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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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A true swashbuckling weekend of events lies ahead for the Buffalo area, with a wealth of festivals - ranging from ethnic to music to art - planned. Considering the pace of activity slows considerably on Labor Day Weekend and beyond, now is the time to grab summer's tail and hold on tight. 1) Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 26 at Silo City…

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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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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…