Favorite Moments & Beer: Recapping the Fifth Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival

Another Buffalo Brewers Festival is in the books, and given all of the hard work that went into it, it’s hard to believe it’s already come and gone. I had to take a few weeks to get my wits about me and also needed to find time to write this because if you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot going on in Buffalo beer right now. This year’s festival, which was pared down from last year to include a slate of all local breweries, cideries and meaderies, was a true labor of love for yours truly, one that really did pay off in the end. And in a true showcase of this city’s brewing scene, these brewers really did step up.

An exciting new feature this year was the People’s Choice Competition, which featured participating breweries all making the same beer style, which the public then drank and voted for their favorite. This year’s beer style was saison and 42 North Brewing took home to coveted one-of-a-kind trophy (which was graciously created by Kyle Anderson) thanks to their delicious Island Farmhouse Sour Saison, one of our highlights of the festival, just as it was last year. It’s just a fantastic beer. New York Beer Project finished in second place with their refreshing Watermelon Saison, Pearl Street (Gin & Tonic Saison) and West Shore Brewing (Magnolia Mountain Saison) tied for third, Rusty Nickel placed fourth with their Farmhouse Saison (more on this beer below), one of the best beers we had at the festival, and Resurgence Brewing rounded out the top five with their Cucumber Saison, which kept us as hydrated as a bottle of water.

The addition of the People’s Choice Competition was a welcome one, as was the addition of the Consumer’s Beverages Pint Tent, which allowed festivalgoers to purchase pints of their favorite beer right at the festival. When I spent time at the tent, I grabbed pints of 12 Gates Cherry Vanilla Wheat and German Radler. More bathrooms and more beer available also made for a great time, and if I had a nickel for how many times people complimented the food – cheers Ru’s Pierogis and Lloyd’s Tacos – I’d be rich.

The 2018 Buffalo Brewers Festival also featured a number of debuts, including that of Ellicottville’s Steelbound Brewery, Batavia’s Eli Fish, Pressure Drop Brewing and Brickyard Brewing Company. All were a welcome addition to the party to say the least.

For my most memorable beer from the Brewers Fest, I kept notes the best I could in-between running back and forth getting people ice and water. I also had to make sure I was able to try all of the beer I wanted to try.

Blackbird Cider Works Lakeside Loganberry – As juicy and refreshing as it was dry, I could not tell you how many times I had to make a run to the Blackbird booth for this to keep my wife’s glass full. One of the more memorable ciders I’ve had lately.

Brickyard Brewing White Bronco New England IPA – A favorite of mine from both the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational in February and Thawfest in April, the latest batch of White Bronco might be the best yet. I’m becoming a broken record with this beer, but it is straight fire – all mango, white grapefruit and pineapple.

Buffalo Brewing Company Charlie’s Boatyard Brew – I am falling in love with Vic Secret hops. This one features massive citrus and is dangerously smooth. It’s only available at Charlie’s Boatyard and might be one of the best beers I’ve had from John and his crew at BBC.

Eli Fish Brewing Awry Saison – Mild spice notes with a bit of faint citrus. It’s a crusher and doesn’t even drink to its 5% ABV. This was a nice introduction to these guys’ beer for me and I believe a road trip up the 90 is in store soon.

Four Mile Brewing Tropical Wheat – Hands down one of the best beers I had at the Brewers Festival. A little lactose made for a clean, creamy smoothness with notes of pineapple and mango. This was great. I might say this is the best beer I’ve had from Four Mile.

Lilly Belle Nutty Helen Mead – I’m admittedly just getting into mead, but I had at least two people tell me this was the best beverage they enjoyed at the festival. A little syrupy sweet with notes of smoky, roasted honey. This was the most unique drink I had there.

Rusty Nickel Farmhouse Saison – Talk about Buffalo brewers stepping their game up for this festival – Rusty Nickel was no different. Quite possibly the best beer I’ve had from them, this Farmhouse Saison was light and crisp, though it maintained some earthy, more traditional saison characteristics. This was the other beer that I voted for in the top three on my People’s Choice Competition ballot.

Steelbound Brewery Kickin’ Back Kolsch – This kolsch was insanely crisp and one of the most drinkable beers of the entire festival. I also really liked the Subabrew IPA and Heff Another One Hefeweizen. These guys are making some solid beers already.

West Shore Brewing Dark Cherry Sour – Tart dark cherries with a little pucker to back them up. This one was so smooth and refreshing. I had to get one sour on this list and Josh up at West Shore is brewing some quality fruited sours right now.

Windy Brew Raspberry Farmhouse Saison – As refreshing as refreshing gets. I haven’t had many beers from them, but this was the best Windy Brew beer I’ve had yet. Huge fresh raspberries all the way through from the aromas to the flavor to the aftertaste. This one was consistent. I voted for this beer in the top three on my People’s Choice Competition ballot.

Here’s hoping that next year is bigger and better than this year. I know I’ll be there next summer and I hope to see all of you there as well.

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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Got Tents? Buffalo Brewers Festival Show Goes On!

The weather man has let us know (link) that while rain is likely tomorrow, it’s not going to be a complete rain out – there will be dry stretches throughout the day with chance of more intense conditions (which may or may not arrive at Canalside).   This is certainly not the ideal beer fest weather, but it’s also not expected to be the kind that cancels all plans.   As such the 5th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival show will go on.  After all this is Buffalo and we don’t melt with a little rain.

To spite our hope to dodge demon rain, we are prepared for the worst and have set the up the festival to with optimal raincover in mind.   We will place breweries & vendors in two large tents, one the 40′ x 100′ Canalside VIP tent, a second is the 10 x 40 Farm to Pint Tent, and finally an added 40′ x 80′ brewers tent.   In between the two large tents is the area under the Skyway.  The net result of this is that most of the area where the festival will take place is either be under a large tent or under the Skyway.  As a result, though an umbrella is not a bad idea, we should have you covered.  For a closer look see the siteplan page (here) in addition to the image here below:

 

 

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11 Can’t Miss Beers at the Buffalo Brewers Festival

Consider me as your Beer Sherpa, because I’m here to make things easy for you as you navigate every offering from each brewery, ciderery and meadery at this year’s Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place tomorrow (4-7p) at Canalside. I just want to make sure that all of you get the absolute best bang your buck. Or make that the best beer for your buck. Either way.

I’ve done painstaking research and multiple deep dives to formulate a list of the top 11 beers you can’t afford to miss at this year’s 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 my can’t-miss, must-drink beers at the Buffalo Brewers Festival:

Four Mile / Resurgence The Pilz Have Eyes Imperial Pilsner – An Imperial Pilsner just sounds fun, doesn’t it? Especially one that’s from these two breweries. Looking forward to this one for sure.

Buffalo Brewpub / 12 Gates Passionfruit Mango Kolsch – This might be one of the most refreshing beers available at the festival. I expect this one to be thirst quenching. You can probably find me in line for a few of these.

Woodcock Brothers Kumquat Berliner Weisse – Speaking of refreshing, holy goodness. The first of a few Berlinner’s on my list, the addition of kumquats just has me really exciting for this beers prospects.

Steelbound Brewery EVL Double IPA – I had to shoehorn a Double IPA onto my list. But in all seriousness, I’m looking forward to drinking Steelbound’s first DIPA, because if their other IPA’s I’ve had are any indication, this one should be pretty solid.

West Shore Brewing Experimental Berliner Weisse – Owner Josh Dziomba told me that he is doing some fun stuff with fruited sours right now, so I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us at the Brewers Fest with this one.

Eli Fish Brewing Awry Rye Saison & Brewers Wife Blonde Ale – In the case of ‘new is always better,’ I’m really looking forward to my first pours of Eli Fish’s beer. From what I have been told from people who have been up there, these are two to look forward to. See you all in line.

Ellicottville Brewing Foggy NEIPA – Like City Hall, you can’t fight the haze craze, so of course this list had to include a New England IPA. It should be good.

Flying Bison Larkin Lager – One of my top five favorite Buffalo beers of all time, the idea of drinking a few of these down on the water is pretty perfect.

Brickyard Brewing Company Saison des Fleurs – While I’ll be drinking my fill of White Bronco, I will not sleep on this one. It’s brewed with Dandelion pedal, so that sounds intriguing.

Windy Brew Dim Lager IPL – The only India Pale Lager, a really underrated style IMO, at the Brewers Festival is definitely going to make my list.

In addition to the People’s Choice Competition, a number of Farm-to-Pint beers, made exclusively from local ingredients, will be available, food vendors include Lloyd Taco and Ru’s Pierogi, and new this year, you can purchase pints of your favorite beer right at the festival (limited availability, prices may vary). An after party will be held at Clinton’s Dish at Canalside following the festival’s conclusion. There will also be a number of local vendors on hand, including Smokers Haven Cigars, Travelling Growler, NY Craft Malt, Crooked Creek Hops, Trocaire College and Bavarian Nut Company.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Vote for Your Favorite Saison at the Buffalo Brewers Festival People Choice Competition

Who brews the best local saison? It will be up to you to decide in the People’s Choice Competition at the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, this Saturday (4-7p) at Canalside. New this year, the People’s Choice Competition will give festival goers the chance to try multiple versions of a beer style and pick their favorite example.

The process for the People’s Choice Competition is pretty simple. All you need to do is drink, then vote. Yes, it’s that simple. There will be 16 in total (subject to change) for you to try before you cast your vote – 15 beers and 1 mead. After you drink your fill, you simply fill out a ballot, then turn it into either Jill or Sarah, who will be collecting and tabulating all of the ballots. The winning brewery (or meadery) will then be presented with a one-of-a-kind trophy at the festival.

Saison, French for ‘season’ and its alternative title, Farmhouse Ale, refers to the tiny farmhouses that dotted the landscape of southern Belgium, where the style originated (the beer was also served to those who worked at said farms). This beer style is typically crisp, complex, fruity, spicy, sometimes tart and/or sour and light-bodied, clocking in around 4.5% – 8.5% ABV normally. Belgian saisons are brewed year-round with pale malts and are well dosed with English and Belgian hop varieties. Lively carbonation ensues from a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The color is classically golden orange and the flavors are refreshing with citrus and fruity hop notes.

Here is the official People’s Choice Competition tap list:

Resurgence Brewing: Cucumber Saison

Community Beer Works: That IPA

Rusty Nickel: Farmhouse Saison

Pearl Street: Gin and Tonic Saison

42 North Brewing: Treaty Saison

Thin Man Brewery: Aura Saison

Brickyard Brewing: Saison des Fleurs

Gordon Biersch: Saison

Windy Brew: Wild Raspberry Farmhouse Saison

Big Ditch: Beautiful River Saison

New York Beer Project: Watermelon Saison

Hamburg Brewing: Small Town Saison

Eli Fish Brewing: Awry Rye Saison

West Shore Brewing: Saison

Southern Tier Brewing: Science is the Art: The Psychic Laser

Woodcock Brewing: Honey Saison

Lilly Belle Meads: Ginny Bee Goode Saison Mead

In addition to the People’s Choice Competition, a number of Farm-to-Pint beers, made exclusively from local ingredients, will be available, food vendors include Lloyd Taco and Ru’s Pierogi, and new this year, you can purchase pints of your favorite beer right at the festival (limited availability, prices may vary). An after party will be held at Clinton’s Dish at Canalside following the festival’s conclusion. There will also be a number of local vendors on hand, including Smokers Haven Cigars, Travelling Growler, NY Craft Malt, Crooked Creek Hops, Trocaire College and Bavarian Nut Company.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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These Beers are Pouring at the Buffalo Brewers Festival

The party of the summer goes down this Saturday, June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside at the fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival. The event will feature over 30 Buffalo & WNY breweries, cideries and meaderies making for a tap list of over 50 brews. Batavia’s Eli Fish Brewing, who have only been open a few short months, will make their Western New York debut at the festival, just one of the many highlights this year’s fest presents.

But then again, you are not here to read a lengthy preamble, you’re really only looking for the meat and potatoes, right? You want the full list, so without further ado, here it is, the full tap list (subject to change) for the 2018 Buffalo Brewers Festival.

12 Gates: Cherry Vanilla Wheat, Coffee Porter English Porter, Radler German Radler, Hermetic IPA

4 Mile: The Pils Have Eyes [Imperial Pilsner Collab with Resurgence], Polynomial Pale Ale

42 North: Treaty Saison, Borderland IPA

Big Ditch: FC Session Wheat IPA, Beautiful River Saison, Hayburner IPA

Blackbird Cider: Buffalo Bluegrass Kentucky Barrel Aged Hard Cider, Lakeside Loganberry Hard Cider

Brickyard Brewing Company: White Bronco NEIPA, Saison des Fleurs

Buffalo Brewing Company: 1910 Czech Pilsner, 1825 Triple Dry Hopped IPA, 1817 Triple Dry Hopped Double IPA

Buffalo Brewpub: 12 Gates / Buffalo Brewpub Passionfruit Mango Kolsch, Blueberry Wheat, Nickel City Dark

Community Beer Works: Frank APA, The Whale American Brown Ale, That IPA, Ein Bier Bitte Hefe

Eli Fish Brewing: Awry Rye Saison, Brewers Wife Blonde Ale

Ellicottville Brewing Company: Blueberry Wheat, IPA, Foggy NEIPA

Five & 20: Grape Lakes Wheat w/ Concord Grapes, Can-Am Copper IPA

Flying Bison: Erie County Fair APA, Larkin Lager, Bisonberry Kolsch

Gordon Biersch: Saison, Hefeweizen, NYS IPA

Hamburg Brewing: Small Town Saison, Two Two Mango Ale, Hamburg Pilsner

New York Beer Project: Watermelon Saison, Righteous Dude DIPA, Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch, Lockport Lager

OFW Brewing: Not A Pale Ale, Against the Grain Hefeweizen, Razpputin Raspberry Ale

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery: Gin and Tonic Saison, Trainwreck Amber Ale

Pressure Drop: Sketchy IPA (West Shore collab), Bruxelles Stout, Citra Screamer

Resurgence: Cucumber Saison, Re Warding IPA (Collaboration with OFW), Black Currant Kettle Sour

Rusty Nickel: Farmhouse Saison, Palletizer Pale Ale, Pedal Pusher Biere de Garde

Sato Brewpub: Bento Cream Ale, Urban Samurai White IPA

Southern Tier: 8 Days A Week Blonde Ale, Lemon Drop Sun, Science is the Art: The Psychic Laser

Steelbound Brewery: EVL Double IPA, Udderly Insane Pale Ale, Heff Another One, Nutty Blond Ale

Thin Man: Burning Money NEIPA, Buffalo Pills Pilsner, Minkey Boodle Raspberry Sour, Aura Saison

West Shore: Green Flyer NEIPA, Experimental Berliner Weiss, Saison

Windy Brew: Wild Mango Pale Ale, Dim Lager IPL, Wild Raspberry Farmhouse Saison

Woodcock Brothers: North 425 Pilsner, Honey Saison, Kumquat Berliner Weisse

Lilly Belle Meads: Ginny Bee Goode Saison Mead, Bee Witty Belgian Style Mead

A number of Farm-to-Pint beers, made exclusively from local ingredients, will be available, food vendors include Lloyd Taco and Ru’s Pierogi, and new this year, you can purchase pints of your favorite beer right at the festival (limited availability, prices may vary). An after party will be held at Clinton’s Dish at Canalside following the festival’s conclusion. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison. After you drink a few, or all of them for that matter, either or, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite version right at the festival in the People’s Choice Competition. There will also be a number of local vendors on hand, including Smokers Haven Cigars, Travelling Growler, NY Craft Malt, Crooked Creek Hops, Trocaire College and Bavarian Nut Company.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 4

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab.

12 Gates Brewing

Coffee Porter: Dark chocolate, light roast, and toffee pair with traditional English hops to create this smooth porter. Classic. I’ll have at least one. At least.

German Radler: A German Hefeweizen blended with pink lemonade and grapefruit juice. You had me at radler. It’s going to be sunny, so the line will be long for this thirst quencher.

Hermetic IPA: An IPA with loads of hops to give it tons of dank tropical fruit and citrus flavor and aroma, including pineapple and grapefruit. This was one of my favorite beers from last year’s fest. Can’t wait to enjoy some more of this beer.

Southern Tier Brewing

8 Days A Week Blonde Ale: Infinitely drinkable with a hint of Centennial hops for fruity notes and low bitterness for an easy finish. Bring on the blonde ales. Please and thank you.

Lemon Drop Sun: Just enough hop bitterness and lemon tartness to keep your taste buds tingling for another sip. Yet another light crushable offering, which is not a bad thing.

Science is the Art: The Psychic Laser Double IPA: Tropical, fruity, piney and citrusy notes from Mosaic, Equanot, and Simcoe hops. My name is Brian and I love IPA’s. Enough said.

Eli Fish Brewing

“Awry” Rye Saison: A beautifully clear, lightly hopped saison with a noticeable rye body. It finishes dry and clean. A rye saison sounds like a nice break from the norm given this tap list.

“Brewers Wife” Blonde Ale: Mildly hopped blonde ale built with a generous amount of wheat. Another blonde ale? See above. Bring them on. Bring them all on.

Thin Man Brewery

Burning Money NEIPA: Drenched with flavors & aromas of pine & tropical fruits – orange juice, pineapple juice, mango juice, juice and more juice. This has long been one of my favorite Thin Man beers, so yes, I’ll be partaking a few times.

Buffalo Pills Pilsner: Combines German pilsner malt and traditional German hops in a crisp, easy drinking lager. If you know me, I’m a major proponent of craft pilsners. Let’s get it.

Minkey Boodle Raspberry Sour: Bright acidity mingles with round raspberry character and a crisp body. One of the best sours Buffalo has ever produced at Buffalo’s premier beer fest? Um, yes please.

Aura Wild Saison: A collaboration with Ontario’s Block Three Brewing brewed with Riesling juice. Its tart and refreshing.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

See also:

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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 3

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab.

Flying Bison Brewing

Erie County Fair American Pale Ale: The Erie County Fair’s first homebrew contest winner brewed with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo & Simcoe hops and dry-hopped with Mosaic & Centennial. Enjoyed this the first time around and am looking forward to it again. One of my must-drink beers.

Larkin Lager: A light golden Munich Helles lager. Clean, crisp, and refreshing take on a classic style. One of my all-time favorite Buffalo beers. So simple, yet so great. You’ll find me in line on multiple occasions for this.

Bisonberry Kolsch: Golden ale with a pinkish hue and berry aroma from blueberry puree & blackberry concentrate. One word – refreshing.

Big Ditch Brewing

FC (Fantastically Crushable) Session Wheat IPA: An extremely light and crisp summer beer, hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra hops. A perennial favorite beer of mine when the weather turns warmer.

Beautiful River Belgian River Saison: A refreshing Belgian-style saison featuring floral, pear, and pepper notes.

Hayburner IPA: A citrusy IPA with primary notes of orange, melon and grapefruit, and a slightly earthy finish. It wouldn’t be a Buffalo beer festival without at least one pour of this. But I’m fairly sure I didn’t need to tell you that.

Steelbound Brewery

EVL DIPA Double IPA: Double dry-hopped with Simcoe, Citra, and Michigan Copper for flavors of berry, pine and mango. If you ask me, this festival needs as many DIPA’s as possible. Look for me in line multiple times for this beer.

Udderly Insane Pale Ale: Slightly sweet, creamy, light citrus, brewed with oats and lactose. You had me at lactose. I’ll see you in line.

Heff Another One Hefeweizen: Hints of citrus, banana and spice, dry-hopped with Citra. A hefe dry-hopped with Citra sounds intriguing. I won’t be missing this.

Nutty Blond Blond Ale: Bright, refreshing and lightly sweet. I love blondes, so a cold, fresh blonde ale on the waterfront sounds awesome to me.

Windy Brew

Wild Mango Pale Ale: Aromas of wild mangos with notes of vibrant, fresh mangoes that hit you at the end. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, this sounds damn refreshing.

Dim Lager IPL: An India Pale Lager with a wonderful hop aroma with fresh pine and grapefruit flavors, and a bitter sweet finish. The only IPA at the Brewers Fest, so don’t miss this.

Wild Raspberry Farmhouse Saison: Windy Brew’s farmhouse saison and added fresh raspberries giving you a refreshing taste of summer. Pretty sure that description says it all.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

See also:

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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 2

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab. If you missed last week’s preview, we took a look at New York Beer Project, Woodcock Brothers, Community Beer Works and Ellicottville Brewing. Now, onto four more breweries and even more beer.

42 North Brewing

Treaty Saison: This dry and tart Saison holds true to this authentic Belgian style with flavors of light fruit and lemongrass. If you have yet to have this bad boy, now is your chance to find out why I named it one of my can’t-miss beers at last year’s fest.

Borderland IPA: A drinkable West Coast style IPA with tons of tropical fruit notes. Heavy use of Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe hop make the tropical fruit aromas jump out of the glass. I don’t mean to sound like that guy, but you can never have enough IPA’s.

Resurgence Brewing

Cucumber Saison: Made with all local malt from WNY Craft Malt in Batavia and locally grown cucumbers, this farmhouse saison has a tart dill pickle taste that backs up the fresh, grassy funk. Now here is a beer that will pair perfectly with the sun and the heat.

Re-Warding IPA (Collaboration with OFW): A New England IPA with Mosaic, Zythos and Galaxy hops featuring a ripe mango nose with flavors of pineapple and papaya. Just like City Hall, you can’t fight the haze crazy. So let’s just give in. You’ll see me drinking one at some point.

Black Currant Kettle Sour (Farm to Pint Beer): A blend of berry and currants that finishes dry with a clean tartness. To be honest, I’ve had this beer at the brewery and I’m not sure that I’ll write about a more refreshing beer in these previews.

The Pils Have Eyes Imperial Pilsner (Collaboration with 4 Mile): A 7% imperial German-style pilsner dry hopped with El Dorado, Motueka, and Saaz. Let’s face it, pilsners are great and they only get better when they clock in at 7%.

Buffalo Brewing Company

1910 Czech Pilsner: Named for the year that Buffalo Brewing Company opened at 1571 Clinton St. This pils is lemon and citrus forward and very drinkable. Time to add another pils to your must-drink list.

1825 Triple Dry Hopped IPA: Named for the year that the Erie Canal was completed. This IPA is floral with a nice punch of bitter hops.

1817 Triple Dry Hopped DIPA: Subtle citrus with big dank hops. There won’t be many, if any at all, double IPA’s at the Brewers Fest, let alone triple dry hopped ones, so hop on this bandwagon while the keg is still pouring.

Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing

Grape Lakes American Wheat Ale: Brewed with NY Concord Grape juice, which imparts a rose like color and a balanced fruit flavor and aroma. This one is an easy drinker and will quench your thirst and also cleanse your palette.

Can-Am Copper IPA: This beer has a brilliant copper color with a sweet biscuit note from the NYS 1886 Aromatic malt. Generous NYS hop additions add plenty of flavor and aroma. This IPA sounds good on its own without me hyping it up, so just make sure to grab a pour come June 23.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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Digging Into the Buffalo Brewers Fest Tap List: Part 1

The fifth annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place on June 23 (4-7p) at Canalside, will feature over 20 local Buffalo & WNY breweries, making for a tap list of well over 50 beers in total. That is a lot of beer to navigate through, so I wanted to try and make things a little easier on everyone by highlighting four different breweries and each beer they are planning to bring (subject to change) each week leading up until the big dance.

So make sure you check back weekly before June 23 to see what breweries you cannot afford to miss and what must-drink beers you need to grab.

New York Beer Project

Watermelon Saison: A refreshing summer saison brewed with 110 pounds of fresh watermelon featuring aromas of watermelon and light citrus with light citrus and watermelon rind on the finish. Seems like a good beer to have in the middle of summer.

Righteous Dude DIPA: Bold dank hops, juicy orange and tropical fruit with notes of peach, mango and grapefruit. Hints of resin and pine come through towards finish. Why wouldn’t you want a big 8.8% DIPA down on the waterfront?

Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch: A raspberry flavored German-style kolsch beer with a fuchsia color and mild raspberry aroma. You’re probably going to want to have a few of these.

Lockport Lager: A traditional Czech style pilsner boasting a bready malt character and light sweetness. Not many things beat a light and refreshing pilsner. Get this one on your list.

Woodcock Brothers Brewing

North 425 Pilsner: Traditional pils brewed with local ingredients. It is clean and crisp with a refreshing lightly hopped finish. A word of advice – you can never have too many good pilsners.

Honey Saison: This old-world style Saison is brewed with local wildflower honey and delivers a soft, touch of honey on the palate with a mild Saison finish. You’re gonna want to stay hydrated out there, so make sure to hit this one up – it sounds refreshing as hell.

Kumquat Berliner Weisse: A cloudy, light German style sour beer that is tart and sweet with kumquats. How delicious does this sound? Chances are you’ll see this beer on my can’t-miss list.

Ellicottville Brewing Company

Blueberry Wheat: Golden & crisp wheat ale with big and prominent blueberry aromas. Duh. If you’ve drank a local beer in your life, chances are you have had this WNY staple and know what it’s all about.

Ellicottville IPA: While not a session at 6%, it drinks like one with aromas of grapefruit and hops and flavors of citrus, grapefruit and ever-so-slight hop resin. This is just a good IPA.

Foggy Style Unfiltered IPA: Smooth & juicy with big tropical hop flavor, mosaic & simcoe hops. You had to know there would be some haze at the Brewers Fest, right? The line forms behind me.

Community Beer Works

Frank (American Pale Ale): A light body with a zesty, piney, and citrusy hop profile that is superbly drinkable. Is there anything that screams Buffalo more than drinking Frank at the Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside? That’s like Buffalo overload.

The Whale (American Brown Ale): Smooth yet complex with aromas and flavors of chocolate and coffee. See what I said about Frank just above? You can apply that to Whale as well.

That IPA: Simcoe, Mosaic, and Zythos hops give a profile of tropical fruits, peach, and other summer fruits. At only 4.9%, go ahead and pencil in a few on these.

Ein Bier Bitte (Another Beer, Please): A classic German hefe with notes of banana, berry and clove. Light, refreshing, and summery. Be sure to take a break and quench your thirst with one of these.

In addition to an all WNY brewery lineup, the Buffalo Brewers Fest will have a number of special features, including local food vendors and food trucks, local ciders, meads, and a Farm to Pint tent highlighting brews made with 100 percent local ingredients. The festival will also feature a special summer brew that each brewery will make their own version of – this year is saison.

Don’t drink and drive! Let Lyft do all of the driving for you, so all you need to focus on is having fun and celebrating all things Buffalo on the waterfront. New users can download the Lyft app and use the code ‘BNBA’ to receive special discounts off your first few rides.

Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com and Ticketfly as well as at all 17 Consumer’s Beverages locations. For more information, please visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/992859620880355.

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 (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.

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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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