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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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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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Big Ditch works with Elmwood Village Farmers Market Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) will release Bidwell Wild on June 23. The beer is a complex sour ale, brewed with unsold fruit, in collaboration with various farmers from the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. The 5.4 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) wild ale takes advantage of the wild yeast and bacteria cu…

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A collaboration beer brewed between Niagara country residents Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company will be released at 7 p.m. March 23. The beer, called Barrel-aged Belgian Rye, will only be available at the Wilson brewery and in limited supply. Woodcock Brothers supplied the beer and Leonard Oakes supplied the barrels. The collaboration star…

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In a barroom that in prior years was more the place you might order a shot and a beer, Ballyhoo stands at the forefront of the craft beverage scene in Buffalo. Whether it’s a craft cocktail, craft beer, or craft cider, all the bases are covered. Focused on this alcohol revolution of a higher quality beverage, Ballyhoo is as welcoming as any corner bar. With a food menu de…

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Premium hard cider is enjoying a boom, with major commercial brewers rushing to bring varieties to market. “All the major beer players are in it now, and they’ve bought up some big things,” said Jonathan Oakes. “Everybody’s trying to get craft ciders to market, because they’re selling.” Unfortunately, many are using “bulk concentrate or dessert apples to ferment their ba…

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As if the Stanley Cup stakes couldn't get any higher, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to a friendly wager with California governor Jerry Brown. Naturally, Cuomo will pull for the New York Rangers, who travel to Brown's hometown team, the Los Angeles Kings, in a best-of-seven series that begins at 8 p.m. June 4. The most compelling part of the bet, of course, is…