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Pearl Street Grill and Brewery (76 Pearl St.) turns 20 this fall, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28, it is throwing a party to celebrate. For the event, brewer Chris Herr dug through old records and found a recipe sheet for Batch #1, originally brewed on Sept. 5, 1997, when Pearl Street was on the verge of opening its doors. One of the original brewers listed on Batch #1…

New York Beer Project's zombie beer New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) will release its new Zombie Apricot Rum-Aged Farmhouse Ale at 5 p.m. Oct. 26. To celebrate the release, it will host an Adult Halloween Party on the second floor at 8 p.m. The party will include dancing to live music from Invisible Touch, and prizes for the best costumes. Call 743…

Karl Kolbe has spent many long days at the Barrel Factory over the past few months, getting Pressure Drop Brewing - named after barometric pressure readings and fluid dynamics principles - ready to make beer for the Buffalo-area and beyond. As a Kenmore expat living in Auburn, Calif., Kolbe took up homebrewing several years ago, won the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Homebrew …

Minkey Boodles sales benefit breast cancer research Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) is running a promotion through October. For each glass of its Minkey Boodle (sour raspberry beer) sold, $1 will be donated to Susan G. Komen Upstate New York for breast cancer research. Call 923-4100. Old First Ward frees the fruit Gene McCarthy’s (73 Hamburg St.) will hold i…

Clay Keel, chief brewing officer at 42 North, loves sour beer. At the beginning of our interview, the first thing he did was pour a sample of the brewery's latest barrel-aged sour beer, Wanderer, the 6 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) Belgian Blonde aged for 12 months in Chardonnay barrels that previously held Blackbird Cider Works’ cider. It tasted of hay, lemo…

Thin Man to throw Oktoberfest street festival Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) will hold its outdoor festival, Oktoberfest 2017, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15. Plenty of beer and traditional Oktoberfest-themed food will be available, along with a stein-hoisting competition, and authentic German music from The Ausländers. Tickets are $10 in advance (available …

12 Gates delivers the blues 12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive, East Amherst) will hold Rhythm ‘n’ Brews from noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 30. The event features live blues music all day, as well as the release of 12 Gates’ Dissolution, a 9.4 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) Baltic Porter aged on oak as well as Chinese Schisandra berries. Twenty-two-ounce bottl…

Woodcock welcomes all Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson) will hold its second annual New York Fall Beer Festival at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. See a Smiles gallery from the 2016 event. The event is open to the public; drink tickets cost $3 each and are good for a 5-ounce pour of any of the over 20 different fall beers (all from New York State) featured at the eve…

Woodcock to release improved take on IPA Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson) will launch its new year-round IPA (India pale ale) in cans at noon Sept. 16. The beer is a tweaked version of its XPA v.10, which was released in March, and features a citrusy, fruity and herbal nose with a pleasant bitterness and light mouthfeel. Cans will be available at the …

BNBA partners with Lyft Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association has announced a partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft, in an effort to provide safe travel options to brewery customers. New users that download the Lyft app and use promo code “BNBA” will get four $5 credits toward rides. A seasonal brew Perry's Pumpkin Pie Porter is the third beer in a coll…

Octoberfest release, Zwanze Day at Thin Man Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) will release its Octoberfest beer on Sept. 1. The 6.2 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) lager is a showcase for German malt and hops, and should pair perfectly with the cooler late summer weather. Thin Man also will host Cantillon’s Zwanze Day for the second year in a row. Limited tickets…

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…