The Pub by Wegmans opening
8270 Transit Road, Williamsville (636-5600)
No need to “shop hungry," at least at one Wegmans location in Williamsville. Store officials are hopeful to open The Pub at Wegmans on Transit Road in Williamsville as early as the middle of next week. Wegmans has adopted the pub model in Pennsylvania and Virginia stores, but this will mark its first New York state location [here's the food and drink menus from the other locations].
When asked why this particular Wegmans was targeted for installation of a pub, restaurant manager Carly Kensinger explained, “Our location was selected for this full service restaurant and pub because the store was being remodeled and it made sense.”
“The goal of The Pub at Wegmans is to provide a family-friendly atmosphere that appeals to all culinary and beverage preferences," Kensinger continued. "You can expect the same excellence in customer service in The Pub as you have come to expect from Wegmans.”
The Pub is equipped with 13 bar stools and 80 seats. Local craft beer, wine and spirits will be available, but there are a few rules. Drinks must be kept in the café area, and you aren’t allowed to relocate beer from store shelves for consumption in The Pub.
Beer offerings include eight taps and 30 different bottled beer varieties, with a focus on local breweries. One beer that will be on tap at the opening is a cookie-inspired beer called Fresh Baked. This beer was brewed in collaboration with Big Ditch Brewing Company.
“When the Wegmans team approached us looking for a specialty winter beer for their Pub opening, we immediately thought of a recipe our brewer Dave O'Connor had previously won brewing awards for: a spiced brown ale incorporating toasted oats, cinnamon and vanilla," Big Ditch president Matt Kahn said. "The fact that this beer paired well with fresh-baked Wegmans cookies made the idea a no-brainer.”
Beer from other local breweries such as Hamburg, Flying Bison and Resurgence will be featured at The Pub’s opening as well.
The Pub at Wegmans will be open every day starting at 11:30 a.m. and end seating at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Bottle Release Party
4 p.m. Dec. 10
Resurgence Brewing Company
1250 Niagara St., Buffalo (381-9868)
Resurgence Brewing Company will be holding a bottle release party for its bourbon barrel-aged version of Imperial Sponge Candy Stout.
Imperial Sponge Candy Stout is a 10-percent alcohol by volume dark stout made using Watson’s Chocolates sponge candy clippings. These clippings impart caramel, dark malt and toffee to the beer. The burnt sugar taste of sponge candy provides additional flavor.
Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Sponge Candy Stout has been aged in bourbon barrels -- brought in from Smooth Ambler in West Virginia -- for one year.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the beer will be sold at 5 p.m. Bottles are $13 each and there is a limited supply.
25 Days of Christmas
Dec. 1 to 24
A month long promotion called the “25 Days of Christmas” is underway at Hamburg Brewing Company (HBC). Stop into the brewery to receive a loyalty card that will be punched as you complete various tasks. If you get 12 or more punches, you will receive a $50 HBC gift card.
You will also be entered in the grand prize drawing for a chance to win a HBC engraved kegerator from KegWorks.com, a HBC tap handle, and choice of a keg filled with HBC beer.
Each day leading up to Dec. 24 has a different task assigned to it. Tasks include purchasing beers at HBC, bringing in perishable food items, dressing in Buffalo sports clothing, wearing an ugly sweater and taking a tour of the facilities.
Beerology is returning to the Buffalo Museum of Science, and general admission tickets are now on sale (VIP tickets are already sold out for this event).
Tickets are $40 and include 10 beer sample tickets; additional drink tickets may be purchased at the event. Enjoy presentations on home brewing and a variety of science and beer-related topics.
“Every year there are more and more craft beer events in Buffalo," said Kaitlin Byrne, Marketing and Special Events Manager for the Museum. "Beerology targets people who have become interested in taking away knowledge about the science behind the beer.”
Also included with your ticket purchase is a commemorative beer glass, food samples, live entertainment and access to exhibits and galleries. General admission tickets may be purchased here.
TAP ON THE SHOULDER
Moor Pat will be celebrating its one-year anniversary at noon Dec. 4. Additional beers have been added to the preliminary list, including Maine Lunch IPA, Allagash Farm to Face, and Alpine Pure Hoppiness.
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