A guest from Ireland
The Tewksbury Lodge (249 Ohio St.) will host an event and discussion on“The History of Brewing Beer” from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25. The event is free and reservations are encouraged (call 840-2866). A limited food menu will be available. The discussion will be led by Ian Hamilton, head brewer of Sullivan’s Brewing Company in Kilkenny, Ireland). Hamilton will be joined by lead investor Michael Meade for a formal presentation of the history of brewing, following by a question and answer period. Sullivan’s beer was recently released into the Buffalo area market, featuring an Irish Red Ale.
Mardi Gras at Flying Bison
Inspired by the Mardis Gras season, Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) is hosting a New Orleans party from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25. The event features live music from Black Rock Zydeco, Cajun food from The Lousiana Cookery, king cakes from Mazurek’s Bakery (find the plastic babies, get free beers), and a special cask of beer. Cost is $25 at the door and includes two drink tickets. Beads and masks will be given out; the best costume is awarded extra drink tickets. All ages are welcome (non-alcoholic drinks available). Call 873-1557.
Talking about hops
A "Brewer's Corner" seminar will be held from 11 a.m to noon Feb. 25 at 42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora). The free seminar will be on hops, one of beer’s key ingredients, and led by Matt Jaworski from Hunters Valley Hops in East Aurora. Call 805-7500.
Beer and dinner
Resurgence Brewing Company and Curly’s Grille (647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna) are teaming up for a beer pairing dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 28. The event costs $45 and will feature four courses, each paired with a beer from Resurgence. Tickets are available at resurgencebrewing.com. Call 381-9868.
More Mardi Gras spirit
New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) is getting in the NOLA spirit as well, hosting a Mardi Gras Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 25. Music is from the Nickel City Pimp Choir and there will be food and beer specials. Admission is free but NYBP is asking partygoers to bring a can of dog or cat food to donate to the Niagara County Community Mission’s Pet Food Pantry. Call 743-6927.