Wild East Brewing Tap Takeover at Mr. Goodbar

Brooklyn’s Wild East Brewing is taking over Mr. Goodbar on January 26 (5-9pm). Brewery owner Lindsay Steen will be on-hand to hang out and chat beer. Among the available Wild East beers, Radiance Golden Ale and Standard Deviation Stout will be on cask, and Balancing Act Pilsner, Puck Drop American Pale Ale, Sometimes You Don’t Pastry Stout, and States of Nature Kriek 2023 Lambic will be available on draft. A little more on Wild East Brewing – they combine classic European brewing techniques with modern American craft beer innovations to produce farmhouse-style & mixed fermentation ales, unfiltered hazy IPAs & pilsners, barrel-aged sours and more.

Kissing Bridge People’s Tap Awards Moved to February

The People’s Tap Awards at Kissing Bridge has been rescheduled for February 24 (3-6pm). Fill up your glass and vote on your favorite brewery to get them on tap at Kissing Bridge next season. Tickets are $30 and include samplings from Wayland Brewing, East Aurora Brewery, Mystic Hills Brewing, Steelbound, Marquee Brewing, Eli Fish Brewing, Boston Hills Brewing, Johnson’s Landing, Big Ditch Brewing, One-Eyed Cat and Brazen Brewing. You can purchase tickets here. Buffalo’s Best will have snacks available for tasters and additional food is available for purchase at Willie’s Smokehouse and Lake Effect Saloon.


Froth Brewing Release New Czech Black Lager

Froth Brewing has added to their collection of house lagers with the release of House Czech Black Lager, a 4.8% dark lager that features a fluffy, pillow-like head with notes of caramel, coffee and chocolate. This beer is currently available on-draft at the brewery and in limited 16oz. 4 pack cans to-go. This is the third beer the brewery is featuring on their Lukr side pull taps, joining their House Amber Lager and their House Pale Lager. House Czech Black Lager is available now.

Big Ditch Brewing to Drop New Hazy IPA

If you’ve already abandoned your New Year’s Resolutions, then Big Ditch has a new IPA tailor made just for you. Stop Counting Carbs, which will be released at the brewery on January 27, is a 7% hazy IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin, El Dorado, and Trident hops, featuring notes of citrus, melon, and white grape. Stop Counting Carbs will be available on draft and in 16oz. 4-pack cans on Saturday, with limited distribution the following week.

Wayland Brewing Introduces New Lagers, Lukr Side Pull Taps

Orchard Park’s Wayland Brewing are focusing on their lagers with the release of Foray Czech Pale Lager and Ember Czech Amber Lager. Foray, brewed with heritage pilsner malt from Czech Moravia and Czech-grown Saaz hops, features a mildly sweet, crisp bready malt character and floral hops, while Ember has a little bit of honey-like sweetness but is highlighted by notes of toasted bread crust and a hint of caramel. Both beers are available in 12oz. 6-pack cans, as well as on tap on Wayland’s new Lukr beer faucets, which help bring out all of the beer’s character and produce a dense, wet foam cap.  Both are served in a traditional 16oz. Czech mug.

Magic Bear Beer Cellar to Release New One-Eyed Cat Collab

For their latest in-house collaboration, Larkin’s Magic Bear Beer Cellar is teaming up with Williamsville’s One-Eyed Cat Brewing. The result is Binturong (I’ll save you a Google search – a Binturong is a bearcat), a 3.8% English style Ordinary Bitter that’s malt forward with a touch of floral and grassy hops. The beer will be available at Magic Bear on January 26 (5-7pm). For the release, Magic Bear will also be tapping a number of other One-Eyed Cat beers.

Meet the Brewer Night at Johnson’s Landing Rescheduled

Hamburg’s newest brewery, Johnson’s Landing, is hosting a special Meet the Brewer Night with head brewer Alex Wendley on January 31 (6-8pm). The event is the perfect opportunity to meet the brewer himself, ask questions, hear fascinating stories, gain insight into the art of brewing, and sample Johnson’s Landing beer with Wendley leading a curated tasting session. Tickets are $33.85 (includes taxes and fees) and includes 4 beer tastings, food and Johnson’s Landing custom growler.

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