If you’re going to be Irish for a day, then what better place to be than a brewery? And this St. Paddy’s Day, there’s no better place to be than 42 North Brewing, who will be tapping a pair of special beers in honor of the occasion. On March 17, the brewery is releasing a Pilot Batch Dry Irish Stout as well as a Pilot Batch Irish Red Ale, but wait there’s more. 42 North is also tapping a cask of Dry Irish Stout dry-hopped w/ El Dorado hops in the taproom. In addition, a special menu by Root’s Kitchen will feature traditional Irish dishes and live music from Never Ben starts at 7pm. Slainte!
Woodcock Brothers Brewing are upping the bar for the release of the next, not one, but two, iterations of their beloved XPA, as they will release both XPA 10 and 11 on March 24 (12pm). XPA 10 features a blend of Simcoe, Chinook and Centennial hops with Pilsner and White Wheat malt (dry-hopped with Simcoe) and XPA 11 has El Dorado, Lemon Drop and HBC 682 hops, Pilsner, White Wheat, Oats and Caramel malt and was twice dry-hopped with all 3 hops varietals. Woodcock is also planning to have special conditioned versions of each on cask (tentatively one version with mango and another with scotch bonnet peppers). There will be a limit 3 4-packs per person of each version – 1 case total. Limited amounts of both XPAs will be distributed throughout WNY.
A pair of new hoppy brews have hit the taps at Hamburg Brewing Company. The first is Single Hop, an American Pale Ale, which clocks in at an approachable 5.6% ABV and features hints of key lime on both the palette and the nose thanks to experimental X331 hops and the second is Tax Relief IPA (6.2% ABV), made with four types of malts and Simcoe and Mosaic hops, which gives the beer notes of citrus and pine. And for those that dig the hoppy stuff, Hamburg also currently has Gary’s Wild Hops Pale Ale, Oat Is the New Hop Pale Ale, Tart IPA, flagship IPA and Hoppenstance Double IPA on tap. Flights anyone?
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Buffalo Brewing Company has released their 1841 Irish Red (6% ABV), made with Irish malt and British hops. “We are very excited about 1841 Irish Red Ale! Especially because we’re using malt from Ireland and hops from Britain,” Buffalo Brewing Company says of their new Irish Red. The Larkin brewery is offering pints of the new brew for $4 and crowlers for $8 (3/$20 crowler special, 1841 only) this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day (additional crowler specials – 3/$22 of all other beer and 3/$25 IPA). Buffalo Brewing is open at 11am both Saturday and Sunday for all of your drinking needs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.