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During its quiet opening Thursday night, 727 Elmwood served craft beer in the same location Blue Monk once did. But unlike Blue Monk, its focus is on the neighborhood, said owner Kevin M. Brinkworth. “People are going to call it 'the old Blue Monk' because it’s iconic,” he said. “But we’re trying to brand 727 Elmwood for the location.” 727 Elmwood, named after its addres…

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1) Buffalo Wine Festival, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. April 16 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $35 for each session if purchased online -- prices rises by $5 day-of. VIP admission is sold out. Commentary: Whether you're a wine connoisseur (i.e. you're desperate to try Black Widow's new Oasis white), a locavore (i.e. you love that 30 lo…

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1) Buffalo Wine Festival, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. April 16 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $35 for each session if purchased online -- prices rises by $5 day-of. VIP admission is sold out. Commentary: Whether you're a wine connoisseur (i.e. you're desperate to try Black Widow's new Oasis white), a locavore (i.e. you love that 30 lo…

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The official closing date for Blue Monk, Buffalo’s beloved beer bar, is April 16. Operator Mike Shatzel, who is “mostly Irish,” despite his German last name, is planning quite a wake. There are keg-tapping nights March 31 and April 1, with more to come, and one more hip-hop Sunday brunch – “An Ode to Phife Dawg” – set for April 3. He knew people liked the place, Shatzel …

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Blue Monk, the Elmwood Avenue restaurant that helped put Buffalo on the national craft beer map, is closing.The only question left is when, said Mike Shatzel, an owner. The restaurant, at 727 Elmwood Ave., could close April 1, or it may have until May 1. He hopes to hold events for a few special kegs he’s been saving, but “it’s in the lawyers’ hands right now,” Shatzel sai…

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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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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. "…

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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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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…

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Mike Shatzel and Rocco Termini are bringing a brewery and restaurant to Elmwood Avenue. Termini has bought the buildings that housed Faherty’s and Toro, said Shatzel. They will be developing a brewery in the Faherty’s space, 490 Elmwood Ave., and an associated restaurant where Toro was, next door at 492 Elmwood. The deal means Termini, one of Buffalo’s leading developers…

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Coming up at Blue Monk: an April 1 party celebrating the release of a beer inspired by Season Five debut of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” There will be a costume contest, and the debut of a special Ommegang Brewery draft called Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison. The event starts at 7 p.m. at 727 Elmwood Ave. “We’re going to be one of 13 bars in the country,” owner Mike Shatzel sai…

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Allen Burger Venture, Mike Shatzel’s heavy-metal burger joint at 175 Allen St., aims to open in three weeks. “The front of the house is pretty much done,” said Shatzel, a partner in Blue Monk and Coles. He’d like to open ABV around Feb. 23, but there are inspections remaining, he said. The restaurant should offer 24 taps, mostly craft beers, but possibly tap wines, as we…

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A Blue Monk partner whose family owns the former Sterling Tavern building said he's aiming to redo and reopen the place by May. "This will be a sister restaurant to Blue Monk," said Kevin M. Brinkworth. "Same style, same look and feel, craft beer, comfort foods. We'd like to be the Blue Monk of North Buffalo." Its name isn't settled yet, Brinkworth said. Lloyd Taco's pro…

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The fifth annual Buffalo Beer Week kicks off this Thursday with a launch party at Templeton Landing. What’s better than a “Beer Week?” How about a beer week and a half, with this year’s festivities extending from Thursday until Sunday, Oct. 5. There’s an event for every beer drinker during this 10-day celebration. Some deals last the entire week, like Amherst Street bar …