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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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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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Mammoser’s, a Village of Hamburg favorite, is so cozy and accommodating that it’s the type of place you wouldn’t mind being barricaded inside by lake-effect snow. Its rustic interiors and mounted game busts give off the vibe of a neighborhood shotgun shack, but its narrow, intimate barroom encourages patrons to get close — and actually have friendly conversations. A novel …

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The Pub by Wegmans opening 8270 Transit Road, Williamsville (636-5600) No need to “shop hungry," at least at one Wegmans location in Williamsville. Store officials are hopeful to open The Pub at Wegmans on Transit Road in Williamsville as early as the middle of next week. Wegmans has adopted the pub model in Pennsylvania and Virginia stores, but this will mark its first N…

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Two prevailing questions remain about this weekend, at least in my (fairly bizarre) mind. A) Is the weather going to be nightmarish again? B) Why are there so many Octoberfest celebrations in September? The answers to both are fairly simple: For A, the Saturday forecast has rain for much of the region, especially as the day progresses. Sunday is supposed to be cool and …

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Later generations of successful families often are expected to carry on the business. In the case of the Russo family (of Sorrento Cheese fame), the next generation took a detour into making beer – really good beer – that’s served in a variety of establishments throughout Western New York.Father John Russo and son John Jr. opened Hamburg Brewing in 2013, with a taproom and…

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend or on Tuesday? Instead of reaching for a green-dyed beer, order up an Irish Red Ale, a style brewed for you to enjoy several in a sitting. Typically lower in alcohol with a lightly sweet, caramel-forward aroma and flavor, these beers have just enough hops and a touch of roasted barley to dry out the beer, which helps produce a sm…

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Hamburg Brewing Company has the feel like it was made for winter beer drinking. With a double-sided fireplace larger than most Western New York living rooms, the wood-adorned tap room feels cozy despite its cavernous size and soaring ceilings. I was reminded of this on a recent Wednesday evening visit, while snow was falling outside, Doug Yeomans led live music inside, an…

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The fifth annual Buffalo Beer Week kicks off this Thursday with a launch party at Templeton Landing. What’s better than a “Beer Week?” How about a beer week and a half, with this year’s festivities extending from Thursday until Sunday, Oct. 5. There’s an event for every beer drinker during this 10-day celebration. Some deals last the entire week, like Amherst Street bar …