Thin Man hosts Saison Day
Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) is one of a small number of breweries and bars across the United States selected to participate in Saison Day, a national event organized by one of the country’s top producers of Belgian-style ales, Allagash Brewing Company out of Portland, Maine. The event celebrates the style of saison (meaning “season” in French), which originated in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium. Saisons were brewed seasonally in the winter using ingredients farmers had left at the end of a harvest -- barley, rye, wheat, spelt -- and stored until the hot summer months for consumption.
The event takes place from noon to 8 p.m. April 8 at Thin Man and will feature a large array of beers from Allagash on tap. One of the brewers from Allagash will be present to answer questions. Thin Man also will release its new saison, Brett the Technique. This saison was made with a large amount of raw wheat and fermented with a traditional yeast. After initial fermentation, brewer Rudy Watkins split the batch four ways and used four distinct Brettanomyces (wild yeast) cultures to condition the beer. Watkins lead tastings of the four variants throughout the day.
Other beers on tap will include Thin Man Regicide (hoppy farmhouse ale), Blackberry Farms Classic Saison, Kent Falls Double Dry Hopped Farmers Table, Dieu Du Ciel Saison Du Parc, Oxbow Grizacca, as well as bottles of Oxbow and Fantome beers. There is no entry fee; pay as you go for the drinks. Call 923-4100.
Area brewers take over Coles
Cole’s (1104 Elmwood Ave.) is holding a local beer tap takeover starting at 11 a.m. April 8. The list includes more than 30 taps consisting of Buffalo area breweries including 12 Gates, 42 North, Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Flying Bison, New York Beer Project, Resurgence and Thin Man. There also will be cider on tap from Blackbird Cider Works. Call 886-1449.
42 North wins award for IPA
42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora) has been honored for its White Oak Borderland IPA (India Pale Ale). The beer was entered into the “Hops not Hoops” March Madness bracket for Specialty IPAs held by The Brewing News over the past few months. Bill Metzger from The Brewing News presented the brewery with the award at a tapping party on April 1. The brewery beat out many others to win this prestigious award including Elysian, Fat Heads and Two Roads. The IPA is on tap at the brewery. Call 805-7500.
NYBP hosts indoor beach party
New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport.) is holding an indoor Beach Margaritaville party on its second floor on April 8. The party bar will be open, beach attire is encouraged, and beach balls will be present. The Gimme Buffet band will begin playing at 8:30 pm. Call 743-6927.