Going Full Circle
42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora) will hold the second annual Full Circle Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. May 20. The beer festival is centered around sustainability in the brewing industry, held together with 16 other area breweries in 42 North’s biergarten.
A pig roast will be provided by local farmer and friend of the brewery, Gubi, who received all of 42 North’s spent grain to feed to his animals. Sides and sauces will be provided by the brewery’s in-house Root’s Kitchen. There will be live music in the biergarten from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. featuring a folk trio of local musicians including Tyler Wescott, Sean McNamara and Patrick Jackson.
Tickets are $30 advance, $35 at the door and can be purchased at 42 North or at FCF2017.eventbrite.com. Tickets include a souvenir sampling glass, beer tastings and a plate of the pig roast. Call 805-7500.
Double XING from Five & 20
Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing (8398 US-20, Westfield) will release its Double XING Double IPA (India Pale Ale) in bottles, as well as a limited draft release, on May 19. The beer weighs in at a hefty 7.5 percent ABV (alcohol by volume), and was brewed with New York-grown Nugget hops, Chinook and New York-grown Cascade varieties. This beer has a strong malt backbone to support the 80 IBUs (International Bittering Units), and features prominent flavors of grass, citrus and pineapple. Call 793-9463.
Five at Pizza Plant
Pizza Plant Canalside (125 Main St.) will host its latest Fab Five Series at 4 p.m. May 18. The series features five beers from Firestone Walker. The beers featured will be Bretta Rose (5.3 percent ABV barrel-aged Berlinerweisse with raspberries), Luponic Distortion: Resistance No. 005 (5.9 percent ABV American IPA), Parabola (14 percent ABV imperial oatmeal stout aged in bourbon barrels), Pivo Pils (5.3 percent ABV hoppy German Pilsner) and Easy Jack (4.5 percent ABV session IPA).
Also available will be a keg of Agrestic (6.6 percent ABV American wild ale) and bottles of Bretta Rose and Krieky Bones (5.7 percent ABV cherry wild ale). Call 626-5566.
New cans from Resurgence
Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.) has released the next in its series of 16-ounce cans, Cosmic Truth session IPA. Four packs of the cans are available at the brewery for $10.
The beer was initially brewed as part of the Ballpark Series produced in 2016 and available at Coca-Cola Field and area Consumers Beverages stores. The 4.3 percent ABV beer features New Zealand hops, and a lighter, more citrus-forward profile than its standard Resurgence IPA offering. Cosmic Truth T-shirts and coasters also are available. Call 381-9868.
TAP tap takeover
Local beers and breweries that were recognized with medals at the recent TAP New York festival will be part of a tap takeover at 5 p.m. May 18 at Coles (1104 Elmwood Ave.). The beers on tap will be: Cherry Vanilla Wheat and Water Mill Pils from 12 Gates Brewing Company; The Whale from Community Beer Works; Deep Cut and Towpath from Big Ditch Brewery; and Borderland IPA from 42 North Brewing Company. Call 886-1449.
Beer from Grimm Artisanal
Allen Burger Venture (175 Allen St.) will be tapping a large number of beers from Grimm Artisanal Ales out of Brooklyn at 5 p.m. May 19. Beers being tapped include Double Negative imperial stout, Lambo Door double IPA, Afterimage double IPA, Liquid Crystal hoppy farmhouse ale, and Rainbow Dome apricot sour ale. Call 768-0386.
Colter Bay takeover
Five taps at Colter Bay (561 Delaware Ave.) will be taken over by New York Beer Project at 5 p.m. May 18. The beers tapped will include Black Walnut Saison, Supernatural Passion Fruit Sour, Righteous Dude Imperial IPA, Walter Kolsch, and Walter’s Jelly Donut Raspberry Kolsch. Call 436-5197.
Saison from 12 Gates
Saison is the latest beer to be released from 12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Dr., East Amherst). The 5.6 percent ABV beer is based on the style of thirst-quenching Belgian ales brewed originally for farmhands and laborers to drink all summer long. The beer is refreshing and bright, with a slight hint of spiciness from the Belgian yeast. It will be on tap in the 12 Gates taproom as well as out for distribution to area bars and restaurants. Call 906-6600.
Big Ditch heads into Rochester
Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will officially launch its beers into the Rochester market beginning May 18. Through a partnership with Lake Beverage Corp., the brewery will be selling its Hayburner American IPA, Low Bridge Golden Ale and Excavator Rye Brown Ale in the area to start, with seasonals and limited beers added throughout the summer. Call 854-5050.