Rusty Nickel to Hold Grand Opening for New Downtown Location

Rusty Nickel Brewing will hold the official grand opening for their new downtown location at 36 Broadway on December 20 & 21 (11am). The new space features a full kitchen, two bars, plenty of seating and 28 taps. The bar will also feature a selection of locally-made and sourced wine, cider, spirits and mead. Live music will be performed by MYQ F (Michael Farrow) and Lightwalker (Jeci Skywalker of Elements of the Mind Taro) on Friday (7-10pm) and songwriting duo Oliver Lynn (Kurt Ebsary and Madison Ackerman), will play Saturday (7:30-10:30pm). They will also be open December 22 at 10am.

New Flying Bison, Thin Man Collab Coming this Week

Flying Bison Brewing and Thin Man Brewery have collaborated on a brand new brew, Short Days, a 4.2% ABV dry-hopped German-style Black Lager, which will be available on draft only at Flying Bison and at all Thin Man locations on December 18. “I can’t express how happy I am to have been able to brew at Flying Bison,” Thin Man Head Brewer Rudy Watkins said. “True pioneers, a source of inspiration well before I began homebrewing and constant supporters of everything Buffalo and Buffalo beer. Thank you for everything.” The beer was brewed at Flying Bison.

42 North Announces Inaugural Barrel Jam Barrel-Aged Beer Festival

42 North Brewing has announced the inaugural Barrel Jam, an indoor/outdoor barrel-aged beer, music & winter celebration slated for February 1st, 2020. In addition to beer from their own 42 Below Barrel House, Barrel Jam will also feature barrel aged concoctions from KCBC, Gun Hill, Abandon, Zero Gravity, Collective Arts, Prison City, Thin Man, Big Ditch, Swiftwater Brewing, Beer Tree Co. and more. Tickets include a festival tasting glass for 4 hours of sampling. The event will also host local music, a Rail Jam Freestyle Ski competition, local distilleries and more. Tickets will be $45 and are available at

Big Ditch, Resurgence Revisit Y2K With New Collaboration

Resurgence Brewing and Big Ditch Brewing are turning back the clocks to the beginning of the decade with their latest collaboration, Y2K IPA, a West Coast IPA brewed with Mosaic, Centennial and Columbus Cryo hops. It’s juicy and dank. The new brew will be available Thursday during a special preview event at Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill on Transit, then will be on tap at both Resurgence taprooms on Friday as well as at Big Ditch. Then, on Saturday, Burning Buffalo on Hertel will tap the beer (4pm). All Resurgence and Big Ditch beers will be $1 off.

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, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and