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Beer notes: 12 Gates cherry porter, wild beers at Thin Man

By Alex Placito
Special to The News

Oktoberfest season starts in September, and Buffalo-area craft beer lovers have plenty of ways to celebrate.

12 Gates Tap Takeover at Salumeria Belsito
7 - 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at Salumeria Belsito, 1368 Hertel Ave., (240-9273)

The Hertel Italian bar is hosting yet another tap takeover, this time featuring 12 Gates Brewing Company. The restaurant will be serving up three different beers from the Williamsville brewery, including a special tart cherry porter.

Wet-Hopped IPA is to be released Sept. 16, available only at Woodcock Brothers in Wilson. (photo courtesy of Woodcock Brothers)

Wet-Hopped IPA is to be released Sept. 16, available only at Woodcock Brothers in Wilson. (Photo courtesy of Woodcock Brothers)

Woodcock Releasing Wet-Hopped IPA
5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Woodcock Brothers, 638 Lake St., Wilson (333-4000)

Woodcock continues to pump out the jams. Its latest is to be released Sept. 16, a wet-hopped IPA made with Western New York grown Chinook hops.

“Wet-hopped” IPAs are made with hops that are fresh off the bine, as opposed to most hops, which are dried, pelletized and vacuum-packed for storage. This fresh take on hopping beers lends a unique grassy character that is fleeting, as wet-hopped beers can only be produced once a year during the hop harvest.

“Terroir” is something familiar in the wine world, but rarely do we get to taste a beer with a distinctly Western New York quality.

Due to the limited amount produced, this beer will only be available at the brewery in Wilson. Pints and growler fills will be available for purchase.

River Fest Park Oktoberfest
5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 17 at River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. (882-1818)

Celebrating “Halfway to St. Patty’s Day,” this event will benefit the Kevin Guest House. Tickets are $40 per person in advance (available via the website or by phone). Food includes traditional German sausage from Spar’s European Deli; drink includes Flying Bison Bisonfest, wine from On the Rox Liquors and samples from the Genesee Brew House. The German American Musicians will provide entertainment.

The Kevin Guest House was founded by Claudia and Cyril Garvey of Sharon, Pa. in honor of their son Kevin who passed away in January 1972 at the age of 13, after an 18-month fight against leukemia. Located at 782 Ellicott St., more than 53,000 guests have stayed including guests from 49 states, Canada, and 11 other countries.

Allagash Wild Beers at Thin Man Brewery
5 p.m. Sept 19 at Thin Man Brewery, 492 Elmwood Ave. (923-4100)

Fans of Belgian and sour beers, rejoice. A boat-load of beers from Allagash Brewing Company, in Portland, Maine, will be on tap at Thin Man Brewery. Many of these beers have sour or funky characteristics due to the use of bacteria or the wild yeast Brettanomyces (Brett).

Kegs include Farm to Face (wild ale with peaches), Monmouth (sour red in apple brandy barrels), Northman (Belgian dark strong ale), Golden Brett (golden ale aged in oak barrels), Midnight Brett (dark ale with Brett), Victor (ale brewed with red grapes), Victoria (ale brewed with white grapes), Fluxus (ale brewed with ginger and aged in oak Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin barrels), James Bean (ale aged in bourbon barrels with cold brewed coffee), Confluence (dry-hopped mixed fermentation ale) and Tiarna (blended oak-aged and 100 percent Brett beers).

Also, One (100 percent Brett India Pale Ale [IPA] with Citra and Galaxy hops), Avance (sour ale aged in bourbon barrels with strawberries), Little Brett (100 percent Mosaic Brettanomyces beer), Aventureux (Belgian-style stout aged in rye whiskey barrels) and Dougernaut (Belgian-style stout blended with cold brew coffee).

This will be a pay-as-you-go event, with no entry fee. Five-ounce samples of the beers will be available.

Resurgence Oktoberfest
Noon to close Sept. 17 at Resurgence Brewing Company, 1250 Niagara St. (381-9868)

Promising one of the wildest Oktoberfest parties in Buffalo, Resurgence will host its third annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 17. Events run all day including a men’s and women’s stein-hoisting competition. There will be live music, a yodeling contest, bag toss and a costume contest so feel free to dress up in your best lederhosen or dirndl outfits.

Beer will be available inside as well as via an outdoor beer truck. Food will include slow-smoked barbecue from Wayno’s BBQ. While it’s not traditional German fare, it’s being heralded as some of the best southern barbecue in the area. A dessert food truck will be on hand. Admission is $10 at the door which gets you a commemorative stein including your first fill-up, and 50 cents off stein-fulls thereafter.

Two seasonal beers will be available:

• Oktoberfest (Marzen-style lager): Traditionally malt-forward with a complex biscuit/caramel profile. 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
• Autumn saison (Belgian-style saison): Offering notes of tangerine and orange peel, as well as fall spices of allspice and nutmeg. 5 percent ABV.

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