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: Sticky Trees IPA, Bruxelles Stout, Citra Screamer Cream Ale

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

Westshore: 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.

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 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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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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