Flying Bison Brewing Company has released this year’s version of the popular Private Stache Spot Coffee Stout.
This is actually an imperial oatmeal milk stout, so it already is a doozy. It is stronger than the average beer at 8 percent ABV. The oatmeal is brewed with flaked oats for a creamy body, strong head retention and a nutty character; and the milk has lactose sugar for extra sweetness. Then the brewery adds Sulawesi coffee, specially roasted for Flying Bison by Chad Maslanka at Spot Coffee. It is available in bottles and on draft at area establishments.
A special Friendsgiving holiday party, taking place from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at the brewery (840 Seneca St.) benefits the Food Bank of Western New York, so bring non-perishable foodstuffs to donate. If you bring a bag of non-perishable food items, Flying Bison President Tim Herzog will buy you a beer.
The Spot Coffee Stout will be on tap alongside the brewery’s MacBison Pale Scotch Ale, which is described as very malty. It weighs in at a hefty 7.7 percent ABV and is released every year for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Not stopping there, the brewery will be releasing a few special pilot batches (smaller batches of beer that only get sold directly through the brewery and are in limited supply). Pilot beers include a fresh hopped IPA (India Pale Ale made using hops that have been picked and dried only days before being used) and a Beef on Weck Gose (a uniquely Buffalo take on the classic old-world-yet-newly-popularized salty and tart wheat ale from Germany).
Live music will be performed by Tom Stahl. Free snacks will be available, and the brewery welcomes you to bring your own to share. The complementary snacks include Fairy Cakes Cupcakery cupcakes made with Flying Bison beers, which is reason enough to go on its own.
If you can’t make the event, Flying Bison will accept food bank donations until Christmas.