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Second annual Larkinville Ice Festival 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 30 Larkin Square 745 Seneca St. (362-2665) The 2nd annual Larkinville Ice Fest includes a wide range of events from breweries, businesses and vendors including The Filling Station, Hydraulic Hearth, Flying Bison Brewing Company and the Larkin Center of Commerce. A complete list of events can be viewed here.…

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Grand-opening Party 5 p.m., Jan. 20 New York Beer Project 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport (743-6927) Lockport newcomer New York Beer Project (NYBP) opened its doors on Nov. 19, but only with guest beers available on tap. On Jan. 20, the public will get to sample beers designed and created by NYBP’s brewers and facilities. Facebook event details can be found here. Brewmast…

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Buffalo on Tap 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 15; 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 16 Buffalo Niagara Convention Center 153 Franklin St. (855-5555) America on Tap returns to the Buffalo Niagara Convention center. Tickets are currently on sale for three sampling sessions, with an option for a VIP package during the Saturday afternoon session. Information on the event can be found here,…

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12 Gates Brewing Company, Western New York's newest brewery and tap room, is now open. From an industrial park south of Wehrle Drive in Williamsville, the operation has the capacity to make a major impact on the area's beer inventory. While general manager Rob Haag, head brewer Shawn Kerr and assistant brewer Kevin Long chose the name 12 Gates before learning its backgrou…

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The Christmas Party 11 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Dec. 25 Pearl Street Grill & Brewery 76 Pearl St. (856-2337) The 11th Annual Christmas Party presented by MNM Presents will take place on Christmas night at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, in several rooms of the cavernous building. Music will be featured from various DJs, including DJ Cutler, Dusty Bits, Your Boy Medison and…

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Not sure what gift to get for the person who has everything? Whether that person has been naughty or nice, here’s a list to check twice. There are fifteen local breweries you can visit to select the ideal gift for any beer enthusiast. And because shopping is hard work, you might as well treat yourself to a beer, too. You’ll be rockin’ around the Christmas tree after tasti…

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Barrier Brewing Tap Takeover 5 p.m. Dec. 20 Allen Burger Venture 175 Allen St., Buffalo (786-0386) Sunday night, Buffalo will get to sample beers from a brewery located on the other side of the state. Allen Burger Venture (ABV) will be hosting Long Island-based Barrier Brewing Company for a tap takeover. This event will serve as a pre-party for Buffalo based metalcore ban…

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12 Gates Brewing Company's beer launch Noon Dec. 12 12 Gates 80 Earhart Dr., Williamsville (906-6600) Western New York’s newest production-oriented brewery will hold simultaneous beer launch events across 12 locations on Dec. 12. In conjunction with Try-It Distributing, 12 Gates will deliver kegs to the following locations: •    Aurora Brew Works (191 Main St., East Auro…

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The Pub by Wegmans opening 8270 Transit Road, Williamsville (636-5600) No need to “shop hungry," at least at one Wegmans location in Williamsville. Store officials are hopeful to open The Pub at Wegmans on Transit Road in Williamsville as early as the middle of next week. Wegmans has adopted the pub model in Pennsylvania and Virginia stores, but this will mark its first N…

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Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing is New York State’s first alcohol beverage triple threat, making beer, wine and distilled spirits under one roof. The complex is located in picturesque countryside an hour’s drive south of Buffalo, named after its location, between Route 5 and Route 20 in Westfield. It’s run by the Mazza family, who established a market foothold along the…

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Grand-opening Celebration Noon to midnight on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 42 North Brewing Company 25 Pine St., East Aurora (805-7500) 42 North in East Aurora has a full slate of events planned for its grand-opening celebration. Brewery tours are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Proceeds from the tours will benefit the East Aurora American Legion #362. Kids craf…

How much would you pay for a 24-ounce bottle of beer? Does $20 seem a bit steep? Because Sam Adams Utopias beer is $200 a bottle, and you still can’t find it. Except Sunday night, when you can drink a sample of Sam Adams Utopias at World of Beer. The occasion is "Friendsgiving," which is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at World of Beer – Walden Galleria. "I am lucky to have a…

New brewery opening New York Beer Project (NYBP) will open its doors to the public on Nov. 19. The new Lockport brewery, tap room and gastropub at 6933 S. Transit Road, spans 17,000 square feet of space and two stories. Food will be available with guest beer taps from Western New York breweries. For its opening, NYBP will host five local guest beers and one cider. Guest …

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EVENT: Woodcock Brothers 3-Year Anniversary Party and New Beer Release Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company 638 Lake St., Wilson (716) 333-4000 Woodcock Brothers Brewing invites everyone to come celebrate its third anniversary on Nov. 14 and enjoy a new version of its most popular beer, XPA 4.0. The “X” stands for experimental, which indicates new recipes or ingredient com…

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EVENT: Grimm Artisanal Ales Tap Takeover Noon until gone, Oct. 30 Moor Pat, 78 E. Spring St., Williamsville This Friday, Moor Pat will play host to a tap takeover featuring beers from a unique husband-and-wife duo of gypsy brewers. Eight beers by Grimm Artisanal Ales will be available in samples and pints. Grimm is highly regarded in the craft beer industry as being one o…