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Beer notes: Yoga, watermelon and a pilsner for a cause

A taste for watermelon

Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will release its summer seasonal Watermelon Hefeweizen beginning July 26. The popular fruity favorite is a traditional Bavarian-style Hefeweizen brewed with wheat, oats, German yeast and more than 1,500 pounds of fresh watermelon (4.2 percent ABV). Call 854-5050.

A pilsner for #GavinStrong

Brickyard Brewing Company (436 Center St., Lewiston) will release a Czech Pilsner for a cause from 8 to midnight July 28. The beer is named #GavinStrong, a reference to the 10-year-old Lewiston boy who lost his foot after a lawnmower accident.

All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Gavin Burns and Limbs for Life, an organization that provides prosthetic limbs to those in need. The beer measures 4.2 percent ABV, and was brewed to compare to the quality and drinkability of classic European pilsners. Call 754-7227.

[Related: Read more about how Brickyard Brewing started]

Beer yoga at Rusty Nickel

Rusty Nickel Brewing Company (4350 Seneca St., West Seneca) has begun hosting Beer-Yoga at 11:30 a.m. Sundays through the summer. Customers should bring their own mats. Pre-registration is recommended (tickets available at rustynickelbrewing.com). The ticket price includes one post-class beverage (beer, wine, cider or mixology).

Rusty Nickel also has recently re-released its Palletizer Pale Ale, brewed with 100 percent New York State ingredients, including malt from Queen City Malt and hops from East Prairie Hop Company. Call 608-6155.

New from 12 Gates

12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive, East Amherst) has released its newest beer, dubbed simply Hefeweizen. The 5.7 percent ABV  German wheat beer is brewed with wheat and German Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops for a traditional banana and clove flavor profile that pairs perfectly with grilled sausages. Call 906-6600.

Happy birthday, Buffalo Brewing

Buffalo Brewing Company (314 Myrtle Ave.) is throwing a second anniversary party from noon to 8 p.m. July 28. Beers that will be on tap include 1825 Session IPA (India pale ale), triple-dry-hopped (TDH) with El Dorado, Amarillo, Azacca, Idaho 7 and Citra hops; 1817 TDH Double IPA, and 2017 Vintage 1813 Imperial Porter.

The event will also feature live music from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., food trucks all day, and a raffle with a grand prize of a three-pack of crowlers per month for a year. Call 868-2218.

Yoga on the patio at Five & 20

Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing (8398 W. Main St., Westfield) will host its next Patio Yoga session at 10 a.m. July 29. Registration for the event can be done via eventbrite.com. The cost includes one pint of beer (or glass of wine) as well as a post-class tasting flight. Call 793-9463.

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