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June is a drinking month. National Cognac and Moonshine Days were June 4 and 5 respectively,  National Bourbon Day is June 14, National Martini Day is June 19 and National Mai Tai Day is June 30. World Gin Day was June 8 and that sent me on a quest to find five of the best gin cocktails in town. Normally I'm a craft beer/IPA guy, but exploring Buffalo's gin scene ope…

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Springtime and our thoughts turn to cocktails under our backyard tree. To that point, Lockhouse Distillery has teamed up with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to unveil its eighth product — Sakura Gin. Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossom, a symbolic flower of spring that represents renewal (and the fleeting nature of life) in the Japanese culture. To cele…

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Buffalo's first distillery since Prohibition has moved downtown. Lockhouse Distillery has doubled its production space by relocation to 41 Columbia St. on July 8, leaving its birthplace in the Great Arrow Building, where the business launched in November 2013. Situated near Helium Comedy Club, Buffalo Iron Works, Ballyhoo, the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and Swannie Hous…

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When most of us think cocktails, we don't think Chippewa Street. Let's face it: The downtown bar district is better known for throbbing bass beats, scantily-clad twenty-somethings and cheap beer specials. But within the past few years, several new and renovated bars and restaurants have worked to class up the club district, including the elegantly rustic The Lodge Bar and…