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Five & 20 welcomes new brewer Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing (8398 W. Main St., Westfield) has a new head brewer in Paul Alessi. Alessi started as an intern at the brewery where he apprenticed under original brewer Jimmy Walsh (who has accepted a brewing position at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Virginia). Alessi graduated from the Erie Community Colleg…

Dr. Oktavius arrives Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) will release its new pilsner beer, Dr. Oktavius, on Aug. 25. The 4.7 percent ABV was brewed in collaboration with Widawa, which is the No. 1 rated brewery in Poland. It was brewed with Oktawia hops from Poland. Call 923-4100. New from Big Ditch Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will release Beauti…

Buffalo Beer Goddesses Back for another year is the second annual Tour de Cask festival at Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept 3. The event is organized by the Buffalo Beer Goddesses, and is a fundraiser for the group’s Cicerone Scholarship program. Tickets are limited, include a half pint of each cask and food, cost $30 ($25 for BBG…

A new Game Time brew Hamburg Brewing Company (6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg) will launch its collaboration beer with WGR 550, Game Time, on Aug. 4. The style of American pale ale was chosen, in part, to help represent the adoration for great beer combined with the die-hard loyalty for area sports. The beer features a moderate malt backbone, with a low level of bi…

Baltic Porter released Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) will hold its annual “Roll Out the Barrel” party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 20. The party coincides with the release of the winning Erie County Fair homebrew competition beer, which this year is a Baltic Porter recipe by Sean Wall. Due to the beer’s high alcohol by volume, Flying Bison also brewe…

Try a pour at Moor Pat Moor Pat (78 E. Spring St., Williamsville) is holding a Bottle Blowout to free up shelf space for more delicious craft beer from 1 to 4 p.m. July 15. For $40, attendees will receive one pour from each of 18 different hard-to-find bottles from breweries in the United States and Europe. The beers include Cantillon Vigneronne (Lambic), Fantome Pissen…

Corn hole, music and more at Flying Bison Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) will be hosting its Thirsty Thursday Corn Hole Tournament from 6 to 8 p.m. July 6, and every following Thursday until September. The tournament costs $10 per person per day, which gets participants three beers of their choice, and a chance to win a free growler and fill (per per…

Big Ditch Packet returns Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) is re-releasing its popular Packet, the first in its Lock IPA (India Pale Ale) Series. It coincides with the latest release of fresh cans of its award-winning Deep Cut Double IPA. Four-packs of the 16-ounce cans of both beers will be sold starting at 11 a.m. June 30 for $14.99. Both beers will have bee…

New barrel-aged IPA Buffalo Brewing Company (314 Myrtle Ave.) will release its 1901 IPA (India Pale Ale) aged in Buffalo Distilling bourbon barrels on June 29. Customers can purchase a three-pack of crowlers from the brewery and save $5. Call 868-2218. Downtown bar crawl The second annual Big Fat Sunday Funday Bar Crawl is from noon to 6 p.m. June 25. The event wi…

Cruise with Pizza Plant Pizza Plant is hosting its annual Craft Beer 'N Wine Dinner Cruise from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 21 at the Erie Basin Marina (329 Erie St.). Four craft beers will be on tap aboard the Miss Buffalo 2, along with a selection of wines. Tickets are $60 (via eventbrite.com) and include four drink tickets, Pizza Plant buffet and live music. Call 632-…

Science and beer Explore the science of craft beer from 5 to 8 p.m. June 9 at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (700 Ellicott St.). Join HWI researchers and 14 area breweries, cideries and distributors at the event. Food from Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, music by Tim Britt and a customized tasting glass are included with your ticket ($40, available at hwi.bu…

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…

Big Ditch tap room turns 2 Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) is throwing a party to celebrate the second anniversary of its tap room and brewery from 5 to 8 p.m. May 25. The party features the release of GP2H (Good Problems to Have), a triple rice 11 percent ABV IPA hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Falconer’s Flight on draft only. Limited edition T-shirts …

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, w…

Local breweries take honors at state event Area breweries received numerous accolades at the recent Tap New York Craft Beer and Food Festival in Hunter, N.Y. 12 Gates Brewing Company received two medals: a bronze medal for its Water Mill Pils in the light/dark/strong lagers category, and a gold medal for its Cherry Vanilla Wheat in the wheat beers category. Big …