Buffalo Beer Week is only a few days old, but to recap: Rusty Nickel are the reigning Buffalo Brewers Shuffleboard Tournament champions. The Beer Week Opening Gala was a tremendous showcase for local craft beer. And Resurgence Oktoberfest flowed like water on Saturday. I’ve survived so far, here’s hoping you did too. Now we’re onto the third day of Buffalo Beer Week, the same day the Bills are playing the Giants. Does it really get that much better than that?
You can watch the game at Flying Bison (12:30pm) with mini-pitcher specials, free light snacks at halftime and the game on the big screen. Mextober Fest at Gene McCarthy’s (1pm), which will feature Mexican dishes as well as Mexican beer and margaritas for purchase, is free to attend. You can also nab $3 16oz. beers at Gordon Biersch during their Yappy Hour Dog Friendly event (3pm).
20 local restaurants will compete to be named the Meatball King of Buffalo at the Meatball Street Brawl IV (11:30am) on W. Mohawk between Franklin & Delaware. The Bills-Giants game will be shown on the big screen and beer and wine tastings available. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to local charities. $18 advance. $25 day of. Meatballstreetbrawl.com.
New York Beer Project’s Oktoberfest celebration (3pm) will feature live music by The Frankfurters, traditional Bavarian fare, Oktoberfest games (including Stein Hoisting Competition), German sing-a longs, and prizes for best German costumes.
Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become custom, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every single day. Pearl Street (seasonal beers with Beer Week booklet) and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant (both locations) and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book. Also, Blackbird Cider Works have daily specials, Hamm & Fattey’s and Fattey Beer Co. are running select $3 pint specials (check Buffalobeerweek.com for more details) and Five & 20 will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their specially priced Beer of the Month to Habitat for Humanity during the entire course of Buffalo Beer Week.
If you’re drinking something local during Buffalo Beer Week, post it on social media and tag the BBL – @Buffalobeerleague (Instagram), @Buffbeerleague (Twitter) and @Thebuffalobeerleague (Facebook). Also, use the hashtag #Buffalobeerweek.
Keep it locked to www.buffalobeerweek.com for more daily blog posts regarding all of the beers, all of the events and all of the happenings going on throughout Buffalo Beer Week. To see all the events that are happening over the next 10 days and to read the official Buffalo Beer Week book, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com. The theme this year is ‘ten years of craft beer.’ For more information, please visit Buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org and Facebook.com/BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation.
These next 10 days are about beer yes, but above all else, drink responsibly and be safe. If you need a ride home, try Lyft, Uber or Liberty Cab’s Ride Local. There are plenty of options to both drink and get home responsibly.
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 for Step Out Buffalo. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).