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A job in a brewery or distillery might seem sexy to those bellied up to a bar, but it takes someone handy to work with equipment used to master those crafts. Turns out that local beer and spirits makers often can be handy building houses, too. Several of them volunteered in 2018 to gut, then rebuild a home on the East Side as part of the first House that Beer Built fund…

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We are always looking out for everyone’s well-being. So when the July 4 holidays are over, here are four events to keep the summer party going. “Botanicals” is a hot new word in the world of food and drink, but in this case, the Botanicals & Brews indicates the location — the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park). The event takes place fro…

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Half Way to Cask Ale Festival June 24 to 26 Mr. Goodbar 1110 Elmwood Ave. (882-4000) Mr. Goodbar will host a “half-way to cask ale” event to complement its December festival. The event will run all weekend with specials on each night. June 24: $1 off all pints till 10 p.m., $4 select pints and a complimentary buffet starting at 6 p.m. There will be karaoke at 10 p.m. and…

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Resurgence Brewing Co.'s second anniversary party 1 to 11 p.m. June 18 Resurgence Brewing Company, 1250 Niagara St. (381-9868) Resurgence Brewing Co. will be celebrating its second anniversary by hosting a party at its West Side taproom. Featured at the party will be Anniversary Ale, live music, food trucks, throwback beers and giveaways. Anniversary Ale is a hopped, hig…

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Buffalo Brewer Ballpark Series A four-pack of cans from three Buffalo breweries is now available. The beers include: Big Ditch Brewing Company: Hayburner: 7 percent American IPA Community Beer Works: Frank: 4.6 percent Pale Ale Resurgence Brewing Company: Cosmic Truth, 4.3 percent Pale Ale The fourth can included in the four-pack is a collaboration beer called Short …

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12 Gates grand-opening party Noon to 11 p.m. June 4 12 Gates Brewing Company 80 Earhart Drive, Amherst (906-6600) Although 12 Gates Brewing Company has been open for nearly six months, it will celebrate its opening with a music festival, food and beer specials. There will be live music, lawn games, contests and more. Confirmed bands include The CPX, Ten Cent Howl, Uncle …

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Sam Adams Utopias Vertical Tasting 7 p.m. May 26 at Aurora Brew Works (191 Main St., East Aurora; 652-2337) Aurora Brew Works will be hosting a vertical tasting of one of the most expensive beers on the market. Copper-plated bottles of Sam Adams Utopias sell for upwards of $200 a bottle. A vertical tasting involves multiple “vintages” of the same beer produced in differen…

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Full Circle Fest 2 to 6 p.m. May 21 42 North Brewing Company 25 Pine St., East Aurora (805-7500) Join 42 North and neighboring breweries as it celebrates sustainability in the craft brewing industry at the Full Circle Fest. In addition to sharing seasonal brews, 42 North will have a roasted pig raised from the spent grains of the brewery. Blues and funk tunes will be pro…

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Western New York IPA Day 2 to 6 p.m. May 14 Marcy Casino Buffalo, 199 Lincoln Pkwy. (886-0088) If last week’s World Beer Cup Awards are any indication, American-style India Pale Ale (IPA) is the most popular beer style on the planet. At the World Beer Cup, a category-leading 275 entries indicates that breweries worldwide are acknowledging this popular brew. Our area is n…

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Tower Kickoff Event 6 p.m. April 28 Crabapples Micro Brew Pub,  3298 Genesee St. (895-2911) Crabapples Micro Brew Pub will be hosting a tower kickoff event featuring beer from Rhino Beverage Distribution. A tower is a beer-dispensing device that contains a collection of taps. These taps may include beer with a similar theme or from the same brewery. For this event, Cr…

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Four-Year Anniversary Party Noon to 8 p.m. April 16 Community Beer Works 15 Lafayette Ave. (759-4677) April marks the fourth anniversary of Buffalo’s first nanobrewery. Community Beer Works’ (CBW) motto and battle cry is “Embeer Buffalo." The founders of CBW all have roots in Buffalo and want the brewery to be an integral part of the city and neighborhood. CBW has thrive…

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Thawfest 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 Buffalo RiverWorks 359 Ganson St. (342-2292) Despite the recent bout of April snow, organizers will be celebrating the imminent arrival of a proper spring with the inaugural Thawfest. More than 20 wineries, distilleries and breweries from around the area will be featured. A list of participating vendors can be viewed here. “We started Thawfes…

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Cicerone Beer Savvy Bootcamp 3 p.m. March 22 42 North Brewing Company 25 Pine St., East Aurora (805-7500) Only 11 people in the world have achieved the status of Master Cicerone. One of them, Pat Fahey, is coming to 42 North Brewing Company in East Aurora to present a four-hour course on introduction to beer styles and service. The Cicerone program was founded as the bee…

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Meet the Brewer: SingleCut Beersmiths 6 p.m. March 10 Blue Monk Buffalo 727 Elmwood Ave. (882-6665) Owner and head brewer Rich Buceta, of SingleCut Beersmiths, will pay a visit to Blue Monk Buffalo on Thursday. Founded in 2012, SingleCut Beersmiths is located in Astoria, N.Y. Some of its more popular beers include Billy Full-Stack India Pale Ale, Bon Bon 2xTNT Imperial …

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“Great Big Steve” Collaboration Tap Parties Two breweries located on opposite ends of Lake Erie have joined forces to brew a big malty beer. Great Lakes Brewing Company from Cleveland teamed up with Buffalo’s Big Ditch Brewing Company. The resultant beer, called “Great Big Steve,” will be served at numerous are tap rooms and bars over the next week. So what prompted a …