The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) will host its second annual Buffalo Brewers Festival on Saturday, June 20, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be held at Canalside and is the only festival in Western New York hosted by and for local craft brewers.
The festival will feature more than 30 New York State breweries and local farmers & chefs, food trucks, and live entertainment by local headliners The Skiffle Minstrels, Steve Johnson and Corey Kertzie (of Big Leg Emma), Flatbed and the Steam Donkeys.
“Our second annual Brewers Festival at Canalside will once again showcase the best of Western New York’s craft beer and food producers,” said Willard Brooks, chairman of the BNBA. “This event is one of the only festivals in the region that truly celebrates locally-produced craft beer and farm-to-table products, aligning with the BNBA’s mission to promote sustainability and buying local.”
Among the brewers participating in the 2015 Buffalo Brewers Festival are: Big Ditch Brewing Co., Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co., Flying Bison Brewing Company, Four Mile Brewing, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing Co., Old First Ward, Pearl Street & Pan American Grill, Resurgence Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewing Co., and Woodcock Brothers Brewery.
“The Buffalo Brewer’s festival at Canalside is a special event which brings the Buffalo brewing heritage and culture full circle to Buffalo’s inspirational waterfront,” said John Russo, founder of Hamburg Brewing Company, one of the local breweries to be represented at the event. “It engages the beer consumer in the most important part of brewing culture…. FUN! When great food, great music, and great beer collide it becomes a celebration of everything us Buffalonians enjoy.”
There are various types of tickets available for purchase at www.BuffaloBrewersFestival.com. The ticket options are as follows:
Brewer’s Fest Ticket – $40 each
Includes ALL beer tastings from 30+ New York State Breweries from 3 to 7 p.m. Live music by regional bands from 3 to 7 p.m.
Brewer’s Fest Ticket (Early Admission) – $49 each
Includes all beer tastings from 30+ New York State Breweries from 3 to 7 p.m.
Best of Buffalo – VIP Ticket – $75 each
Includes early entry and all beer tastings from 30+ New York State Breweries from 3 to 7 p.m. VIPs are allowed access to the VIP tent and VIP-only brews and pairings.
Meet the Brewer – Session 1
Join brewers from 4:30-5:30 p.m. as they collaborate on pairing their brews with courses of various purveyors. $5 tasting ticket is required. Only 75 tickets are available and can only be purchased on site.
Meet the Brewer – Session 2
Join brewers from 5:40-6:40 p.m. as they collaborate on pairing their brews with courses of various purveyors. $5 tasting ticket is required. Only 75 tickets are available and can only be purchased on site.
Designated Driver Ticket
Designated Driver admission is valid from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Ticket price includes admission to the event and a free bottle of water. Tasting glasses are not provided to designated drivers. $10 ticket is required. Must purchase tickets at the gate.
The Buffalo Brewer’s Festival is a 21 and over only event. There will be no outside food or beverages are allowed into the festival area. Tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets are available online at buffalobrewersfestival.com and at the following breweries: Aurora Brew Works, Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Consumers Beverages, Flying Bison, Hamburg Brewery, Kegworks, Niagara Tradition, Pearl Street, Premier Gourmet and Resurgence Brewery.
For more information, please visit buffalobrewersfestival.com.