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Beer news: Gene McCarthy's, Resurgence, Colter Bay and more

New line of cans from Resurgence

Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.) is launching a new line of 16-ounce cans of its beers. The first beer to be released will be Irish Breakfast Ale on Feb. 18. It is a full-bodied red ale with note of maple, bacon and coffee and has 5.5 percent alcohol by volume.

A second version of the breakfast ale, which is Imperial barrel-aged and 9.5 percent ABV, will be available in 22-ounce bottles.

The brewery plans to release a new can in the series every few months, approximately. The tentative schedule of releases is as follows:

  • Cosmic Truth (Session IPA) - late April.
  • Citmo (Citra Mosaic IPA) - week before Memorial Day.
  • Lime Berliner Weisse - third week of June.
  • Vanilla Cappuccino Ale - shortly before Labor Day.
  • Head in the Clouds (Double IPA) - to be announced.

The cans will be available for purchase in four-packs for $10 at the brewery, or in various retail outlets. Each run will only produce approximately 200 cases, so availability will be fairly limited. Call 381-9868.

Winter Hop Fest

The second annual Winter Hop Fest, hosted by Gene McCarthy’s (73 Hamburg St.), is taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets are $25 (via eventbrite.com only), and will get you a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited 4-ounce samples of hoppy beers from 13 local breweries. You will also be entered into raffles for various brewery swag and rare India Pale Ales.

The festival takes place in the beer garden outside, so dress appropriately. Lockhouse Distillery will be at the bar inside serving sample of “hopped-up” spirits, and cups of piping hot chili will be available for $3. Call 855-8948.

Four Mile Fest [Update: This event has been canceled]

On Feb. 18, Four Mile Brewing (202 E. Greene St., Olean) is hosting a winter festival in its outdoor beer garden. The event is free to attend, and will feature an ice bar and outdoor winter games. Call 373-2337.

New from 42 North Brewing

Five Cow Farm Maple Porter is the newest from 42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora). The 9 percent ABV robust porter has flavors of mocha, coffee, black cherries, maple syrup and smoke.

Alex Sowyrda, 42 North’s director of Recipe Development, helped produce this recipe based on a tradition of homebrewing with maple sap and creek water for many years. A short video was released to demonstrate the labor required to create the beer, which can be viewed on the brewery’s YouTube channel. Call 805-7500.

Smiles at the 42 North first birthday party. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

[PHOTOS: Smiles at 42 North's first birthday party]

Founders takes over Colter Bay

On Feb. 18, Colter Bay (561 Delaware Ave.) will be hosting an all-day tap takeover featuring Founders Brewing Co. from Grand Rapids, Mich. Beers will include Kentucky Breakfast Stout, All Day IPA and Watermelon Gose (normally exclusive to Founders’ tap room). Call 436-5197.

Popular Allentown restaurant Colter Bay reopened Nov. 25, with its draft selection broadened to 44 taps, including eight ciders. (Photo: Colter Bay Buffalo)

[RELATED: Colter Bay reopens with craft beer, ski lodge touches]

New at Big Ditch

Hot on the heels of its Deep Cut can release, Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) has released the 2017 version of its Galaxy Red ale. The 7 percent ABV red ale is loaded with tropical flavors from numerous additions of Galaxy hops, yielding flavors of pineapple, mango and papaya.

The brewery also has a new offering: Short Cut Session IPA. This 5 percent hop-forward beer is a miniature version of its popular Deep Cut Double IPA, and features a similar citrus and tropical fruit profile wrapped in a lighter, more drinkable malt body. Call 854-5050.

Smiles at the opening of the Big Ditch Brewing Beer Hall. (Dan Cappellazzo/Special to The News)

[PHOTOS: A look at Big Ditch's relatively new Beer Hall]

Cajun flavors at food and beer pairing

New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) is presenting a four-course Cajun-inspired food and beer pairing dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 21.

The courses are: Louisiana crab Maison salad paired with GameDay Belgian White, shrimp and andouille sausage over cheesy grits paired with Hamilton American Porter, crispy chicken confit paired with Destination IPA, and bananas foster paired with NYBP Mexican Imperial Stout (10.1 percent ABV stout aged on American oak, vanilla beans, Ancho chilies, cacao nibs and Ceylon cinnamon).

Tickets are $55, available via eventbrite.com. Call 743-6927.

Two new beers at 12 Gates

12 Gates Brewing (80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville) is launching two new beers. Wind Forge IPA is now available in the taproom, and will start being distributed to area bars and retail outlets the week of Feb. 20.

The 6.2 percent ABV IPA features numerous fruity and tropical hops, along with sweet orange peel to create a New England-style IPA with a noticeable haziness and soft mouthfeel. The second beer is the latest in the brewery’s rotating fruit wheat series, Apricot Wheat.

The 4.8 percent ABV ale features German malts and Apricot flavor, and will be available both in the taproom and around town the week of Feb. 20. Call 906-6600.

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