6 Buffalo Beer Briefs to Know This Week: Oct. 26

Beer, Drink, Food & Drink


Written by Brian Campbell

Published on October 26, 2022

Each week we round up the best and biggest Buffalo beer news, releases, and events happening in Buffalo and Western New York. Here’s what’s trending:

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1. Celebrate Halloween This Year With Local Beer

There are a number of options if you’re looking to don your best Halloween costume and grab a fresh locally brewed pint this year. Happening this weekend around Western New York is:

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2. Limited Tickets Remain for Inaugural Tap & Craft Festival

The first ever Tap & Craft Festival, coming to the Niagara Falls Convention Center on October 29 (4-9pm), will feature craft brews from more than 30 craft breweries, wineries and cideries from Upstate New York, live music from Storm, food, cornhole and other yard games. There are a limited amount of tickets still remaining for $30 presale ($40 day of), which include admission, commemorative tasting glass and unlimited 3-ounce beer samples. Designated Driver tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite via

3. Big Ditch Brewing Teams with Clonakilty Distillery on New Spirit

Big Ditch has partnered with Clonakilty Distillery on a new, very limited collaboration. In November 2021, Big Ditch shipped freshly emptied bourbon barrels that held 2021 Towpath to the Irish distillery, who then filled them with a blend of their whiskey, where it aged for 9 months, adding roast and chocolate notes to the spirits. Representatives from Clonakilty Distillery will be at Big Ditch on October 29 (2-5pm) to preview the whiskey before it’s available in stores. The event is free and snacks and samples will be provided.

4. Aurora Brew Works Launches Beer Advent Calendar Box

While Christmas is still a few months away, Aurora Brew Works have launched their advent-style beer box filled with 24 16oz. cans. Each case includes a variety of styles, including lagers, ambers, stouts, IPAs, sours and more, with no cheap filler beers (their words). Cans are individually numbered and are meant to be enjoyed on each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Boxes cost $109 (plus tax) and are available for preorder right now You can select in-store pickup or local delivery, for an additional fee. Boxes will be ready for pickup starting November 21.


5. Thin Man Brewery Put New Spin on Minkey Boodle

Thin Man Brewery is releasing a new version of their beloved Minkey Boodle sour on November 4. The new take, Minkey Sunrise, is brewed with raspberry, mango and passionfruit, putting a new spin on Buffalo’s favorite sour. Minkey Sunrise will be available on draft and in 16oz. 4-pack cans at both Thin Man locations.

6. 42 North to Release Apple Cider Donut Pastry Gose

42 North Brewing is set to release Unparalleled Universe, the latest beer in their “The Brewery at the End of the Universe” line, on October 29. This 6% apple cider donut pastry gose features juice made from 100% Blackbird Cider Works estate grown apples as well as barley, oat and wheat malts for body and notes of fresh-baked donut from milk sugar and a touch of cinnamon. Unparalleled Universe will be available wherever great craft beer is sold in Buffalo and Rochester beginning the first week of November.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brian Campbell</a>

Written by Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).
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