WNY Brews

Scott@WNYBrews.com

Whether you think it's a noun or verb, the word "brew" has numerous meanings, and all of them are well-worth talking about. Coming to you from an historic city on the rise, Buffalo, NY, in Western New York, we'll discuss what the breweries are offering and what our friends are making on the weekends.

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Buffalo Beer Buzz - June 14, 2024
Jun 14 2024
Buffalo Beer Buzz - June 14, 2024
Scott is flying solo this week on Buffalo Beer League, bringing you the latest updates in the WNY beer scene. Here’s what’s happening:**HAMBURG BREWING CREATES BEER FOR VILLAGE ANNIVERSARY** Hamburg Brewing has created a special beer, 1874, to commemorate the Village of Hamburg's 150th anniversary. Modeled after the original White Corner Wheat recipe, 1874 is a 5.3% American Wheat Ale brewed with Pilsner and Wheat malts, and Herkules, Perle, and Citra hops. It’s available on draft and in 12oz 6-pack cans at the brewery.**NEW YORK BEER PROJECT OP BEER LODGE TO OPEN JUNE 14** The NYBP Beer Lodge in Orchard Park will open on June 14 at 11am. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly, Bills Mafia founder Del Reid, and superfan John Lang (Bills Elvis). The Lodge will offer 17 beers on tap, including exclusive brews like Hazy Crush IPA and OP Lager.**WAYLAND BREWING 1ST ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND** Wayland Brewing in Orchard Park will celebrate their first anniversary with a weekend-long event featuring BBQ specials, live music, and new beers. They will release Fuller Send, a bigger version of their Full Send IPA, and Hive, a lightly tart saison with honey. The festivities begin on June 14.**BUFFALO BREWING COMPANY PAKTECH RECYCLING PROGRAM** Buffalo Brewing Company is offering a PakTech recycling program. You can bring your used PakTechs (plastic beer can holders) to their taproom for recycling. They collect, sort, clean, and either reuse or send them back for proper recycling.**BTR BREWS CLOSES IN VILLAGE OF ANGOLA** BTR Brews in the Village of Angola has closed permanently. Owner Brandi Lombardo announced the closure via social media, citing an inability to sustain the business. The brewery, which opened in December 2021, will continue to be for sale until mid-July, after which they will liquidate their assets if no buyer is found.**TICKETS REMAIN FOR RHYTHM & BREWS BENEFIT AT KLEINHANS** Limited tickets are still available for the Rhythm & Brews event at Kleinhans Music Hall on June 13. The event features craft beer and cider from several local breweries, food from top restaurants, and music from Jukeboxx. Proceeds benefit Kleinhans’s programming. General admission tickets are $45, and VIP tickets are $85. For tickets, call (716) 885-5000 or visit kleinhansbuffalo.org.**FORMER LABATT HOUSE HEADQUARTERS AVAILABLE FOR SALE** The former Labatt House headquarters at 79 Perry Street, including the brewery and tasting room, is now for sale. The space includes 3,500 square feet for the brewery and tasting room and over 11,000 square feet of office space. Hunt Commercial Real Estate is handling the subleasing.For more details on these stories, visit BuffaloBeerLeague.com. You can reach us at (716) 486-BEER or email us at Scott@WNYBrews.com or Brian@BuffaloBeerLeague.com. Cheers! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Buffalo Beer Buzz - June 8th, 2024
Jun 8 2024
Buffalo Beer Buzz - June 8th, 2024
Welcome to WNY Brews! This week, Brian is flying solo to bring you the latest happenings in the Western New York beer scene.First up, Smoldered Society is hosting their second Go Skate Day at the Thin Man Warehouse on Chandler Street on June 21. The event will feature a skate jam from 4-8:30 pm, food from Riff City, and a double collaboration beer release from Smoldered Society, Frequentem Brewing, and Mom’s Skateshop. The after-party will be held at the Beer Keep with music from Mike West, featuring tunes from the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series. Proceeds will benefit the SFM Skatepark Project.Marquee Brewing in Portville has closed its doors after nearly a year in business. The brewery, known for its flavored hard sodas, opened in July 2023. Owner Cory Clark expressed gratitude to supporters and acknowledged that insufficient customer turnout led to the closure.Registration is now open for the 10th annual The Dude’s Homebrew Competition, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event will be held on August 18 at Resurgence Brewing, where homebrewers will serve samples of their beer to attendees who will vote for their favorite. The winning beer will be brewed at Resurgence. Tickets are $30 and include homebrew samples and a tasting glass.Rusty Nickel Brewing is celebrating its 9th anniversary on June 8 with live music, food specials, lawn games, tastings, and a Mug Club VIP Area. Anniversary beer releases include Barrel Aged Rye Slice Old Fashioned, Off the Coast Hazy IPA, Fuzzy Naval Wheat, Strawberry Rhubarb Wheat, Chocolate Hazelnut Brown Ale, and more. The event is free and doors open at noon.Hofbrauhaus Buffalo will tap their Hopfen Weizen on June 6 at 6 pm. This hazy beer with fruity and tropical aromas pairs well with their Grosse Bayerische Salatplatte and Currywurst. Guests will receive a free 0.3L of Hopfen Weizen, and mentioning St. Joe’s Alumni will result in a donation to the Robert T. Scott, AFSC Endowment Fund. For reservations, visit www.hofbrauhausbuffalo.com.Mortalis Brewing Buffalo has a new beer drop on June 6, featuring Chimera: Fruit Salad (Pink Label) Fruited Smoothie Sour, Typhon: Coconut Fruited Smoothie Sour, Have You Met Allen? Double IPA, and Orpheus Imperial Stout. These beers will be available in 16oz. cans and 500mL bottles.Froth Brewing is making Wednesdays special with new deals at the taproom, including $2 off draft beers, $6 mixed drinks and wine pours, $5 off cheeseburgers, Nashville Hot Chicken sandwiches, pretzels, and candied thick cut bacon, and $5 fresh cut shoestring fries. Froth is open 4-10 pm every Wednesday and recently reopened their kitchen under in-house management.For more details on these stories, visit BuffaloBeerLeague.com. You can reach us at (716) 486-BEER or email us at Scott@WNYBrews.com or Brian@BuffaloBeerLeague.com. Cheers! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Buffalo Beer Buzz - May 31st, 2024
May 31 2024
Buffalo Beer Buzz - May 31st, 2024
Welcome to WNY Brews! On this week’s episode, Brian is flying solo to talk about some exciting events and news in the Western New York beer scene.First off, the New York Cider Association has launched the N.Y. Cider Mark. This initiative is designed to educate consumers, promote the quality of N.Y. Cider, and boost demand for New York State apples. The mark is placed on labels of hard cider to indicate that it is made with 100% New York State apples. For more information, visit www.newyorkcider.org.42 North Brewing has released Centennial Pilsner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of New York State Parks. This West-Coast style pilsner features New York State-grown ingredients, including pilsner malt from New York Craft Malt, and Centennial, Chinook, and Excelsior hops. Each 16oz. can showcases artwork from a different NYS park and includes a QR code with more information. Look for Centennial Pils at the brewery and wherever great beer is sold.Belt Line Brewery has released Fresh Coat Hazy Double IPA in honor of Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Keon Coleman’s iconic yellow puffer coat. This 8.6% IPA is dry-hopped with Galaxy, Nelson, and Mosaic hops, featuring notes of passion fruit, mango, citrus, and white wine. Fresh Coat Hazy DIPA is available now on draft at the taproom and in crowlers to-go.Brickyard Brewing has unveiled new summer beers: Trolley Traveler Pilsner, Luna Belgian Blonde Ale, and Surfin Bird Watermelon Dragonfruit Sour. Trolley Traveler (5%) is a crisp German-style Pilsner, Luna (6.2%) features floral, peppery notes, and Surfin Bird (7.2%) is a refreshing sour brewed with watermelon and dragon fruit. These beers are available on draft and in 16oz. 4-pack cans at the taproom.The SPCA Serving Erie County will host Wine, Wags & Brews on June 12 from 5-8 pm at the SPCA (300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca). The event features beer and cider from local breweries, food samples, food trucks, and pet-themed vendors. All proceeds benefit the SPCA. GA tickets are $45, VIP tickets are $75, and DD tickets are $25. Purchase tickets here.Southern Tier Brewing Buffalo will release Walk the Lime on May 30, a collaboration with the Pink Boots Society. This limited edition 5.0% wheat beer features notes of jalapeno, lime, and slight heat. It was designed by the women of Southern Tier Brewing Company in honor of International Women’s Day. Walk the Lime will be available on draft at the taproom.Want to travel to Prague and watch the Buffalo Sabres take on the New Jersey Devils this October? Happy Sherpa has a package for that. The trip, from September 30 to October 7, costs $3,200 and includes roundtrip flight from Buffalo to Prague, six nights at the Grand Hotel Bohemia, day trips, walking tours, and a Sabres Fan Club meetup. For more information, visit the Happy Sherpa website. Resurgence Brewing is hosting an informational session on June 5 at 5:30 pm. Sign up here.For more details on these stories, visit BuffaloBeerLeague.com. You can reach us at (716) 486-BEER or email us at Scott@WNYBrews.com or Brian@BuffaloBeerLeague.com. Cheers! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Buffalo Beer Buzz - May 24th, 2024
May 24 2024
Buffalo Beer Buzz - May 24th, 2024
Welcome to WNY Brews! On this week’s episode, Scott and Brian talk about some exciting events and news in the Western New York beer scene.First up, 42 North Brewing presents the Fourth Annual HillTAP Festival at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville on July 27. The event kicks off with a chair lift ride to Spruce Lake and features a day filled with music, craft beer from 42 North, and a variety of outdoor activities. Enjoy live music from Smilo & the Ghost (1-4 pm, Spruce Lake Cabin Stage), Miller & The Other Sinners (4-5:30 pm, Tannenbaum Stage), and Workingmans’ Dead (6-8:30 pm, Tannenbaum Stage). Tickets are available now, with early bird pricing at $35, advance tickets at $45, and day-of tickets at $50.In other news, BTR Brews in the Village of Angola has announced it will be closing its doors on July 31. In a heartfelt Facebook post, owner Brandy Lombardo expressed gratitude for the support over the past 2.5 years, explaining the closure as a necessary decision for her family’s well-being.Buffalo is set to welcome Iron Cedar Brewery & Meadery at 4345 Genesee Street, near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The brewery plans to offer a variety of meads, including unique flavors like Dragons Breath and Maiden Voyage, as well as honey-infused beers. They aim to open later this summer and will also provide food options.The Genesee Country Village & Museum is hosting History on Tap on June 7, featuring local craft beers, wines, and ciders, including the museum’s own historical brews. The event will include live music, food, magic lantern shows, and more. Participants include OSB Ciderworks, Eli Fish Brewing, and Rohrbach Brewing with their historical beers. Tickets are $30, with a discount for members.Big Ditch Brewing is set to re-release two beers on Friday, May 24. Stark White Dad Shoes IPA, featuring Riwaka and Galaxy hops, and West Coast Burner, a variant of Hayburner IPA with added grapefruit and pine bitterness, will be available on tap and in 4-pack cans at Big Ditch’s taproom.Maifest at Spring Garden Park in East Aurora will feature a specially brewed Maibock from Buffalo Brewing Company. The event, taking place on May 25, includes a keg tapping ceremony, performances by The Caledonian Pipe Band and SGTV Edelweiss Dancers, and live music from The Polka Boys. The park opens at noon with food available starting at 1 pm. Admission is $6.Mortalis Brewing is releasing nearly half a dozen new beers this week. On May 23, look out for Hydra: Sangria Fruited Smoothie Sour, Depths of Hydra (a collaboration with Homes Brewery), Happy Learned How To Putt IPA (a collab with Frequentem Brewing), Pomona: Banana & Peanuts Imperial Stout, and Barrel Aged Pomona. These releases will be available in various formats, including cans and bottles.For more details on these stories, visit BuffaloBeerLeague.com. You can reach us at (716) 486-BEER or email us at Scott@WNYBrews.com or Brian@BuffaloBeerLeague.com. Cheers! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Buffalo Beer Buzz - May 17th, 2024
May 18 2024
Buffalo Beer Buzz - May 17th, 2024
Welcome to WNY Brews! On this week’s episode, Scott and Brian talk about some exciting events and news in the Western New York beer scene.First up, tickets are now on sale for the New York State Craft Brewers Festival: Buffalo, which returns to Canalside on June 22. This year, the festival will feature craft beer from over 50 breweries across the state. Attendees will have the chance to meet the brewers, enjoy live music, explore a food truck rodeo, shop with vendors, and even catch live wrestling by Grapple Pro. New this year are GA+ tickets, which include early access, a souvenir tasting glass, and a $5 merch voucher. Tickets can be purchased online, and hard copy tickets are available at Resurgence Brewing, Big Ditch, Wayland Brewing, and Britesmith. Plus, $1 from each ticket will benefit the P.U.N.T Pediatric Cancer Collaborative.Next, One-Eyed Cat Brewing in Williamsville is celebrating its second anniversary on June 1 with a full day of festivities. Enjoy live music from Whiskey Trick (2-5pm) and Ransom Road (6-9pm), shop local vendors, and savor BBQ sundaes from Pork Bellies BBQ. There will also be a special anniversary beer release. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.The Buffalo Beer Geeks are kicking off their summer Scavenger Hunt on June 27 at Nickel City Brewz from 5-9pm. The launch party will feature a quadruple tap takeover by Strangebird Beer, Noble Shepherd Craft Brewery, Old First Ward Brewing, and Buffalo Brewing Company, which have collaborated on a special brew for the event. Enjoy music from Mike West and food from Molly’s Wood Fired Pizza. Sign up for the scavenger hunt via the BBG Facebook group, with prizes to be announced soon.In honor of the Village of Hamburg's 150th anniversary, Hamburg Brewing has crafted a special beer named ‘1874.’ This American Wheat Ale, modeled after the original White Corner Wheat recipe, boasts a 5.3% ABV and is brewed with Pilsner and Wheat malts, and Herkules, Perle, and Citra hops. It will be available on draft and in 12oz. 6-pack cans for $10.99 and $39.99 per case.The Nickel Plate, an artisan market inside the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, will hold its grand opening on May 18. Featuring over 120 vendors with locally made products, a restaurant, and a bar, the market will offer draft beers at $1 off and a $10 gift card for every 10th visitor. The 10 rotating taps will feature selections from local breweries including 42 North Brewing, Community Beer Works, and more.Lastly, Resurgence Brewing and 42 North Brewing will be part of the Erie County Parks Department's Pints in the Park Program. This summer and fall, enjoy pop-up beer gardens at various Erie County parks. The program includes stops at Chestnut Ridge, Ellicott Creek, Como Lake, and Emery Park. For dates and more information, visit the Erie County Parks Department website.For more details on these stories, visit BuffaloBeerLeague.com. You can reach us at (716) 486-BEER or email us at Scott@WNYBrews.com or Brian@BuffaloBeerLeague.com. Cheers! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Buffalo Beer Buzz - April 12th, 2024
Apr 12 2024
Buffalo Beer Buzz - April 12th, 2024
Get ready to tap into the latest buzz in Buffalo's beer scene with our April events roundup! In this episode, we're serving up a frothy mix of exciting happenings, from collaborative brew festivals to new beer releases and taproom openings.First up, mark your calendars for the fourth annual CollaBEERation Festival at the Powerhouse on April 13th. Join the Buffalo Beer Geeks community as they team up with 48 local breweries, cideries, and meaderies to craft never-before-tasted libations. Plus, this year's event comes with a pro wrestling twist, so don't forget to don your favorite wrestler attire!Then, we're diving into the haze craze with Pressure Drop Brewing's latest release, Super Silver Haze IPA. With its bright bouquet of orange blossom and mandarin orange flavors, it's the perfect brew for celebrating 4/20 in style.But that's not all! Buffalo Restaurant Week is back from April 15th to 21st, showcasing the best of the city's culinary and craft beer scene. From Big Ditch Brewing to Clarksburg Cider, join us as we explore the delicious deals and signature dishes on offer.And speaking of collaborations, Resurgence Brewing is teaming up with OnCore Golf and PGA Hope WNY once again for the return of Smash Factor IPA. Swing by on April 13th for the release party, featuring putting games, giveaways, and a chance to support WNY PGA Hope with every pint purchased.In other news, Steel Leaf Brewing is set to open its doors on Hertel Avenue, bringing a new hub for beer enthusiasts to gather and explore experimental brews. Plus, don't miss out on Thawfest at Riverworks on April 26th, where you can sample a wide array of spring-inspired brews while supporting local charities.And finally, score yourself a free Resurgence Brewing pint glass at Consumers Beverages with the purchase of two 4-packs of their 391 IPA. It's a win-win, with proceeds going to support Ryan's Fund and the Courage of Carly Fund at Roswell Park.So grab your favorite brew, tune in, and join us as we raise a glass to all the hoppy happenings in Buffalo this April! 🍻 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Buffalo Beer Buzz - April 5th, 2024
Apr 5 2024
Buffalo Beer Buzz - April 5th, 2024
In this podcast episode, we delve into the vibrant world of craft beer and brewing events happening in Western New York.KBC - Kegs, Barrels, and Crafts: Explore the upcoming third annual event featuring a diverse array of craft beer, wine, and whiskey from over 50 vendors. Guests can enjoy samplings of spirits, cider, canned cocktails, and more, along with craft vendors and delicious food options. Tickets are available for $17.85.Wayland Brewing’s Spring Beer & Food Festival: Discover the inaugural event hosted by Wayland Brewing, showcasing craft beer and cider from various local breweries. With only a few tickets remaining, attendees can indulge in tastings, food, and receive a commemorative glass for $55.Sour Power Returns to Pizza Plant Transit: Join Pizza Plant for the return of Sour Power, featuring a wide selection of sour beers on draft and in bottles, including exclusive offerings. Attendees can also enjoy discounts on select bottles and participate in a raffle for a special prize.42 North Launches New Mango Wit; 42 at the Flats Opens: Learn about 42 North’s latest summer seasonal, Mango Tango Wit Ale, and the grand opening of their new location in the Buffalo Theatre District, offering a unique atmosphere and elevated food options.Hamburg Tapped Beer Fest: Get ready for a craft beer festival at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, featuring beer tastings, live music, artisan vendors, and various activities. Early bird tickets are available for $45 until April 8.Four Breweries Team Up on Eclipse Themed Beer Pack: Explore the collaboration between First Line Brewing, No BS Brewing, Windy Brew, and Eli Fish Brewing to create eclipse-themed beers, available in 16oz. 4-pack cans.Wingnutz Closes Location Inside Froth Brewing: Discover the closure of Wingnutz’s North Buffalo location and their focus on a new location in Williamsville. Froth Brewing plans to reopen the kitchen with exciting culinary offerings.Local Eclipse Beers and Viewing Parties at Breweries: Learn about special tappings and viewing parties hosted by local breweries in celebration of the upcoming total eclipse. From unique brews to eclipse-themed events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.Tune in to explore the dynamic craft beer scene and exciting events happening in Western New York. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Buffalo Beer Buzz - March 29th, 2024
Mar 29 2024
Buffalo Beer Buzz - March 29th, 2024
In this episode, we take a flavorful journey through the vibrant brewing scene in Western New York, showcasing stories of triumph, collaboration, and community celebration.We start by celebrating the success of New York Beer Project at the 2024 NYS Craft Beer Competition, where they clinched five medals across various categories, including their innovative Hazy Crush: Island Style IPA. Resurgence and Big Ditch had big days as well!Transitioning to industry news, we discuss the closure of K2 Brothers Brewing's satellite taproom at Hatchets & Hops in Black Rock, highlighting the challenges faced in the brewing business.Shifting gears to collaboration and advocacy, we delve into Resurgence Brewing's partnership with the Pink Boots Society for the "Every Beer is Girls’ Beer" release. This collaboration produces a delightful Buffalo IPA and supports women and non-binary individuals in the brewing industry.Exploring the creative side of brewing, we feature 1927 Brew House's latest pilot batch, the Exposaic New England IPA, crafted with Mosaic and experimental hops for a tropical fruit explosion.Mortalis Brewing Buffalo makes an appearance with their exciting lineup of new beers, including the Hydra/Final Four and Hydra/Chonk Smoothie Sours, as well as the Odins Revenge Double IPA, showcasing the brewery's commitment to innovative flavors.As we celebrate milestones, we highlight Tap That Tap Room's upcoming first-anniversary celebration, showcasing their unique self-pour taproom concept and community engagement efforts.Finally, we blend sports and craft beer with the Buffalo Bisons' Southern Tier Craft Beer Ticket Pack, offering a delightful combination of baseball and local brews for fans to enjoy during the Bisons' 2024 season kickoff.Join us as we raise a glass to the resilience, creativity, and camaraderie found within Western New York's vibrant brewing community. Cheers to great beers and even greater stories! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Buffalo Beer Buzz, March 1st, 2024
Mar 1 2024
Buffalo Beer Buzz, March 1st, 2024
We go into what's happening this week and beyond in Buffalo Beer. Stories include:Third Annual KBC – Kegs, Barrels, and Crafts at 500 PearlOn April 7 (12-3pm), the third annual KBC – Kegs, Barrels, and Crafts, a beer, wine and whiskey event featuring more than 50 vendors from Western New York, will take place at 500 Pearl. Tickets can be purchased here.97 Rock Home Show Happy Hour Returns to Buffalo Home ShowNot only is the Buffalo Home Show returning to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center this year (Mar. 8-10, 15-17), so too is The 97 Rock Home Show Happy Hour. The event, hosted by Tom Ragan from Shredd & Ragan In The Morning, features craft beer from Big Ditch Brewing (Hayburner, No Punts Intended) and Hamburg Brewing (Irish Red, Blueberry Peach Cider), cider, wine, games, trivia and a special building contest, each Friday night (5-7pm), free for all attendees 21 and over. Pearl Street Brewery, Riverworks Brewing Drop New Hazy IPAThe Pearl Street family of breweries has dropped a new hazy IPA, Charging the Storm, which is available at both Pearl Street and RiverworksEngagement Party for Community Beer Works, Thin Man BreweryAfter the news that Community Beer Works is acquiring Thin Man Brewery, they are making it official with an engagement party on Mar. 2 (12pm) at 520 Seventh St. The special day will feature a dock sale at noon with cans, kegs and merchandise, an exclusive beer release (The Whale/Peanut Butter Jenkins Imperial Stout cuvee), games, giveaways, music, and more beer.Windy Brew Set to Celebrate 7th AnniversaryWindy Brew is celebrating seven years in Strykersville and is celebrating on Mar. 2 (5pm). The party will feature live music from Rob Koepf, beers from the past on tap, and beer and food specials all day long. Windy Brew offers a variety of beers from light ales and seasonal brews to IPAs and stouts.Happy Sherpa Travel Booking for First Buffalo Beer ExperienceExperience a lot of what our local craft beer and spirits scene has to offer with Happy Sherpa Travel Co. and their first ever Buffalo Beer Experience. The tour runs Apr. 12-14 and features two nights at the Richardson Hotel, and visits to Autark, Wayland Brewing, Gene McCarthy’s, Resurgence Brewing, Hartman’s Distilling, Hofbrauhaus Buffalo, and Big Ditch Brewing. You can meet the brewers and distillers themselves, tour the facilities and drink some of the best liquid in our own backyard. The Buffalo Beer Experience is $450 per person (based on double occupancy, $200 for singles) and includes hotel, coach, tours and tastings. You can book your spot on the Buffalo Beer Experience here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.