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Beer notes: Game Time brew, visit from Allagash Brewing

A new Game Time brew

Hamburg Brewing Company (6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg) will launch its collaboration beer with WGR 550, Game Time, on Aug. 4.

The style of American pale ale was chosen, in part, to help represent the adoration for great beer combined with the die-hard loyalty for area sports. The beer features a moderate malt backbone, with a low level of bitterness and citrusy American hops. Call 649-3249.

Welcome, Allagash

Two area bars are jointly welcoming brewmaster Jason Perkins from Allagash Brewing Co. of Portland, Maine. Perkins is bringing 28 different kegs of Allagash beers when he visits Allen Burger Venture (175 Allen St.) and Colter Bay (561 Delaware Ave.) on Aug. 9. He will be at ABV from 6 to 8 p.m. and Colter Bay from 8 to 10 p.m.

The full lineup of beers is impressive, and can be seen on the Facebook event page. This event is a must-attend for any lover of Belgian and sour beers, and especially for homebrewers and beer geeks. Call 768-0386.

Big Ditch offers brewery tours

Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) is now offering public brewery tours. The schedule is noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays and noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sundays. Tours cost $15 and are purchased in-person on the day of the tour. Each tour can accommodate 15 people and includes a souvenir logo glass and four samples of beer.

Big Ditch also is releasing its Penalty Kill Kolsch at 5 p.m. Aug. 4. This beer was brewed in collaboration with Kevin DiTondo, whose Kolsch recipe won the prestigious Best of Show award at this year’s Amber Waves of Grain Homebrew Competition.

The 5.1 percent ABV beer has a balance of crisp light grain, spicy hops and slight fruitiness from a Kolsch yeast strain. Call 854-5050.

A bus tour with BNBA

Ted Hawley, the new chair of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, has organized a Tour de Farm from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4.

The event centers around a bus tour with stops at Flying Bison Brewing Company, New York Craft Malt (Batavia), Cornell Malting Barley Fields (East Aurora) and Dublin Corners Farm Brewery (Linwood). The tour offers attendees the opportunity to visit the fields of malting barley right before harvest, witness craft malt houses in action, see hop vines reaching for the sky and savor the local flavors brewed by farm breweries.

The $20 cost includes the bus trip and lunch, and registration can be done here. Email questions to

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