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Movie on brew-crazed city, smoked beer coming to Buffalo

A homegrown documentary about the beer-loving city of Bamberg, Germany is having its North
American premiere in Western New York next week - accompanied by appropriate beverages.

The film explores the 900-year brewing history of the Bavarian city, known for
its rauchbiers, which have a smoky flavor from the fire-dried barleys used in their brewing.
There's 10 breweries in the city of 70,000 residents, which stands out even in that beer-crazy

"Bamberg: A City Built on Beer" is a 90-minute film with English subtitles, with a trailer
available at It's showing in Rochester's The Little Theatre on Sat., April 2,
then April 7 in Buffalo, in Cole's, 1104 Elmwood Ave.

There's only about 100 tickets for the Coles event, warned organizer Willard Brooks. He's
part of a crew of craft brew evangelists who are getting the film shown in North America for
the first time. "Among beer geeks, Bamberg is known," said Brooks. Now everyone else has a chance to catch up.

Brooks pointed out that some of Buffalo's own Flying Bison beer uses malt from Bamberg - so Buffalo's drinkers are already enjoying the Bavarian taste, whether they know it or not.

The screenings are just two of the Bamberg related events coming up:

   April 2: Film screening at The Little Theater, 7 p.m. Tickets $10, reserve at 585-232-3906.

   April 5: A special Bavarian style pizza (Zwiebelkuchen) paired with a Franconian-style
Kellerbier on tap at the Pizza Plant, 5110 Main St., Williamsville. For more information: call

   April 6: Dinner at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St., with a presentation by
Buffalo brewing historians Dave Mik and Peter Jablonski on historical Buffalo beer styles.
Filmmakers will be present. Special Bavarian Helles beer on tap. Presentation begins 7 p.m.
For more information: 856-2337.

   April 7: Coles hosts a 7 p.m. screening of "Bamburg: A City Built on Beer" with a buffet
dinner and Bamberg beers. Beers on tap from Schlenkerla, Mahr's, and Spezial. Tickets $25,
including a buffet, three Bamberg beer pours, and the film screening. For more information:

   April 8, 9: Food and beer of Bamberg at the Blue Monk, 727 Elmwood Ave., at Friday evening
dinner and Saturday lunch. Call Blue Monk for details: 882-6665.

   April 9: Film crew appears at the Buffalo Science Museum's annual Beerology event. Good
news: Bamberg beer will be on tap. Bad: Event is already sold out.

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