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John Cimperman has come up with a weekend musical festival, cross-country skiing event and movie debut to bring attention to the beer he sells. It’s the kind of promotional savvy you might expect from a former Buffalo Sabres marketing director. His latest effort to put 42 North Brewing Co. and his beloved East Aurora on the map? Expand his Pine Street brewery and …

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A quick Google search brought up some of the biggest food trends of the 2000s: sushi, fondue, chain restaurants. Then the kids decided chains weren't cool anymore. Chain restaurant adoration may not have carried over into the 2010s, but plenty of trends volunteered to become their replacement. Avocado toast had a controversial rise to fame. The word "craft" began …

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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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Roosevelt Plaza has become a hot spot in downtown Buffalo. Overwinter Coffee, Raclettes, Jerk's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream, and Misuta Chow's have all opened within a block of the small, triangular green space in the last three years, taking advantage of the nearby Hyatt and major employers like M&T Bank. In June, Nik Fattey — a partner in Hamm & Fattey's Beer …

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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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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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Labatt USA leaders believe a new innovation brewery the company opened in the Cobblestone District can help upstate New York become an international beer tourism destination. They also have bigger things in mind. The hope: Labatt Brew House Brewmaster Ryan Brady will concoct the next big beer for the Labatt brand. His test lab: a 3,000-square-foot brew house and 400-…

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Let the beer experiments begin in the Cobblestone District. Labatt Brew House, a new innovation brewery and the first of its kind under the Labatt name, will open Saturday alongside KeyBank Center. Your grandfather will likely embrace the industrial feel of the place – the exposed ceilings, metal trimmings and wooden tabletops – but he never had a Labatt beer the lik…

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There will be several new spots to tip a craft brew in greater Buffalo in the near future. At least a dozen new breweries or taprooms are scheduled to open before the end of 2019. "People aren't concerned about saturation yet,” said Jason Havens, co-owner of Rusty Nickel Brewing Company in West Seneca, which will open a taproom soon in downtown Buffalo. “We are all c…

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A Mountie and a Buffalo Walk into a Bar. No joke. It's the name of a small-batch craft beer brewed at Brimstone Brewing Company in Ridgeway, Ont., with help from the brewers at Rusty Nickel Brewing in West Seneca. The Belgian-style IPA is among a collection of more than 30 ambitious brewing collaborations that have taken place in recent weeks in Southern Ontario a…

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Beer import rules could not be overcome in time to bring off the first annual Canadian American Beer Festival, organizers announced Wednesday. That's the bad news. The good news: 17 breweries on each side of the New York-Ontario border already have collaborated on two beers apiece – and somebody has to drink it. "We are extremely disappointed to have to postpone t…

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Dan Syracuse and Tim Herzog have been throwing beer-tasting gatherings every fall in Western New York for the last 28 years. Let's just say that the co-owner of Pizza Plant and general manager of Flying Bison Brewing Company have had lots of company in recent years. They are among the old guard of a regional craft movement that got its start three decades ago – with …

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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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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…