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There was a time when beer cans were emblazoned simply with the brewery and beer name, looking more like a label than anything resembling "art." Today, beer can art is the most direct way for a craft brewery to make an immediate impact on the beer drinker. It’s quite often the first impression a brewery has with consumers as they hold your product in their hands. And yo…

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First and foremost, this weekend is about the Buffalo Bills, who visit Houston on Saturday for the AFC wild-card game – but there's plenty of related activity here in Buffalo. (Thankfully, as this weekend is usually among the quietest of the year). You should know where you can eat for free or purchase discounted food and/or drink while watching Josh Allen compete in hi…

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As the calendar pages have fallen away to reveal 2020, the craft beer world is still dominated by IPAs (mostly of the hazy, New England-style juice bomb variety), heavily fruited sours that look to redefine what you can call beer and massively adjuncted pastry stouts. Last year, several local beer experts predicted these styles would continue to thrive and they were rig…

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Your beer lineup for this year’s Thanksgiving is perhaps more important than usual since it's also game day for the Buffalo Bills who will square off against the Dallas Cowboys (4:30 p.m. on CBS). If you haven’t already been thinking about what beers to enjoy with your turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, I can be of some assistance. This year, think of Thanksgiving as a m…

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There has never been a better time to be a craft beer fan in Buffalo than right now. Not only are we coming off a memorable Buffalo Beer Week, our town is set to host one of the biggest beer festivals around – Shelton Brothers’ the Festival – Oct. 4-5 at the Buffalo Central Terminal. Along with the world-renowned festival comes plenty of highly sought-after beers, which…

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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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Cave Curse, 8 p.m. Aug. 28, Electric Avenue (300 Ellicott St.), $5. DIY synth-punkers Cave Curse will be dropping by Electric Avenue, Mohawk Place's sister space, for a midweek gig. The Wisconsin darkwave band recently dropped a new two-track 7-inch,"Buried," its first new recordings since expanding to a quartet. Led by driving rhythms and dark, yet energetic melodie…

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Leggy, 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $10. Cincinnati dream-punk outfit Leggy will be making a pit stop in Babeville's basement space. Currently on tour in support of the March-released, full-length debut "Let Me Know Your Moon," the melodic three-piece has been receiving a fair share of blog love from tastemakers like Stereogum, Impose …

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A humid summer with plenty of 90-degree days can leave you craving frozen treats. There’s a new trend, for adults, allowing you to mix the nostalgia of your childhood with an adult beverage. Here are just a few spots where you can find some of these boozy summer treats: Thin Man Brewery/Tappo Pizza 166 Chandler St. The relatively new development on Chandler Street has…

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This is an elite concert and festival weekend in Buffalo, as it's entirely reasonable to hit four major happenings in the span of three days. For those who acted fast for the sold-out Taste of Country, that accounts for Friday night, with a prospective doubleheader of Juneteenth and Thin Man's Summer Solstice a diverse selection on Saturday. Cap the weekend with Death C…

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Less than a month after Thin Man Brewery opened its second location, on Chandler Street, co-owner Mike Shatzel has announced a Thin Man Williamsville taproom will replace the banquet room in the rear of Brennan's Bowery, at 4401 Transit Road, Clarence. Shatzel also owns Brennan's, in tandem with his brother, David Jr., and his father, David Sr.; the bar-restaurant will …

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Wake up. Go to class. Do homework. Work. Do more homework. Go to another class. Go to a coffee shop. (Do some more homework.) At least we're nearly in the final stretch. There's just that one paper, a couple of quizzes, maybe three exams and one more paper between you and waving a final goodbye to the professor who clearly doesn't understand that his c…

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Last weekend was a feeling-out period for Chandler Street, a burgeoning food-and-drink district thanks to the foresight and finances of developer Rocco Termini. Curious about the openings of Tappo Pizza and the second location of Thin Man Brewery at 166 Chandler St., Buffalonians navigated the previously quiet industrial street that veers east from Military Road, findin…

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Have you been to Chandlerville yet? You will be, if Rocco Termini has his way. The developer who led Ellicott Street’s restaurant resurgence with Tappo and the buildings that became Toutant and Seabar has been working on laying the groundwork for a new Buffalo drinking and dining destination district. In Black Rock, two blocks north of Amherst Street, Chandler Str…

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I'll admit to confusing Plantasia, the coming exhibit at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, with "Fantasia," the 1940 Walt Disney animated film put to classical music. (Cut me a break: how many words rhyme with "-asia"?) The two are actually remarkably different, as the former teases spring in Buffalo's not-so-distant future, while the latter involves Mickey Mouse's curious attem…