Announcing the 5th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival!

Tickets are on sale now for the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, summer’s marquee beer fest, which takes place Saturday, June 23 from 4-7pm, at Canalside.  The festival will feature 100% local Buffalo & WNY breweries, as well as local food vendors and food trucks. The Brewers Fest will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year the summer brew is saison.  In addition there are be a number of special features, including local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with local malt and hops. Tickets can be purchased right now at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com.  Special thanks to Lyft, our official ride sharing partner (download the app and use the code BNBA for special discounts).

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11 Can’t Miss Beers at the Buffalo Brewers Festival 2017

The tap list at the Buffalo Brewers Festival is one of the, if not the, best lists the summer fest has had in its four year existence. With over 20 local breweries, a NYS Cider and Mead Tent and a Guest Brewery Tent, there is going to be a lot to drink, plain and simple. So we want to makes things a bit easier on all of you so that you can head down to the Outer Harbor with a plan. A beer plan. Yeah, we like the sound of that.

Just consider us your Beer Sherpa. Oooh, we love the ring of that too. Basically, we’re just here to make things easy for you as you navigate each brewery, ciderery and meadery the fest has to offer. We want to make sure you get the best bang your buck. Or make that the best beer for your buck.

We’ve formulated a list of the top 11 beers you can’t afford to miss as you hit the Buffalo Brewers Festival. These are beers that you need to target early, and perhaps often, to ensure you imbibe before the kegs run dry, because, let’s face it, those kegs aren’t bottomless – as much as we can pray and dream that they were. They might be someday (the future is a crazy place), but not today.

Here are our can’t miss-must drink beers at the Buffalo Brewers Festival:

42 North Brewing Company – Treaty Farmhouse Saison (5.8%): A unique, tart Farmhouse ale soured with a Lactobacillus strain new to the professional brewing industry (L.P.), dry hopped with Galaxy for notes of fresh mango, passionfruit, and apricot. It’s been a while since we’ve had this one – looking forward to a pour.

12 Gates Brewing – Hermetic IPA (5.9%): A softly bittered IPA with loads of hops to give it tons of tropical fruit and citrus flavor and aroma, including pineapple and grapefruit. It’s new, so you have to try it.

Flying Bison Brewing – Newport Pleasureale IPA (5%) & Low Gear Session IPA (4.8%): Why wouldn’t you want to try a pair of new Flying Bison IPA’s? We had a test batch of Newport a few weeks back and it was drinking great even though it was so young, and Low Gear is one of our favorite new beverages from Flying Bison. So that means you should seek these out too.

Riverworks Brewing Company – Rejuvenator NEIPA: We had to shoehorn a New England style IPA into this list right? In all honesty, Rejuvenator is one of the best beers of Riverworks new lineup. It’s a juicy IPA with tropical fruit notes. Do you need any other reason to try it?

New York Beer Project – Panda Paws Porter (5.8%): A collaboration beer with Perry’s Ice Cream. That’s all you need to know. Want more? Alright. Expect a nose full of chocolate and fudge and hints of peanut butter and vanilla. The line will be long for this one.

West Shore Brewing – N.B.B. ESB (5.3%) & West Shore Wheat (4.6%): As Barney Stinson once famously said, ‘new is always better.’ Case in point with the brand spanking new West Shore Brewing. The Wheat is classic and sourced locally with WNY malt from NY Craft Malt in Batavia and is blended with Warrior and Saaz hops. Expect banana. The Not So Bitter Bitter is brewed with 100% Citra hops. This will give the esters of an English beer but the citrus aftertaste that is 100% American.

Thin Man – Bliss DIPA (8%): We figured this list needed a Double IPA, so why not one of the best DIPA’s Buffalo has to offer? If you haven’t has Bliss yet, it’s time to. This one provides the right balance between juice and dank.

Other Half Brewing – Double Dry Hopped Space Diamonds DIPA (8.5%) & Double Dry Hopped All Citra Everything IPA (8.5%): Two of the best beers from one of New York State’s du jour breweries? Sounds like a plan to us. Especially since both beers are double dry hopped, so there’s not much wrong with that.

So hit Ctrl + P and print this list out because you’re not gonna want to leave home without it. Well this, and your tickets to the Buffalo Brewers Festival. Don’t forget those either. Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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Weather Report: Buffalo Brewers Festival 2017

Western New York weather is always unpredictable, but that’s never held our residents back from having a good time! As we gear up for this Saturday’s Buffalo Brewers Festival at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, thankfully no one will have to worry about weather being an issue as the local forecasts are showing clear skies and sunshine! Current forecasts call for 75 degrees and clear, sunny skies – the nicest day of the weekend!

However, we can never be too careful when it comes to Western New York’s uncertain weather, so the Brewers Fest will feature several large tents for guests to hang out in while they enjoy the finest beers the region has to offer! Rain or shine, the Brewers Fest has you covered!

Let’s take a look at the tents to be featured in this year’s festival:

Brewer’s Tent: The largest tent in the festival is the Brewer’s Tent, which hosts 25 local breweries stationed inside waiting for you to try a variety of delicious and refreshing locally brewed beers! Try a beer from your favorite local brewery or expand your horizons and experience all of the incredible beer our area has to offer!

Guest Brewers Tent: The Guest Brewers Tent will provide a bit of a change up from the local feel of the festival. Here you will find some of the best beers from breweries across New York State Southern Ontario. While we’re all about local pride here in Western New York, it never hurts to do a little exploring!

Cider Tent: Beer not your thing? Not to worry! Our cider tent is the perfect alternative to anyone who wants to do a little drinking outside of the beer realm. With ciders from some of the best mills New York State has to offer, we look forward to our guests getting the opportunity to enjoy fresh, unique takes on this refreshing drink!

Meet the Brewers Tent:  There will be two Meet the Brewers sessions at this year’s festival. Our first session will see Reverie Creamery paired with several local breweries. Our second with local chocolatier Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates and several local breweries. Both sessions promise to be highly interactive and educational taste experiences not to be missed. Brought to you by Premier Gourmet and Chef Krista van Wagner.

Farm to Pint Tent: The huge Farm-to-Pint tent features beers made exclusively from local ingredients from area malt houses and hop farms. Several farm-to-pint beers will be featured in this fun and interactive experience, which will allow you to learn about where beer is grown, who grows it, and how it gets into your pint glass. This is really a learn by drinking extravaganza.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

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2017 Farm-to-Pint Tent at Buffalo Brewers Festival Spotlights All-Local Beer

One of the newest and most exciting features at the Buffalo Brewers Festival is the Farm-to-Pint Tent, which celebrates beer created exclusively from locally sourced ingredients by Western New York breweries and showcases local farmers, maltsters, and hop farmers like Sheldon Grain Co, NY Craft Malt, Niagara Malts & Hops, Koester Hops, 1886 Malt House, Crooked Creek Hops Farm.

Limited edition brews will be available for tasting from Big Ditch Brewing Company, Flying Bison, Four Mile Brewing, Hamburg Brewing, Rusty Nickel Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Woodcock Brothers and Windy Brew. This fun and interactive experience will allow you to learn about where your beer is grown, who grows it, and how it gets into your pint glass. This is really a learn-by-drinking extravaganza.

Featured breweries:

– Hamburg Brewing – F2P Honey Ale
– Big Ditch Brewing – WNY Pale Ale
– Four Mile Brewing – F2P Maple Brown
– Woodcock Brothers Brewing– F2P 425 Pilsner
– Flying Bison Brewing – Newport Pleasureale IPA
– Rusty Nickel Brewing – Wit & Wisdom Witbier
– Southern Tier Brewing – F2P Imperial Gose
– Windy Brew – Sheldon Helles

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

The Farm-to-Pint Tent is brought to you by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association with generous logistical & organizational support from  Rusty Nickel.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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The beer game at the Guest Brewer Tent at 2017 Buffalo Brewers Festival is strong

While the old saying isn’t fourth times a charm, it just might have to be changed to that because the Guest Brewers Tent at the fourth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival is as strong, if not stronger, as it has ever been in the past. You can find out for yourself as the marquee summer beer festival returns on Saturday, June 24 at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

The brewery lineup for this year’s Guest Brewers tent is as good as it has ever been, if not vastly superior to previous years. Headlined by Brooklyn’s brewery du jour Other Half Brewing, along with fellow New York breweries Industrial Arts Brewing and Singlecut Beersmiths, the beer game at the Guest Brewers Tent is going to be strong. Real strong.

Here is the full list of Guest Brewers and the beer they are bringing:

– Other Half (DDH Space Diamonds DIPA| DDH All Citra Everything IPA)
– Industrial Arts (Safety Glasses SIPA | Power Tools IPA)
– Ommegang (Rosetta Kriek| Sour Pale Ale)
– Firestone Walker (Luponic Distortortion #6 | Bretta Weisse)
– Singlecut (Softly Spoken Magic Spells DIPA)
– Gun Hill (Booby Trap Saison)
– Brouwerij de Ranke (XX Bitter)
– Mill House (Northwest Territory DIPA)
– Thirsty Dog (Wulvers Barrel Aged Wee Heavy)

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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Breweries, Tap List Announced For 2017 Buffalo Brewers Festival 

The full list of breweries, cideries and meaderies, along with each and every boozy offering they will be pouring, for the 4th annual Buffalo Brewers Festival has been announced. The marquee summer beer festival takes place Saturday, June 24 at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

For those that do not know, or for those just need a little help jogging your memory, the Buffalo Brewers Festival is broken into a number of specialized tents, including one main Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association Tent, which features all of your favorite hometown breweries, Guest Brewers Tent, which this year is bigger and better than ever (just look at the list below), Farm-To-Pint Tent, which spotlights local beer sourced exclusively from local ingredients, New York State Cider & Mead Tent, which is exactly what it sounds like, and the Meet the Brewers Tent, which features unique beer pairings including Reverie Creamery cheeses paired with several local breweries and local chocolatier Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolates and several local breweries.

Now, without further ado, here is the complete brewery and tap list for the fourth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival:

BNBA WNY Brewers Tent:

– 12 Gates (Hermetic IPA | Saison)
– 42 North (Borderland IPA | Tart Farmhouse Saison)
– Big Ditch (Hayburner IPA | Squeezer Sour Kolsch)
– Buffalo Brewing Company (1901 IPA | 1842 Vienna Lager)
– Buffalo Brewpub (Blueberry Wheat | Amber Ale)
– Community Beer Works (The Whale | Interrobang IPA)
– Ellicottville Brewing Company (Fistful of Peel Citrus IPA | Blueberry Wheat)
– Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing (Lim Wit Hefe | Double X-ing DIPA)
– Flying Bison (Lemondrop Lager | Low Gear Session IPA)
– Four Mile (New England Pale Ale | Green Street IPA)
– Gordon Biersch (German Pilsner | West Coast IPA)
– Hamburg (Summa This | Roots Tropical Pale Ale)
– New York Beer Project (Supernatural Kettle Sour | Panda Paws Porter)
– Old First Ward (Short Sleeves Hoppy Wheat | Mashtag IPA)
– Riverworks Brewing Company (Conveyor Cream Ale | Rejuvenator IPA)
– Pearl Street Brewery (Train Wreck Amber)
– Pan Am/Lafayette Brewing (Rough Rider Porter)
– Resurgence Brewing (CitMo IPA | Cosmic Truth Session IPA)
– Rusty Nickel (Slice O’ Havens Imperial Cream Ale| Palletizer Pale Ale)
– Southern Tier (Nu Skool IPA | Unfiltered 2xIPA)
– Thin Man (Juicemaster Mango/Passionfruit Sour| Bliss DIPA)
– West Shore Brewing (American ESB | West Shore Wheat)
– Windy Brew (Sheldon Bush Cream Ale | PTSD IPA)
– Woodcock Brothers (Woodcock IPA | Honey Saison)

Guest Brewers Tent:

– Other Half Brewing (DDH Space Diamonds DIPA| DDH All Citra Everything IPA)
– Industrial Arts (Safety Glasses SIPA | Power Tools IPA)
– Ommegang (Rosetta Kriek | Sour Pale Ale)
– Firestone Walker (Luponic Distortion #6 | Bretta Weisse)
– Singlecut (Softly Spoken Magic Spells DIPA)
– Gun Hill (Booby Trap Saison)
– Brouwerij de Ranke (XX Bitter)
– Mill House (Northwest Territory DIPA)
– Thirsty Dog (Wulvers Barrel Aged Wee Heavy)

Farm-to-Pint Tent:

– Hamburg Brewing (F2P Honey Ale)
– Four Mile Brewing (F2P Maple Brown)
– Woodcock Brothers (F2P 425 Pilsner)
– Flying Bison (Newport Pleasureale IPA)
– Rusty Nickel – (Wit & Wisdom Witbier)
– Southern Tier – (Imperial Cherry Gose)
– Windy Brew – (Sheldon Helles)

NYS Cider & Mead Tent:

– BlackBird Cider Works (Dabinett |Et Trois)
– Chateau Buffalo (Baldwin Cider | Pirouette Perry)
– Mac Jac (Black Currant | Blood Orange)
– Blackman Cider Company (Semi Sweet | Hopped)
– Bellweather Cider (King Baldwin | Cherry Street)
– Lilly Belle Meads (Honey & Hops Mead | Bobby Bouchet-style Mead)

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at any of your local Consumers Beverages location, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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New York Beer Project: Panda Paws Porter At 2017 Brewers Festival

Beer and ice cream are a great pair, and New York Beer Project and Perry’s Ice Cream couldn’t agree more. This summer be sure to get your hands on the new Panda Paws Porter.

In collaboration with Perry’s Ice Cream, we bring you Panda Paws Porter! A chocolate porter based on their delicious ice cream with aromatics full of chocolate and fudge and hints of peanut butter and vanilla to excite your nose. It’s rich chocolate flavor, with more pronounced notes of vanilla and peanut butter, all come together in a silky and moderately sweet finish. $1 from each pint is donated to Women and Children’s Hospital.

This collaboration will be on tap at this years Buffalo Brewers Festival, June 24th at the Outer Harbor.  You can get tickets online or at your local Consumers, Aurora Brew Works or Premier Gourmet.

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2017 Buffalo Brewers Festival Tap Spotlight: Riverworks Brewing Company

In an effort to help you better plan your drinking itinerary for the fast approaching Buffalo Brewers Festival, we will be featuring select beers in our Tap Spotlight series leading up to the marquee summer event. Because, let’s face it, there’s going to be a more than a few beers on tap, so we want to make sure you know what ones to target early.

Riverworks Brewing Company, one of Buffalo’s newest attractions that recently opened inside of the old grain silos at Buffalo Riverworks, are bringing two beers to the festival that you are not going to want to miss – Conveyor Cream Ale and Rejuvenator New  England-style IPA.

There might not be a better option for a first beer at the festival than Riverworks’ Conveyor Cream Ale. It’s light and crisp and gets back to RBC’s roots of being a grain elevator by adding corn in addition to the barley in the grain bill. Imported German hops keep the flavor balanced and smooth.

After that, try the Rejuvenator NEIPA. “It’s called such because of our project rejuvenating a part of Buffalo’s history,” Riverworks head brewers Chris Herr says. “The grain elevator was invented in Buffalo, and we are the only brewery built in to a grain silo in the world. Our IPA is a New England style, which means it’s very aromatic and juicy without being too bitter.”

Pearl Street’s Trainwreck Amber Ale and Pan-American Brewery’s Rough Rider Robust Porter will also be poured as part of the Pearl Street family of beers at the festival.

Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, summer’s marquee beer fest, which takes place Saturday, June 24 from 4-7pm, at the Outer Harbor. The festival will feature more than 40 breweries, including all 20 local breweries, as well as local farmers, chefs and food trucks. The Brewers Fest will also feature two Meet the Brewers sessions, which feature local beer pairings with cheeses from Reverie Creamery and sweets from Chow Chocolates. In additional to the Meet the Brewer Tent, there are be a number of special feature tents, including a NYS Cider Tent, a Farm to Pint tent and an Ontario Beer Tent. Tickets can be purchased right now at www.BuffaloBrewersFestival.com.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, 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 buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter at @buffbeerleague, on Instagram at @buffalobeerleague and on Facebook at @thebuffalobeerleague.

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Announcing the 4th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival! (2017)

JOIN THE PARTY @ 4th ANNUAL BUFFALO BREWERS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES GROWTH OF WESTERN NEW  YORK’S CRAFT BEER SCENE
Head down to the waterfront and celebrate all things local craft beer at the 4th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place Saturday, June 24th, from 3-7pm at the Outer Harbor – a marquee event sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.

The festival will feature more than 40 breweries, including all 20 local breweries such as 12 Gates Brewing , 42 North Brewing, Big Ditch ,  Buffalo Brewing Company,  Buffalo Brewpub, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing, Flying Bison,  Four Mile Brewing Co, New York Beer Project, Old First Ward, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing Company,  Pan Am Grill & Brewery, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Riverworks, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., Southern Tier Brewing Company, Thin Man Brewing Company, Windy Brew, and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company,

In addition to all of the Buffalo-Niagara breweries you know and love, the 2017 Buffalo Brewers Festival will also play host to a New York State Cider tent (featuring Blackbird Cider Works & others announced soon), a Farm to Pint tent (all beer included in this tent was brewed with NYS ingredients), and an Ontario Beer Tent spotlighting some of the best breweries north of the border.

There will also be a Guest Brewery tent, featuring beer from breweries such as Ommegang, Smuttynose, Firestone Walker and some very nice surprises to be announced soon.

The Brewers Festival celebrates all things local, not just beer. Local farmers and chefs, food trucks will also be on hand. Food will be available from Allen Burger Venture (ABV), The Whole Hog Truck (roasting a T-Meadow Hog), Gourm Asian Bistro, The Cheesy Chick, Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Chow Chocolate and Reverie Creamery.  There will be vendors selling  beer-centric wares and the BNBA’s Buffalo Beer League, WNY Brews podcast, Step Out Buffalo, NY Craft Malt, Niagara Malt and Sheldon Grains.

MTB_BBFThis year there will be a two Meet the Brewers (MTB) sessions.   Meet the Brewer session one with  beer & cheese; session two with beer & chocolate.   Our fourth iteration of MTB at the Buffalo Brewers Festival,  we present an interactive taste experience with four local brewers paired with the cheeses of Reverie Creamery from Chautauqua County.  Local cheese purveyor and Reverie founder Riko Chandra will present a collaborative cheese & beer pairing between the brewers.  This is an experience that will leave you wondering why you  ever thought that any other beverage would pair better with cheese than beer brewed right here in Buffalo.  This is not to be missed.  (only 75 tickets available).

Image result for elvish chocolate buffaloIf that were not enough, we also have a second Meet the Brewer session featuring Tara Christ of Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolate that puts their awesome locally crafted chocolate with local beers of superior quality.  If you have never considered beer to be the best choice of beverages to pair with chocolate, attend this event to learn something new.  Attend this session to experience these delightful treats with five local breweries.   (only 75 tickets available).

There will be plenty of parking available at the Buffalo Brewers Festival, both on the street and at the old Pier site.

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Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and at Aurora Brew Works, Consumers Beverages, Premier Gourmet and at the Buffalo Bisons Box Office. There are various types of tickets available, including Brewer’s Fest GA Ticket ($35, includes all beer tastings, 4-7pm), Brewer’s Fest Ticket (early admission, $45, includes all beer tastings, 3-7pm) and Designated Driver Ticket ($15, available at gate, 3-7pm, includes admission and a free bottle of water. Tasting glasses are not provided to designated drivers).  New this year is an Early Bird Ticket at $30 for a GA ticket (available until June 1st).

For more information, please visit buffalobrewersfestival.com or BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation,org.

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Announcing the 3rd Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival! (2016)

by Willard Brooks

JOIN THE PARTY 3RD ANNUAL BUFFALO BREWERS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES GROWTH OF WESTERN NEW  YORK’S CRAFT BEER SCENE

BuffaloBrewersFestival_2016_RateBeer_EmailHead down to the waterfront and celebrate all things local craft beer at the third annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place Saturday, June 18, from 3-7pm at the Outer Harbor. The marquee event is sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.

The festival will feature more than 40 breweries, including all 20 local breweries such as 12 Gates Brewing (who will (tentatively) have their West Coast IPA and Water Mills Pilsner) , 42 North Brewing, Big Ditch Brewing (Hayburner and Squeezer),  Community Beer Works (That IPA,  Amazing Larry, Rutherford B. Haze), Ellicottville Brewing Company (Blueberry Wheat, Just Peachy), Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing, Flying Bison (Down By the River Belgian-style IPA, Lemon Drop Lager),  Old First Ward (Not a Pale Ale, Mango Hefe), Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing Company (Sweet Tang, Hoppenstance),  Pan Am Grill & Brewery (Cheaters IPA, Centennial XPA), Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (Trainwreck, Gin Spiced Saison), Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. (Belgian Tripel, White IPA) and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company.

Four Mile Brewing will be bringing a limited edition one-off beer in addition to their Allegheny IPA, New York Beer Project will have their Craft Hyper Juice and a white IPA, Resurgence Brewing will have their Cucumber Saison as well as a special IPA and Southern Tier Brewing Company will have their Imperial Cherry Gose and Hop Sun.

In addition to all of the Buffalo-Niagara breweries you know and love, the 2016 Buffalo Brewers Festival will also play host to a New York State Cider Tent (featuring Blackbird Cider Works, Cider Creek, McKenzies Hard Cider, Steampunk, Bellwether Cider), a Farm to Pint tent (all beer included in this tent was brewed with 100% NYS ingredients – Hamburg Brewing -Blackberry Gose, Four Mile Brewing – REAP Vol. 3, EBC – Sky High Rye, Woodcock Brothers – N 425 Pilsner, OFW – Therapy Session) and an Ontario Beer Tent spotlighting some of the best breweries north of the border (Muskoka Brewing, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Mill Street, Nickelbrook, Flying Monkey).

There will also be a Guest Brewery tent, featuring beer from Ommegang Brewery, Smuttynose, Abandon Brewery, De Ranke, Dark Horse and New Belgium.

A full beer list can be found soon at buffalobrewersfestival.com.

“The Buffalo Brewers Festival is more than just a beer fest,” Resurgence Brewing’s Jeff Ware says. “It’s really a celebration of Buffalo. Great beer, great food and a great new venue at the Outer Harbor this year.  What better way is there to enjoy a summer day?”

The Brewers Festival celebrates all things local, not just beer. Local farmers and chefs, food trucks will also be on hand. Food will be available from Oshun Seafood, Allen Burger Venture (ABV), The Whole Hog Truck (roasting a T-Meadow Hog), Gourm Asian Bistro, The Cheesy Chick, Pizza Plant, Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Krista’s Carribbean Kitchen, Black Market Food Truck, Chow Chocolate and Buffalo Cheese Traders. There will be vendors selling  beer-centric wares and the BNBA’s Buffalo Beer League, WNY Brews podcast, The Public, NY Craft Malt, Niagara Malt and Domoy Farms will also be on hand.

MTB_BBFThis year there will be a two Meet the Brewers (MTB) sessions.   Meet the Brewer session one with  beer & cheese; session two with beer & chocolate.   Our third iteration of MTB at the Buffalo Brewers Festival,  we present an interactive taste experience with five local brewers paired with the cheeses of Vermont Farmsteadvermont_farmstead.  Local cheese purveyor Michelle Stevens, of Buffalo Cheese Traders, along with the cheesemakers from Vermont Farmstead, will present a collaborative cheese & beer pairing between the brewers and the cheesemaker.  Breweries:  Big Ditch,  CBW,  Flying Bison, OFW, & 4 Mile.  This is an experience that will leave you wondering why you  ever thought that any other beverage would pair better with cheese than beer brewed right here in Buffalo.  This is not to be missed.

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Chow Chocolat

If that were not enough, we also have a second Meet the Brewer session featuring Scott Wisz of Chow Chocolat that puts his awesome locally crafted chocolate with local beers of superior quality.  If you have never considered beer to be the best choice of beverages to pair with chocolate, attend this event to learn something new.   Scott’s chocolates are already featured at breweries such as Ommegang and Dogfish Head.  Attend this session to experience these delightful treats with five local breweries.   Breweries: 42 North, Hamburg,  NY Beer Project, Rusty Nickel and Woodcock Brothers, $5 ticket (only 75 tickets available).

There will be plenty of parking available at the Buffalo Brewers Festival, both on the street and at the old Pier site.

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“The main reason to come out to this fest is that is the only festvial that is both by and for local breweries,” BNBA President Willard Brooks adds. “The food and beer is local – the brewers, chefs are here and this is a focused example of awesome events that on the Buffalo waterfront.  This highlights the dynamic and scenic aspect of re-energized Buffalo’s beer culture at a very fair price.”

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and at Aurora Brew Works, Consumers Beverages, Kegworks, Premier Gourmet and at the Buffalo Bisons Box Office. There are various types of tickets available, including Brewer’s Fest GA Ticket ($40, includes all beer tastings, 4-7pm), Brewer’s Fest Ticket (early admission, $49, includes all beer tastings, 3-7pm) and Designated Driver Ticket ($15, available at gate, 3-7pm, includes admission and a free bottle of water. Tasting glasses are not provided to designated drivers).

For more information, please visit buffalobrewersfestival.com or BuffaloNiagaraBrewersAssociation,org.

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