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The night before Thanksgiving, is also known as the biggest bar drinking night of the year. Local breweries this year offer myriad options, listed below. Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will host its Stoutsgiving starting at 11 a.m. with eight stouts on tap including Bourbon Barrel-Aged Towpath Imperial Stout (10.6 percent ABV, aged in Woodford Reserve Barre…

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Thin Man knows its 'Wire' Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) will release cans of its latest collaboration, Fuzzy Dunlop, on Nov. 18. The beer was brewed together with Captain Lawrence Brewing Company (Elmsford, N.Y.), a 6.8 percent ABV unfiltered IPA (India pale ale) featuring Bravo, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Thin Man also has two new beers on tap: the return of Capt…

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Five & 20 throws Barrel Room Jam Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing (8398 W. Main St., Westfield) will celebrate Erie Craft Beer Week with its Barrel Room Jam from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17. The event will feature the return of the brewery’s BRETTANYORYCES beer - a 6.5 percent (alcohol by volume) rye pale ale aged in red wine barrels with wild yeast - as well as t…

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Roasty Alpaca on the move at CBW Community Beer Works (15 Lafayette Ave.) will release its Alpaca Porter in its taproom Nov. 10. Originally available only at Hydraulic Hearth in its satellite brewery, the 6.3 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) porter has developed a loyal following. The beer is dominated by roasty notes, with a sweet malt profile to balance the chocolat…

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Woodcock returns Stiff Mitten Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company (638 Lake St., Wilson) will release it annual winter seasonal brew Stiff Mitten at noon Oct. 28. The 7.2 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) winter ale has a reddish brown color and is brewed with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. Four packs of the 16-ounce cans will be avail for $9.99 (no limits). At 7…

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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’…

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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…

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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 …

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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 its…

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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, lemon,…

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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 a…

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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 bottles wil…

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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…

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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 …

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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 collabor…