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Beer news, events: Flying Bison, Old First Ward Brewing

Flying Bison's Pils, Pierogi and Polka

On 1 to 5 p.m. April 15, Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) will host its annual Pierogi and Pils celebration. Tickets are $20 and include food from Ru’s Pierogi, paczki from Mazurek’s Bakery and two drink tickets, available via

Ru’s Food Truck will also be on site for those wishing to purchase additional food. On tap will be the brewery’s Polonia Pils, brewed just in time for Dyngus day, along with Barrel Roll Maibock and 716 Kolsch.

Music will be provided by Polka fusion group Those Idiots, pussy willows will be provided, and red and white attire is encouraged. All ages are welcome, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Call 873-1557.

Old First Ward Brewing's Barleywine Festival

Old First Ward Brewing Company at Gene McCarthy’s (73 Hamburg St.) will host a Barleywine Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. April 15. Tickets are $25, available via, and include a souvenir tasting glass, 10 3-ounce pours of unique and rare barleywines from across the country, and a small artisan cheese plate.

Barleywines are the strongest class of ales, using significantly more malt and hops to boost the alcohol upwards of 9 percent ABV, and are packed with rich flavor. Call 855-8948.

Big Ditch releases Pils, Deep Cut and new IPAs

Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) is releasing its 5.3 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) pilsner, dubbed Electric District Pils, on April 11. The beer is light on the palate, featuring a delicate crackery malt profile, complemented by floral and spicy hop flavors.

On April 15, Big Ditch is releasing another batch of its Deep Cut double IPA (India Pale Ale) in cans at the brewery beginning at noon. Roughly 50 cases will be made available.

In addition, Big Ditch will have three small batch Innovation Series IPAs on draft. The first is the return of Trois IPA, fermented with a fruity yeast and packed with Azacca, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Zeus hops creating a light, melony, and dank tasting IPA.

The second beer is dubbed Non-Trois IPA, which is the same as Trois IPA, yet fermented with the brewery’s standard house yeast. The third beer is a new New England-style IPA featuring Hallertau Blanc, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops. Call 854-5050.

Thin Man Cinema Club

Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) will run the latest in its Cinema Club series at 10 a.m. April 12.

For this installment, the brewery will be showing movies from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. The movies will be shown with full sound in the second-floor projection room. Call 923-4100.

Community Beer Works releases Polish smoked beer

Community Beer Works (15 Lafayette Ave.) is releasing its traditional Polish smoked wheat beer -- a style called Grätzer -- at 11 a.m. April 15. The beer will be released at the brewery, but also at Ru’s Pierogi (295 Niagara St.) as well as at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Ave.).

The Grätzer is only 3.8 percent ABV, suited for drinking in large quantities, and has a light tart smoky flavor from the smoked malt used in the mash. Call 759-4677.

42 North Brewer’s Corner

42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora) is hosting its monthly Brewer’s Corner Seminar at 11 a.m. April 15. This free event is open to the public and will feature Brian from Let’s Do Wine / Buffalo Brewshop.

The topic is “New 2 Brew” and will be an introductory homebrewing course lasting approximately one hour. There will also be a raffle for a homebrew kit. Call 805-7500.

Resurgence releases new beers

Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.) has two new beers on tap now. The first is an altbier, a German style ale known for a pronounced bitterness and a smooth nutty malt character (4.8 percent ABV).

The second beer is a Kottbüsser, another German style that utilizes oats, molasses and honey to give it an increased body and sweetness over its cousin, the Kolsch-style ale (5.5 percent ABV). Call 381-9868.

The altbier and kottbusser, two new brews released by Resurgence. (via Resurgence)

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