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Our Flagship Beer series, which spotlights the staple brews coming from each of the area's bastion of beer makers, continues with a look at these six offerings from city-based breweries. Old First Ward - Not a Pale Ale 73 Hamburg St. An ode to a street sign outside of Gene McCarthy’s, "Nada," as it is lovingly referred to by regulars, is a refreshing and crisp sessi…

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Bill Metzger, the Great Lakes Brewing News publisher/owner whose "satirical" article drew the ire of craft-beer fans around the nation, will resign from his roles at the outlet, Forbes reports. The resignation announcement comes shortly after Buffalo-based Metzger, who also owns Gene McCarthy's and Old First Ward Brewing, wrote a front-page piece entitled "Scottish Hopp…

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One sign that Buffalonians are tough during the winter: Two of this weekend's 10 featured events take place outside. Don't they understand it's early February? Still, cold temperatures won't stop many. There's still a smorgasbord of indoor activities, too, with a major opening in the Buffalo Museum of Science, a feline-focused musical in Shea's Buffalo and a wide-rangin…

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While purists may scoff, inventiveness is one facet of the craft-beer boom that not only entices new beer drinkers but has also influenced and expanded the offerings of mainstream beer. The ability of nimble brewing companies to integrate experimental and limited-release brews into their regular output has led to many creative concoctions. Here are four crafty trends…

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One of the most defining characteristics of Buffalo is its neighborhood bars. Dingy dives are nestled deep among the houses that approach a century in age. The oak tops are scarred from decades of supporting bottles and cans and glasses and elbows - cradling heads, and many, mostly unmentionable, things. Rare is it that one of these bastions of the Queen City’s rich Rust …

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Oktoberfest season is the perfect time to stock up on malty lagers of all shapes and sizes. From marzens to festbiers, and everything between, local breweries have you covered when it comes to anything and everything you would want to drink this season. Here are six of the best Oktoberfest-style beers produced locally. Woodcock Brothers Brewing Cocktoberfest. Pours a…

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2016 Winter Hop Fest 2 to 5 p.m., Feb. 20 Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing Company 73 Hamburg St. (855-8948) Gene McCarthy’s, located in the Old First Ward, will host a Winter Hop Fest on Saturday. Several breweries from Western New York will be contributing at least one beer, including Old First Ward Brewing, Community Beer Works, 42 North Brewing, 12 Gates Brewi…

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12 Gates Brewing Company's beer launch Noon Dec. 12 12 Gates 80 Earhart Dr., Williamsville (906-6600) Western New York’s newest production-oriented brewery will hold simultaneous beer launch events across 12 locations on Dec. 12. In conjunction with Try-It Distributing, 12 Gates will deliver kegs to the following locations: •    Aurora Brew Works (191 Main St., East Auro…

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Through a case of mistaken identity, pilsners had been relegated to a backseat role in the craft beer world for years. Beer drinkers have often associated macro beers like Budweiser, Miller, and Coors as pilsners, but they belong to a class of their own; the American Adjunct Lagers. Brewed with large amounts of corn or rice, and not nearly as many bittering hops, these bee…

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Asking someone if they would like a saison, isn’t the same thing as asking if they would like most other beer styles. Saisons are hard to pin down where they fall on the wheel of flavor. A Belgian style beer that has its roots as a drink of the peasants hundreds of years ago is now quenching the thirst of beer lovers across the United States, and locally in Western New Yor…

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Gene McCarthy’s operated as a neighborhood tavern for decades in Buffalo’s Old First Ward. Only recently has it become a place to seek out for craft beer. Under new ownership, the beer selection changed drastically, and earlier this year it started selling pints of its own craft brews. While the beer selection has changed, the comfort and feel of the neighborhood corner p…