The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) and the Buffalo Bisons today announced an agreement where the Bisons’ Pettibones Grille will manage the BNBA’s annual festivals and events for 2015 and 2016.

The new partnership will begin with the 2nd annual Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside on Saturday, June 20. In teaming up with the Bisons, the BNBA will benefit from the logistical and event management capabilities of the Buffalo Bisons and their Pettibones Grille staff.

The Bisons have been a leader in the craft beer movement for years, showcased by the popularity of the team’s fridaynightbash!® Happy Hours and their annual Ballpark Brew Bash held at Coca-Cola Field.

“Our partnership with the Bisons and Pettibones Grille will allow us to take our major festivals to the next level in our efforts to create signature craft beer events that bring people from across the region and Southern Ontario and eventually nationally to Western New York,” said Willard Brooks, chairman of the BNBA. “We have a tremendous opportunity to revitalize the history of beer making in the region through the opening of a number of craft breweries over the last couple of years.”

“We look forward to working with the BNBA and especially its brewer members in promoting the great craft beers being made locally through these festivals and events,” said Robert Free, Director of Food Service Operations for the Bisons. “Our goal is to create four annual seasonal events, including the Canalside festival, and make the Buffalo Niagara region a destination among craft beer enthusiasts everywhere.”

The BNBA and Bisons are currently preparing for the second annual Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside, a day-long event featuring more than 30 New York State breweries, local food vendors and live entertainment. For more information about the Festival at Canalside, please visit http://buffalobrewersfestival.com.

Among the events being planned for 2016 include a winter festival and the first Annual Canadian International Brewers Festival tentatively planned in Niagara Falls, NY.

The BNBA and Bisons will toast their new partnership with a VIP craft beer tasting event on Saturday, March 28 at Pettibones Grille and Catering Center at Coca-Cola Field. Attendees will receive two tickets to a Bisons game of their choice and two tickets for complimentary beer at the Consumer’s Craft Corner while attending the game. Tickets are $75 with over 25 hard-to-find beers including Canadian Breakfast Stout. Full food stations are included as well.

For more information about the Association including membership please visit https://buffalobeerleague.com.