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Beer notes: Return of Resurgence sour, stronger Pearl St. hefeweizen

Resurgence pours a sour, IPA

Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.) will release two beers in late May. The first, black currant kettle sour, is the return of an old favorite featuring a seamless mix of berry and currant flavors, with a light tart mouthfeel (5.5 percent alcohol by volume, available May 23).

The second beer is the newest New England-style IPA (India pale ale) in Resurgence’s line of research and development beers, R&D #13 (6.5 percent ABV, available May 30). Call 381-9868.

Pearl Street raises the potency of its hefeweizen

Pearl Street Grill and Brewery (76 Pearl St.) recently released its new beer, Wild Stallions Imperial Hefeweizen. This high-ABV take on the brewery’s popular Wild Ox Wheat has all of the familiar characteristics of the house Hefe, but in a 7.6 percent ABV package. Call 856-2337.

Lafayette Brewing Company heralds its hops

Lafayette Brewing Company (391 Washington St.) has recently brought back its best-selling seasonal beer, Cheaters IPA. Brewed with hops so good it’s "like cheating," the medium-bodied beer features Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe hops for a tropical and aromatic beer (7 percent ABV). Call 856-0062.

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Five & 20 offers hands-on session

Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing (8398 W. Main St., Westfield) will offer aspiring hobbyists the opportunity to be Distiller for a Day at its event on at 10 a.m. June 2.

For $85 (limited tickets available at eventbrite.com), attendees will have an opportunity to work with the distilling team to learn about the inner workings of a grain-to-glass craft distillery. The roughly five-hour work day will include an exclusive spirits sampling, lunch from onsite kitchen Bird and a commemorative T-shirt. Pre-registration is required by May 27. Call 793-9463.

Rusty Nickel sets third birthday festivities

Rusty Nickel Brewing Company (4350 Seneca St., West Seneca) will celebrate its third anniversary with a party from noon to 11 p.m. June 2. The all-day celebration will include live music, food, beer pairings, custom cocktails (including its award-winning Bloody Mary), spirits and hard cider. Call 608-6155 or follow the event’s Facebook page for more detail.

Big Ditch boasts two releases

Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will release a second run of Dibble (the fourth in its Lock IPA series of beers) at 11 a.m. May 25. Four-packs of the beer will be available for $13.99.

The same day, the brewery will also release a new run of cans of its Deep Cut Double IPA for $14.99. Call 854-5050.

12 Gates details Rock the Gates

12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive, East Amherst) will present its second annual Rock the Gates music and beer festival from noon to 11 p.m. June 2.

Featuring musical acts such as XOXO and The A-List as well as the release of a special tropical stout called Ancient Chaos, the festival's general admission tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door, and it includes one free beer.

VIP tickets ($30 in advance, $35 at the door) include two beers, an extensive list of nine beer releases, a 12 Gates rastal teku (a tasting glass), a commemorative T-shirt and admission. All tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com, or in the 12 Gates taproom. Call 906-6600.

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