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Beer Matters: Cookie beer party, 42 North opening, cask events

Grand-opening Celebration
Noon to midnight on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25
42 North Brewing Company
25 Pine St., East Aurora (805-7500)

42 North in East Aurora has a full slate of events planned for its grand-opening celebration. Brewery tours are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Proceeds from the tours will benefit the East Aurora American Legion #362. Kids crafts, games and snacks are scheduled on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., while live music from local artists can be heard both nights. A full list of events can be seen on 42 North’s Facebook event page.

42 North will also be tapping three new beers for the celebration: Illumination Bohemian Pilsner, Hoppy Holidays Dark Ale, and Mint Chocolate Nitro Stout.

Pilsner is a type of pale lager that takes its name from the city of Plzen, Bohemia, in the Czech Republic. Czech Pilsner beer is a golden color beer with a spicy hop bitterness, but is smooth and crisp with a clean malty palate. The Czech-derived hop strain Saaz is a hallmark of a Pilsner beer, and is the main hop used in production of the global beer Stella Artois.

42 North's Matt Matuzewski will be a part of the brewery's grand-opening part this weekend. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

42 North's Matt Matuzewski will be a part of the brewery's grand-opening part this weekend. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

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Buffalo Brewery Cookie Beer Party
5 p.m. Dec. 3
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
76 Pearl St., Buffalo (856-2337)

Beers that taste like cookies are in demand as holidays approach. In a friendly competition, four local breweries will square off and see which has the better “cookie beer.”

The four breweries and their beers are:

  • Pearl Street Grill & Brewery: Gingerbread Cookie brown ale
  • 42 North Brewing: Oatmeal Raisin brown ale
  • Community Beer Works: Oh Snap! Ginger spice stout
  • Big Ditch Brewing Company: Fresh Baked spiced ale

These cookie beers span a range of styles, colors and flavors, but all include ingredients commonly found in cookies, such as ginger, raisins, cinnamon and vanilla.

“Gingerbread Cookie brown ale is our Northern English-style brown ale with a twist,” said Chris Herr, head brewer at Pearl Street.

“We combined four different kinds of toasted malt with a little caramel and oats to give a lot of fresh toast character," he continued. "Ginger, allspice and clove were added. The beer was aged on whole vanilla beans to really finish off the 'cookie in a glass' character.”

Herr added, “I can’t stress enough how glad we are that all of the beers in this line-up are excellent.”

Promotional flyer for the Buffalo Brewery Cookie Beer Party.

Promotional flyer for the Buffalo Brewery Cookie Beer Party.

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Moor Pat Turns One Anniversary Party
Noon, Dec. 4
Moor Pat
78 E. Spring St., Williamsville (810-9957)

Williamsville craft beer destination Moor Pat opened a year ago. An extensive tap and bottled beer list will be available in celebration of its one year anniversary. One beer that will be available for purchase is Tilquin Gueuze.

Tilquin Gueuze is made in Belgium and is a blend of one, two and three-year-old lambics that were obtained from other breweries in Belgium. Lambics are beers that have been fermented by wild yeast and bacteria in a specific region in Belgium southwest of Brussels. The lambics are mixed and aged in oak for at least six months. The result is a beer with fruit, sour, wood and funky flavors.

Many other notable beers will be available, including Grimm Tesseract, an 8 percent alcohol by volume IPA and Grimm Bourbon Barrel Double Negative, an award-winning stout aged in bourbon barrels.

The Moor Pat's Shaun Parry writes on the beer list at the Williamsville bar. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

The Moor Pat's Shaun Parry writes on the beer list at the Williamsville bar. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

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The Buffalo Cask Ale Festival

Noon Dec. 4 to 6
Mister Goodbar
1110 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo (882-4000)

4 p.m. Dec. 4 to 6
Blue Monk
727 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo (882-6665)

This year’s Buffalo Cask Ale Festival will be held at two Elmwood Ave. locations: Mister Goodbar and Blue Monk. The event link for Mister Goodbar can be viewed here. Pre-sale sheets worth $20 of cask beer samples are on sale for $15 at Mister Goodbar.

Alongside other local cask offerings, Mister Goodbar will have Thirsty Dog Brewing Company’s Citra Dog, Green Flash Brewing Company’s 30th Street Pale Ale and Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout.

Blue Monk will present a variety of cask ales, including three different versions of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald porter, Community Beer Works That IPA and others.

Cask ale, also called “real ale”, is beer that is brewed from traditional ingredients and matured in a cask.  Part of the fermentation process happens in the actual cask from which the beer is served. The cask is allowed to rest while the yeast continues working.  Beer is delivered from the cask by means of a handpump.  Cask ales tend to be lower in carbonation.

TAP ON THE SHOULDER
Dears, Beers and Cheers Home Brew Competition to benefit the Matt Urban Center’s Hope House Homeless Shelter for Women and Children takes place on Sat. Dec 5 at Buffalo Iron Works from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20 ($25 day of) and can be obtained here. A more complete event description can be viewed here.

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OUT SHOPPING?
The KegWorks Store located at 1460 Military Road in Kenmore is raffling off a kegerator and a keg of Resurgence Brewing Company beer on Black Friday weekend. Stop in for a free chance to enter. If you make a purchase of any amount, you will receive an extra ticket.

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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