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Beer news: MyCity Brew, Thin Man, Woodcock, Coles

MyCity Brew is gearing up to make its final selection before brewing Buffalo’s first publicly chosen craft beer.

The beer company has gone through several rounds of voting since January 2015 (you may have seen ballot boxes at various bars and beer stops throughout the greater Buffalo area). The people have spoken, and they've selected a lager.

Now, it is time to select which style of lager will be brewed. The current ballot boxes offer a choice among pale lager (a light-bodied style similar to Genesee or Labatt Blue), pilsner (a hoppier offering, dry and crisp with a bitter bite) or a dunkel (brown in color, clean with a rich malt character yet still light enough to drink several of). Voters may suggest flavors/additives to add to the beer or write in their own style suggestions.

Votes can be submitted by ballot box or via the company’s website. This round of voting will close on Jan. 15.

Put on your Hop Pants

Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.; 923-4100) has offered several hoppy beers since opening last summer, ranging from draft menu mainstays to fleeting one-off batches.

It is now time for the brewery to launch its first series of rotating beers: Hop Pants, a series of IPAs (India Pale Ales).

Each release in the series will feature a different blend of hops, giving the brewers an opportunity to play with combinations of flavors among a relatively constant malt backdrop. Hop Pants #1 will feature three hops: Amarillo, Simcoe and El Dorado. Amarillo and Simcoe are the classics and provide lots of citrus and pine notes respectively. El Dorado is a newer hop that will add its own citrus notes.

The IPA comes in at 6.6 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) and will be available Jan 5.

[Related: Starters at Thin Man Brewery]

Woodcock distributes stout

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company has had its Imperial Orange Chocolate Stout on tap at the brewery in Wilson for a few weeks now.

In the first week of January, however, the beer will be available via distribution in bars, restaurants and beer stores all around Western New York. The beer is 8 percent ABV and is brewed with cocoa nibs and orange peel. It is draft only, so you can enjoy it by the glass or bring your growler for a fill at your favorite beer store.

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company is at 638 Lake St., Wilson. Call 333-4000.

NYBP returns favorite

An old favorite called White the F! is returning to New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport; 743-6927) starting Jan. 5. Stylistically, it is a white IPA – that is an India Pale Ale brewed with coriander and sweet orange peel (both of which are used in Belgian white ales or witbiers).

The hops in this beer are many: Apollo, Falconer’s Flight, Chinook, Galaxy and Citra. Together with the other flavors, this beer is hugely aromatic with loads of citrus. White the F! is 6.65 percent ABV.

[Related: New York Beer Project begins pouring first signature brews]

A bold tap takeover

When Ballast Point takes over the taps at Coles (1104 Elmwood Ave.) it won’t be your typical tap takeover. Ballast Point, a brewery out of San Diego, Calif., mostly famous for its big, bold, flavorful beers, is taking over all 36 taps at Cole at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 7.

The impressive lineup includes favorites like Sculpin (IPA, 7 percent ABV) and Victory at Sea (porter with coffee and vanilla, 10 percent ABV), as well as beers seldom, if ever seen, in the area including a cinnamon raisin-flavored version of Commodore (American stout, 6.5 percent ABV).

The takeover will also include three beers from the brewery’s Roots to Boots series, a program that gives its employees an opportunity to collaborate with the brewers and conceptualize, formulate and even name their own beers. A full list of available beers is available on the Coles Facebook page.

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