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A friend of mine once told me that beer tastes better under a tent, a saying that I’ve found to be true through my experiences at concerts, lawn fetes, beer tents and, of course, beer festivals. The warmer weather that has finally arrived signals the official start of Beer Festival Season, a glorious few months where the sun is shining, the beer is flowing, the music is…

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Steelbound Brewery founder Bill Bursee wasn't born in Springville, but he's made it home for his family. He's coached youth football, raised two kids and served on the Springville Education Foundation Board. And even though he opened the flagship spot for his brewery in Ellicottville last year, Bursee couldn't turn down the opportunity to start a second brewpub in his a…

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RiverWorks Brewing Company opened two years ago in an almost impenetrable set of former grain silos on the Buffalo waterfront, so it only makes sense its brewers turned to the Buffalo Sabres best all-time goal stopper to help with their first canned beer. The brewers spent four hours Friday filling 7,000 cans of Dominator, a Czech Pilsner inspired by former Buffalo Sabr…

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Less than a month after Thin Man Brewery opened its second location, on Chandler Street, co-owner Mike Shatzel has announced a Thin Man Williamsville taproom will replace the banquet room in the rear of Brennan's Bowery, at 4401 Transit Road, Clarence. Shatzel also owns Brennan's, in tandem with his brother, David Jr., and his father, David Sr.; the bar-restaurant will …

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Farm to Pint Week shines the spotlight on the local producers most responsible for the beer in your glass. Not only brewers, but also farmers, malters and hopsters, will be celebrated during the weeklong festivities, which take place from May 11 to 18 at various venues. The week highlights the growing farm-to-table and farm-to-glass movement in food and drink with events o…

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It's common to love both frozen custard and beer separately, but the two paired together? That's a bit more of an adventure. Brothers Jared and Austin Mesiti, part of the family that owns and operates RG Brewery and Five Sons Winery in Brockport, have branched out on their own to open In The Mix Brewing & Creamery, at 1693 East Ave., Barker, in the former Barker Bre…

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Our Flagship Beer series, which spotlights the staple brews coming from each of the area's bastion of beer makers, continues with a look at these six offerings from city-based breweries. Old First Ward - Not a Pale Ale 73 Hamburg St. An ode to a street sign outside of Gene McCarthy’s, "Nada," as it is lovingly referred to by regulars, is a refreshing and crisp sessi…

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The owners of Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co. actually weren't even looking to expand. As brothers Tim and Mark Woodcock, who own the business with their wives, Andrea and Debbie, respectively, settle into their new digs in the Wurlitzer Building, it's become obvious the North Tonawanda expansion essentially fell into their laps. "We're from Wheatfield and we've driven…

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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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Craft beer enthusiasts curious about progress at the Resurgence brewery-in-the-making can get their first glimpse inside on March 16. It will be limited. Owners will throw open a garage door on the east wall of the cavernous structure at Ohio and Chicago streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the Old First Ward St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Pints of four to six Resurgenc…

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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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The wait is over. The brewing industry has officially returned to the Tonawandas with the debut of nano-brewery Prosper Brewing, at 72A Webster St., North Tonawanda, across the street from the Riviera Theatre. Owners Kevin Whipple and Tim Berg, natives of the Tonawandas who started home-brewing roughly six years ago, have brewed 11 beers for their taproom, the linchpin …

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A first-time visitor to 12 Gates Brewing Company may notice that it can be hard to find. Inducon Business Park on Earhart Drive near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is a sprawling campus of warehouses and office space. Set off the road, past parking lots and garage doors, is a 30-barrel brewhouse with a warm and welcoming taproom. Western New Yorkers may think…

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Fruited sours are on the rise and "hazebomb" IPAs are here to stay, so where will this wild craft beer roller coaster ride take the beer scene in 2019? It’s hard to say for sure, because everyone has their own opinion. Some are calling for a clear beer renaissance, others predict the bubble is going to burst and all of this fun is going to end. To gauge exactly what’s g…

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The owners of the New York Beer Project love craft beer so much they decided to open their second destination brewery on Valentine’s Day. To be sure, the first sprawling brewery, opened in 2015 in the Town of Lockport, will remain the mothership, but the new digs 80 miles east, in the Rochester suburb of Victor, will have a similar historic feel. “We’ve seen a huge u…