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1. One-Eyed Cat Brewing Finds New Home in Williamsville
The years-long taproom search is finally over for One-Eyed Cat Brewing, who will set up shop next year on Main Street in Williamsville inside the former Pairings Wine Bar. The space offers approximately 2,000 square feet, though it needs to be adjusted for a taproom. For food, they have partnered with Pork Bellies BBQ to run the taproom’s kitchen. The brewhouse will start with a 2bbl system, with plans for eight fermenters. They also plan to open with a barrel aging program featuring 20 barrels, a combination of bourbon, tequila, gin and rum barrels. They hope to open by March.
2. Hofbrauhaus Buffalo to Hold Official Festbier Tapping
After tapping their Oktoberfestbier last month, Hofbrauhaus will continue their Oktoberfest celebration with the official tapping of their Festbier on October 6 (7pm). Bills Mafia Babes founder Kristen Kimmick will lead the parade and traditional barrel tapping of the beer, which is described as ‘an elegant tasting bier with a slightly sweet finish, Festbier is the perfect transitional brew for the cooler months ahead.’ You can make your reservation for a table here.
3. Community Beer Works to Release French Macaron Stout
For their latest release, CBW has teamed up with Chef Camille Le Caër on French Macaron Imperial Stout, a silky smooth, sweet stout brewed with French macaron shells and conditioned with natural vanilla, cocoa nibs and lactose. French Macaron Stout will be available for a limited time in 16oz. four-packs and on draft at the brewery, before being available wherever great beer is sold afterwards. The beer will be available on October 8 (3pm).
4. Gene McCarthy’s Harvest March & Oktoberfest Celebration
Gene McCarthy’s are celebrating all things fall with their annual Harvest March & Oktoberfest Celebration on October 10 (12pm). The parade will start at the corner of Hamburg Street and South Park Avenue, and will continue for four blocks down to Gene McCarthy’s, accompanied by the music of Special Delivery. Once there, the blessing of OFW Oktoberfest Lager will take place. Traditional Bavarian attire is encouraged (lederhosen or dirndl). There is no charge to attend; food and drinks may be purchased at the pub.
5. Conehead to Bartend at Mr. Goodbar Sunday for Charity
Ice cold beer here! The one and only Conehead will be taking his talents to Mr. Goodbar this Sunday during halftime of the Bills – Chiefs Sunday Night Football game. A portion of the proceeds and any donations made to Conehead while he is slinging suds will be matched by Mr. Goodbar to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. And remember, when you buy from Conehead, you get the Conehead guarantee, ‘get a warm beer from me, you drink it for free.’ Game day specials include $5 cans of Thin Man Pills Mafia and $5 pints of CBW Let’s Go Pils.
6. Eli Fish, First Line to Release Peanut Butter & Jelly Sour
Eli Fish Brewing and First Line Brewing have teamed up on a boozy version of a childhood staple – the peanut butter and jelly sandwich – with Peanut Butter Jelly Time, a 5.2% ABV sour with concord grapes and peanut butter cereal. Fermented on 200 pounds of NY grown Concord grape juice and brewed with Reese’s Puffs cereal, this sour is light and refreshing with bursts of both jelly and peanut butter. Peanut Butter Jelly Time will be released on draft only at both locations on October 7.
7. 12 Gates Brewing to Release Moonlight Fog Hazy IPA
The hazies keep coming from 12 Gates, who are set to release some fresh haze in the form of Moonlight Fog Hazy IPA on October 8. Aged on milk sugar and double dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops, Moonlight Fog features smooth notes of tropical fruit, citrus and berry. The beer will be canned Friday and released the same day. It will be available on draft and in 16oz. 4-packs to go.