Rusty Nickel Brewing, the plucky little brewery nestled comfortably behind the Ebenezer Ale House in West Seneca, is turning four years old today. They grow up so fast, don’t they? Soon they’ll have a new second location downtown (36 Broadway if you must know), and we’ll look back on these golden times. Now is a time for celebration and celebrate we shall.

The event will feature plenty of food, including specials such as grilled chicken with Ms. Browns BBQ, sausage sandwich, grilled vegetables, Horns Up beer cheese mac-n-cheese and fruit salad, as well as all of your favorite Rusty Nickel brews on tap, including four special releases such as Pater’s Up! Patersbier, Haberstroh Mango Hefeweizen and a mystery anniversary beer, cocktails and mixologies, bloody marys, wine, spirits, and hard cider.

Honey Nut Beer-I-O’s (6.5% ABV) – One of Rusty Nickel’s most adventurous creations designed to emulate the sensational aroma experienced when approaching the First Ward and Harbor Districts of Buffalo. The secret ingredient is a certain cereal a local manufacturer churns out on a daily basis that are little “O” – shapes and wonderfully delicious. Finished off with a heavy dose of local honey, this is one of the most unique beers.

Pater Up! (4.0% ABV) – A Patersbier, which is also the first of their new Belgian-Style Baseball beer series, also known as an Enkel, is Rusty Nickel’s take on a simple style that uses all NYS base malts paired with Belgian yeast and Belgian hops creating a light. It’s a not too sweet beer that has a crisp finish.

Haberstroh Mango Hefeweizen (5.5% ABV) – This traditional German Hefeweizen is made with fresh mango and traditional German yeast which produces a light banana flavor. A true patio beer that’s also perfect for the oncoming summer months.

Fuzzy Navel (5.5% ABV) – This unique American Wheat made with tons of fresh orange zest and seasonal white peaches has just enough flavor and is an easy summer drinker to rock out on the porch. Ultra-light and refreshing this brew embraces the cloudy haze of a quality wheat and resembles the fresh adult cocktail we all know so well.

There will be live music all day long, starting with an open mic session (12-2pm), MYQ F will then take the stage from 2-4pm, followed by Undercover (4:15-5:15pm), Wacko Fest (5:30-8:45pm), Jokuken (9-10:30pm) and finally a Jam Session with Wacko Fest, Jokuken & Friends (10:30-11pm).

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