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Beer notes: News from Five & 20, Resurgence and NY Beer Project

New beers from Resurgence

Several new beers are on tap at Resurgence (1250 Niagara St.). First up is Cherry Kettle Sour - a beer Resurgence assures us is not a kriek (the cherry-aged Belgian sour lambic beer). The beer comes in at 9.1 percent alcohol by volume, and presents with citrus peel and slight cherry aromas. It is full-flavored with a medium body, but still has a crisp, clean sourness and acidity. The brewers added orange and lemon peel for balance. While it is fairly strong, it is still a good introductory beer for those wanting to try a sour beer that isn’t overly puckering.

Also new is the third installment in Resurgence’s R&D (Research and Development) series. The brewers have been working on these R&D beers for about a year now, giving customers an opportunity to have some input on their IPA development. There are a wide spectrum of IPA types out there to drink, so Resurgence wanted to get guest feedback to determine what to brew.

This new beer is full of white grapefruit, pineapple, mango and passion fruit. True to the new popular style of New England IPAs, hops include Mosaic, Citra, Hallertau Blanc and Lemon Drop varieties. R&D No. 3 comes in at 6.3 percent ABV.

Finally, Resurgence has brought back a past favorite: the popular Hood Wink Double Witbier. Part of what Resurgence is calling Big Beer Season, this beer is 10 percent ABV, but drinks smooth and sweet. Lots of fruit, vanilla and alcohol are part of the profile of this double-strength witbier.

New Mystery Cask Thursdays
5 p.m. Thursdays at New York Beer Project, 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport (743-6927)

Lockport’s newest brewery, New York Beer Project, recently launched a new weekly series dubbed “Mystery Cask Thursdays” featuring a weekly firkin of cask ale with mystery ingredients added.

For the uninitiated, cask-conditioned beer (often called “real beer” or just “cask beer” for short) is a special form of serving beer. A brewer will take finished (or sometimes still-fermenting) beer, and place it into a special five or 10 gallon stainless steel vessel (cask) where it undergoes a secondary fermentation, sealed under pressure, and carbonates gently inside that vessel.

After it ferments for at least several days, it is set carefully on the bar where it is to be served, cooled down, and then tapped. This method is unique in that the beer is served from the very same vessel in which it is fermented, allowing the beer to taste as fresh as possible. A popular tradition especially in the United Kingdom, more breweries and bars here in the United States are introducing customers to this special, labor-intensive treat.

NYBP has launched the event series with their Macadamia Nut Brown ale with two mystery ingredients - this week (Nov. 3), they will have a cask of a new version of their flagship Destination India Pale Ale, also with mystery ingredients. Come out, experience cask beer, and test your senses to try and guess the mystery ingredients!

Meet the brewer
5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mazza Chautauqua Cellars / Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, 8398 W. Main St., Westfield (793-9463)

Among the numerous events going on for Erie Craft Beer Week, neighboring Southtown brewery Five & 20 is hosting its Meet the Brewer event. There will be special brewer-led tours of the brewery at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. (times are approximate). In addition, there will be three special beer releases in the Tier 3 (T3) series:

  • Barrel Aged Hawt Roxxx (Stein Bier)
  • Stout Lucia (Rum Barrel Aged Stout)
  • Rhiskey Business (Whiskey Barrel Aged Rye Pale Ale)

Bottles of these beers will be available for purchase, and brewers will sign them as well. The brewery is running a special for the event where a purchase of any three bottles of these T3 beers will get you a free brewery pint glass. There will be swag giveaways, and a growler fill of any T3 beer will get you some brewery swag as well.

You can bring your own snacks to the event as the eatery is closed for the season. The event is free.

LuchaBrew is a collaborative beer
5 p.m. Nov. 1 at Deep South Taco, 291 Ellicott St. (235-8464)

East Aurora’s 42 North Brewing Company has teamed up with downtown’s newest Tex-Mex spot Deep South Taco to create LuchaBrew™, a Mexican-style lager. The name of the beer pays homage to a form of wrestling known as Lucha Libre which originated in Mexico in the early 1900s.

The beer is an amber-style lager, similar to Vienna-style lagers brought over to Mexico by German immigrants in the mid-19th century. The malt bill is balanced with some honey and caramel blended with a soft lemon-spice of German noble hops, finishing smooth and crisp. The beer is 4.8 percent ABV (alcohol by volume).

LuchaBrew will be exclusively available at Deep South Taco and 42 North.

That IPA released in cans
3 to 10 p.m. Nov. 3 at Community Beer Works, 15 Lafayette Ave. (759-4677)

Community Beer Works, Buffalo’s first nanobrewery, is now releasing its first beer in cans (save for their appearance in the Ballpark series). The beer is That IPA, a 5 percent tropical-and-citrus-flavored India Pale Ale. The release party will take place during the brewery’s retail hours on Nov. 3, but the cans won’t be available for purchase until 5 p.m., so those working typical day hours can get a chance to buy them before they run out. Customers will be limited to purchasing two four-packs per person.

Entertainment and food include the jazz quartet Gravy at 8 p.m. and food from the Pizza Amore food truck to purchase.

CBW has teamed up with Consumers Beverages for this release, and the cans will also be available at all Consumers locations on Nov. 4. You can sample cans at these following locations:

  • 6161 W Quaker St., Orchard Park (3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4)
  • 3025 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4)
  • 2440 Clinton St. (Noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 5)
  • 8580 Transit Road, East Amherst (2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5)
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