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Beer Matters: Moor Pat, Woodcock Bros. and KegWorks

EVENT: Grimm Artisanal Ales Tap Takeover
Noon until gone, Oct. 30
Moor Pat, 78 E. Spring St., Williamsville

This Friday, Moor Pat will play host to a tap takeover featuring beers from a unique husband-and-wife duo of gypsy brewers. Eight beers by Grimm Artisanal Ales will be available in samples and pints. Grimm is highly regarded in the craft beer industry as being one of the top craft brewers in the country.

The most popular craft beer drinking style in America is India pale ale, a pale ale characterized by prominent and forward hop flavors. In a blind tasting of 115 double Imperial pale ales (beers with higher alcohol content than standard beers) conducted by Paste Magazine last April, Grimm beers ranked No. 1 and No. 4. Grimm’s Double Negative stout also recently beat 80 other entries in its category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.

Founded in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm, Grimm Ales are made “gypsy brewer” style, with the Grimms traveling to breweries to make beers recipe-tested in their Brooklyn home kitchen. These beers are difficult to obtain in Western New York. Moor Pat has obtained eight Grimm creations, including Double Negative, a 10-percent alcohol by volume beer (ABV) with coffee, chocolate and blueberry flavors.

The outside of the Moor Pat. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

The outside of the Moor Pat. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

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EVENT: Halloween / Beer Release Party
7 p.m. Oct. 31
Woodcock Brothers Brewery, 638 Lake St., Wilson

Woodcock Brothers Brewery and Head Brewer Matt Redpath are having a Halloween party and releasing a winter brew. Dress in your best Halloween costume and head out to Wilson this upcoming Saturday night. The top three costumes will receive $100, $50, and $25 gift cards. The band Experimental Sandwich will be performing tunes.

This event also marks the release party of a beer called Stiff Mitten, a spiced winter ale that comes in at a rather strong 7.2 percent ABV.  This ale is made using cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice and contains modest hop flavors. This seasonal beer pairs well with snow shoveling and cold nights.

The Stiff Mitten on tap at Woodcock Brothers. (Matt Redpath)

The Stiff Mitten on tap at Woodcock Brothers. (Photo from Matt Redpath)

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EVENT: National Learn to Homebrew Day

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7
Niagara Tradition Homebrew
1296 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda

A beginner brewer clinic will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tickets are required; call the store at 877-8767. At 1 p.m., local Wyeast representative John Zakrzewski will conduct a yeast clinic for mid-level homebrewers. Yeast is the organism used in brewing that metabolizes sugar into alcohol, and Zakrzewski will cover yeast maintainence, storage, handling, nutrients, and aeration. Niagara Tradition will also have a variety of tastings and demonstrations throughout the day.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7
KegWorks Store, 1460 Military Road, Tonawanda

If you’ve been considering becoming a homebrewer, this event is a great place to begin your journey. The KegWorks Store will be celebrating with a brewing demonstration at 11 a.m., and sales on homebrew equipment and brewing ingredients. This event is designed to introduce the beginner brewer to the art of homebrewing. The events are free and open to the public. No prior brewing experience is necessary.

The homebrew area from KegWorks. (via KegWorks)

The homebrew area from KegWorks. (via KegWorks)

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INFORMATION: Halloween Candy and Beer at Resurgence Brewing Co.

Candy and beer: sounds like a win/win. Maybe you’ll be enjoying them together this weekend. If you’re not sure which beer to drink with all those different Halloween candies, you’re in luck. Resurgence Brewing Co. has posted a suggested pairing guide to help your sweet tooth make informed decisions. Suggested pairings include: Snickers with Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with Sponge Candy Stout.

Resurgence Brewing Co. is having a Halloween candy pairing with its beer. (Resurgence Brewing Co.)

Resurgence Brewing Co. is having a Halloween candy pairing with its beer. (Resurgence Brewing Co.)

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

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