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Beer news: St. Patrick's Day parties at Ebenezer, 42 North, more

A Southtowns party

Boasting the “largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Southtowns," Ebenezer Ale House (4348 Seneca St., West Seneca) will host its annual Irish-themed party starting at 1 p.m. March 18. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the bar in advance and the day of the event.

The party will feature beer from Rusty Nickel Brewing Company along with beer-braised corned beef, raffles and giveaways. Live music is by Strictly Hip and the Dave Matthews’ cover band The Dreaming Tree. The Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes & Drums also will provide entertainment.

Rusty Nickel has brewed a special beer for the event, an Irish red ale dubbed Red Beer’d. Named after head brewer Dave Johnson’s very red beard, it has a slightly malty profile with a wildflower honey finish.

A portion of ticket proceeds will go to Wings Flights of Hope, a charitable organization that provides emergency air transportation to those in need. Call 674-2337.

42 North

From noon until close on March 17, 42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora) will be hosting a St. Paddy’s Day celebration featuring two pilot batches and a cask of ale. The two pilot batches are Fenian Raid Irish stout on nitro (4.5 percent ABV) and Leann Dearg Irish red ale (5.5 percent ABV).

On cask will be a special Irish stout that has been dry-hopped with El Dorado hops (5.5 percent ABV). Local group Never Ben performs from 7 to 11 p.m. Call 805-7500.

Red Head Amber Ale in cans

Hot on the heels of its recent XPA (experimental pale ale) can releases, Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson) has released its Red Head Amber ale in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. The beer is a medium-bodied red ale based on English traditions, designed to be a “level up” for beer drinkers who are just starting to enjoy craft beers. Look for it in stores within the next few weeks as it begins distribution.

The brewery will also be releasing a one-off batch of Belgian IPA (6.7 percent ABV) brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Chinook hop varieties, and liberally dry-hopped with more Simcoe. The intensely fruity IPA has a great malt balance with a hint of Belgian yeast on the finish. It will be available at the brewery March 17. Call 333-4000.

Pan-Am's taste of the Irish

The Pan-American Grill & Brewery (391 Washington St.) will be holding its fifth annual St. Paddy’s Day party from 2 to 6 p.m. March 19. The free event features live entertainment by O’Braca and the Irish dance group Clann na Cara. Irish food, including corned beef, will be available as well as $3.50 pint specials on Pan-American’s beers such as the award-winning Terminitor IPA (India pale ale). Call 856-0062.

12 Gates taps St. Patrick’s beer

12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville) is releasing a special taproom-only beer at noon March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day. Brewed on the brewery’s smaller pilot system, the beer is an Irish dry stout (4.7 percent ABV). It will be served on the nitro tap for a creamy mouthfeel and classic head. (Unfortunately, this means no growler fills will be available.) Call 906-6600.

Muskoka Brewery sponsors Dart Night

Muskoka Brewery from Braceridge, Ont. will be teaming up with World of Beer (1 Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga) to sponsor Thursday Dart Nights. The event take place from 7 to 10 p.m. every Thursday and will feature $5 pints of Muskoka beer and prizes from the brewery. Call 683-0947.

Enjoy Kegs and Eggs

Four Mile Brewing (202 E. Greene St., Olean) will host its annual Kegs and Eggs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The event will feature live music by Ryan Melquist, Molly and The Lavender Kings, and Nick Kody.

Four Mile’s menu will feature traditional Irish dishes including bangers and eggs, corned beef hash, Reuben sandwiches and Irish stew.

As part of the festivities, Four Mile will be releasing its Red Arm Ale, a 5.5 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) red ale. Sales from this beer will go to benefit Mercy Flight of Western New York. Call 373-2337.

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