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Beer Matters: 12 Gates, MyCity Brew, Better Beverage Society

12 Gates Brewing Company's beer launch
Noon Dec. 12
12 Gates
80 Earhart Dr., Williamsville (906-6600)

Western New York’s newest production-oriented brewery will hold simultaneous beer launch events across 12 locations on Dec. 12. In conjunction with Try-It Distributing, 12 Gates will deliver kegs to the following locations:

•    Aurora Brew Works (191 Main St., East Aurora)
•    Blue Monk (727 Elmwood Ave.)
•    Brickyard Pub & BBQ (432 Center St., Lewiston)
•    Ebenezer Ale House (4348 Seneca St., West Seneca)
•    Griffon Gastropub (2470 Military Road, Niagara Falls)
•    Moor Pat (78 E. Spring St., Williamsville)
•    Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.)
•    Pizza Plant (7770 Transit Road, Williamsville)
•    Public House (1206 Hertel Ave.)
•    Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill (7800 Transit Road, Williamsville)
•    Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill (1402 Millersport Hwy., Williamsville)
•    World of Beer (One Walden Galleria)

12 Gates will be distributing three different beers to launch locations from a pool of Session India Pale Ale (IPA), West Coast IPA and Coffee Porter. The Session IPA comes in just under 5 percent alcohol by volume and is packed with late-addition hops such as Equinox, Ella and Rakau. The hops provide lime, orange and orchard fruit notes to the beer.

Tap handles for 12 Gates Brewing, which opens on Dec. 12. (via 12 Gates' Facebook page)

Tap handles for 12 Gates Brewing, which opens on Dec. 12. (via 12 Gates' Facebook page)

Finishing at just under 7 percent, West Coast IPA is loaded with Citra hops but balanced with diverse malts. This West Coast IPA has a strong citrus presence along with lemon and grapefruit flavors. Coffee Porter is a 6 percent American Porter with chocolate malt and roasted barley.

Once the beer has finished fermenting, a heavy dose of of cold-brewed, micro-roasted coffee from Glen Edith Coffee Roasters in Rochester is added for additional depth of flavor.

“In our mission statement, we say we are all about quality first," said Kevin Long, 12 Gates' assistant brewer. "As the production side reflects, beer is our number one export.”

Head brewer Shawn Kerr agreed. “We are putting a fair amount of money into having a really nice tap room, but more importantly we are also putting a fair amount of money into making sure we put out a quality product.”

After the beer launch date, two additional beers are targeted for release by next week: a seasonal IPA named Under the Southern Cross and a Belgian White.


Kickstarter Campaign

MyCity Brew

Jonah Epstein and Dillon Joseph have founded a company called MyCity Brew. MyCity Brew has just begun a 60-day Kickstarter campaign to raise money to craft its first beer using a unique community-centered business model.

A video describing the company’s concept and campaign can be viewed here. Epstein, a Buffalo native and current business major at Skidmore College, was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition for design of the MyCity Brew Concept.

“We want to make an ideal beer for the Buffalo community,” Epstein said.

Jonah Epstein, left, and Dillon Joseph are the co-founders of MyCity Brew.

Jonah Epstein, left, and Dillon Joseph are the co-founders of MyCity Brew.

Epstein and Joseph plan to administer polls, surveys and community tastings to the people of Buffalo. In this model, the community actually gets to chose which style of beer gets made.

When asked to provide an example of the type of question he'd pose to Buffalo beer drinkers, he replied: “On a scale of 1-10, how hoppy do you want your IPA?”

MyCity Brew plans to outsource brewing of the chosen beer upon completion of the survey and tasting rounds. This first MyCity Brew beer will then be distributed to bars and restaurants in Western New York. Other beers of different styles will be made using the same vetting process as the first beer.

“Right now we just want to get the word out and get the community involved in the process," said Epstein.

So what will be the first beer designed, tested, and selected by the city of Buffalo? Once the Kickstarter campaign is complete, Buffalo will get to participate in that process.

MyCity Brew plans to donate 1 percent of its profits to different charities in the Western New York area.


Better Beverage Society
6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14
Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing Company
73 Hamburg St., Buffalo (855-8948)

Old First Ward Brewing Company and Gene McCarthy’s will be featuring the return of Better Beverage Society. Brewmaster Matt Conron will debut tastings of Rosemary Mint Porter, Smoked Marzen and a German-style Pilsner.

Food will include a buffet of rolled steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable medley, chef salad and a dessert of chocolate cheesecake. You will also receive two pints of any Old First Ward brew of your choosing.

The cost of a ticket is $40 and can be obtained at the bar or by calling the number listed above. Space is limited to 45 guests.

Better Beverage Society will meet again at Gene McCarthy's. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

Better Beverage Society will meet again at Gene McCarthy's. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)


Ballpark Brew Bash Winter VIP Party tickets on sale
5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 26
Pettibones Grille
275 Washington St., Buffalo (846-2100)

Tickets are now on sale for the Ballpark Brew Bash Winter VIP Party presented by Consumers Beverages. The ticket price is $39 and includes difficult to find beers as well as Buffalo-centric food offerings.

Beers will include a diverse range of beer styles such as: Boulevard/Cigar City #5 Tropical Pale Ale, Saranac Java-Nac, Ithaca XXIPA, and Pipeworks Citra Saison, among others. Food from Charlie the Butcher, Wardynski’s, Ilio DiPaolo’s, La Nova and BW’s Smokin' Barrels Barbecue will be available.

Tickets to this event also come with two tickets to a 2016 Buffalo Bisons game of your choice (excluding special events), and two drink tickets to the Consumer’s Craft Corner at the ballpark. Tickets are available at all 17 Western New York Consumers Beverages locations.

Lineup of beers for the Ballpark Brew Bash's Winter VIP Party. (via the Facebook event page)

Lineup of beers for the Ballpark Brew Bash's Winter VIP Party. (via the Facebook event page)



Dogfish Head Brewing recently pushed the boundaries of bitterness by brewing a beer measured at a record-setting 658 IBU (International Bitterness Units). The beer, appropriately dubbed “Hoo Lawd,” was brewed with an experimental hop referred to as Alpha Beast.

The human palate is said to be able to recognize bitterness up to a range of 100-110 IBUs, at which point any number over that is considered overkill. An average IPA will measure in the range of 40-60 IBUs.

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:; Twitter: @BuffaloBeerBio; Untappd: @BuffaloBeerBiochemist

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