You’ve made it to the middle of your work week. Or maybe you’re not working – maybe you’re unemployed, maybe you’re independently wealthy. What do I know? Who am I to judge? Regardless, it’s Wednesday, which in itself is cause to celebrate, and as you damn well know by now, it’s Buffalo Beer Week, so there’s plenty of opportunity for you to get out into the wild and raise a toast to putting the tough half of your week behind you.
Five & 20 in Westfield are offering something different with a scenic bike ride. Take your pick of two cycling cruises through the farmlands and town of Westfield, NY, starting and ending at the brewery. Hang out after your ride and enjoy some beer or wine and food. Free to participate. Drinks and food available for purchase after your ride. Two routes: 5pm: Scenic Lake Route: (led by Five & 20’s own Bob Dahl) medium-paced, flat, approximately 25-30 miles. 5:30pm: Slow Roll to Town: (led by Five & 20’s own brewer, Paul Alessi) very relaxed-pace, approximately 5 miles. Meet at the brewery. 5pm.
Steak, Cigars, Beer & Whiskey at Rusty Nickel Brewing: The name says it all, right? What else could you possibly need? Each ticket includes a steak dinner with Ebenezer Ale House, along with a cigar from a selection of Nice Ash Cigars, local whiskey and bourbon tastings with Black Button Distilling and Southern Tier Distilling Company and a flight of Rusty Nickel brews. Representatives from each business will be on site to discuss pairings and to present their products in depth. Tickets at EventBrite. 7pm.
Resurgence Brewing is bringing their brewhouse to 716 Food and Sport for a special on-site collaboration pilot brew (2:30-5pm), before they take over the taps with 2017 Imperial Sponge Candy Stout, 2017 BBA Imperial Sponge Candy Stout, Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin, Black Currant Kettle Sour, Head in the Clouds Double IPA and Resurgence IPA. 5pm.
42 North Brewing and Community Beer Works are swapping places, well their bartending staffs are at least. Head to 42 North to hang with your fav CBW beertenders and stop out to CBW to see your fav 42N beertenders. 5pm.
Gordon Biersch are tapping their Festbier, and are celebrating the perennial release with live music from the Auslanders and food and games. A portion of proceeds will go to benefit Hospice Buffalo. 5pm.
Buffalo Brewpub are welcoming a number of brewing friends from Rochester for the 585 Tap Takeover, including CB Craft Brewers, Triphammer Bierwerks, and Rohrbach Brewing Company. Three Heads Brewing will also collaborate with Buffalo Brewpub on a limited edition Altbier. 5pm.
Have you ever wanted to tour the silo brewery at Riverworks Brewing? Take part in a meet and greet with the Riverworks brewers, and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery, which is built inside a giant six-pack, the only brewery built into a grain silo in the world. 6:30pm.
Also, New York Beer Project is taking over the taps at World of Beer (7pm), Flying Bison is hosting their Weekly Cornhole Tournament (6pm), Four Mile Brewing will be at Hamm & Fattey’s with their Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale and the evolution to their Citra Dry Hopped Cream Ale (12pm) and get $ off all hoppy beers at Mr. Goodbar all day long.
Elsewhere during Buffalo Beer Week, as has become customary, Buffalo Brewing Company will be open every day and even have a new projection screen to watch Bills games on Sundays. Pearl Street and Lafayette Brewing are offering $3.50 pints all Beer Week long, and score $2 off pints at Pizza Plant and $4 pints at Riverworks Brewing with coupons you can find in the official Beer Week book.
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 ‘beer education.’ 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. 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), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.