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A look at Beer Week events

Sept. 22

Buffalo Brewers shuffleboard tournament: 6 p.m. at Big Ditch Brewing Co. (55 E. Huron St.). Event includes the launch of Wise PA; shuffleboard is for brewery staff only. Beers also will be available from breweries that participated in making Wise PA.

Slow Roll East Aurora: 6:30 p.m. starting at Chain Ring Rhythm (245 Main St., East Aurora) and to 42 North Brewing Co. (25 Pine St., East Aurora) for an after-party.

Sept. 23

Buffalo Brewing Co.: New brewery, in a former bleach factory at 314 Myrtle Ave., will offer four standard beers and launch a wet-hopped ale. Expanded hours through Beer Week will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Meet the Brewer: 5 p.m. in the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Ave.). Representatives from 15 area breweries will chat and offer samples.

Schntizel & Co. Oktoberfest Tent Party: 6 to 10 p.m. at Vito e Vino (210 Transit Road, East Amherst).

Sept. 24

Pumking Fest: Noon to 6 p.m. in Southern Tier Brewing Co. (2072 Stoneman Circle, Lakewood). Rum barrel-aged Pumking will be available here first.

Dunk Fest: From noon to 2 p.m. at Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing (73 Hamburg St.), you can dunk Willard Brooks, president of the Buffalo-Niagara Brewers Association, for charity and enjoy the brews.

Taptrails 6K Pack: Starts at 2 p.m. at Pan-American Grill & Brewery (391 Washington St.). Stop at six stations along the run to sample beer. Register at

Ballpark Brew Bash: 4 to 7 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field. The start of this beer-tasting festival coincides with the start of Buffalo Beer Week. With more than 50 breweries from the city, region and far-flung places. Tickets are $35 presale at all Consumers Beverages locations, or

Sept. 25

German Oktoberfest: New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport). Live German music starts at 3 p.m.

The Best of Sours: 5 p.m. at Pizza Plant (7770 Transit Road, Amherst). Try sour beers from top national craft breweries.

Sept. 26

Vines & Bines: 6 p.m. in Big Ditch Brewing Co. (55 E Huron St.). Features Leonard Oakes Estate Wines and benefits Slow Food Buffalo Niagara.

Sept. 27

German Brewmasters Dinner: 6 to 9 p.m. at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant (Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga). Proceeds to benefit a high school exchange program between Buffalo and its German sister city.

Sept. 28

Beer and Cheese in Perfect Harmony: Pairings from 6 to 9 p.m. at Flying Bison Brewing (840 Seneca St.). Advance tickets are $30 at

Sept. 29

Pub Crawl: 5:30 p.m. start at Ulrich’s Tavern (674 Ellicott St.) with five taverns participating. No charge to join in and features drink specials including Resurgence beers.

Tapping of the Pumpkin: 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (76 Pearl St.). Third annual event features beer poured from a real pumpkin, Pumpkin Spice Bomb shots and maple sugar-rimmed glasses.

Estrogen Ale release party: 6 to 10 p.m. at Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. (4350 Seneca St., West Seneca).

Buffalo Beer Goddesses Anniversary Party: 7 p.m. in Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.). Open to 21 and older; $10 admission.

Sept. 30

Firkin Friday: Noon in Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing. Special casks of Grapefruit NOTA and Coffee Stout.

Casks for a Cause: 5 p.m. in Lockhouse Distillery (41 Columbia St.). More than a dozen casks from area breweries. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Evergreen Health.

Oct. 1

WNY Homebrew Tailgate: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kegworks Retail Store (1460 Military Road). Public showcase of local home brew clubs includes food, games and beer.

Harvest Fest: Noon to 8 p.m. (and same time Oct. 2) at Rusty Nickel Brewing. Live music, local food and produce, several beer releases made with farm-fresh ingredients, kids activities, adult fun, games and competitions.

Fallfest Original Music Showcase: 2 to 10 p.m. in Resurgence Brewing. Free all-ages show with seven original music rock bands, food trucks and beer.

Philosofest: 5 to 11 p.m. at 12 Gates Brewing (80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville). Free music fest with food trucks and limited release of the brewery’s new Dunkelweizen.

Oct. 2

OFEST! Harvest March: Starts at 11:30 a.m. at Gene McCarthy’s. Tapping and blessing of the ceremonial cask of Oktoberfest. Parade through the Old First Ward in your best German garb. Plus German games, food specials. Free.

Bills Buffet: 1 to 5 p.m. at Gordon Biersch. Watch the Bills-Patriots game and for $20 per person get two beers, food and jersey.

– Scott Scanlon

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