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1. First Line Brewing Teams With Bills Star on New Beer
After a successful partnership with Buffalo Bills longsnapper Reid Ferguson, First Line Brewing have teamed up with Bills star kicker Tyler Bass on Kickin’ Bass Session IPA, brewed with all Citra hops. The beer will be released on December 22 at the brewery and then wherever great beer is sold. A portion of proceeds will go towards P.U.N.T. Pediatric Cancer, which provides WNY families facing pediatric cancer financial, practical and emotional support.
2 & 3. Big Ditch Brewing to Open New Production Brewery, Plans Final Can Release of 2021
Big Ditch has announced plans to open a new production facility at 101 Oak Street. The new facility will have more than twice the production capacity of the current brewery, including a 40-barrel brewhouse and 10 x 80-barrel fermenters. It is anticipated that the new facility will begin producing beer by next spring. The existing taproom at 55 East Huron Street will be unaffected and plans for the Transit Road location are moving forward.
Big Ditch is dropping a pair of new beers on December 17 (11am), their final can release of the year. Panic Buying Double Dry-Hopped Double IPA is brewed and double dry-hopped with Mosaic, Cashmere and Meridian hops for notes of citrus, pineapple, berry and dank earthy aromas and flavors, and Beer That Tastes Like Beer: Scotch Ale features rich, caramel, a touch of roast and orange peel. Both beers will be available on draft and in 16oz. cans.
4. Twin Petrels Seltzery coming to former Resurgence Brewing site
The Seltzery & Social by Twin Petrels Seltzer Co. has announced plans to move into former Resurgence Brewing site on Niagara Street. The project, helmed by Katrina Piechowicz, will feature craft seltzers and craft cocktails. The space will include 20 taps with seltzers and local beers with seating for 100-plus inside. The exterior will include an outdoor Seltzer Garden with firepit and shaded areas. Opening is expected in summer.
5. New Hefeweizen Coming to Community Beer Works
On December 16 (3pm), CBW will drop Wunder Weizen Hefeweizen, a hazy German-style hefe with a soft mouthfeel that balances banana and clove notes with a twist of orange peel in the finish. Wunder Weizen Hefeweizen will be available on draft and in 16oz. 4-packs to go.
6. Thin Man Brewery Set to Release New Kellerbier
With their latest release, Thin Man is keeping it crispy and creepy with Creep in The Cellar, a pale kellerbier inspired by a beer at Brauhaus Calwer-Eck in Stuttgart, Germany. This naturally unfiltered lager is crisp and features lightly bready malts and lemon and herbal notes from the German noble hop. Creep in the Cellar will be available at all locations.
7 & 8. 42 North reveals lineup for Barrel Jam 2022, Drops 2 New Barrel Aged Beers
42 North Brewing has announced the lineup for the 2nd Annual Barrel Jam Beer Festival set to take place on January 29, 2022 (2-6pm). Tickets are on-sale online and in the taproom. Participating breweries include KCBC, Prison City, Beer Tree, Wild East Brewing, Eli Fish, 42 North, Allagash, Firestone Walker, Community Beer Works, Thin Man, Heritage Hill, Meiers Creek, Blackbird Cider, Clarksburg Cider and Lilly Belle Meads. Each will bring select barrel-aged beers and will have representatives on hand to chat about the process of brewing and aging each beer. Soular Plexus & Company and Farrow will perform.
On December 18, 42 North will release Stones Throw Barrel-Aged Blonde Ale, a barrel-aged blonde ale conditioned on peaches with a touch of vanilla and aged for over 9 months in oak barrels. They also recently released Life’s A Barrel Of Cherries Dark Sweet Cherry & Cranberry Barrel-Aged Gose. Aged for 9 months in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels and fermented on dark sweet cherries, cranberries with a touch of vanilla. Both are available in cans.