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“A lot of people don’t have a lot of things in common right now. The coolest thing is that we have beer in common.” The opening moments of the documentary "Beers of Joy," written and directed by David Swift and Scott Owen, serve as a reminder that unity is just a pint away. The film follows the journey of four people as they seek to expand their experiences of beer, red…

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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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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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There will be several new spots to tip a craft brew in greater Buffalo in the near future. At least a dozen new breweries or taprooms are scheduled to open before the end of 2019. "People aren't concerned about saturation yet,” said Jason Havens, co-owner of Rusty Nickel Brewing Company in West Seneca, which will open a taproom soon in downtown Buffalo. “We are all c…

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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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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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The owner of Oliver's and Creekview Restaurant is turning a former Williamsville plastic surgery practice into a blacksmith-themed brewery-restaurant. David Schutte said the two buildings at 5611 and 5609 Main St., the former Center for Plastic Surgery, will be remodeled on a theme reflecting their original use, as a blacksmithing operation. "The craft brewery idea h…

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A new collaborative beer crafted with local ingredients by nearly 20 brewers from across the region will be released in brewery taprooms as early as this weekend and in taverns and retailers early next week to help set up Buffalo Beer Week. Brewers pitched malts, hops and water into the mashtun at 12 Gates Brewing Company three weeks ago to make two batches of a session…

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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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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 …

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A first since Prohibition: a Buffalo-area brewery will expand to a neighboring city. Flourishing since its 2015 opening on South Transit Road in Lockport, New York Beer Project has made the most of its $3+ million built-from-scratch facility, brewing a wide range of beers, hosting regular events, running a full-service restaurant and becoming a destination for a still-c…

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NYBP's honey beer supports Mason's Mission New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) will release its newest beer, Mason, on July 26. The limited-edition honey blonde ale is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and was brewed with 240 pounds of wildflower honey. It is being released on Disability Independence Day, and $1 from every pint sold will benefit M…