If you blinked you may have missed it as it has already been a year since New York Beer Project opened their doors to the public in Lockport. And when you hit that type of a milestone, there’s nothing left to do but celebrate, and celebrate they will on Saturday, November 19 at their official one-year anniversary party, a full day celebration for the entire family.

Starting bright and early at 11am, NYBP will tap a pair of new and very special beers. The first is about as apropos as they come for a birthday celebration – Liquid Birthday Cake Ale – a blonde ale with the flavor of celebration (think of pairing beer with fun-fetti birthday cake, the brewery says).

The second special release is Supernatural, NYBP’s first kettle sour beer. In addition to a late hop addition, 132 pounds of passionfruit were added in order to symbolize NYBP’s passion (NYBP also has another sour – an American Wild Sour brewed with local Caravienne malt – currently being aged in 6 2010 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, FYI).

For the special occasion, NYBP will feature their new Prohibition style cocktail menu with drinks such as the ‘Project Dark and Stormy’ made with ginger beer, and the Grapefruit Cake Martini, in addition to the ‘Outrageous Bloody Mary’ with a fully loaded skewer of cheese, pepperoni, and shrimp.

14292256_818372171599070_2180913112369760183_nNYBP Anniversary Chili will be served all day in the taproom for free while it lasts. Additionally, NYBP will roll their Beer Project Year Two menu, which includes new Beer Project flights such as the Smoker flight (smoked pulled pork, brisket and ribs), Taco flight (tacos featuring three different proteins), the Pizza Flight (one pizza prepared four different ways) and the Beer Project Fantasy Flight (pulled pork slider, brisket biscuit and an upper East side burger slider (cheddar, avocado, and smoked bacon)).

At 5pm, exactly one year after officially opening their doors, a toast to a successful Year One and an amazing NYBP Year Two will be held.

There will plenty of live music throughout the day as well. Ed Wyner will perform from 4-8pm, while the Blue Ribbon Bastards will take to the stage from 9-12:30pm.

You can also take a tour of NYBP Phase 2, which includes a look at their upstairs indoor beer garden and fully stocked beer garden bar, as well as their New Yorker Private Dining Room, which will host four course beer / food pairing dinners, as well as  beer and cheese pairing Happy Hours.

Happy birthday New York Beer Project – cheers to one year! Now let’s all raise a pint to many, many, many more!

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