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1. Tickets Still Remain for This Weekend’s Buffalo on Tap
A bigger and better Buffalo on Tap festival returns to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on February 25 (1-4pm, 6:30–9:30pm). Tickets include tasting glass and unlimited refills of more than 150 craft beers, hard seltzers and ciders from 12 Gates Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Buffalo Brewing, Community Beer Works, Four Mile, Southern Tier, West Shore Brewing, Woodcock Brothers and more. There will also be food, craft vendors and live music. Buffalo on Tap features both an afternoon and evening session.
2. Cider After Sunset Private Tasting at Clarksburg Cider
Clarksburg Cider is pairing the best of their cidery with the best of their kitchen at Cider After Sunset: A Private Tasting Dinner on April 3. Tickets are $95 ($150 per couple) and include a 5-course dinner (salad, appetizer, entrée, intermezzo, dessert), 5 Clarksburg ciders, full tour of the cidery, Q & A with Clarkburg’s head cider maker and executive chef and a commemorative tulip glass. You can purchase your tickets here.
3. Habitat for Humanity Buffalo’s Hammer & Ales at Barrel Factory
Habitat for Humanity Buffalo’s annual Hammer & Ales fundraiser returns to the Barrel Factory on March 2 (5:30pm) and will feature food & drink tastings, auctions, games, and more. The event is part of Habitat’s The House Beer Built campaign, a yearly fundraiser that sees the organization partner with regional breweries, distilleries, and restaurants to raise money to build or renovate a new home. Since 2016, The House Beer Built has funded the construction of three homes, built by volunteers from local breweries. Tickets for the event ($45) include admission and tastings. Tickets can be purchased here.
4. Windy Brew to Celebrate Sixth Anniversary
Windy Brew is taking a weekend to celebrate their sixth anniversary on March 3 – 6. There will be a beer release on Friday and Saturday and will feature live music with Kilo and Charlie. Located in Strykersville, Windy Brew offers a variety of beers from light ales and seasonal brews to IPAs and stouts. They are also home to the Windy Brew Custom Brew Center, Western New York’s only custom “make your own beer” center, where customers can get the total experience of learning about the brewing process without having to buy the equipment.
5. 97 Rock Home Show Happy Hour Returns to Buffalo Home Show
Not only is the Buffalo Home Show returning to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center this year (March 3-5, 10-12), so too is The 97 Rock Home Show Happy Hour. The event, hosted by Tom Ragan from Shredd & Ragan In The Morning, features craft beer, cider, wine, games, trivia and a special building contest, each Friday night (5-7pm), free for all attendees 21 and over. There will be craft beer tastings from local breweries, as well as Clarksburg Cider and Merritt Winery, Cabot Cheese samples and more. You can save $2 by buying tickets in advance online.
6. New Self-Pour Taproom Coming to Tonawanda
Tap That Tap Room will bring the first self-pour taproom to Tonawanda at 363 Delaware St. Tap That plans to offer 30 self-serve taps of beer, wine, cider and seltzer, including a variety of local brands, an “elevated” bar food menu that will focus on shareables, space to seat 60 people at 15 tables and additional space at a bar rail. Tentative plans also call for a patio out front that will be dog-friendly. The self-pour system allows customers to pour as little as an ounce, and will offer malt beverages and mixed drinks. Owners hope to have a soft opening by late March, with a grand opening April 1.
7. 15th Annual Art of Beer Coming to Niagara Arts & Cultural Center
The 15th Annual Art of Beer, a beer and food tasting event, returns to Niagara Falls on March 3 (6pm). Tickets are $40 and include tastings of local beer, wine, cider and spirits, featuring more than 45 tasting stations with over 75 menu items, culinary pairings from local area restaurants, and live entertainment on 5 stages. There will also be a live homebrewing demonstration by Niagara Tradition Home Brew, VIP Lounge and beer art, fashion, music, and live demos. The event also serves as a fundraiser to support the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center. You can purchase tickets here.