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John Cimperman has come up with a weekend musical festival, cross-country skiing event and movie debut to bring attention to the beer he sells. It’s the kind of promotional savvy you might expect from a former Buffalo Sabres marketing director. His latest effort to put 42 North Brewing Co. and his beloved East Aurora on the map? Expand his Pine Street brewery and …

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Michael Meade has something special to celebrate during Buffalo Beer Week. The city native – who spent nearly three decades in the banking industry in New York City – was named this week as new CEO of Sullivan’s Brewing Co. USA. “I’m very amped up about where Sullivan’s Brewing Company is heading,” said Meade, whose 1702 Irish Ales investment group in 2016 began to f…

Food and Drink

The Buffalo Bills entered training camp this week as an underdog to win the Super Bowl, but their fans can take heart in this — a beer named in honor of the team fight song recently made a top 10 list of football-inspired beer names. Make Me Wanna Stout, a Big Ditch Brewing Company seasonal beer perfect for colder weather, made a list of "tribute" craft brews profiled i…

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Labatt Blue Citra — a hoppy session lager that debuted in cans earlier this year — has become the top new beer brand in upstate New York, according to the Chicago-based research firm IRI. Citra, one of the first innovations for Labatt USA in years, in January became the first release in a Buffalo-Rochester collaborative process expected to pump a larger variety of such …

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Flying Bison Brewing Co. will launch a new monthly community giving program – Yoga on Tap: Charity Yoga. The first class starts at 6 p.m. Monday at the brewery, 840 Seneca St., and will benefit the It Happened to Alexa Foundation. “This is another way Flying Bison is working to make a direct impact in our community,” Parrish Gibbons Herzog, Flying Bison's special events…

Buffalo

More breweries are coming to an innovative new project on Chandler Street — but this time, they don't involve Rocco Termini. Joe Artanis, a local businessman and co-founder of a popular and fast-growing new microbrewery in Florida, wants to create a new beer hub or collective in Buffalo, where multiple firms would brew in a single large room, under one roof. At least…

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Good news for beer fans who enjoyed Genesee Ruby Red Kolsch for a time last spring before it quickly sold out: The Rochester brewery will reintroduce the beer on Monday — and this time made more than twice the batches it did the first time. The golden German-style ale boasts a tart grapefruit flavor mellowed by a bready malt body and mild hop bitterness. Genesee Brew Ho…

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The Thruway toll plazas in Buffalo and Rochester got a pretty good workout as a small team of innovators developed the newest Labatt beer. "I think everyone in this company who lives in Rochester and here in Buffalo has made the drive at least 100 times," said Ryan Brady, the Labatt USA brewer who created it. Labatt Blue Citra – a hoppy session lager that debuted in …

Colleges

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Something new is on tap at University at Buffalo basketball and football games. UB announced Friday that it will begin selling beer at specific sporting events, starting with the men’s basketball game at 2 p.m. Saturday against Marist at Alumni Arena. UB will sell beer at men's and women's basketball games and at football games next fall at UB Stad…

Gusto

Let the beer experiments begin in the Cobblestone District. Labatt Brew House, a new innovation brewery and the first of its kind under the Labatt name, will open Saturday alongside KeyBank Center. Your grandfather will likely embrace the industrial feel of the place – the exposed ceilings, metal trimmings and wooden tabletops – but he never had a Labatt beer the lik…

Gusto

The flourishes vary, but all beer has four essential ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast. Water that goes into making craft beer in Western New York flows from the region. That’s not always the case, however, when it comes to the other staples. Yeast comes mostly from a company in Hood River, Ore., though it can then be cultivated into in-house varieties. Hop…

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The parent company of Labatt USA will welcome more than 700 employees and wholesalers from across the United States to Buffalo in mid-October for its annual sales meeting. "This is an incredibly exciting time for Labatt in Buffalo," said Josh Halpern, chief sales officer with North American Breweries, which owns Labatt USA, as well as brewing companies that include Gene…

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A proposed conversion of a historic West Side firehouse into a new brewery and restaurant will have to wait for at least two more weeks, after Buffalo Planning Board members balked Monday at making a recommendation to the Common Council before a final community meeting this week. A group of six young investors known as Project X Holdings wants to renovate the old Jersey…

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Those of a certain age might remember "Murphy Brown," a 1990s sit-com about a fictional CBS television news show with an eclectic cast of characters. A craft beer emporium in Clarence may share the same name but, FYI, has little else in common – unless you consider its eclectic cast of beers. Craft beer is the star at Murphy Brown's, a quieter alternative to several …

Bills

The Jaguars are getting into the playoff spirit. And are hoping their fans will be, too. The team announced Wednesday that it will be selling teal beer for Sunday's home playoff game against the Bills. The craft beer made by Anheuser-Busch will be sold while supplies last, the team said. Beyond the teal beer, fans can look for other teal food item for sale, althou…