A new XPA from Woodcock
Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson) will release its XPA 12.0 at noon June 2 in cans and on draft. The 12th version of the brewery’s east coast India Pale Ale uses Citra, Ekuanot and Azacca hops for a plethora of tropical and citrusy flavors with a juicy mouthfeel. The beer is limited, so arrive early; there is a one case limit per person. Call 333-4000.
Happy anniversary, Rusty Nickel
Rusty Nickel Brewing Company (4350 Seneca St., West Seneca) will hold its second anniversary party from noon t0 11 p.m. June 3. The beer list will feature the release of seasonal Fuzzy Navel Wheat, as well as the latest in the FemALE series. Cocktails made with local spirits and local wines will also be available. There will be live music and food options from Ebenezer Ale House. Tickets are $10 (available at the brewery in advance or at the door) and include your first pint and a logoed pint glass. Call 608-6155.
Five and 20 opens eatery
Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing (8398 US-20, Westfield) has officially opened its eatery, Bird, for the summer. Bird focuses on seasonal and locally grown ingredients from farmers, foragers and fishermen, and will be offered at the brewery’s patio and courtyard (with covered seating available). Cocktails featuring Five & 20 spirits also will be available. Call 793-9463.
Rock the Gates
The second annual Rock the Gates will be held from noon to 11 p.m. June 3 at 12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville). Featuring 1980s and '90s throwback music, the festival also will contain a full tap list. There will also be a special release of 22-ounce bottles of Ancient Chaos, a dark saison ($12, 8.3 percent alcohol by volume, only 200 bottles available), which has notes of dark fruit and smoky spiciness, and a warming finish from aging in Pinot Noir barrels from Leonard Oakes Estate Winery. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door and include a pint glass and one beer; VIP packages are available. A full lineup of food trucks will be at the event. Call 906-6600 or visit rockthegates.com.
Resurgence releases CitMo
Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.) will release a very limited small run of its popular CitMo IPA (6.5 percent ABV, featuring Citra and Mosaic hops) in 16-ounce cans at noon June 3. Four packs of the cans will be on sale for $10 each. Call 381-9868.
Laugh it up at Four Mile
Four Mile Brewing (202 E. Greene St., Olean) will host a Comedy Super Friends! The event has performances at 6:30 and 9 p.m. June 3 by comedians including Olean native Seneca Stone in the brewery’s second floor banquet room. Tickets are on sale at eventbrite.com for $20, which covers admission and one beer. Call 373-2337.