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12 Gates Brewing nears Philosofest 12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive, East Amherst) will host its third annual Philosofest at 2 p.m. Nov. 21. The free event will begin with a bottle release of Dissolution oak-aged Baltic porter (9.6 percent ABV). Only 100 22-ounce bottles of the beer will be available (first come, first serve; $12 each). Live music is by MJ &a…

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New York Beer Project celebrates three years New York Beer Project (6933 S, Transit Road,, Lockport) will celebrate its third birthday with an anniversary party on Nov. 18. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. diners will be offered a complimentary champagne toast (for adults 21 and over) to go along with brunch. At 2 p.m., NYBP will release its Righteous Dudette Triple IPA (Indi…

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Pianos duel at Resurgence Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.) will host Dueling Pianos from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 3. The event is $5 at the door, and seating will be limited, but shouldn’t be necessary given the energetic and dance-inducing tunes attendees will hear throughout the night. Call 381-9868. [Photos: Smiles at Dueling Pianos stop at NYBP earlier t…

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42 North plans own birthday party 42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora) will celebrate its third birthday with special releases and a party at noon Oct. 20. Several beers will be released including an Apricot Sour, Brett Belgian Pale, Flanders Red Ale and 2016 Red Army Imperial Stout. Guests will also enjoy food from Rolf’s Artisan Wood-Fired Flatbread mo…

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Big Ditch's 'Canvass' is not blank Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will release Canvass, the latest in its Lock Series, on Oct. 13. The beer is the fifth IPA (India pale ale) in a series that focuses on exploring the range of flavors found in hoppy beers. Named for a civil engineer who worked on the Erie Canal, Canvass is brewed with El Dorado, Mosaic and F…

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The Terrace presents Cider Fest The Terrace at Delaware Park (199 Lincoln Pkwy.) will present Cider Fest 2018 from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. The fest features a celebration of ciders, as well as farmers market vendors, fresh baked goods and housemade sausages. A pumpkin patch and pie sale will offer family-friendly activities. Ciders will be available from Argus Cidery, …

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Rusty Nickel appreciates malted grain Rusty Nickel Brewing Company (4350 Seneca St., West Seneca) will present the second annual Malt Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29. The event features all things malty in New York State, with beers, spirits and drink samples from local breweries and distilleries. Tickets cost $18 (available here), including a tasting glass, free sample…

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Thin Man hosts Bills parties, releases Pills Mafia Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) has joined forces with 103.3 The Edge to present #billsmafia Away Game Parties with BILLS4LIFE. Every away game this season will feature James Kurdziel and Tiffany Bentley broadcasting 103.3 live from Thin Man Brewery. A 40-inch flat-screen TV will be given away weekly, as well as th…

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Big Ditch cans a Lock Series IPA Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will release cans of Packet IPA (India pale ale) on Sept. 8. Four-packs of 16-ounce cans will be available for $14.99. Packet was the first beer in the brewery’s Lock Series of IPAs, first released in April 2017. The popular 7.2 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) IPA is brewed with Galaxy, Mosaic…

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Thin Man brews badger-friendly beer Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) will release Badger Assassin, a dry-hopped sour ale, on Sept. 1. The 5.5 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) beer was brewed in collaboration with Shawn Kerr, brewmaster at Bolton Landing Brewing Company, and a longtime brewing companion of Thin Man head brewer Rudy Watkins. The sour ale takes inspirat…

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Pressure Drop and Big Ditch peacefully join arms Pressure Drop Brewing (65 Vandalia St.) and Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) have released a new collaboration beer, Aqua Buddha. The 7.4 percent ABV beer is a double dry-hopped DIPA (double India pale ale) featuring dominant citrus notes and hints of cherry. Aqua Buddha was brewed to be a hybrid of east and w…

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NYBP prepares you for the Scottish Festival New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) will tap its Stone’s Throw Scottish Export ale on Aug. 17. The 4.7 percent ABV malty beer yields a light biscuit and moderately sweet caramel aroma, with flavors of toast, rich toffee, and an off-dry finish, which means there's a touch of sweetness to the otherwise dry close…

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Tour de Cask tickets available Tickets are on sale for the third annual Tour de Cask, taking place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 2 at Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.). The event, hosted by the Buffalo Beer Goddesses, is a fundraiser for the group’s annual Cicerone Scholarship for WNY Women. Tickets cost $30 (available via EventBrite.com) and include eight hal…

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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 …