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Beer matters: 42 North, Big Ditch pairing dinner, more

*NEW BREWERY OPENING
42 North Brewing
25 Pine St., East Aurora

Just this past week, another Southtown brewery opened its doors to thirsty patrons. Located at 25 Pine Street in East Aurora, 42 North is currently stocking 10 taps, including a brown ale that tastes like an oatmeal cookie, and a malt-heavy red ale named Batch Zero. Chief Brewing Officer Clay Keel and Chief of Recipe Development Alex Sowyrda also have many other beers on tap, including guest taps from Ithaca Beer Company.

Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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EVENT: Beer History Lecture
6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25
Buffalo Beer Book Lecture, featuring Ethan Cox
Location: World of Beer in Walden Galleria Mall, Cheektowaga

Are you old enough to recall sipping a beer made by Simon Pure or Iroquois Brewing?  These two, and many other successful breweries, formerly resided right here in Buffalo.

But chances are many Buffalonians are too young to remember these breweries, as they shut down in the early 1970s.  You’ve probably driven by one of these old buildings on your way to work and not realized it used to house a brewery.

In early 2015, Michael Rizzo and Ethan Cox co-authored a book entitled “Buffalo Beer: The History of Brewing in the Nickel City.” This book details the rich history of brewing in Buffalo and chronicles the recent boom in brewing popularity. Cox, one of the founders of Community Beer Works, will present information from his book and conduct a book signing.

If you’d like to learn more about the past and present history of brewing in Buffalo, attend Cox’s lecture. And by the way, World of Beer has nearly 600 different types of bottles and draft beer to choose from while you listen.

World of Beer in the Galleria Mall plays host to a beer event.

World of Beer in the Galleria Mall plays host to a beer event.

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EVENT: Beer and Food Pairing Dinner
6 p.m. Oct. 26
Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.)

One of Buffalo’s most successful new breweries recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. If you haven’t visited Big Ditch yet, this is a perfect chance to enjoy its new taproom, beer and food all at once. Big Ditch presents its second beer pairing dinner: a five-course menu with each course served with one of Big Ditch’s fresh craft beers made on-premise.

Let Chef Mike Conway guide your palate on a tour of an appetizer, salad, seafood, main dish and dessert. All courses come paired with a different craft beer specially selected to elevate the dish, ranging from Low Bridge Hoppy Golden Ale to Fall Black German-style black beer to Excavator Rye Brown Ale. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased here.

Garage doors let light and air into Big Ditch Brewing Co. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Garage doors let light and air into Big Ditch Brewing Co. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

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EVENT: 28th Beer Tasting Event
7 p.m. Oct. 28
Pizza Plant (7770 Transit Road, Williamsville)

“The Longest Running Beer Event in NY” is not one to miss. Join Tim Herzog from Flying Bison Brewing Company, as he leads a “sample and discuss” beer tasting designed to educate the drinker by partaking in an assortment of different styles from around the world.

The beer tastings will include 12 rare beer offerings. What makes some of these beers so rare is that some of them have been brewed as a one-time collaboration between two different breweries. For example, Mikkeller from Denmark teamed up with Grassroots Brewing in Vermont to make a beer called “Wheat Is the New Hops," a bitter beer loaded with citrus and funky flavors. Also on the beer list for this event is “Terra Incognita," a beer formed by the alliance of Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Mo., and Sierra Nevada from Chico, Calif.

This beer was brewed only once in 2012, and is a dark beer containing oak, caramel and fruit flavors. Special offerings from Big Ditch and Flying Bison Brewing Company will also be included in the sampling. Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased at Pizza Plant (day-of, if available).

Pizza Plant is known for its craft beer selection. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

Pizza Plant is known for its craft beer selection. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

Kevin Wise, Ph.D. is a Professor at Trocaire College in Biology who maintains a blog on beer science and beer reviews and can be reached at:
www.buffalobeerbiochemist.com. Find him on Twitter at @BuffaloBeerBio.

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