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Beer notes: Old First Ward's Fruit Beer Fest, Thin Man's Minkey Boodle

Minkey Boodles sales benefit breast cancer research

Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) is running a promotion through October. For each glass of its Minkey Boodle (sour raspberry beer) sold, $1 will be donated to Susan G. Komen Upstate New York for breast cancer research. Call 923-4100.

Old First Ward frees the fruit

Gene McCarthy’s (73 Hamburg St.) will hold its first Fruit Beer Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. For $25 (tickets available at, attendees will receive a commemorative glass and unlimited samples from numerous local breweries in the Old First Ward Brewing Company beer garden. Raffle tickets and food will be available for purchase. Call 855-8948.

New XPA released by Woodcock Brothers

Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson) will release its newest XPA (experimental pale ale), version 13, in cans at noon Oct. 13. Four packs of the 16-ounce cans will be available for $12.99 (limit six packs per person).

Brewed with Idaho 7, Denali and Bru-1 experimental hops, the 6.5 percent alcohol by volume India pale ale will have an intense, juicy tropical flavor with a round earthy dankness. The beer will be on tap for the release as well, and a special cask of the beer conditioned on pineapple and scotch bonnet peppers will also be available. Call 333-4000.

Teddy's Tripel packs a punch

Lafayette Brewing Company (391 Washington St.) has launched the newest in its Teddy’s Big Game Series of beers, a Belgian-style Tripel called Teddy’s Tripel. The 9.1 percent ABV golden ale is brewed with imported malt and authentic Trappist yeast. Expect flavors of bubblegum and white pepper, with a subtle sweetness and clean finish. Call 856-0062.

Pizza Plant goes tried and true

Pizza Plant Transit (7770 Transit Road, East Amherst) will hold its 29th annual beer-tasting event at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Tickets are $40 (available at Attendees are entitled to a large sample of 12 different beers, a commemorative beer glass, bread sticks and education on the beer styles from Flying Bison’s Tim Herzog. Call 632-0800.

Buffalo Beer Goddesses detail their next event

The Buffalo Beer Goddesses will hold their next public social event from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Eagle House Restaurant (5578 Main St., Williamsville). There will be a costume contest with prizes awarded to the Goddesses’ favorites.


Don't fear 12 Gates' Barbaric Blonde

12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive, Amherst) will launch its new Barbaric Blonde, a dry-hopped American blonde ale brewed with Citra and Hallertauer hops. The 4.2 percent ABV beer will be available at 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the tap room. Call 906-6600.

Black is back for Big Ditch

Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) has relaunched its seasonal Fall Black beer. The 5 percent ABV dark beer is brewed with German and American malt, featuring a subtle roast character, smooth bready malts and slightly spicy hops. Call 854-5050.

Flying Bison hosts beer flight special

Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) will kick off its Friday Night Flights starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 13 with two flights of beer for the price of one. The special will continue every Friday. Call 873-1557.

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