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Beer Matters: Resurgence turns two, Grand Lady, Pizza Plant

Resurgence Brewing Co.'s second anniversary party
1 to 11 p.m. June 18
Resurgence Brewing Company, 1250 Niagara St. (381-9868)

Resurgence Brewing Co. will be celebrating its second anniversary by hosting a party at its West Side taproom. Featured at the party will be Anniversary Ale, live music, food trucks, throwback beers and giveaways.

Anniversary Ale is a hopped, high-gravity version of Blood Orange Saison. Copious Galaxy hop additions provide an aroma of pineapple and grapefruit. Farmhouse yeast spiciness complements the tartness and acidity of the blood orange citrus.

Head Brewer Dave Collins maintains up to 15 beers on tap. Here is a list of some summer-style seasonal beers currently available at the brewery.

Tropical Wit: 4 percent. Pineapple, mango and kiwi flavors.
Loganberry Wit: 4.2 percent. Banana and fruit with a loganberry finish.
Blanc Czech Pils: 4.2 percent. Czech-style Pilsner, floral and white grape notes.
Summer Saison: 5 percent. Light citrus, banana and tangy fruit.
Blood Orange Saison: 5.5 percent. Farmhouse saison with citrus-forward flavors.
Cosmic Truth: 4.1 percent. Tropical fruit, pineapple and citrus flavors.
Smokey the Beer: 5.1 percent. Scottish-style Rauchbier, caramel and smoky notes.
Cinnamon Chipotle Stout: 5.2 percent. Chipotle chilies and cinnamon.
Circle of Trust: 8.3 percent. Collaboration with New York Beer Project. Contains pineapple and smoked malt.

Resurgence beer is now served in more than 200 local bars and restaurants and six-pack cans of Resurgence IPA and Blood Orange Saison can be found at local retailers.

Most recently, Resurgence collaborated with Big Ditch Brewing Co. and Community Beer Works as part of a four-pack of cans called the Brewers Ballpark Series. Resurgence’s contribution to the series was Cosmic Truth, a 4.1-percent beer containing tastes of pineapple, tropical fruit and citrus.

Also, Resurgence collaborated with Big Ditch and Community Beer Works in the brewing of Short Stop Saison, a Belgian-style saison containing Galaxy, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. These hops impart juicy and tropical hop aromas while the Belgian yeast provides fruit and bubblegum notes.

Music by The Black & Blues Band will start at 2 p.m. Electric Watermelon will take the stage at 7 p.m.

The Black Market Food Truck will be in the parking lot for lunch, followed by O.G. Woodfire Pizza for dinner and The Cheesecake Guy for dessert. Additional merchandise vendors will be in attendance.

Admission is free.

Inside Resurgence Brewing Co. on Niagara Street. (Kevin Wise/Special to The News)

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Tap Takeover Cruise lineup
Grand Lady Cruises, 5 Austin St. (873-4630)

On select weeknights, local and regional breweries will take over the taps of the Grand Lady. Tap Takeover Cruises include live music, light appetizers and four beer samples. A cash bar and discounted pints are available for purchase. Beer selections will vary based on the brewery being featured.

Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Grand Lady sails from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $40.16 per ticket ($35 plus fees). Tickets can be obtained for each cruise listed below by clicking on the calendar found here.

June 28: 12 Gates Brewing Co.
July 12: Southern Tier Brewing Co.
July 26: Resurgence Brewing Co.
Aug. 3: 42 North Brewing Co.
Aug. 16: Big Ditch Brewing Co.
Aug. 31: Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Smuttynose After Party
7 p.m. June 18
Pizza Plant Canalside, 125 Main St. (626-5566)

Pizza Plant will be hosting Smuttynose Head Brewer Charles Ireland at Pizza Plant Canalside following the Buffalo Brewers Festival at Outer Harbor.

Based out of Hampton, N.H., Smuttynose’s most popular offerings include Finestkind IPA, Old Brown Dog Ale, Robust Porter, Pumpkin Ale and Bouncy House IPA. Smuttlabs Blueberry Short Weiss is expected to be on tap for the event. This beer is a 5.1-percent Berliner Weisse beer. It contains tartness imparted by the addition of Lactobacillus, an acidity-producing bacteria.

The alignment of taps at Pizza Plant at Canalside. (Lizz Schumer/Special to The News)

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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; Facebook, Instagram and Untappd: @BuffaloBeerBiochemist; Twitter: @BuffaloBeerBio

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