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Beer Matters: Community Beer Works, Blue Monk, Resurgence

Péché Mortel Day
Noon Feb. 27
Blue Monk
727 Elmwood Ave. (882-6665)

Blue Monk will have an array of Péché Mortel beer variants on tap. Péché Mortel is French for “mortal sin” and is the name for Dieu du Ciel's Coffee Imperial Stout. Dieu du Ciel is a popular brewery in Montreal, Quebec.

Péché Mortel is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavors. Coffee is infused during the brewing process intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste.

In addition to the original, different versions of Péché Mortel beers will be on tap, including:

Péché Mortel Dry: a drier and higher alcohol version of the original;
Péché Mortel Spécial: made with Kenyan coffee named M’Beguka;
Péché Mortel Bourbon: aged in bourbon barrels, Péché Véniel;
Péché Véniel: a lighter version made with Colombian coffee from Ignacio Quintero;
Péché aux Pêches: contains peach purée and entire peaches.

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A look inside Blue Monk on Elmwood Avenue. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

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Blood Orange Saison Release
March 1
Resurgence Brewing Company
1250 Niagara St. (381-9868)

Resurgence Brewing Company will send its popular Blood Orange Saison to the market in cans starting March 1, delivering a taste of sunshine to rescue drinkers from the dark days of late winter. This fresh, fruit-forward saison is ripe with orange, lemon peel and tropical flavors, with a zesty, effervescent character to wake up the palate. Fans of this popular style will be able to purchase it across Western New York, as well as in RBC’s West Side taproom.

“Blood Orange Saison has been one of our most popular styles since we first started making it about a year ago,” said RBC owner Jeff Ware. “It’s light enough to enjoy a few on the back porch or in the beer garden on a warm spring day, and we’re sending it out now to remind Buffalo that spring really is on its way, and with it, those nice, bright beers.”

Resurgence owner Jeff Ware, left, and Dave Collins, master brewer, right. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

Resurgence owner Jeff Ware, left, and Dave Collins, master brewer, right. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

This is RBC’s second beer to hit the market in cans, following the success of its first six-pack release, the brewery’s signature Resurgence IPA. The IPA hit the market in September, and brewers are working around the clock to keep up with demand.

Head brewer Dave Collins created Blood Orange Saison with lots of big, bold flavors and that citric saison profile to satisfy a wide range of beer drinkers. IPA fans will enjoy the kick of citrus reminiscent of popular Citra and Mosaic hops, while those who usually go for lagers will like the light body and easy drinking style.

Resurgence Blood Orange Saison - Now in Cans from Big Buffalo Films on Vimeo.

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Community Beer Works visits NYC

Tap Takeover
6 p.m. Feb. 26
The Double Windsor
210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (347-725-3479)

Beer Week Cask Fest and Awards Gala
Session 1: 1 to 4 p.m. Feb 27
Session 2: 6 to 9 p.m. Feb 27
Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St., NY

Buffalo-based nano-brewery Community Beer Works (CBW) will be on tap in Brooklyn, Manhattan and other locations across New York State. This statewide distribution is being made possible through connections CBW founder and president Ethan Cox forged in conjunction with Remarkable Liquids distributors.

“This came about because CBW does a lot of downstate or out-of-market events, mainly because I am on the New York State Brewer’s Associate board," Cox explained. "As a result, I have met some great retailers in Albany, and we have been selling them beer sporadically, whenever we could move the kegs."

CBW approached Remarkable Liquids and the result was a limited distribution contract which includes accounts in the Capital region, Hudson Valley and New York City.

Community Beer Works' beer will now be available throughout the state. (

Community Beer Works' beer will now be available throughout the state. (

"In Albany, expect to find us with some regularity at The Excelsior Pub and Allen Street Pub; no doubt Remarkable Liquids will scare up a few others. In New York City, The Double Windsor in Brooklyn is one specific joint, but again I assume Remarkable Liquids will pinpoint a few more accounts,” said Cox.

For the event on Feb. 26, the Double Windsor will feature selections from CBW including That IPA, Frank, the Whale, Stout Affective Disorder, Double IPA and Yuz Not That IPA.

Tickets for the NYC Brewers Guild Cask Fest can be obtained here and cost $69.57 for general admission and $85.39 for VIP. CBW will be bringing a cask of That IPA dry-hopped with Azacca called BoomShakAzacca.

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Victory_SouthernTierBrews News

Southern Tier Brewing Company has formed an alliance with Victory Brewing Company. In a craft beer market where it’s become increasingly more difficult to be “in the middle,” two mid-sized breweries are joining forces.

The new parent holding company, Artisanal Brewing Ventures, will link the two breweries. In 2014, Victory ranked as the 29th largest craft brewer while Southern Tier came in as the 35th largest.

Boulevard Brewing, from Kansas City, Mo., is now available in Western New York. Various bottle shops and bars will be stocking beer from this popular Midwest Brewery. Offerings include Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and The Calling Double IPA.

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Kevin Wise, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biology at Trocaire College who maintains a blog on beer science and beer reviews and can be reached at: www.buffalobeerbiochemist.com; Twitter: @BuffaloBeerBio; Untappd: @BuffaloBeerBiochemist

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