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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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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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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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Big Ditch Brewing Company took home a pair of awards from the TAP Festival in Hunter, N.Y., including the F.X. Matt Memorial Cup for Best Craft Brewery in New York State. It also won the silver medal in the strong IPA category with Deep Cut. “We are extremely humbled and grateful to win these awards,” said Matt Kahn, president of Big Ditch Brewing Company. “While our staf…

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Big Ditch Brewing Company took home a pair of awards from the TAP Festival in Hunter, N.Y., including the F.X. Matt Memorial Cup for Best Craft Brewery in New York State. It also won the silver medal in the strong IPA category with Deep Cut. “We are extremely humbled and grateful to win these awards,” said Matt Kahn, president of Big Ditch Brewing Company. “While our staf…

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Sixteen-Year Anniversary Party Noon to 4 p.m. April 23 Flying Bison Brewing Company 840 Seneca St. (873-1557) Buffalo is well known for its winter storms. But stalwart brewery Flying Bison has persevered through a different kind of storm. Founded in 2000, Flying Bison survived through a time when craft beer was not popular in Buffalo and forged a path for what is now a ci…

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Most craft beer drinkers didn’t always drink craft beer. In fact, the vast majority of beer consumers still don’t drink craft beer. But it’s likely that someone you know – maybe even yourself – now drinks craft beer. When you ask a craft beer drinker to pinpoint the beer, or style of beer, that inspired their craft conversion, most can recall the beer that started the s…

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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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Big Ditch Brewing Company will feature a beer than was made well before the brewery opened. The beer, “Bidwell Wild,” may be the first example of a beer produced with native yeast and bacteria purposefully collected from Western New York. “Over a year before we opened our brewery, we had a chance to perform a homebrew demonstration at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market,…

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Putts and Pints 5 to 8 p.m., March 30 Flying Bison Brewing Company 840 Seneca St. (873-1557) Flying Bison will host an event to raise money for The First Tee of WNY, a program that encourages and inspires positive values and healthy choices in the next generation of Western New Yorkers through the experience of golf. Tickets are $30 and include food, games and beer and c…

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The Brewer’s Invitational 2 to 5 p.m. April 2 at Pettibones Grill, 275 Washington St. (846-2100) The Brewer’s Invitational is a beer festival featuring specialty one-off beers from area breweries as well as other beers. This event features 20 specialty brews made by brewing members of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) and ten beers from additional guest brewe…