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The parent company of Labatt USA has named a new CEO, based at its Buffalo offices. FIFCO USA appointed Rich Andrews, a global beverage industry veteran, to lead the company's strategy and operations, with the task of growing the commercial business. He succeeds Adrian Lachowski, who was on a two-year assignment from the Costa Rican-based corporate parent, FIFCO, and wi…

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Labatt USA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo Sabres with a special release beer this weekend during the Sabres Fan Fest. Blue and Gold Ale, which was brewed at the Labatt Brew House, next door to KeyBank Center, which will host Fan Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. “Fifty years of hometown hockey in Buffalo is something to celebrate and the best …

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Labatt Blue Citra — a hoppy session lager that debuted in cans earlier this year — has become the top new beer brand in upstate New York, according to the Chicago-based research firm IRI. Citra, one of the first innovations for Labatt USA in years, in January became the first release in a Buffalo-Rochester collaborative process expected to pump a larger variety of such …

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Good news for beer fans who enjoyed Genesee Ruby Red Kolsch for a time last spring before it quickly sold out: The Rochester brewery will reintroduce the beer on Monday — and this time made more than twice the batches it did the first time. The golden German-style ale boasts a tart grapefruit flavor mellowed by a bready malt body and mild hop bitterness. Genesee Brew Ho…

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April 1 is the day when we see who's gullible and who's not. And, judging by The News' post about the Giant Inflatable Duck's return to Canalside, most people are quite gullible. Typically serious Buffalo-area businesses take this day every year - April Fools' Day - to concoct a fictional announcement their followers might believe is actually true. Others are so wildly …

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Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day Weekend celebrations wouldn't be the same if the Valley Community Center chose not to host the Old Neighborhood Parade due to diminishing returns. While the Delaware Avenue parade on Sunday has garnered a reputation for shoulder-to-shoulder crowds and a bit more sloppiness, the Old First Ward parade, held the day prior, still harbors the clos…

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The Thruway toll plazas in Buffalo and Rochester got a pretty good workout as a small team of innovators developed the newest Labatt beer. "I think everyone in this company who lives in Rochester and here in Buffalo has made the drive at least 100 times," said Ryan Brady, the Labatt USA brewer who created it. Labatt Blue Citra – a hoppy session lager that debuted in …

Gusto

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…

Buffalo

As construction crews seek to finish work on the new Labatt House building in the Cobblestone District, Pegula Sports & Entertainment is getting ready to put up the brightly lit signs that will proclaim it as the new home of Labatt USA, a test brewery and a restaurant. But first, the company owned by Terry and Kim Pegula needs approval from the Buffalo Preservation …

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Buffalo could well become the birthplace of the next big Labatt beer. If it does, the owners of the city's football and hockey team will deserve some of the kudos. That was the message representatives from Labatt USA and Pegula Sports & Entertainment shared Thursday during a walk-through at Labatt House, a $20 million collaborative project between the companies n…

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The parent company of Labatt USA will welcome more than 700 employees and wholesalers from across the United States to Buffalo in mid-October for its annual sales meeting. "This is an incredibly exciting time for Labatt in Buffalo," said Josh Halpern, chief sales officer with North American Breweries, which owns Labatt USA, as well as brewing companies that include Gene…

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Terry and Kim Pegula's company won city approval Monday for some modifications to their planned Labatt House brewery building at 79 Perry St. Pegula Sports & Entertainment used archived photos and records to change the appearance of the windows and doors along the ground-floor retail and commercial space on Perry Street. That provides "a little better baseline," …