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Beer Matters: SingleCut Beersmiths at Blue Monk, Four Mile at Lockhouse

Meet the Brewer: SingleCut Beersmiths

6 p.m. March 10
Blue Monk Buffalo
727 Elmwood Ave. (882-6665)

Owner and head brewer Rich Buceta, of SingleCut Beersmiths, will pay a visit to Blue Monk Buffalo on Thursday. Founded in 2012, SingleCut Beersmiths is located in Astoria, N.Y.

Some of its more popular beers include Billy Full-Stack India Pale Ale, Bon Bon 2xTNT Imperial India Pale Ale and Dean Pacific Mahogany Red Ale. But SingleCut will be bringing more than just its popular beers to Blue Monk; attendees can expect a wide range of styles and some difficult-to-obtain beers as well.

[See a photo gallery from Blue Monk's fifth anniversary party]

“Rich and myself are excited to be coming up to Buffalo," said Dan Bronson, general manager of SingleCut BeerSmiths. It's a town with a great beer culture, and more than its fair share of awesome beer bars. We're looking forward to having more than a few pints and checking out the scene."

A few of the beers that will be on tap at the Blue Monk Buffalo event include:

  • Mad Michael - Flying V Sour Lagerrr!: IBU:15, ABV: 5.5 percent
  • Barrel-Aged Eric - Eric Milk stout aged in rum barrels then blended with Heavy Boots of Lead Russian Imperial stout and put on Nitro - IBU:28, ABV: 8.0 percent
  • Jean Michael - Belgian Dark Ale with a blackberry infusion - IBU: 38, ABV: 6.0 percent
  • Billy 18-Watt - IPA - IBU: 82, ABV: 5.0 percent
  • Billy Half Stack - IPA - IBU: 88, ABV: 6.6 percent
  • Billy Full Stack - DIPA - IBU:138, ABV: 8.2 percent
  • Qu'est-Ce Que C'est - Belgian IPA - IBU: 88, ABV: 7.0 percent
  • In this the real life? - IPA - IBU: 122, ABV: 7.2 percent
  • Heavy Boots of Lead - Imperial Stout - IBU: 81, ABV: 11.2 percent
  • Does Anybody Remember Laughter? - IPA - IBU: 122, ABV: 7.2 percent

“I first came into contact with SingleCut Beersmiths at the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival a few years ago. I was really excited when Rhino Beverage Distributing told me they will be bringing some kegs in," said Mike Shatzel, owner of Blue Monk Buffalo.

"They have generated a ton of excitement in a short time with the local beer-lover community."

Overlooking the Blue Monk anniversary party in October 2015. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

Overlooking the Blue Monk anniversary party in October 2015. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)


Four Mile Brewing Tap Attack
5 p.m. March 11
Lockhouse Distillery and Bar
41 Columbia St. (768-4898)

Cobblestone resident Lockhouse Distillery will be hosting Olean’s Four Mile Brewing in the first monthly installment of brewery tap takeovers at Lockhouse.

“We'll be tapping their Green Street IPA, Mango Wheat, South Pacific IPA and Unfurl Porter. Four Mile brewers will be here all night to talk about their beers with people,” said Cory Muscato, partner and operations manager at Lockhouse.

The idea for the event came after a few Buffalo brewers and distillers got together for drinks.

[See a photo gallery from Lockhouse Distillery's opening in the Cobblestone District]

“We had so much fun that we decided that we should do this more often and let the public in on the fun, too," Muscato said. "Lockhouse will be designing a special beer cocktail featuring beer from Four Mile Brewing for that night only.”

Live blues music starts at 9 p.m. provide by The Basement. There also will be giveaways and distillery tours throughout the night.

Part of the massive "Flavor Wall" in Lockhouse Distillery's Cobblestone District location. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

Part of the massive "Flavor Wall" in Lockhouse Distillery's Cobblestone District location. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)


Great Big Steve Tapping
Noon March 12
Coles Restaurant
1104 Elmwood Ave. (886-1449)

Big Ditch Brewing Company and Great Lakes Brewing Company have teamed up to make a dopplebock hybrid beer called Great Big Steve and have been visiting local tap rooms and bars to celebrate its release. Details on this collaboration can be found here.

On March 12, Coles will be serving Great Big Steve along with other selections from both Big Ditch and Great Lakes. Coles also will be getting a rare keg of Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Black Out Stout and Alberta Clipper.

Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout is a Russian Imperial Stout aged in oak bourbon barrels. Beers in the Russian Imperial Stout (RIS) category boast high alcohol by volume and plenty of malt character. These beers often contain lots of roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavors. Hop character of RIS spans a wide range from none to balanced to aggressive. Barrel-aging tends to add wood flavors and spirit notes depending on the barrel of choice.

Alberta Clipper is winter porter with Belgian chocolate and raspberries. The porter category of beer is very complex but are typically brewed using a pale malt base with the addition of black, chocolate or smoked brown malt. Hop bitterness is moderate and porter colors ranges from brown to black. Great Lakes’ Alberta Clipper is malt with chocolate and black malt and flaked oats, Willamette hops, bittersweet chocolate and whole raspberries.

From left: Dave O'Connor (Big Ditch), Luke Purcell (Great Lakes), Corey Catalano (Big Ditch).

From left: Dave O'Connor (Big Ditch), Luke Purcell (Great Lakes), Corey Catalano (Big Ditch).


Ed-Brew-Cation: Stout Edition
5:30 p.m. March 15
211 South Park Ave. (240-9901)

Andrew Hardin, founder of PrePaired Beer and Food and brewer at Community Beer Works, will be conducting an educational event on stouts at Ballyhoo. Dinner and drinks begin at 5:30 p.m. March 15, with a discussion of homebrewing equipment at 7 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. Hardin will lead an educational talk on stouts, exploring the history, ingredients and processes that are used to brew a stout style of beer.

“The big reason I started these events is to promote an educated drinker in the ever-changing beer scene. There has been in the past a push for education involving wine and whiskey. But nobody is really diving into beer and beer styles. I’d like to change that and help evolve the tastes of the modern beer fan,” said Hardin.

“These monthly educational events are geared toward everyone, from casual beer drinker to experienced homebrewer. We will review the history, style and similarities and differences within a particular style of beer each month,” continued Hardin.

A local homebrewing club, the Sultans of Swig, also participate in the event. “Representatives from The Sultans of Swig will be on hand to help the novice and talk shop with the professionals so it really ends up being a well rounded experience for a person of any homebrewing skill level. It’s a great time to have a beer, get educated and informed about what you’re drinking and make a few friends. You might even catch the brewing bug and try your hand at a batch of your own,” said Hardin.

The event costs $7 and includes tasting samples.

Ballyhoo offers craft cocktails and a terrific craft-beer selection. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The outside of Ballyhoo. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)


Brews News

42 North Brewing Company is featuring its newest beer, the Enforcer Double India Pale Ale, at a hat trick of locations in downtown Buffalo. The Enforcer features a very heavy and complex citrus and piney hop character, balanced by a moderate malt flavor and registers an imposing 10-percent alcohol by volume and 105 IBUs.

The Enforcer Double IPA joins 42 North’s core line-up of beers, which include Borderland IPA, Asylum Porter, 42 North Belgian Wit and Illumination Bohemian Pilsner.

The Enforcer will be available from 6 to 11 p.m. March 16 at the following locations.:

211 South Park Ave. (240-9901)

Lockhouse Distillery and Bar
41 Columbia St. (768-4898)

Pizza Plant - Canalside
125 Main St. (626-5566)


A glass of Illumination Bohemian Pilsner at 42 North Brewing Company. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

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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