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Beer news: Big Ditch anniversary party, NYBP Firepit Festival

Big Ditch tap room turns 2

Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) is throwing a party to celebrate the second anniversary of its tap room and brewery from 5 to 8 p.m. May 25. The party features the release of GP2H (Good Problems to Have), a triple rice 11 percent ABV IPA hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Falconer’s Flight on draft only.

Limited edition T-shirts will be given to the first 50 guests. There will be anniversary cake courtesy of The Village Bake Shoppe, food specials and raffles.

Big Ditch also is releasing its new summer seasonal wheat IPA, called FC, in six packs of 12-ounce cans on May 26 for $9.99. Originally brewed in collaboration with FC Buffalo (Buffalo’s soccer team), the 4.1 percent ABV summer ale is hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra hops, with a crisp and refreshing wheat malt base. Call 854-5050.

A busy Allentown Burger Venture

It's a busy weekend at Allen Burger Venture (175 Allen St.). At 4 p.m. May 26, ABV will tap Black Note Stout from Bell’s Brewery. Black Note is one of the most sought-after bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts with notes of dark chocolate, espresso and dried fruits, balanced with the warming character of bourbon from the barrels in which the beer was aged.

From 3 to 11:30 p.m. May 27, ABV hosts a mini-tap takeover featuring Great Lakes Brewing Company from Cleveland. The takeover features Turntable Pils (in cans and on draft), Lightkeeper Blonde Ale (in cans only), Holy Moses White Ale (draft), Madness Double IPA (draft) and Commodore Perry IPA (draft).

To celebrate the brewery’s Turnable Pils, ABV will be spinning vinyl all night and will give away a turntable. Call 768-0386.

FemALE presents Glass Ceiling

The women of Rusty Nickel Brewing Company (4350 Seneca St., West Seneca) have released the second beer in the FemALE Brew Series, called Glass Ceiling. The beer is a brown ale brewed with plumwood smoked malt and fresh plums, resulting in a subtly smoky beer with a fruity sweetness. Glass Ceiling is available at the brewery and 20 percent of all proceeds from the beer’s sales will be donated to the Kaely’s Kindness Foundation, which helps teens battle cancer. Call 608-6155.

NYBP Firepit Festival

New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road) will celebrate the completion of its new biergarten firepit by throwing the NYBP Firepit Festival at 4 p.m. May 28. The festival will feature bocce ball and barbecue on the party patio all day long with music by The River Dog Blues Band at 6 p.m.

The event also features the release of NYBP’s mash up beer with Perry’s Ice Cream, Panda Paws Porter. Complimentary pairings with Perry's Panda Paws ice cream will be available while supplies last. A dollar from each pint of beer sold will go to Buffalo Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Call 743-6927.

A full weekend at 42 North

The weekend at 42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora) features an updated Creek Sessions Ale, a Brewer's Corner and a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby.

The monthly Brewer’s Corner, from 11 a.m. to noon May 27, will be led by Andy from The Clean Beer Initiative, who will discuss the importance of line cleaning in the beer industry. The event is free.

At noon on May 27, 42 North will release the updated version of its Creekside Session Ale in cans. Four packs of the 16-ounce cans will be available at the brewery, with a limit of four four-packs per customer. The beer is currently on draft at 42 North. From noon to 6 p.m. May 27, $1 of each pint sold will go to the Western New York Mountain Bike Association. The updated beer features Sorachi Ace and Cascade hops for a complex lemon, lime and coconut flavor profile. At 4.8 percent ABV (alcohol by volume), Creekside also features a new malt bill that provides a medium body more similar to a traditional IPA (India Pale Ale) than most session beers.

From 1 to 4 p.m. May 28, 42 North will transform its biergarten into a “field of dreams” for a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby. For $5, attendees can take ten swings to show off their skills and win prizes. All proceeds benefit East Aurora Baseball and Softball. Call 805-7500.

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