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I am officially decreeing that February be renamed FeBREWary thanks to the multiple can’t-miss local beer events over the next few weeks. Most exciting: Four of these festivals are new. For those who enjoy variety in their craft beer, these events are tailor-made for you with everything from barleywine and hoppy beers to barrel-aged and cask beers, and even an entire…

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It’s that time again when thousands of Buffalo Bills fans, a die-hard group that has been lovingly dubbed the Bills Mafia, descend upon Orchard Park to fill the parking lots in and surrounding New Era Field. Grills, games and great beers are the name of the game for Bills' fans before the clock strikes kickoff each week. While there are more options this season than eve…

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Thin Man brews badger-friendly beer Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) will release Badger Assassin, a dry-hopped sour ale, on Sept. 1. The 5.5 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) beer was brewed in collaboration with Shawn Kerr, brewmaster at Bolton Landing Brewing Company, and a longtime brewing companion of Thin Man head brewer Rudy Watkins. The sour ale takes inspirat…

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It won’t be long before Buffalo’s beer halls are packed to the rafters. Once summer (and fall) give way to more frigid temperatures, everyone begins to huddle for warmth. Until then, though, the preferred locale for quaffing summer suds is wherever one can be outside. Thankfully, Buffalo bars and breweries have caught on. One must-visit destination lies in the scenic…

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NYBP's honey beer supports Mason's Mission New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) will release its newest beer, Mason, on July 26. The limited-edition honey blonde ale is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and was brewed with 240 pounds of wildflower honey. It is being released on Disability Independence Day, and $1 from every pint sold will benefit M…

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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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East Aurora Music Fest 2 p.m. at 20 venues in and around the Village of East Aurora. See eamusicfest.com for the lineup and how to get a wristband that allows you entry to all venues ($10-$15). The East Aurora Music Festival returns for a day of music by 80 bands in 20 venues in the village. Best of all: it helps worthy causes. A free shuttle will take fans to the vari…

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CBW's quartet of new beers Several new beers are being released from Community Beer Works (15 Lafayette Ave.). Rutherford B. Haze (5.1 percent ABV), a Belgian-style pale wheat ale is CBW's non-winter seasonal beer, and is already back in anticipation of warmer months (if they happen). Power Ballad (8.5 percent ABV) double IPA (India pale ale) was brewed in collabo…

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In the game of stadium concessions, bigger and weirder is usually better. The Buffalo Bisons and the Consumer's Pub at the Park have worked together to develop a few new gargantuan food choices for the Triple-A team's home slate, which begins at 2 p.m. April 12 at Coca-Cola Field. At a media event Thursday, the Buster Burger – two half-pound Angus beef patties, red o…

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Completely vegan meals - including snacks, beer and desserts - were the focus of A Taste of Vegan, which ran Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Resurgence Brewing Company. Due to immense interest, the event was split into two sessions: 5 to 7, then 8 to 10. The money raised benefited the WNY VegFest, held each summer.

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1) Benefit for Buffalo Irish Center, 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at 245 Abbott Road. Cost is $5 for 21+ and $7 for anyone under 21. Commentary: Established in 1970 as an Irish cultural hub in South Buffalo, the Irish Center has been remarkably active in the community - hosting everything from Irish dance troupes to ample local music to participating in major events such as the Old N…

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Resurgence Brewing Company Resurgence (1250 Niagara St.) will re-release its Irish breakfast stout in 16-ounce cans on Feb. 17. The brewery will also release an imperial version (9.5 percent ABV) in 22-ounce bottles. The stout is mildly sweet with notes of smoked bacon, maple syrup and coffee. The imperial version is aged in bourbon barrels to help blend and enhance the…

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The premiere meetup of Buffalo Boss Babes, an all-lady gathering of movers and shakers adding to the resurgence of the city, was held on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at Resurgence Brewing Company.

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Goddesses honor two Kait Prendergast and Devon Sundlov have been announced the winners of the Buffalo Beer Goddesses annual Cicerone Scholarship. The women, both active members of the group, are passionate about beer and brewing, and will use the scholarship to further their beer education through the Cicerone Certification Program. The Buffalo Beer Goddesses raise…