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Happy National Beer Day, Buffalo

If you ask someone from another state to name a few characteristics about Buffalo, "they like to drink" will inevitably pop up in the first five, along with "they created chicken wings" and "they get a ton of snow."

Whether it's the frigid temperatures, bars per capita or prolonged suffering of a certain football team, it's hard for us to fight that distinction, and on National Beer Day, it's time to celebrate the brewers and beer producers of our immediate area.

I know, it's hard to keep up. Keep your eyes peeled for the Gusto cover story on locally brewed gateway beers on April 14. As always, stay tuned to beer news of all kinds in Kevin Wise's weekly Beer Matters column.

Here's a list of local breweries and brew pubs, with details and related content:

12 Gates Brewing
80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville
Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

12 Gates employee Josh Mullin poses behind a flight of beer. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

12 Gates employee Josh Mullin poses behind a flight of beer. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

Read:
*Kevin Wise's report after 12 Gates opened
*Samantha Christmann's pre-opening details

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42 North Brewing Company
25 Pine St., East Aurora
Hours: 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Patrons hang out at the 42 North grand-opening party in East Aurora. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

Patrons hang out at the 42 North grand-opening party in East Aurora. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

Read:
*Smiles at 42 North's grand opening party
*42 North's grand opening in Beer Matters

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Barker Brewing
1693 East Ave., Barker
Hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Barker Brewing owners Greg and Erin Goodlander in the bar and restaurant in Barker in 2014. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

Barker Brewing owners Greg and Erin Goodlander in the bar and restaurant in Barker in 2014. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

Read:
*Mike Kurilovitch's review of Barker Brewing
*Report on Barker Brewing shortly after opening

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Big Ditch Brewing Company
55 East Huron St.
Hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 to midnight Thursday and Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Garage doors let light and air into Big Ditch Brewing Co. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Garage doors let light and air into Big Ditch Brewing Co. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Read:
*Kevin Wise on the Bidwell Wild, a special Big Ditch brew
*Smiles gallery at Big Ditch
*10 things to expect from Big Ditch Brewing experience

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Buffalo Brew Pub
6861 Main St., East Amherst
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday

Buffalo Brew Pub, which brews its own beer in addition to boasting several taps, glows in the night. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Buffalo Brew Pub, which brews its own beer in addition to boasting several taps, glows in the night. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Read:
*Choices galore at Buffalo Brew Pub
*Brew Pub brews a good time (2013)
*Brewing comfort at Buffalo Brew Pub (2010)

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Community Beer Works
15 Lafayette Ave.
Hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday

Community Beer Works sales manager Brendon Van Allen holds the Amazing Larry. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Community Beer Works sales manager Brendon Van Allen holds the Amazing Larry. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Read:
*Photos from Community Beer Works' third birthday
*Brew review: CBW's Saison No. 3
*Brew review of CBW's Stout Affective Disorder
*People Talk on Ethan Cox, founder of CBW

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Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing
8398 US-20, Westfield
Hours: Vary by season

Four beers and a flight from Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

Four beers and a flight from Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

Read:
*Kevin Wise's full breakdown of Five & 20

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Ellicottville Brewing Company
28-30 Monroe St., Ellicottville
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily (for taps)

Ellicottville Brewing Company on Monroe Street in Ellicottville has a warm, friendly vibe. Besides its beer, it offers a full bar and plenty of food options. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Ellicottville Brewing Company on Monroe Street in Ellicottville has a warm, friendly vibe. Besides its beer, it offers a full bar and plenty of food options. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Read:
*Happy hour article on Ellicottville Brewing Co.
*Photo gallery from inside EBC
*Brew review of EBC's Summer Hefe
*EBC in Ellicottville Gusto cover story

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Flying Bison Brewing Company
840 Seneca St.
Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday

Tim Herzog, president of the Flying Bison Brewery, lifts up a pint of Aviator Red. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

Tim Herzog behind the bar at Flying Bison Brewery on Seneca Street. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

Read:
*Details when Flying Bison moved to its new location
*F.X. Matt steps in to save Flying Bison (2010)
*Smiles gallery at Flying Bison's grand re-opening

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Four Mile Brewing Co.
202 E. Greene St., Olean
Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Four Mile Brewing Co.'s Unfurl, on tap at Mr. Goodbar. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Four Mile Brewing Co.'s Unfurl, on tap at Mr. Goodbar. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Read:
*Report on Four Mile's opening in January 2014
*One Beer: Four Mile Unfurl at Goodbar

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Gordon Biersch
Walden Galleria
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

Bartender Fred Zelasko pours a draft at Gordon Biersch in Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga.  (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Bartender Fred Zelasko pours a draft at Gordon Biersch in Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

Read:
*Read a happy hour on Gordon Biersch
*Photos from inside Gordon Biersch

[Gordon Biersch was originally omitted because its home-base brewing operation is in San Jose, Calif. The restaurant does brew its own beer, however, so it's been added to the list.]

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Hamburg Brewing Company
6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg
Hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Photo of the inside of Hamburg Brewing Company during its first anniversary party in October 2014. (Cody Osborne/Special to the News)

Photo of the inside of Hamburg Brewing Company during its first anniversary party in October 2014. (Cody Osborne/Special to the News)

Read:
*Hamburg Brewing's patio is the place to be
*Hamburg Brewing is a game-changer
*Brew review: Hamburg's Irish red ale
*Photos: Hamburg Brewing's first anniversary
*Brew review: Hamburg Brewing's DeRailer

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Labatt Blue
Brewery's Sales & Marketing Headquarters
Key Center, 50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 900

Labatt Blue may be brewed in Canada, but its sales headquarters is in Buffalo. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Labatt Blue may be brewed in Canada, but its sales headquarters is in Buffalo. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Read:
*Development of Labatt's six-pack grain silos
*Smiles gallery at Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament 2016
*Smiles gallery at Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament 2015

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NY Beer Project
6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday

Customers toast to the dawn of NY Beer Project in Lockport. (Dan Cappellazzo/Special to The News)

Customers toast to the dawn of NY Beer Project in Lockport. (Dan Cappellazzo/Special to The News)

Read:
*Scott Scanlon's feature on NY Beer Project
*Smiles gallery from NY Beer Project's grand opening
*NY Beer Project's plans in Beer Matters

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Pearl Street/Pan-American
76 Pearl St.
Hours: 11 a.m. to close Monday through Saturday, noon to close Sunday (for Pearl Street)

Ever-popular Pearl Street Grill and Brewery is just one of the bars near the First Niagara Center that's a must-visit. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Ever-popular Pearl Street Grill and Brewery is just one of the bars near the First Niagara Center that's a must-visit. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Read:
*Smiles gallery at Love Fest in Pearl Street
*Pearl Street has levels of fun
*Photos inside Pearl Street Grill and Brewery
*Pearl Street in Buffalo's newest bar district

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Resurgence Brewing Co.
1250 Niagara St.
Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

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)

Read:
*Smiles gallery at Resurgence's Oktoberfest
*Brew reviews of WNY Schwarzbier and Ice Boom Bock
*Resurgence Brewing is a game-changer
*Scott Scanlon's first report on Resurgence
*Announcement that Resurgence was being built

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Rusty Nickel Brewing
4350 Seneca St., West Seneca
Hours: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 11:30 Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Guests hang out at the Rusty Nickel Brewing Company's opening party in May 2015. Sausage Fest is on Saturday. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

Guests hang out at the Rusty Nickel Brewing Company's opening party in May 2015. Sausage Fest is on Saturday. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

Read:
*Initial news report on Rusty Nickel Brewing
*Report just before Rusty Nickel's debut
*Smiles gallery at Rusty Nickel's grand opening

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Southern Tier Brewing Co.
2072 Stoneman Circle, Lakewood
Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood has fine-tuned its mass production. (Buffalo News file photo)

Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood has fine-tuned its mass production. (Buffalo News file photo)

Read:
*Southern Tier Brewing's national expansion plans
*Southern Tier's involvement in the One Buffalo beer
*Victory Brewing merges with Southern Tier
*Visit to brewery a main attraction in Lakewood (2012)

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Woodcock Brothers Brewery
638 Lake St., Wilson
Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday

Matt Redpath, head brewer at Woodcock Brothers Brewery in Wilson, examines the first glass of new tank of XPA. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Matt Redpath, head brewer at Woodcock Brothers Brewery in Wilson, examines the first glass of new tank of XPA. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Read:
*Woodcock's expansion plans
*The brewery's collaboration with Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
*Brew review: Porter at Woodcock Brothers
*Woodcock's opening in 2012

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Not yet open:

Brickyard Brewing Co. (late 2016)

Buffalo Brewing Company (mid-2016)

New Buffalo Brewing Company (unclear)

RiverWorks, via Pearl Street (unclear)

Thin Man Brewery (unclear)

West Shore Brewing (end of 2016)

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who promises that he is at least 21 years old, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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