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Beer Matters: Flying Bison, last rites at Blue Monk, Big Ditch

Putts and Pints
5 to 8 p.m., March 30
Flying Bison Brewing Company
840 Seneca St. (873-1557)

Flying Bison will host an event to raise money for The First Tee of WNY, a program that encourages and inspires positive values and healthy choices in the next generation of Western New Yorkers through the experience of golf.

Tickets are $30 and include food, games and beer and can be purchased through Paypal here.

Flying Bison will be featuring its Polonia Pils, a light-bodied and hoppy beverage made with continental European malts and hops.

Flying Bison (photo Kevin Wise)

Patrons at Flying Bison enjoy a beer on the patio. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)


Hip-Hop Sunday
Noon April 3
Blue Monk Buffalo
727 Elmwood Ave. (882-6665)

This may very well be Blue Monk’s last event. Blue Monk is set to close its doors, but not without one last party. The last installment of “hip-hop brunch” will feature tunes from the recently deceased Phife Dawg of the band A Tribe Called Quest.

[Read more updates on the final events of Blue Monk]

This event is usually accompanied by a brunch, but it’s uncertain if the kitchen will be open. Check Blue Monk’s Facebook page for more details.

Blue Monk beer list (photo Kevin Wise)

The Blue Monk's extensive beer list will be retired soon. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)


Beer Dinner #4
6 to 9 p.m. April 4
Big Ditch Brewing Company
55 E. Huron St. (854-5050)

Big Ditch will host a fourth dinner in a series of food and beer pairings. For this event, Big Ditch will feature two new beers, a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen and a Chocolate Gose.

Hefeweizen is a south German style of wheat beer that contains a high degree of unique phenolic flavors such as banana and clove. There is usually little hop bitterness and this beer is often served with yeast and will appear cloudy and unfiltered.

A Gose style beer is another traditional German unfiltered wheat beer. This beer also has low hop bitterness and usually contains a ground spice such as coriander and an addition of salt.

The five-course food and beer pairings feature:

Course 1: "Bacon and Eggs" - Smoked deviled egg with candied bacon. Paired with Beautiful River Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale.

Course 2: Grilled asparagus and spring pea salad with pancetta, toasted hazelnuts and sherry vinaigrette. Paired with Galaxy Red India Red Ale.

Course 3: Poached halibut with Swiss chard and lemon herb broth. Paired with Bavarian-style Hefeweizen.

Course 4: Crispy lamb belly with parsnip puree and mint jus. Paired with Chocolate Gose.

Course 5: Trio of macaroons (raspberry, orange cream and chocolate). Paired with Excavator Rye Brown Ale.

Tickets cost $50 ($67.85 with tax and gratuity included) and can be obtained by clicking here.

Garage doors let light and air into Big Ditch Brewing Co. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Big Ditch will host another food and beer pairing. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)


Tap On The Shoulder

The Brewer’s Invitational will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. April 2 at Pettibones Grille. For more details on this event, click here.

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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