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. Community Beer Works Set to Celebrate 11th Anniversary
Community Beer Works is turning the ripe old age of 11 and they are celebrating with a day filled with fun and games, live music, great beer and food on April 22 (12pm). They will release Double Dry Hopped Frank Pale Ale, pairing it with a custom glass for the occasion, and will also be releasing other exclusive beers. There will be food specials, Mr. No The Balloon Guy, live music from Tim Britt (6pm), carnival games, commemorative anniversary merch and more. The brewery also says they have a big secret, which they will be revealing at the anniversary party.
2. Buffalo Kush Can & Draft Release at Flying Bison
Flying Bison will release their new Buffalo Kush IPA on, not so coincidentally enough, 4/20 (4pm). As you might expect, Buffalo Kush is big, dank and hoppy, clocking in at 8% and 80 IBUs, with notes of tropical fruit and hop bitterness from the heavy additions of American hops. The beer will be available on draft and in 16oz. 4-pack cans and kegs to go. The brewery also recently released their new Hopcat Oatmeal IPA and brought back 716 Kolsch.
3. Limited Tickets Remain for Thawfest at Buffalo Riverworks
A limited amount of tickets are still available for Thawfest, which returns to Buffalo RiverWorks on April 21. Over 50 local breweries, cideries, distilleries, and wineries will be on hand to samples their newest and most popular brews. Participating breweries include 12 Gates, Big Ditch, Belt Line, Flying Bison, New York Beer Project, Four Mile, Brickyard and more. There will also be live music from the Strictly Hip, craft vendors and more. A wider selection of rare and limited beers, as well as finger foods, will be available in the VIP section. VIP tickets are $65 and general admission tickets are $45. Visit thawfest.com for more information.
4. Pink Boots Collaboration Beer Release at Woodcock Brothers
On April 22, the Pink Boots Society will release their International Women’s Day brew, Pink Boots Buf Roots Session IPA, at Woodcock Brothers at Wurlitzer (2-6pm). Pink Boots Buf Roots is an easy drinking, citrusy and tropical IPA that features Cascade and the Pink Boots special hop blend. The release party will feature a woman-owned business vendor market to sip, shop and celebrate all Western New York women. A portion of proceeds from Pink Boots Buf Roots will be donated to the Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit organization focused on women in the fermented beverage industry.
5. Science After Hours: Why So(Ber) Curious? at Science Museum
With more and more nonalcoholic adult beverages hitting the market, what’s all the hype about? The Buffalo Museum of Science is looking to find out at their next Science After Hours event on April 21 (6-9pm). The event will feature a cash bar with beer and wine, as well as new nonalcoholic adult drink options. Guests are invited to sample N/A beers, zero proof spirits, mocktails, and more. They can also engage in scientific activities throughout the museum. Tickets are $30 (BMS Members save 10%) and include tasting glass and non-alcoholic drink samples. Light snacks will be available for purchase, and guests may bring their own.
6. WNY Beer Trail Fundraiser for Summit Buffalo at Resurgence
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, WNY Beer trail will host the third annual Summit Buffalo fundraiser at Resurgence Brewing on April 22 (12pm). This event is free and will feature live music from Nico Zarcone and raffles for prizes, including autographed Bills jerseys, autographed 8×10’s (Alex Tuch, Stevie Johnson, Taron Johnson), gift baskets, gift cards and more. There will also be a silent auction for a signed Damar Hamlin #3 full size helmet. There will be a special beer for the event as well, Believe in Summit Pilsner, and Resurgence will donate $1 of each pint to the cause.
7. Spotted Octopus Brewing Celebrates 1st Anniversary
Allentown’s Spotted Octopus Brewing will celebrate their first anniversary on April 22 (7pm). The party will feature live music from Davey O (7-9pm), food will be available from Under Fire Pizza (3-7pm), drink specials throughout the night and more. The brewery is also bringing back Julia’s Splendid Daydream New England IPA on tap for the event and will be giving away free koozies to the first 25 people in attendance. Pint & Crowler members will receive a free beer & koozie.
8. Gowanda Brewing at the Wicked Glen Officially Opens
Gowanda Brewing at the Wicked Glen is officially open to the public. The brewery, located at the Wicked Glen in Gowanda, features a 3.5BBL capacity and 7 taps serving their own beer. On tap currently you will find a Saison, Red IPA, Wee Heavy, Honey ESB, Cherry Saison, Porter and Berry Cobbler Sour Ale. They also have plenty of beer in the pipeline, according to head brewer Mike Van Wey, including a DDH Cherry IPA and more. The brewery opens daily at 11am. You can find more information here.