Farm to Pint Week shines the spotlight on the local producers most responsible for the beer in your glass. Not only brewers, but also farmers, malters and hopsters, will be celebrated during the weeklong festivities, which take place from May 11 to 18 at various venues. The week highlights the growing farm-to-table and farm-to-glass movement in food and drink with events on local farming, craft beverages and locally sourced food.
It kicks off with the third annual Farm to Pint Expo at Resurgence Brewing from 2 to 5 p.m. May 11 where you can interact with farmers, artisans and tastemakers. There will be samplings and tastings from Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Niagara Craft Spirits, Niagara Landing Winery and 810 Meadworks, as well as informational displays from New York Craft Malt, Niagara Malt and others.
The expo will feature nearly a dozen F2P beers on tap, including these confirmed beers:
42 North Brewing’s 42 North NYS Sour IPA, brewed with New York Chinook, Nugget, Cascade, Macadamia Nut and lactobacillus.
Big Inlet Brewing’s Lowbrow Nobility Wheat, which uses hops from Royce Road Hop Farm.
Brickyard Brewing Company’s Saison des Fleurs, a Dandelion Saison using local malt and dandelions.
Eli Fish Brewing Company’s El Guapa Gose, brewed using only New York State malts.
Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing Grape Lakes Wheat, co-fermented with local concord grape juice.
Resurgence’s West Meets New England IPA, dry-hopped with hops from New York Hop Guild.
Rusty Nickel Brewing’s It's Spelt Correctly, a Brett Farmhouse Saison using four different malts from Niagara Malt.
West Shore Brewing’s Green Flyer New England IPA, done with Niagara Malt’s Pale and Pilsner Malt and Centennial hops from Vertical Vines.
Windy Brew’s PTSD IPA, made with grain from a local farmer.
Here are other events:
• Flying Bison Brewing Company is hosting the F2P Symposium from 5 to 7 p.m. May 14 with local malt and hop producers, Farm to Pint beer bottle share involving WNY & other New York F2P beers. Three F2P experts will speak: Aaron MacCleod of Hartwick College (malt analysis), Chris Holden of NY Hop Guild (NYS hops) and Jason Sahler of Strong Rope Brewery (NYS Farm to Pint beers).
• The fourth annual Full Circle Festival at 42 North Brewing Company is from 2 to 6 p.m. May 18 with beer tastings from more than a dozen local breweries in 42 North’s Biergarten, live music and a pig roast (fed with 42 North’s spent grain). General admission tickets are $30 and include all beer samplings, pig roast and a souvenir glass. VIP tickets are $40 and include special access to barrel-aged beers at 42 Below Barrel Room, all samplings, pig roast and souvenir glass. Designated driver tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com.
• Farm to Pint Week officially wraps up at Batavia’s Eli Fish Brewing from noon to 5 p.m. May 19 with a F2P Tap Takeover. The event will feature dozens of local F2P beers on tap and a Farm to Table food menu. Beer from Belt Line Brewery, Big Ditch Brewing, Buffalo Brewing Company, Four Mile Brewing, New York Beer Project, Old First Ward Brewing, Pearl Street Brewery and Woodcock Brothers Brewing will be available. This event is free.
If you are not able to make it to one of the signature events during Farm to Pint Week, stop by your favorite taproom for a F2P beer, which will be on tap all week at a number of venues, including Pizza Plant’s Transit Road location and Mr. Goodbar.