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Turn on the taps

Tickets to the Zwanze Day Cantillon Framboise release party at Thin Man Brewing Co. may have sold out Monday in only an hour, but take heart. The Elmwood Avenue beer haven could finally have its own brews flowing at about the same time.

The brewhouse is ready to roll, Thin Man brewer Rudy Watkins has concocted his first several beer recipes and he just needs a two- to three-week window to bring them to the taps, said Josh Bauer, assistant general manager.

“He’ll cover the bases” with several brewing styles, Bauer said of Watkins, formerly with Community Beer Works. Meanwhile, Thin Man awaits a federal permit it needs.

Regardless, Thin Man promises to be busy during Buffalo Beer Week – Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 – with guest taps that will include some top regional, national and international craft beers.

Unfortunately, only the beer aficionados with tickets will get to sample the rare raspberry lambic from Brasserie Cantillon on Oct. 1. A limited number of kegs have been shipped worldwide – including to only 28 sites in the U.S. – by the Belgian brewery. All will be tapped at the same time, and enjoyed fairly quickly. “Zwanze” in the Brussels-area lexicon is a word that implies a wry lightheartedness, one that experimental brewers often possess.

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