Mortalis Brewing Tour The World Dinner Pairing

On February 12, Mortalis Brewing is hosting a five-course dinner, featuring courses from France (Salmon Tartar), Philippines (Filipino Lumpiang Gulay Spring Rolls), Italy (Cacio e Pepe with Handmade Pasta & Pan Seared Scallops), Korea (Korean-style Brisket) and Thailand (Khet Ma-Muang (Thai Mango Cake)), paired with four Mortalis beers and one mead from Illumination Meadery. The welcome reception will begin at 5pm with dinner running 6pm-8pm. The brewery will remain open till 9pm for all guests to purchase additional drinks. Tickets are $65 per person and include a charcuterie board, five course meal and five drink pairings. You can purchase tickets here.

Erie County Fair Homebrew & Cider Making Competition Starts March 1

The 2024 Erie County Fair Homebrew and Cider Making Competition will officially begin accepting entries on April 1. The judging is based on creativity and not necessarily by style, and while all BJCP styles can be entered and will be judged, the “Best of Show” beer main criteria will be “creative relevancy” or the most fun beer to enjoy at the fair. The winning homebrew beer will be brewed at Hamburg Brewing, while the winning cider will be brewed by BlackBird Cider Works. Both will be available on tap at the fair and a limited amount will be canned this year as well. Online entry registration begins April 1, the deadline to enter is April 30 and judging will take place in May. For more information, click here. There is a $25 entry fee.

Smoldered Society Drops Two New Beers

Smoldered Society is back with Illusion of Society, their first ever Double IPA, and their first ever sour, Shadows on the Moon Mango Lassi Sour Ale. The 8.5% DIPA is brewed with Citra Cyro, Azacca CGX, Rakau, Loral and Phantasm Powder, and features notes of dank hop notes, strawberry, orange and stone fruit. Both beers, available 16oz. 4-pack cans, will be available at Fattey Beer Co. as well as Metal Night at The Beer Keep.

Griffon Brewing, Frequentem Brewing Buffalo Now Open

The brewery list in Western New York has grown by two with the openings of Frequentem brewing in the Old First Ward and Griffon Brewing in Youngstown. Frequentem, who currently operate in Canandaigua, are located at the Barcalo Living & Commerce Center and feature 10 taps, including 2 side pulls, cans to go, wine, seltzers and cider. They are open Monday (4-9pm), Thursday (4-10pm), Friday and Saturday (12-11pm) and Sunday (12-6pm). Griffon, located at 200 Lockport St. in Youngstown, will be open Thursday (3pm-12am), Friday (3pm-1am), Saturday (12pm – 1am) and Sunday (12-10pm). Griffon will also offer liquor and wine, and a house seltzer line, Pubbles, a series with a rotating selection of flavors.

Platter’s Chocolate, Ellicottville Brewing Team Up Again

Platter’s Chocolate Factory and Ellicottville Brewing Company are back with a new Chocolate Hazelnut Porter and the returning Orange Chocolate Blonde Ale. Chocolate Hazelnut Porter includes hints of specialty English chocolate malt and hazelnut aromas, while Orange Chocolate Blonde Ale is brewed with locally produced milk chocolate and sweet orange citrus. Both beers are available now in 16oz. 4-pack cans.