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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.