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Food and Drink

Hotel restaurants are often culinary ambassadors of the local community. But while they feature examples of the local cuisine, there aren’t many that also highlight local beverages. Still fewer brew their own. Lafayette Brewing Company, on the first floor of the Hotel @ the Lafayette and armed with a 15-barrel brewing system, plays the part of brewery, tasting room and …

Food and Drink

Brewing beer began as just a hobby for John Russo Jr. But when a friend suggested that he turn his hobby into a business, he and his dad, John Russo Sr., took the idea seriously. The Hamburg natives traveled around Western New York looking for the best place to build their own brewery. Then, they realized that the perfect spot was in their own backyard. "Hamburg defi…

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If Willy Wonka was a brewer instead of a chocolatier, his factory might have looked like the two-story building towering over Transit Road in Lockport with a bright clock hanging over the main entrance and a warm glow emitting from the inside. The New York Beer Project is impossible to miss from any of the 30,000 cars that drive by daily. The inside is a veritable playg…

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Disco funk takes over Buffalo on Aug. 11 when the arrival of two iconic groups - Earth, Wind and Fire plus CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers. Earth, Wind and Fire is best known for 1970’s hits like “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “That’s the Way of the World” (1975) and “Shining Star” (1975). The latter two songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 and 2007 r…

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There are 26 garden gnomes hidden around Resurgence Brewing Company’s taproom. Or maybe there are 30. Head brewer and self-proclaimed “beer monkey” Dave Collins hasn’t bothered to count – he’s happy to go with what people have told him. “They just show up,” he said, laughing. “One day they’re not here and the next day they’re here.” [PHOTO GALLERY: Bar Tab: Resurg…

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Scott Stapp is best known for his time as the lead singer of Creed. His growling, gravely voice is most recognizable in '90s and 2000s chart-topping power ballads like “With Arms Wide Open.” In recent years, though, Stapp has been touring solo. The Grammy award-winning musician’s "Live and Unplugged" spring tour will be stopping on May 24 at the Riviera Theatre in North…

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When Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West started working together, they didn’t have world tours or Billboard 100 ranking albums on their mind. The London-based musicians started out with the simple plan of producing one song a month as a music writing exercise. The pair, making up the alternative pop band Oh Wonder, owe the success of their self-titled debut album a…

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True to the still-decommercialized nature of their genre, you won’t likely hear their music on radio. But when Bayside and co-headliners Say Anything hit Buffalo for a May 10 show, Town Ballroom is likely to be jammed with devoted fans. Many of those fans will be in their mid-20s or older and have grown up with Bayside, which first entered the scene in 2004 with its  de…

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You won’t find a bartender in Rusty Nickel Brewing Company. But you will find “brewtenders,” called this because every person who serves beer at Rusty Nickel has a hand in brewing it. Each brewtender also is required to go through the first level of Cicerone training - think beer sommelier - to become a certified beer server. This training covers every aspect of serv…