the cookie competition will take place at 4pm with the $100 going to the winning baker. Cookies will then be sold with all proceeds going towards Sleep in Heavenly Peace. You can register for the competition here.


Magic Bear Beer Cellar 2nd Anniversary Party

Larkin’s Magic Bear Beer cellar is turning two and will celebrate the occasion on December 2. Starting at 4pm, the first 50 guests will receive a commemorative cookie from Buffalo Girl That Bakes, Nick Spacone will perform from 5:30 – 8:30pm, regular size cans and bottles will be $2 off all night, and more. Owned by Certified Cicerone® Craig Altobello, Magic Bear seeks to promote the elevation and education of beer through educational and informational classes and events including beer tastings, pairings and opportunities to meet brewers.

Lilly Belle Meads Krampus Release Party

On December 5, Lilly Belle Meads will release their newest holiday release, Krampus, the deep and dark version of their Old St. K-Nick, a Krupnik-inspired mead that was barrel aged for a year. The meadery will host a toast of Krampus at 6:30pm, followed by a screening of the 2015 movie of the same name, a horror comedy that stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, and more.

Name Your Own Beer Contest at Resurgence Brewing

Want to name your own Resurgence Brewing beer? Step Out Buffalo has teamed up with the brewery to offer you that very chance. The Ultimate “Name Your Own Beer” Party prize pack includes a meeting with the Resurgence Brewing team to choose your beer, naming rights, your beer name listed on the taproom Beer Board, party for up to 50 people, free pint of beer per guest, free drinks for the winner during the party, light appetizers and reserved area in taproom. To enter, enter your name and email here. Contest runs through December 4.

Big Ditch Brewing’s Kringle Miracle Contest

Big Ditch is giving away a $100 taproom gift card, hoodie and brewery merch package and all you have to do is purchase a 6-pack of their Kringle Juice IPA. It’s part of their Kringle Miracle contest – the brewery hid 2 Santa pom-poms from his hats inside two different Kringle Juice 6-packs and sent them out to stores across New York State. Find one and you’ll win a $100 taproom gift card, “Holiday Spirit” merch package (includes a Kringle Juice Tumbler, Kringle Juice Glass, Kringle Juice ornament & holiday beanie) and any Big Ditch hoodie. Visit bigditchbrewing.com for more information and contest rules.

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).