12 Gates Brewing Co. will release four new beers during the next several weeks as the weather cools and the appetite for fall and winter beers intensifies.
But first, the Amherst brewery (80 Earhart Drive in the Amherst International office park) will host a family-day fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Paint the Brewery Pink will feature face painting, pumpkin painting, a costume contest, lawn games and beer discounts. Buy three beers for $10, with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
Brewer Scott Shuler also will launch two new batches for the event: a 5.7-percent Cranberry Pils (a traditional Bavarian Pilsner with a touch of cranberry juice to add tartness and a pinkish color) and a Pumpkin Pie Porter.
Production Manager Rob Haag said 12 Gates also will soon offer three additional brews:
• Lava Flow IPA: A collaborative beer made by those who competed in August in the India Pale category of the Niagara County Fair homebrew competition. The brewers made a 20-barrel batch earlier this month of the 7.6-percent alcohol, very, very hoppy IPA, Haag said, and dry hopped it with Ancho chilis to add a spicy smokiness. The release date will be Nov 1.
• Elderberry: This new seasonal fruit wheat beer “with a nice dark fruit for the winter,” will debut on or about Nov. 1, as well. “In the spring, this beer will turn into a light fruit version – maybe apricot – then into cherry vanilla again next summer,” he said.
• Buffalo Belgian Tripel: Come early December, the brewery will launch this smooth winter warmer with a dark-fruit, Belgian yeast character and hefty 9.8-percent alcohol content. “We will do some dry hopping with some fruity hops as well, which makes this a ‘Buffalo’ Tripel,” Haag said.