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Beer Matters: The Brewer's Invitational, 42 North and Flying Bison

The Brewer’s Invitational
2 to 5 p.m. April 2 at Pettibones Grill, 275 Washington St. (846-2100)

The Brewer’s Invitational is a beer festival featuring specialty one-off beers from area breweries as well as other beers. This event features 20 specialty brews made by brewing members of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) and ten beers from additional guest breweries.

“The motivation behind The Brewer’s Invitational is to bring together local craft brewers with a few guests to highlight the growing spirit of innovation which Western New York breweries share with the best breweries in the country. Also, we hope to highlight the growing appreciation people in Western New York have for beers of this caliber,” said Willard Brooks, president of the BNBA.

Local breweries including 12 Gates, 42 North, Big Ditch, Flying Bison, New York Beer Project, Pearl Street, Resurgence and Woodcock Brothers will be in attendance. A potential beer list can be viewed here.

“The Brewer’s Invitational attendees can expect to sample 30 very special brews up close and personal with the breweries themselves. We have about 30 rare and hard to find beers ranging from sours, to double IPAs to imperial stouts and barleywines paired with old school pub that food in a fun environment,” said Brooks.

The opening of numerous breweries in Buffalo has spurned a craft-beer renaissance, and events like The Brewer’s Invitational are becoming more common. “The growth of craft beer in the area has lead to the growth in the number of beer drinkers who understand and appreciate the kinds of beers that are being highlighted at The Brewers Invitational,” said Brooks.

Tickets cost $39 and are available at Buffalo Bisons box office, ($47.45 with fees), all Consumer’s Beverages locations, Premier Gourmet, Kegworks and most local breweries. Tickets include beer and food samples.

Brewer's Invitational flyer.


Red Army Invasion
March 25 at 42 North Brewing Company, 25 Pine St., East Aurora (805-7500)

42 North will be releasing a Russian Imperial Stout (RIS) in bottles called “Red Army.” RIS beers were inspired by brewers in the 1800s to win over the Russian Czar and boast high alcohol by volumes and plenty of malt character. These beers often contain huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavors, with suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols.

Red Army is brewed with English malt and aged a minimum of four months in the bottle. Flavors range from coffee and chocolate to caramel and dark fruits.

Bottles of Red Army will be selling for $20 and there is no limit.

Reclaimed wood is a major feature of 42 North's taproom. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

Reclaimed wood is a major feature of 42 North's taproom. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)


Pils and Pierogi
2 to 5 p.m., March 26 at Flying Bison Brewing Company, 840 Seneca St. (873-1557)

Polonia Pils will be on tap, with a brand new recipe, and will be available on draft just in time for Easter. This light-bodied, hoppy beverage is made with continental European malts and hops.

In conjunction with this beer release, Flying Bison has invited Home Cooked Buffalo to serve pierogi. From 2 until at least 5 p.m., Home Cooked Buffalo will be grilling and selling signature flavors of polish dough pockets: Buffalo chicken pierogi, beef on weck pierogi and sweet potato with caramelized onion pierogi.

A plate of pierogi and a pint of pilsner will cost $10. More pierogi will be available for purchase. In addition, Flying Bison is offering a growler special - enjoy a complimentary 10-ounce serving of Polonia Pils with a growler fill.

Flying Bison Brewing Company in Larkinville.


World of Beer Events
World of Beer – Walden Galleria
1 Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga (683-0947)

The World of Beer will host a number of events.

Woodcock Brothers Tap Spotlight, 6 to 9 p.m. March 24. A selection of Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company beer will be on tap, including Chocolat a' L'orange (Orange Chocolate Stout), Dry Irish Stout Nitro and Niagara Lager.

Easter Beer Hunt, 11 a.m. March 26. One hundred bottles will be marked in the World of Beer coolers. Prizes will be awarded.

Dyngus Day Celebration, 11 a.m. March 28. Polish beers will be in stock, including Okocim, Tyskie Gronie and Zywiec.

World of Beer inside the Walden Galleria Mall. (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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