Steel Leaf to Release Special Duff Beer for Simpsons Pop-Up

From September 8-17, Steel Leaf Brewing will be transformed into Moe’s Tavern from The Simpsons. A portion of the brewery will become everyone’s favorite dank pit from the popular animated series, complete with entrance and bar. Steel Leaf will be releasing a special beer for the event – “Duff-alo,” a light American lager with a delicate malt sweetness and crisp, clean finish, reminiscent of what a Duffs style beer should be. Barney approved. “Duff-alo” will be available in cans at the taproom and Moe’s Pop up starting Friday. Limited and timed tickets must be purchased in advance online. The event will feature an exclusive food menu. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, visit

Queen City Meadery Set to Expand in West Seneca

West Seneca’s Queen City Meadery is set to expand at their current location at 290 Center Road in Wimbledon Plaza. Tentative plans call for the meadery to double the size of their tasting room and production area, which will expand their current crop of mead offerings. Ownership says they decided to expand at their current location in West Seneca after being unable to find a suitable larger location in Western New York. The expansion should be done by the end of the year. Queen City Meadery has been open since 2018.

Mystic Hills Brewing Set to Open in East Concord

East Concord’s Mystic Hills Brewing is set to become Western New York’s newest brewery when they open this Friday, September 8 (4pm). They plan to open with six beers, including a Pale Ale (brewed with traditional German hops), Peach Pale Ale (brewed with fresh Cornerstone Peaches), Mystic Cream Ale, Secret Garden Cream Ale (green pepper cream ale brewed with homegrown green peppers), Midnight on Allen Road Oatmeal Stout and The Truth Is Out There IPA (dry hopped West Coast IPA with Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial and Chinook). There will be food from Snowy Brook Farm, Meet and Eat Charcuterie, and Muranda Cheese. You can also bring in outside food. Mystic Hills is located at 10959 Allen Road in East Concord. They will be open Wednesday (4-8), Thursday and Friday (4-9), Saturday (10-9), Sunday (10-6), and closed Monday and Tuesday.

Clarksburg Cider to Host Cider Fest 2023

Clarksburg Cider will host Cider Fest 2023 on October 14, an afternoon of cider tasting, live music, food and more. Vendors include 21 Brix Winery, Hartman’s Distilling, Hamburg Brewing, K2 Brothers, Leonard Oakes, Lockhouse Distillery, Seed and Stone Cidery + Meadery, Steampunk Cider, Tree Hugger Hard Cider and Woodcock Brothers. General admission (2pm ) features food, lawn games, raffles, live music from Leroy Townes Band, 2 Barn Farm petting zoo, free braids by Buffalo Braidbabes, and more. VIP tickets include early access (1pm), silicone tulip glass, cidery tour, exclusive Clarksburg tasting, appetizers, and Q&A with cidermakers (tours at 2:30, 4:30pm). Purchase tickets here.

Flying Bison to Celebrate German Beer all September

September is German Beer Month at Flying Bison, who will spotlight more than a half dozen German-inspired beers on tap and in cans all month long. Those beers include Larkin Lager (Munich Helles style German lager), 716 Kolsch, Rusty Chain (Vienna-style amber), HefeBison (hints of bananas, bread and cloves from the unique yeast strain), Oktoberfest (Marzen), Barrel Roll Bock (deceptively smooth Bavarian style golden bock) and Buffalo Pils (a classic crisp Pilsner style beer). These beers will be available on tap at the brewery all September long.

The Beer Keep’s 2nd Anniversary All Day Blowout

On September 9, the Beer Keep is turning two and they are celebrating all day long, starting at 11am. There will be special keg tappings throughout the day, free sample pours from specialty bottles every hour starting at noon, the 2nd Annual Twisted Tea Shotgun Competition, $2 corn dogs and beer shots, limited edition merchandise, late night DJ set from DJ Lisa Lux (10pm), raffle giveaway for a 9 liter bottle of Brasserie St-Feuillien Triple (free entry with every draft purchased), and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the 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), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).