How does the sound of free beer strike you? Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? How about free beer for a full year? That probably sounds even better to you. Now, picture winning FREE HAYBURNER from Big Ditch for an ENTIRE YEAR. Before you ask, yes, this is a real thing. In their best Willy Wonka impersonation, the brewery is giving away a case of free beer each month for one year and all you have to do to win is buy their flagship IPA. You get to drink it too, but that goes without saying.

To win, all you need to do is find the ever-elusive Chocolate Hayburner can (same beer, dark brown can, see photo for reference). Two of these cans will be placed in one Hayburner six pack to be delivered somewhere in the Buffalo area, and one six pack in the Rochester area.

If you’re lucky enough to find one of the Chocolate Hayburner cans, you will win a free case of Hayburner every month for the whole year (prize will come in the form of a $500 brewery gift card). And if you’re lucky enough to find one of the Golden Tickets…er…winning cans, contact the brewery via social media to let them know you won!

Not a fan of IPA’s? Don’t worry, you can still win. There’s also no purchase necessary. To enter, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your contact info for a chance to win (one entry per envelope) to:

Big Ditch Brewing Company
C/O Chocolate Hayburner
55 E. Huron Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

My question is, if Brewery President Matt Kahn is Willy Wonka, does that make Head Brewer Corey Catalano Mr. Slugsworth? This is the important stuff we need to figure out.

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Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the 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, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).