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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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When technology improves, things get more complicated. The days of walking into a bar or restaurant and waiting for a server at your table are going away. Today's new brewery landscape is utilizing text messages, pagers and tablets for pub food. If you've entered one of the new taprooms around Buffalo, you probably understand. On a recent lunch visit to the Draft Roo…

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One of Buffalo’s star desserts has inspired an alcoholic homage that’s due to arrive in time to brighten winter. Ellen Gedra’s sticky toffee pudding at the Black Sheep, rich whipped-cream-topped date cake in a cauldron of caramel, has been turning heads for years. One fan, Ethan Cox, is an owner of a beer company. Which is why Gedra joined Cox at Community Beer Works…

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The developer that brought Community Beer Works to the Lower West Side neighborhood near Front Park is now proposing to convert the rest of the historic former Schaefer & Brothers Malt manufacturing facility into 32 apartments. Pitoune Development last spring completed the renovation of the one-story warehouse portion of the facility at 520 Seventh St. into the 14,0…

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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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Call it tracking by stacking. One Buffalo brewery is taking measuring snow into its own hands and tracking the totals with stacks of beer cans. After WGRZ-TV shared a submitted photo of Bud Light cans stacked in the snow, Community Beer Works responded that they're tracking the snow totals with local beer. The snow is four cans of That IPA and the Whale high. Or thre…

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Ru's Pierogi and Community Beer Works will be featured on the Cooking Channel at 9 p.m. Jan. 1, during the third episode of the fifth season of “Burgers Brews & Que with Michael Symon.” The highlighted dishes are Ru's chicken wing pierogi, and apple pierogi, paired with CBW's The Whale, a brown ale. Filming occurred earlier this year. The episode description f…

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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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While purists may scoff, inventiveness is one facet of the craft-beer boom that not only entices new beer drinkers but has also influenced and expanded the offerings of mainstream beer. The ability of nimble brewing companies to integrate experimental and limited-release brews into their regular output has led to many creative concoctions. Here are four crafty trends…

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Just picture it. You saddle up to the Thanksgiving table decked out with all of the trimmings – mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, rolls, cranberry, bottomless vats of gravy and plump, juicy turkey. But what to drink? Cocktails are better served as aperitifs and digestifs, and wine will only speed up your eventual food coma. Sure, you could drink water, bu…

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts sold out well in advance of Thursday's appearance, but as Halloween approaches, it's still a busy week for events in the Buffalo area. Trick or Treat 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Boulevard Mall (730 Alberta Drive, Amherst). Free to attend, and first come, first served in terms of getti…

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Local Restaurant Week, which runs from Oct. 15-21, steals the headlines for the top weekday event in Buffalo, as it's something that everyone with a stomach and taste buds ought to enjoy. Lunch and dinner specials for $20.18, $30.18 and up - and vary by restaurant - are serious, limited-time deals that are worth further investigation. One midweek concert has already sol…

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Restaurants, farms, and markets, bakers and brewers are holding a pig and lamb roast benefit for Dan Tower, the Youngstown farmer, to aid his family in a time of cancer. “Dan Tower Farm has played an integral role in supporting its surrounding communities for so long and the time has come for the community to come together to support Dan, and his wife Iris,” the event a…

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When Community Beer Works co-owner Chris Smith looked around the brewery's new location in Buffalo's lower West Side, his casual observation was telling. "It's almost too nice for us," said the CBW vice president during a soft-opening party at 520 7th St., the first offshoot from CBW's original location, at 15 Lafayette Ave., which opened in 2012 and will remain a produ…

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Flying Bison trumpets an event trifecta Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) will host a trio of events July 12 to 14. The brewery will host local favorites Strictly Hip, a tribute band to the Tragically Hip, for a free show on the outdoor stage from 6 to 9 p.m. July 12. From noon to 2 p.m. July 13, local restaurant owner Mike Andrzejewski (Seabar, Cantina …