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April 1 is the day when we see who's gullible and who's not. And, judging by The News' post about the Giant Inflatable Duck's return to Canalside, most people are quite gullible. Typically serious Buffalo-area businesses take this day every year - April Fools' Day - to concoct a fictional announcement their followers might believe is actually true. Others are so wildly …

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For the third time in four years, three Buffalo breweries will produce a collaborative beer, as well as their own individual offerings, for the Ballpark Brewer Series with the Buffalo Bisons. Big Ditch Brewing, Community Beer Works and Resurgence Brewing Co. have joined together to brew Short Hop - a hoppy blonde ale - at CBW's 7th Street taproom, available in cans begi…

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It was only a matter of time before Buffalo's bastion of breweries broke its gold medal drought at the New York State Craft Beer Competition. Resurgence Brewing Co. and Big Ditch Brewing both seized gold medals at the competition, whose awards were announced at a ceremony Friday in Albany before Saturday's New York Craft Brewers Festival. In late February, 56 judges …

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From winter warmers, stouts and holiday ales to barleywines, Scotch Ales and porters, there are plenty of distinctive beer styles to spend some time with this time of year. These styles offer plenty of hearty flavors to combat Buffalo’s cold winter weather including roasted malts and barley, chocolate, toasted marshmallow, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, licori…

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Back on Oct. 30, Big Ditch Brewing Company — the Buffalo-based brewhouse with a popular tap room on Ellicott Street — announced that it would sell $1 beers to anyone who presented their "voter ID card." Little hitch, Big Ditch: Turns out that's illegal. After realizing the snafu, Big Ditch didn't back off of the deal. Instead, they've extended the offer to everyone w…

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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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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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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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Big Ditch works with Elmwood Village Farmers Market Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will release Bidwell Wild on June 23. The beer is a complex sour ale, brewed with unsold fruit, in collaboration with various farmers from the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. The 5.4 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) wild ale takes advantage of the wild yeast and bacteria cu…

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Big Ditch Brewing's third anniversary 5 p.m. at 55 E. Huron St. Free to attend. After three years, the downtown brewery-restaurant's best-selling styles are available widely in markets and bars. But for its birthday party, it's breaking out the rare stuff, limited-edition beers you're unlikely to see again in one place. Rarities available will include Passion Fruit …