Rusty Nickel Eyeing New Taproom Space Downtown

Rusty Nickel Brewing, whose headquarters is in West Seneca, is expanding their operations downtown, to 36 Broadway to be exact. Plans call for the brewery to share a space with southern-style eatery Jaz and Jack’s and tentatively have 36 taps, in addition to locally produced spirits and wine, available in a new taproom. The brewery says that they are currently renovating the space to add their own personal touches, though they are being careful to stay true to the 19th century building’s history. There is no timetable for opening. You can visit the brewery, currently located behind Ebenezer Ale House.

Community Beer Works to Release Trio of Collaborations

Community Beer Works has been busy in their collaboratory (their word, not ours) as of late, churning out delicious concoctions with a trio of local and regional breweries. On April 14 (12pm), CBW is releasing cans of Power Ballad Double IPA, a collab with Big Ditch Brewing (750ml cans, $10 (limit 4)), and Combined Grind, a Coffee IPA collab with Rochester’s Swiftwater Brewing (16oz 4packs, $17, individual cans, $5). Highly Suspicious, a tropical IPA that was brewed with Prison City, will be released on April 20 (750ml cans, $12 (limit 4)). It’s time to stock up on great local beer.

MyCity Brew’s Byson Brown Returns to 12 Gates

If you missed out on MyCity’s Brew / 12 Gates Brewing Byson Brown test batches a little while back at World of Beer, then you are in luck because some extra batches of the beer will be available at 12 Gates on April 9 (4pm). Taste each of the four test batches (flights are $10) and see why Buffalo selected test batch #2 as their choice for the Buffalo’s Byson Brown Dunkel. This will be the only opportunity to taste the beer until the first full-scale release. Test batches will be on tap all week until the kegs are kicked.

Celebrate Saison Day 2018 at Thin Man Brewery

On April 14, raise a glass of farmhouse ale as Saison Day returns to Thin Man (only one of two locations in New York State hosting the event) for a fifth year (11am). Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing is bringing a number of their best saisons to Buffalo for the occasion, including Astrid (fermented with Brettanomyces, aged in Aquavit barrels), Belfius (blend of spontaneously fermented beer and saison), Fluxus 2017 (mixed-fermentation saison ale brewed with rhubarb), Interlude 2016 (barrel aged saison), Interlude 2017, Saison, Saison Gratis (open-fermented saison hopped in Allagash’s coolship) and Shiro’s Delight (Interlude aged on Pluerries and plums).

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