Five & 20 welcomes new brewer
Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing (8398 W. Main St., Westfield) has a new head brewer in Paul Alessi. Alessi started as an intern at the brewery where he apprenticed under original brewer Jimmy Walsh (who has accepted a brewing position at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Virginia).
Alessi graduated from the Erie Community College Brewing Science program, and is studying to become a Certified Cicerone. Call 793-9463.
42 North cans LuchaBrew
42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora) is releasing its LuchaBrew amber-style Mexican lager in 12-ounce cans beginning Aug. 25.
The 4.8 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) beer was brewed in collaboration with Deep South Taco, and will be available in six packs at both Deep South Taco locations as well as at the 42 North taproom. Call 805-7500.
Community Beer Works
Community Beer Works (15 Lafayette Ave.) will release its new Brett Saison on Aug. 25 Fermented for three months with a blend of Brettanomyces (wild yeasts), the beer has a slight earthy aroma blended with notes of fruit, subtle spice and honey.
Lloyd Taco Truck will also be on site from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 759-4677.
Woodcock gets wet
Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson) has released its new wet-hopped IPA (India pale ale), brewed with Centennial and Citra hops. The brewery will release a second wet-hopped IPA on Sept. 1, brewed with Chinook and Simcoe hops.
Wet-hopped IPAs are brewed with hops that are taken right off the bine at harvest, before they are dried, yielding a very unique and somewhat unpredictable hop flavor profile. Woodcock Brothers used hops from Niagara Hops this year for the IPAs. Call 333-4000.
Pearl Street tackles Crowlers
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (76 Pearl St.) has begun to sell Crowlers. For $10 ($11 for seasonals), customers can now take home a sealed 32-ounce can of any of its beers to enjoy wherever they desire.
The sealed cans are easier to carry, much more recyclable due to their aluminum construction, and keep light and oxygen out of the beer much better than growlers. Call 856-2337.
Big Ditch digs into history
Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will release Fip, the second in its Lock IPA series, tentatively on Aug. 26. Brewed with Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe hops, the 6.8 percent ABV beer contains a burst of citrus, honeydew and tropical punch flavor.
Named after a six-cent coin used to purchase ale during the days of the Erie Canal’s construction, the beer will be sold in four packs of 16-ounce cans for $14 (limit one case per person).
Big Ditch will also release its fall seasonal, cinnamon apple amber ale, on Aug. 24. This year, for the first time, it will also be available in cans.
The beer uses locally pressed cider from New York State apples, locally grown barley, cinnamon, allspice, oatmeal and brown sugar to create a beer that reminds drinkers of autumn. Call 854-5050.