HofBrauHaus Buffalo Announce Grand Opening This August

After a number of false starts and setbacks, HofBrauHaus Buffalo, an authentic German beer hall located at 190 Scott Street inside the former Upstate Milk building, has announced that they plan to open this August. The brewery revealed that after ‘clearing a major financial hurdle,’ their remaining brewing equipment will arrive from Bavaria in about 8 weeks and that construction will resume in the meantime. “It is with a confidence tempered by the patience and prudence learned over the last year that we officially announce: Hofbrauhaus Buffalo will be opening in August 2019!” They will be hiring new staff soon.

Riverworks Brewing Teams with Buffalo Sabres Legend on New Beer

Riverworks Brewing have partnered with NHL Hall of Fame goalie and Buffalo Sabres legend Dominik Hasek on a special new beer, The Dominator Czech Pilsner, which will be released on May 23 at 3pm. $1 from the sale of each can will be donated to Hasek’s Heroes, which gives kids under 15 the opportunity to learn to skate and to play hockey, free of charge. The beer is brewed with Czech Saaz and Tettnang hops, which impart a malty body, light hops, clean finish and subtle spice. The beer is available at Riverworks and will retail for $14.99 per 4-pack.

Tickets on Sale Now for 2019 Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside

Tickets are on sale for the 2019 Buffalo Brewers Festival, June 22 (2-6pm) at Canalside. Thanks to a partnership with the New York State Brewers Association, the festival will be a little different this year, as a number of NYS breweries, including Finback, Prison City and Singlecut, will join all your favorite local breweries. Tickets, which are available at EventBrite, are $35 (Advance General Admission), $55 (Advance VIP Ticket) and $15 (Designated Drivers). VIP tickets include one hour early entry (2pm) and access to exclusive VIP beers. There will also be food trucks and pint sales immediately after the festival.

Big Ditch to Release New Belgium Collab, Folly IPA, This Week

Big Ditch Brewing will release Folly IPA, a new collaboration with New Belgium Brewing, on May 24 at noon. The latest entry into Big Ditch’s Lock IPA Series features Appalachian Wheat from Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, NC, New Belgium’s second home, in addition to Galaxy, Amarillo, and experimental HBC-522 hops, which yield a drinkable IPA with tropical, stone fruit, and citrus. This beer celebrates the presumed folly of people with great vision, including New Belgium co-founders Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch and those behind the original plans for the Erie Canal. Folly was brewed May 2 at Big Ditch.

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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.