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Seven local breweries to make 6 craft beers specifically for event BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) is sponsoring the first annual “Farm to Pint” (F2P) event to showcase the craft beer making supply chain in the region.  Seven local craft breweries using New York State grown hops and malts will produce 6 unique beers especially for the event.  The brewers, farmers, and maltsters will be present to share in the tasting and provide information about the process of bringing New York State hops and malts from the farm to the pint glass. F2P will be held at Hamburg Brewing Company, 6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg, NY, on Sunday May 18th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  F2P is free and open to the public. Pints of the following 6 beers will be available for purchase for those 21 years and older:

  • The House Dressing Amber Ale (Hamburg Brewing Company)
  • Klassy American Pale Ale (Community Beer Works & Big Ditch Brewing Company)
  • Honey Bunches Ale (Flying Bison Brewing Company)
  • Local Pale (Gordon Biersch)
  • Niagara County “Session” Pale Ale (Old First Ward Brewing Co.)
  • Maple Monk Tripel (Hamburg Brewing & Resurgence Brewing)

“F2P highlights Buffalo Niagara’s growing hops, small grains farming, and malting industry that allows local brewing companies to provide award-winning beer from local sources,” said Willard Brooks, Chairman of the BNBA Board of Directors.  “It is an extremely exciting and entrepreneurial time to be part of the craft brewing scene in our region.” Two newly launched malt houses, New York Craft Malt (Batavia) and Niagara Malt (Cambria), join a growing number of local barley farmers to push the industry forward.  Such collaboration is the hallmark of entrepreneurial spirit in Buffalo Niagara, a region that historically was nationally known for its brewing industry and had two former mayors who were in the malting industries (Solomon Scheu and John Manning). This dramatic growth is supported by Governor Cuomo’s farm brewery bill, passed June 18th, 2012, that designated “farm breweries” for operations that use at least 20% local malt and hops at the onset, followed by 60% in year 7 and 90% in year 12.   F2P highlights Buffalo Niagara’s quick response to the opportunity; both Hamburg Brewery and Old First Ward are now designated as “farm breweries.” For more information about the BN Brewers Association, including membership, please visit https://buffalobeerleague.com