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Cider is pouring, too, at Art of Beer

The Art of Beer isn’t just about beer.

Yes, the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center’s annual fundraiser happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday is a beer-centered event, offering ticket-holders a chance to try more than 50 kinds of beer, as well as a dozen snack stops.

The event, now in its ninth year, also offers tastes of local cider from Chateau Buffalo. Carl Schmitter, whose Buffalo-based winery has been producing wine since 2005 and hard ciders for the last six years, will be offering samples of three cider varieties. He’ll be pouring Perry Pirouette, a pear cider, a new Northern Spy variety, and a naturally carbonated sparkling cider called Promenade.

“We get our grapes from all over the area, Chautauqua, Finger Lakes, Erie,” Schmitter said. “The ciders are sourced from Niagara County, through Blackman Farms.” Farmer Bob Blackman gets the apples pressed for him, and he turns the juice into bottled cider at his Niagara Frontier Food Terminal facility (1500 Clinton St., Suite 175).

The event also includes music from Electric Rodeo, a show of brew-inspired wearable art from Hip Gypsy and Mary Grace Design Studio, plus brewing art and memorabilia from the Simon Pure Collection. After a beer-making demonstration by Niagara Tradition Home Brew, someone will take home a free brew kit.

Beer and food also will be provided by Big Ditch Brewing Company, Barker Brewing Co., Buffalo Wild Wings, CB Craft Brewers, Community Beer Works, Certo Brothers Distributing, Consumers Beverages, Flying Bison Brewery, Old First Ward Brewing, Pan American Grill & Brewery, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Woodcock Brothers Brewery, Resurgence Brewing, Try-It Distributing, Brickyard Pub & BBQ, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, NACC Artisan Café, Red Coach Inn, Hard Rock Café, Great Lakes Brewing News, Simon Pure Collectors and Niagara Tradition Home Brewing.

Tickets are $35 at the door, or $30 advance at the NACC (1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls), Niagara Tradition Home Brewing (1296 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda) and Marketside Restaurant (712 E. Market St., Niagara Falls). For info, visit


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