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1. BriarBrothers Brewing to Open June 25 at Silos at Elks Street
BriarBrothers Brewing, the brainchild of homebrewers Joel and Dylan Betti, will officially open their taproom at the Silos at Elks Street on June 12 (12pm). The House of Munch food truck will serve food starting at 3pm and The Crew will provide live music at 6pm. In the weeks leading up to their opening, they will be sharing photos of their brewery and taproom and releasing their launch beers via their social channels. For more information, click here.
2. Big Ditch Brewing Plans Dual Can Release
Big Ditch is helping the decision of what to stock your coolers with for Memorial Day very easy with a dual can release, Stark White Dad Shoes IPA and Pineapple Hayburner. Both will be released May 27 at 11am. Stark White Dad Shoes is a hazy IPA brewed with Riwaka and Vic Secret hops for notes of passionfruit and a low bitterness. Pineapple Hayburner is Big Ditch’s flagship IPA with a fresh tropical pineapple burst in the aroma and finish. Both beers will see limited distribution as well next week.
3. Thin Man to Host Lager Appreciation Day with KCBC
If you didn’t know, May is Lager Appreciation Month, a month-long love letter to all-things lager, a movement cooked up by Brooklyn’s Kings County Beer Collective. Thin Man is hosting Lager Appreciation Day on May 29 at their Elmwood location. Thin Man lagers – Resolve, Unsung Smoked Helles, Pills Mafia and Corduroy Suit – will be $5 all day, Dopest Dough will supply brunch (11a-3p), KCBC lagers – L’Inferno Italian Pils and Mr. Pomelo Mexican Lager with Grapefruit – will be available, and DJ Crespo will provide live music (12-3pm). There will also be in house food specials all day.
4. Buffalo Brewing to Offer Tours of Schreiber Brewing Company Building
Buffalo Brewing Company is offering full, in-depth tours of their upcoming new home, the former Schreiber Brewing Company, in June. The tours are an hour long and will go through the main parts of the building. You can see the building as it currently sits, before any construction begins, and learn about the history of the site and future plans from owner John Domres. All proceeds from this tour will benefit the restoration of the property. Tours are available June 5, 25 and 26 (multiple times). Purchase tickets here.
5. The Heaviest Days of Maple Coming to Eli Fish This Weekend
This weekend, May 27 and 28, Eli Fish Brewing will host ‘The Heaviest Days of Maple,’ which will features 2022 Heavy Maple (10% Waterless Wee Heavy with Maple Sap & Syrup), Rauchy Maple (10.5% Smoked Waterless Wee Heavy with Maple Sap & Syrup), Barrel Aged 2021 Heavy Maple (11.5% Heavy Maple aged in Bourbon Barrels for 14 months) and 2021 Heavy Maple on tap. There will also be cans of Heavy Maple and Rauchy Maple (while supplies last), along with limited bottles of Barrel Aged Heavy Maple.
6. Rhythm and Brews Benefit Returns to Kleinhans June 16
Rhythm and Brews: A Musical Beer and Food Tasting returns to Kleinhans Music Hall on June 16 (6:30pm). The event will feature beer from 13 local breweries, cuisine from Oliver’s, Marcato by SEAR, Britesmith and Creekview Restaurant and live music by Carina and the Six String Preacher and Girls of Grosh. Proceeds will benefit Kleinhans’s programming, including the annual National Geographic Live Speakers Series and building upkeep. All patrons will receive a commemorative glass. General admission tickets are $45 and VIP tickets are $75, which include early admission, first tastings and reserved seating. Call (716) 885-5000 for tickets or visit kleinhansbuffalo.org.
7. Erie County Pints in the Park Returns with Resurgence, Flying Bison & 42 North
Resurgence Brewing, 42 North Brewing and Flying Bison will once again take part in the Erie County Parks Department Pints in the Park Program, which features pop-up beer gardens across the Erie County Park System throughout the summer and fall. Times and exact locations have yet to be announced. The 2022 program kicks off June 3 at Red Jacket Riverfront Park. Future locations include Sprague Brook Park (June 4, August 27, October 8), Como Lake Park (June 17-18, July 15-16, Sept. 2), Ellicott Creek Park (June 10-11, Aug. 3), Chestnut Ridge Park (July 29-30, Oct. 15), Black Rock Canal Park (July 1), Akron Falls Park (Aug. 13) and Emery Park (Aug. 20).