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Beer Notes: Halloween at Woodcock, 12 Gates

Meet the Brunettes
5 p.m. Oct 27 at New York Beer Project, 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport (743-6927)

In July, New York Beer Project brewed three different blonde ales on its pilot system: a honey blonde ale, an agave mint blonde and a cherry blonde. They invited folks to come out to the brewery to taste these beers, and tasters voted on their favorite blonde.

The team at NYBP is at it again - only now, it is asking thirsty patrons to “meet the brunettes." This time, there are four flavor iterations: macadamia brown, vanilla coffee brown, coconut brown (which the brewery claims is “not too sweet”), and mole brown (brewed with Mexican spices). You can choose to meet them one at a time, or meet them all at once in a flight of four for $8.

Gene’s Halloween Scream Party
8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Gene McCarthy’s, 73 Hamburg St. (855-8948)

One of many options for your Halloween party brewery style is at Gene McCarthy’s pub. The party will feature music by '50s rock group Kickstart Rumble. There will be prizes for best male and female costume as well as food and drink specials.

Halloween & Stiff Mitten release party
8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company, 638 Lake St., Wilson (333-4000)

This annual Woodcock Brothers event showcases the release of Stiff Mitten, a spiced winter ale brewed with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. It will be available in pints and growlers at the event and will be released for local distribution in early November.

Costumed attendees to the Halloween party will get $1 off beers, and the top three costumes will receive prizes at the end of the night: $100, $50 and $25 gift cards to Woodcock Brothers. The Lakeside Band will perform from 8 to 11 p.m.

[Related: Smiles at Woodcock Brothers WNY Fall Beer Festival]

12 Gates Halloween party
5 p.m. Oct. 29 at 80 Earhart Drive, East Amherst; (906-6600)

There will be a costume contest for adults, with prizes and awards for the best attire. KTB’s Bucking Pig BBQ will be there with food, and if you dress up in costume, your first pint will be free. The brewery is also releasing a one-off beer, a standard porter infused with pumpkin pie ingredients and flavorings of nutmeg, cinnamon and other fall spices.

[Related: Smiles at 12 Gates' Philosofest]

Buffalo Octo-Beer-Fest 2016
Noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Buffalo Niagara Court Center, 425 Meyer Road, West Seneca

With more than 50 beers to sample from many local breweries, Buffalo Tastings Inc. is putting on Buffalo Octo-Beer-Fest. There will be food, drinks and live music at the festival, which is broken up into two, three-hour sessions.

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and can be purchased at There is a VIP ticket option for $45 (for session two only) that gets you an extra half-hour of tasting, a T-shirt and a food voucher.

Business of Beer & Hoppy Hour
3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. (342-2292)

Interested in the state of the beer and brewing industry in Buffalo? Come check out the Hoppy Hour at RiverWorks. This event will bring together members of local breweries and their supporters to discuss issues facing the industry. There will be a panel discussion and a sampling of products from the breweries.

The panel includes Ethan Cox (Community Beer Works), Matt Kahn (Big Ditch Brewing Company), Tom McManus (KegWorks), Johnny Russo (Hamburg Brewing Company) and Jeff Ware (Resurgence Brewing Company). The event costs $35. Registration can be done here.

Community Beer Works and Four Mile sampling
6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Angry Buffalo @ The Rose Garden, 2753 Wehrle Drive (632-9871)

This mini-tap takeover will include a special cask-conditioned version of Community Beer Works’ Frank pale ale.

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