Big Ditch cans Deep Cut
Music to its fans’ ears, Big Ditch Brewing Co. (55 E. Huron St.) is finally canning its award-winning double IPA (India Pale Ale), Deep Cut. The cans go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 4. There will be a one case limit per customer (subject to change based on yield and demand) as the brewery expects to have about 200 cases available for sale.
The tropical and citrus-flavored 8.5 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) IPA will also be on tap at the brewery that day for draft and growler sales. The kitchen will open at 11 a.m. with its regular menu. Customers who miss out on the release shouldn’t fear: Big Ditch will continue to brew and can the beer approximately once per month for the remainder of the year. Call 854-5050.
Buffalo Brewing adds Sunday hours
Buffalo Brewing Company (314 Myrtle Ave.) has added Sunday tap room hours. Starting Feb. 5, the young Larkinville brewery will be open from noon until 5 p.m.
To commemorate the new hours, the brewery is offering a special on its crowlers (a cheaper sealed aluminum can alternative to glass growlers), with three of the 32-ounce cans for $22 available all Super Bowl weekend. Call 868-2218.
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Belgian Beer and Chocolate Festival
The suburban Pizza Plant location (7770 Transit Road, Williamsville) is bringing back its annual Valentine’s Day-themed Belgian Beer and Chocolate Festival at 7 p.m. Feb. 8.
Belgian beers on tap will include a large selection from Brewery Ommegang and the Duvel Moortgat group. Local chocolates from Chow Chocolate will be available alongside beers like Lovely Dark and Deep (5.3 percent ABV oatmeal stout), Rosetta (5.6 percent ABV traditional Belgian Kriek with cherries brewed by Liefmans in Belgium for Ommegang), and Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge (5.5 percent ABV Flanders red ale), to name a few.
This year, the restaurant will be joined by the Queen City Roller Girls. A 50/50 raffle will support the team. Call 632-0800.
Coles celebrates stout
Winter, for many beer drinkers, means stouts. Coles (1104 Elmwood Ave.) is taking advantage of this fact with one of its famous third-floor beer events, dubbed "Mama Said Knock You Stout."
The second incarnation of this event features hip-hop music and a bevy of big, bold stouts, including Founders 2015 Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Prairie Birthday Bomb and Christmas Bomb and Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2016.
The event will start at 3 p.m. Feb. 3 and continue through Feb. 4. Call 886-1449.
Drink a jelly doughnut
New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) is releasing a variant of its popular flagship beer Walter Kohlsch on Feb. 3. Walter Kohl, the former owner of the land upon which NYBP was built, is originally from Germany, as is the Kolsch style of ale this beer is modeled after.
This special spinoff version is brewed with raspberry to add the jelly doughnut aspect, a treat of which Kohl was said to be quite fond. Call 743-6927.
New cider, IPA at Thin Man
Two new beverages will be on tap this week at Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.).
Currant Affairs is a cider that is a collaboration with the Canisteo, NY cidery Cider Creek. A Belgian Blonde cider made with blackcurrants and co-fermented with both wild yeast as well as standard brewer’s yeast, the 6.5 percent ABV cider will be released at 6 p.m. Feb. 2.
Very Friendly is a new IPA. At 5.5 percent ABV it’s lighter than usual with a soft bitterness, and features popular Galaxy hops. Very Friendly will be released Feb. 3. Call 923-4100.
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Woodcock releases limited XPA
Using Galaxy and Mosaic, two popular and in-demand hops, Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson) is releasing a special version of its XPA (experimental pale ale). This is a very limited batch. While the yield isn’t known yet, somewhere around 60-70 cases will go on sale at noon Feb. 3. One keg will be available for single pours only as well (no growler fills).
The last release of XPA sold out at the brewery in less than an hour, so the brewery advises people to get there early. There is a limit of four four-packs per person. Call 333-4000.