National Homebrew Day
Niagara Tradition Homebrew Supply (1296 Sheridan Drive) will be participating in the national National Homebrew Day festivities on May 6. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the shop is offering a beginning class for home brewers. The cost is $20; reserve a seat by calling or ordering online.
Following the class at 1:30 p.m. will be an all-grain demo (featuring the Grainfather device), beer tasting and anniversary celebration for the store (no cost to attend). Attendees are welcome to bring homebrew to share. Call 877-8767.
The North Chautauqua Home Brewers Club also will be participating in National Homebrew Day. From noon to 6 p.m. at Dunkirk Home Brew (3375 E. Main Road, No. 5, Dunkirk), multiple all-grain and malt extract brewing demos will be performed. Hot dogs, homebrewed soda as well as other food and beverage will be available. Call 679-7977.
Another Coles tap takeover
Coles (1104 Elmwood Ave.) will be hosting a tap takeover featuring Southern Tier and Ellicottville Brewing Companies from noon to 11 p.m. May 6. The beers will include a number of standard releases, seasonals and harder-to-find treats from both breweries. Reps from both breweries also will be on-site with giveaways, prizes and more. Call 886-1449.
Santora's hosts CBW, Four Mile
Community Beer Works and Four Mile Brewing will be sampling its beers from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 at Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill (7800 Transit Road). Each brewery will have two beers on tap, and reps from the breweries will be providing samples and other fun activities. Call 634-6000.
Baltic Fair Beer
Sean Wall of Hamburg won the annual Erie County Fair Homebrew Competition. His Baltic Porter beat out more than 180 other home brews, which were evaluated on April 20 and 22. The beer will be brewed at Flying Bison Brewing Company and released at the brewery and the fair, where it will be on tap all week long.
Baltic Porter is an old style of strong dark ale stemming from the Baltic Sea region, similar to an Imperial Stout but with less aggressive roast characteristics, and more dark fruit undertones.
Drink in your jammies
Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.) will host its popular Kegs & Eggs event at 11 a.m. May 7. This recurring event features a massive tap list of eight to 10 one-day-only experimental beers, plus two special casks that will be tapped throughout the day. The special beers include a banana stout, passion fruit kolsch, milkshake IPA, pineapple IPA and a Mimosa bar orange hefeweizen.
Personal quiche with greens, housemade breakfast sausage and breakfast potatoes will be served. No tickets are required to attend. Call 381-9868.
Woodcock puts out the Honey
Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson) will release its limited Honey Saison on draft at the brewery on May 5. The (well-hidden) 7.8 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) beer was brewed with local wildflower honey from Beck’s Bees, and fermented with a French saison yeast strain.
A portion of the beer is being aged in Tommyrotter oak gin barrels for three to six months before it will be released. Call 333-4000.
12 Gates Brings Back the Pils
12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive) has re-released its popular, award-winning Water Mill Pils both in its taproom as well as in area-wide distribution. This German-style pilsner uses a traditional Bavarian brewing process, all German malt and noble hop varieties (prized for their delicate aromas). The beer finishes dry and smooth, featuring a light bready malt profile with a clean but floral hop presence. Call 906-6600.
Thin Man brews sacred recipe
Stone Brewing Company has released its sacred recipe for the popular Arrogant Bastard strong to about 20 breweries across the country as part of a special program. One lucky brewery selected was Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.), who brewed the beer to spec. It is now available at the brewery for a limited time. As part of Stone’s stipulations, $2 from every pint sold will be donated to Foster Care to Success. Call 923-4100.
Ice cream-flavored beer
New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) is re-releasing its passion fruit sour, Supernatural, on May 11. This was its highest-rated beer on the popular beer rating app Untappd.
NYBP also is collaborating with Perry’s Ice Cream to brew three beer-and-ice-cream mash-ups this summer, starting with a Panda Paws-inspired beer to be released during Memorial Day weekend. The other beers in the series are Caribbean Coconut blonde ale (July) and Pumpkin Pie ale (end of August). Call 743-6927.