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Why have milk with your cereal when you can have it with … beer? Cereal, or breakfast beers, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ale and Cocoa Puffs Porter, are a popular trend at RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.) where they are created by Chris Herr, the head brewer at the Pearl Street Family of Properties. The latest in the series is the Raisin Bran Belgian Dubbel, was just …

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The four existing restaurants appear to be just the start of the Griffon Gastropub dynasty, as co-owners Ken Scibetta and Ed Webster announced plans to open the Griffon Brewery, at 200 Lockport St. in Youngstown. Expected to open in late 2020 at the former Melloni's Market Place, close to Old Fort Niagara, the 6,000-square-foot space will be transformed into a brewery-r…

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It’s that time again when thousands of Buffalo Bills fans, a die-hard group that has been lovingly dubbed the Bills Mafia, descend upon Orchard Park to fill the parking lots in and surrounding New Era Field. Grills, games and great beers are the name of the game for Bills' fans before the clock strikes kickoff each week. While there are more options this season than eve…

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We love our beer – illustrated by the fact we turned historic grain silos into a six-pack of Labatt looming over Buffalo RiverWorks. Our passion for beer and the talent and vision of local brewers and business owners have organically created a Buffalo brewery district. These 11 breweries – with a 12th soon to open – are within 1.8 miles of each other in three distinct c…

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The owners of Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen toyed with the idea of opening their craft brewery along Transit Road in the suburbs after their first plan to build in an Elmwood Village warehouse fell through. Instead, they opened earlier this year in Larkinville, a neighborhood east of downtown where once-sprawling factories now stand repurposed as professional, commerc…

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There are few things more gratifying than the combination of clear skies, hot sun and a fresh pint. As Buffalonians, I think you’ll agree that we don’t have enough great weather, so we have to make the most of it while we can. One way is to spend time on the many picturesque outdoor spaces attached to breweries. Now is the time to don your hottest sunglasses and fres…

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Williamsville is closing in on its first brewery of the new craft beer era. The brewing system was delivered and installed this week on a patch of land along Ellicott Creek that once was home to a blacksmith shop. Britesmith Brewing Company will open sometime in the fall. “That gives me until Dec. 20,” principal owner David Schutte said with a smile this week, as …

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The collaborative spirit among Buffalo breweries has been mentioned regularly since the local craft-beer boom began buzzing in 2015. This sense of togetherness can be explained by the common mission to encourage consumers to drink local brews instead of supporting corporate giants such as Budweiser or Coors. Whether it's from an urge to support the local economy or simp…

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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…