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Steampunk Cider, as a hard cider beverage, has been produced since 2011, finding its way into bars and restaurants across the area shortly thereafter. A festival bearing the Steampunk name - with a science-fiction, cyber-punk bent - has graced the grounds of the Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, in Medina, since 2013. But Steampunk will truly have its own moment in the sun o…

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1) Thin Man Oktoberfest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at 492 Elmwood Ave. Cost is $15 in advance here, $20 day of. VIP passes are $60 in advance, $70 day of. Commentary: The lively 25-piece German-American Musicians, who barely squeeze into their website photo, continue their busy season as the highlighted performers, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Thin Man's Oktoberfest, which shut…

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Buffalo Cider Hall is days away from becoming Buffalo’s first cider-focused drinking establishment. Barker-based BlackBird Cider Works currently has its products distributed in seven states, but relatively few customers have made it north to its taproom, practically an apple’s throw from the Lake Ontario shore. In Buffalo, at 155 Chandler St., BlackBird’s ciders will…

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The Terrace presents Cider Fest The Terrace at Delaware Park (199 Lincoln Pkwy.) will present Cider Fest 2018 from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. The fest features a celebration of ciders, as well as farmers market vendors, fresh baked goods and housemade sausages. A pumpkin patch and pie sale will offer family-friendly activities. Ciders will be available from Argus Cidery, …

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First came the brewers. Then came the distillers. And now, here come the ciderers. (OK, fine, it's cideries). The newest wave of alcoholic beverages produced using New York ingredients has earned a week - well, 10 days - dedicated to its ascent, just in time for peak apple season. New York boasts the most cideries of any state, quickly approaching 100, a result of the 2…

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October is a great time for a drive in Western New York. Autumn colors dotting the roadside, as the reality of another snowy winter begins to settle in our minds. A trip to the far northeastern corner of Niagara County will lead you to BlackBird Cider Works in the town of Barker. Located on a commercial orchard estate, with apples growing a stone’s throw away from Lake On…