Thin Man to Host Kolsch vs. Cancer Benefit, Beer Release

On September 30, Thin Man Elmwood will host a fundraiser and raffle in collaboration with WGR 550 personality and Buffalo Bills pregame host, Nate Geary. All proceeds from the raffle will support the American Cancer Society. This event will feature a special beer release in collaboration with Geary, “Kolsch vs. Cancer,” brewed to support the efforts of Real Men Wear Pink in their fight against breast cancer. Attendees will be able to meet media personalities from WGR 550, The Athletic, WIVB, Associated Press and more. The event will be open to the public.

Clarksburg Cider to Host Inaugural Cider Fest

Clarksburg is celebrating New York State Cider Week with their inaugural Cider Fest on October 1, an afternoon of cider tasting, fall-themed events, live music, and food. The event will play host to cider, spirits and beers from SteamPunk Cider, Embark Craft Ciderworks, Iron Smoke Distillery, Britesmith Brewing, 42 North and more. General admission tickets are $15 (includes 2 drink tickets, Silipint tumbler) and VIP are $45 (includes production tour, Q&A and exclusive tasting session with local cider makers, charcuterie, unlimited drink pours, Silipint tumbler, food ticket, VIP lanyard).  Additional tickets tasting and food tickets will be available for purchase.

Dank Sinatra IPA Returns to Pressure Drop Brewing

Dank Sinatra Hazy IPA is making its return to Pressure Drop on October 1 (11am). Rich with oats and English yeast to create a classic flavor, Dank Sinatra features Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra and Azacca hops for the perfect West Coast dank. It’s a super fresh and smooth hazy IPA with a hint of bitterness. It will be available on draft and in 16oz. 4-packs to-go this weekend and wherever great craft beer is sold after that.

12 Gates Brewing Release New Bills-Themed Hazy IPA

After dropping their This Is Our House Lager, 12 Gates are throwing their hat back into the Bills-themed beer ring with Tailgate Daze IPA, the latest in their hazy IPA ‘Daze’ series. This 6% hazy IPA is brewed with Cashmere, Mosaic, Idaho Gem and Southern Passion hops and features red, white and blue, game day ready can art. Tailgate Daze is available right now on draft and in 4-pack 16oz. cans to-go. Look for it on store shelves and taplists at your favorite establishments soon.

Brazen Brewing Drops New Pilsner, Blood Orange Wheat

The folks at Brazen said they have heard all the calls for ‘regular beer’ and have responded with the release of Pocket Post Pilsner and No Monster Blood Orange Wheat, a traditional wheat ale conditioned on blood orange and grapefruit puree. The beer is brewed with large amounts of wheat to help balance a bready backbone and blood orange and grapefruit zest sweetness. Pocket Post is brewed with European pilsner malt and is lightly hopped with traditional Saaz hops. This 5.6% pilsner is earthy, herbal, spicy, and crisp with a smooth mouthfeel. You can find both of these brews on draft right now at Brazen Brewing.

42 North Brewing to Celebrate Bocktoberfest

42 North is hosting the first annual Bocktoberfest on October 1 to celebrate the fall season and introduce its newest beer, Fallbock, a malty and traditional German-style dark lager that features Munich, Vienna, and Pilsen malts. Bocktoberfest will also play host to German-inspired fare from Fat Bob’s BBQ and live music from Captain Tom and the Hooligans. Doors open at noon with music starting at 4pm. The event is free to the public.

Woodcock Brothers to Host Fall Brew Fest, Cocktoberfest

One big weekend is coming to Woodcock’s Wilson location with Fall Brew Fest and Cocktoberfest, September 30 and October 1. Brew Fest features fall, harvest and seasonal brews from more than 20 local craft breweries and cideries, live music from Orange Zest (3pm) and Experimental Sandwich (7pm), lawn games, ping pong and local vendors. The event is free (tickets purchased per tasting). At Cocktoberfest, there will be live music from The Bergholz German Band (2pm) and Jake Payne Jazz Quartet (6pm), vendors, German food and beer from more than 20 local and Rochester area breweries. Tickets sold per tasting.

First Line, Windy Brew Drop New Pumpkin Ale

First Line Brewing and Windy Brew have teamed up to present Monster Mash, a 7.1% pumpkin spice amber ale, which can be found on tap now at both locations. There is also a limited amount of cans available. Monster Mash is brewed with real pumpkin purée and fall spice, and the breweries explain they named the beer Monster Mash “because it was the most insane brew day of our lives…the mash was nothing short of a monster.”

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).