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Beer Matters: American on Tap returns to Buffalo, stouts at Blue Monk

Buffalo on Tap
1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 15; 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 16
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin St. (855-5555)

America on Tap returns to the Buffalo Niagara Convention center. Tickets are currently on sale for three sampling sessions, with an option for a VIP package during the Saturday afternoon session. Information on the event can be found here, or check out this Facebook page.

American on Tap provides over 150 releases from craft breweries all across America with a focus on local breweries. Fourteen local Western New York breweries and cider producers will be featured in the Buffalo Beer Zone presented by Ebenezer Ale House.

Napa Auto Parts VIP tickets are available for the 12 to 4 p.m. session on Jan. 16. VIP ticket holders will receive an extra hour of sampling, a souvenir sampling glass, a Buffalo on Tap hoodie, a food voucher from Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill, and a commemorative gift from NAPA Auto Parts.

[See photos from the America On Tap Harvest Festival in Buffalo from October]

VIP ticket holders will also have exclusive access to more than 20 beers that will not be available to general admissions ticket holders, including beers from local breweries such as Big Ditch, Flying Bison, Resurgence, and 42 North. Other breweries submitting beers for the VIP area include Widmer, Brooklyn, Founders, and Uinta.

Standard tickets cost $35 plus a $3.50 processing fee, while VIP tickets cost $75 plus a $7.50 processing fee -- both can be obtained here.

America on Tap also has a phone app that allows you to track and rank your favorite breweries and beers. The app, available for both Android and iPhone users, will also provide a map of the event.

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CBS and KBS Pouring
11:30 a.m., Jan. 9
Blue Monk
727 Elmwood Ave. (882-6665)

The Facebook event page reads: “No B.S., we’ll be pouring CBS and KBS.” If you are a self-proclaimed “beer geek,” you will know what that means. But in case you aren’t, CBS stands for Canadian Breakfast Stout, and KBS stands for Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

These two breakfast stouts are classified as American Double/Imperial Stouts, full-bodied stouts that contain rich roasted flavors sometimes infused with coffee or chocolate.

Both CBS and KBS are brewed from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and beeradvocate.com ranks these beers as the No. 5 (CBS) and No. 10 (KBS) beers in the Imperial Stout category.

CBS is a brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates, then ages in bourbon barrels that have also been aging Michigan maple syrup. So not only does this beer have stout character, but those dark malts are blended with bourbon and maple flavors as well.

KBS is similar to CBS in that it is also an Imperial Stout, yet different -- although it's also brewed with coffee and chocolate, it's then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year.

Other Founders Brewing offerings will be available as well.

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Brews News

Community Beer Works was recently featured by WNY Craft Beer Magazine in its 2015 winter edition. A video showing interviews from co-founder and president Ethan Cox and brewmaster Rudy Watkins can be viewed below.

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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