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Beer notes: Halloween parties at Woodcock, 12 Gates, 42 North

Woodcock returns Stiff Mitten

Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company (638 Lake St., Wilson) will release it annual winter seasonal brew Stiff Mitten at noon Oct. 28. The 7.2 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) winter ale has a reddish brown color and is brewed with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

Four packs of the 16-ounce cans will be avail for $9.99 (no limits). At 7 p.m., Woodcock will also host its Halloween party, with live music from Blue Rocket Trio, and a costume contest - wearing a costume will also earn attendees $1 off of beers. Stiff Mitten will be on tap and available for growler fills. Call 333-4000.

*Related: Smiles at NYS Beer Festival at Woodcock Brothers

12 Gates to host spooky gathering

12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive, East Amherst) will have its Halloween party from 5 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 27. Attendees will enjoy $1 off of beers all night, a costume contest ($50 gift certificate to the winner) and live music from 7 to 10 p.m. with Julian Burgio. No cover.

12 Gates will also be brewing four test batches of Munich Dunkel beers for My City Brew. The batches of this dark German lager will be created for a future tasting to determine the final recipe for the beer. Call 906-6600.

Thin Man savors sour

Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) will host its Sour Saturday event at 11 a.m. Oct. 28. The event will feature the re-release of Hustler of Culture (5.7 percent ABV Belgian sour brown ale), which is a new version aged on wood, with notes of tart cherry and dark honey.

Other sour beers available will include beers from Upland, Almanac, Cascade and bottle pours from Jester King, Fantome, American Solera, and more.

Thin Man has also brewed a collaboration Northeast-style IPA (India pale ale) with Captain Lawrence (Elmsford, NY) featuring Mosaic, Simcoe and Bravo hope, which will be available both on draft and in cans in a few weeks. Call 923-4100.

42 North throws all the parties

42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora) will host a tap takeover featuring four beers from Ithaca Beer Co. at noon Oct. 27. 42 North’s Parallel Lines Belgian Pale Ale (collaboration with Ithaca Beer Co.) will also be on tap.

42 North will also hold its Howl at the Moon Halloween Party from 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 28. In addition to a costume contest, the brewery will be tapping its new Sanguine Saison (6.4 percent ABV mixed fermentation fruity and funky farmhouse ale with a blood-red color).

Also on tap will be a cask of its Asylum Porter conditioned on hot scotch bonnet peppers and cherries. Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Nosferatu (8 percent ABV) will be on tap to add to the spooky spirit. Music from Ten Cent Howl will play from 8 to 11 p.m.

42 North will celebrate Dia de los Muertos with its Taco Tuesday on Oct. 31, with one beer and two tacos available for $10. Call 805-7500.

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