New brewery opening
New York Beer Project (NYBP) will open its doors to the public on Nov. 19. The new Lockport brewery, tap room and gastropub at 6933 S. Transit Road, spans 17,000 square feet of space and two stories.
Food will be available with guest beer taps from Western New York breweries. For its opening, NYBP will host five local guest beers and one cider. Guest beers will be available from Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company, Resurgence Brewing Company, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Flying Bison Brewing Company and Hamburg Brewing Company. A cider from BlackBird Cider Works will also be on tap. Wines and other distillery products also will be available.
In December, Brewmaster Jared Lewinski and Lead Brewer Jason Crossett plan to release five year-round beers, including an India pale ale called Destination IPA and an American fruit wheat beer named Buckleberry Wheat. Other offerings will include a coffee milk sout, a hoppy American amber and a Czech premium pilsner.
Tap on the shoulder
Hamburg Brewing Company recently introduced its new double IPA, Hoppenstance. This beer is brewed with four hop strains and registers at 8-percent alcohol and moderately high bitterness. Hoppenstance is available in four packs and on draft throughout Western New York.
Kegs & Eggs
Noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 15
Resurgence Brewing Company, 1250 Niagara St. (381-9868)
Resurgence Brewing Company invites you for breakfast food items and new beer offerings. Head Brewer Dave Collins will be stocking the lines with experimental and limited release beers, including a recipe inspired by a home-brew competition.
On tap will be Iron Flamingo, an imperial high-alcohol content version of Resurgence’s mainstay Loganberry Wit beer. Loganberry Wit is a refreshing, light, and fruit-flavored beer. The imperial version of Loganberry Wit, Iron Flamingo, contains higher alcohol content and additional loganberry flavor. A rum barrel-aged version of its seasonal Oktoberfest beer is also available. Resurgence Oktoberfest, a malt-heavy, full-bodied beer, has been aged in barrels that previously contained rum. The result is an toasty Oktoberfest beer infused with rum aroma and flavor.
Another beer that will be featured at Kegs & Eggs is a piña colada beer, called Hawaiin Lies, adapted from a home-brewing recipe. Homebrewers Devin Carman, Alex Buckley, and Brandon Kapral won first place in an August event at Resurgence with a piña colada inspired beer. This beer has been modified and upscaled for brewing with Resurgence’s equipment.
During November, Resurgence also is conducting a toy drive. Bring a toy and get a pint.
Hues and Brews
7 p.m. Nov. 18
Rusty Nickel Brewing Company, 4350 Seneca St., West Seneca (608-6155)
The Hues and Brews bi-weekly series at Rusty Nickel continues with “Falls a Fallin’”. Guests will paint a fall-themed photo under the guidance of certified art educator Jen Breier. This painting event is designed for all skill levels and all supplies are included with the admission fee. Participants also get to take the painting home.
Craft beers are available for purchase during the event. Rusty Nickel is featuring an American strong ale and pumpkin flavored beers, among others. The brewery also is known for its take on beer mixology: drinks that combine beer with other beverages. Ms. Brown’s Frozen Hot Chocolate features a chocolate-flavored porter beer mixed with frozen hot chocolate. Rusty Nickel’s Beermosa blends a beer that tastes like a creamsicle with orange juice and champagne.
Tickets for Rusty Nickel’s Hues and Brews series are available for $27 at this link and include your first beer. Avoid the service fee and obtain tickets at the brewery for $25.
Pro Brewer’s Night with Big Ditch Brewing Company
6 p.m. Nov. 19
KegWorks Store, 1460 Military Road (929-7570)
KegWorks welcomes Big Ditch Brewing Company brewer Dave O’Connor for an informal demonstration. O’Connor will be brewing a special batch of beer called Double Chocolate Excavator. This beer is a variant of Big Ditch’s beer Excavator, characterized by a smooth chocolate flavor and a spicy flaked rye finish.
O’Connor will explain steps in the brewing process and field questions. There is no entry fee, and participants of any homebrewing experience level are encouraged to interact with the brewer.
Kevin Wise, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Trocaire College who maintains a blog on beer science and beer reviews at buffalobeerbiochemist.com