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Thawfest 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 Buffalo RiverWorks 359 Ganson St. (342-2292) Despite the recent bout of April snow, organizers will be celebrating the imminent arrival of a proper spring with the inaugural Thawfest. More than 20 wineries, distilleries and breweries from around the area will be featured. A list of participating vendors can be viewed here. “We started Thawfes…

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Big Ditch Brewing Company will feature a beer than was made well before the brewery opened. The beer, “Bidwell Wild,” may be the first example of a beer produced with native yeast and bacteria purposefully collected from Western New York. “Over a year before we opened our brewery, we had a chance to perform a homebrew demonstration at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market,…

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Putts and Pints 5 to 8 p.m., March 30 Flying Bison Brewing Company 840 Seneca St. (873-1557) Flying Bison will host an event to raise money for The First Tee of WNY, a program that encourages and inspires positive values and healthy choices in the next generation of Western New Yorkers through the experience of golf. Tickets are $30 and include food, games and beer and c…

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The Brewer’s Invitational 2 to 5 p.m. April 2 at Pettibones Grill, 275 Washington St. (846-2100) The Brewer’s Invitational is a beer festival featuring specialty one-off beers from area breweries as well as other beers. This event features 20 specialty brews made by brewing members of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) and ten beers from additional guest brewe…

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A collaboration beer brewed between Niagara country residents Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company will be released at 7 p.m. March 23. The beer, called Barrel-aged Belgian Rye, will only be available at the Wilson brewery and in limited supply. Woodcock Brothers supplied the beer and Leonard Oakes supplied the barrels. The collaboration star…

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Cicerone Beer Savvy Bootcamp 3 p.m. March 22 42 North Brewing Company 25 Pine St., East Aurora (805-7500) Only 11 people in the world have achieved the status of Master Cicerone. One of them, Pat Fahey, is coming to 42 North Brewing Company in East Aurora to present a four-hour course on introduction to beer styles and service. The Cicerone program was founded as the bee…

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Meet the Brewer: SingleCut Beersmiths 6 p.m. March 10 Blue Monk Buffalo 727 Elmwood Ave. (882-6665) Owner and head brewer Rich Buceta, of SingleCut Beersmiths, will pay a visit to Blue Monk Buffalo on Thursday. Founded in 2012, SingleCut Beersmiths is located in Astoria, N.Y. Some of its more popular beers include Billy Full-Stack India Pale Ale, Bon Bon 2xTNT Imperial …

Resurgence Brewing Company will be on tap at Murphy Brown’s Craft Beer Empourium at 6:30 p.m. March 9. One of those beers, Blood Orange Saison, will be featured. For a detailed description of Blood Orange Saison, click here. Other beers that will be on tap include Irish Breakfast Ale and Resurgence IPA. Pints of various Resurgence beers will be available for consumption. …

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“Great Big Steve” Collaboration Tap Parties Two breweries located on opposite ends of Lake Erie have joined forces to brew a big malty beer. Great Lakes Brewing Company from Cleveland teamed up with Buffalo’s Big Ditch Brewing Company. The resultant beer, called “Great Big Steve,” will be served at numerous are tap rooms and bars over the next week. So what prompted a …

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Péché Mortel Day Noon Feb. 27 Blue Monk 727 Elmwood Ave. (882-6665) Blue Monk will have an array of Péché Mortel beer variants on tap. Péché Mortel is French for “mortal sin” and is the name for Dieu du Ciel's Coffee Imperial Stout. Dieu du Ciel is a popular brewery in Montreal, Quebec. Péché Mortel is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavor…

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2016 Winter Hop Fest 2 to 5 p.m., Feb. 20 Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing Company 73 Hamburg St. (855-8948) Gene McCarthy’s, located in the Old First Ward, will host a Winter Hop Fest on Saturday. Several breweries from Western New York will be contributing at least one beer, including Old First Ward Brewing, Community Beer Works, 42 North Brewing, 12 Gates Brewi…

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This weekend, there are numerous Valentine's Day events scheduled at area breweries. Your date can include beer, wine, chocolate, food and even broomball this weekend. -------------------------- Belgian Beer and Chocolate Fest 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 Pizza Plant 7770 Transit Road, Williamsville (832-0800) Pizza Plant Williamsville location invites you to start off Val…

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East Aurora Pour House seeks to occupy a niche in East Aurora as a sports bar that offers local craft beer, elevated pub fare and a friendly atmosphere. Abbreviated simply as EAPH, it's tucked away just off of Main Street, across the street from Vidler’s 5 & 10 and around the corner from 42 North Brewing Company. "We want our place to be that blend where you can come …

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Blue Monk Buffalo has made a befitting connection with De Struise Brewery in Belgium. A collaboration between Mike Shatzel, owner of Blue Monk, and Urbain Coutteau, head brewer, founder, and co-owner at De Struise Brewery in Belgium, was inevitable given their shared interest in Belgian beer. At a festival sponsored by Shelton Brothers importers last October in Florida, S…

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Stillwater founder Brian Strumke visits Buffalo 5 p.m. Feb. 3 Blue Monk 727 Elmwood Ave. (882-6665) And: 5 p.m. Feb. 4 Moor Pat 78 E. Spring St., Williamsville (810-9957) Stillwater Artisanal Ales owner/founder/brewer Brian Strumke will visit two Mike Shatzel owned establishments-- Blue Monk on Elmwood Avenue and Moor Pat in Williamsville-- on two consecutive nights. "…