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Winter beer for hops fans There is a new beer for hop fans at 42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora): the winter version of the brewery’s Enforcer double IPA (India Pale Ale). This rotating series changes seasonally. The first (fall) version featured Galaxy hops. For the winter version, this drinkable 10 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) hop bomb feature…

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Big Ditch cans Deep Cut Music to its fans’ ears, Big Ditch Brewing Co. (55 E. Huron St.) is finally canning its award-winning double IPA (India Pale Ale), Deep Cut. The cans go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 4. There will be a one case limit per customer (subject to change based on yield and demand) as the brewery expects to have about 200 cases available for sale. The tr…

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NYBP porter pairings Always hungry for new ways to present beers to thirsty drinkers, New York Beer Project is launching Porter Pairings, a week-long event featuring two new porter recipes accompanied by food pairings. The new porters are a robust American Porter (stronger, darker and more roasty), and a traditional English Porter (more chocolatey and drinkable). The…

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Honoring Kevin Wise Kevin Wise was a teacher, beloved member of the beer community and contributing beer writer for The Buffalo News who died last year. On Jan. 21, Flying Bison Brewing Co. will honor Wise with an event, Day-Drinking with Monks, that will also raise money to help his family. At a homebrewer’s picnic last summer, Wise collaborated with Andrew Hardin…

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NYBP's 'Beerversary' 11 a.m. on Jan. 19 at New York Beer Project, 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport (743-6927) Having already celebrated the anniversary of the tap room’s opening, New York Beer Project is gearing up for a second anniversary to commemorate when its house beers first flowed through the taps. The special event will involve several special beers. An An…

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MyCity Brew is gearing up to make its final selection before brewing Buffalo’s first publicly chosen craft beer. The beer company has gone through several rounds of voting since January 2015 (you may have seen ballot boxes at various bars and beer stops throughout the greater Buffalo area). The people have spoken, and they've selected a lager. Now, it is time to se…

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Many breweries are gearing up for New Year’s Eve parties. Here are a few to check out if you are still looking for somewhere to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017. Rusty Nickel Brewing Company ’70s Bash, 4350 Seneca St., West Seneca This 1970s-themed party starts at 9 p.m. and will include catered food, an open bar with New York State craft beer, wine, spiri…

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Growing demands are leading to big changes at Woodcock Brewing in Wilson. Unable to keep up with demand for its beers, including Niagara Lager, the brewery increased its capacity earlier this year by adding three large fermentation tanks within its 50,000-square-foot facility. These tanks will allow the brewery to ferment more beers simultaneously. Woodcock also has als…

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A new Hungarian beer collaboration 42 North has teamed up with Reketye, a craft brewery from Budapest, Hungary. Assistant brewer Naz Drebot is from Ukraine, and worked with the brewers from Reketye while in Europe this past summer. This collaboration beer is Hibiscus Kiss, a double-strength Belgian witbier brewed with barley, wheat, oats, German Hallertau Blanc and U…

Bring a toy to homebrews competition 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St., (200-1893) The Sultans of Swig homebrew club is hosting the second annual Dears Beers and Cheers Homebrew Competition to benefit the Matt Urban Center’s Hope House, a homeless shelter for women and children. Local homebrewers are competing by donating a keg of their beer …

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Buffalo Brewing Company adds beers, hours Larkinville’s newest brewery, Buffalo Brewing Company (314 Myrtle Ave.), has two new beers - 1901 and 1910. 1901 is an India Pale Ale clocking in at 7 percent ABV. The beer weighs 92 IBUs (International Bittering Units). That is an intensely high bitterness level, so fans of hoppy and bitter IPAs will be in for a treat. …

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Happy birthday 12 Gates 12:12 p.m. Dec. 12 at 12 Gates Brewing Company, 80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville (906-6600) 12 Gates is turning a year old and in keeping with its fascination with the number 12, it is opening early at 12:12 p.m. Dec. 12 for a party. 12 Gates has been leading up to this event with the 12 Gates of Christmas, which started Dec. 1 with a new beer re…

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Big Ditch in cans 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at East Aurora Cooperative Market, 591 Main St, East Aurora (655-2667) If you’re shopping in East Aurora, you can enjoy a few sips while doing so. The East Aurora Cooperative Market will host Big Ditch Brewing Company, which  will be serving samples of its core lineup of beers available in six-packs of cans. The beers are: •…

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Flying Bison Brewing Company has released this year’s version of the popular Private Stache Spot Coffee Stout. This is actually an imperial oatmeal milk stout, so it already is a doozy. It is stronger than the average beer at 8 percent ABV. The oatmeal is brewed with flaked oats for a creamy body, strong head retention and a nutty character; and the milk has lactose s…

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Pearl Street celebrates 19 years 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St. (856-2337) Celebrating an impressive 19 years since opening its doors, the still-thriving downtown brewery has created a special beer to commemorate this landmark. Called Liquid Courage, it's a strong imperial stout (10.2 percent ABV) brewed with oatmeal. The beer…