Buffalo Beer Buzz: Celebrate the Biggest Party Night of the Year at These Breweries

12 Gates’ Philosofest Returns on Thanksgiving Eve

12 Gates Brewing are taking full advantage of the night before Thanksgiving, aka the biggest party night of the year, with Philosofest II, their tribute to Sir George Ripley who wrote the Compound of Alchymy (Ripley’s Twelve Gates), on November 22 at 4pm (as legend has it, the Philosopher’s Stone was able to achieve turning base metals into gold and silver and bestow long life or even immortality). The brewery will debut their Pumpkin Amber during the party and will have live music all night from Joe Webber (4-7pm) and Mike and Mandy Music (8-11pm). There is no cover charge. More info here!



Cask Beer Flows at Mr. Goodbar’s Buffalo Cask Festival

Bountiful amounts of cask beer are set to flow at the Buffalo Cask Festival at Mr. Goodbar, which is back for another year on December 1-3 (casks will be tapped Friday at noon). Among the casks that will (tentatively) be available are Flying Bison Pineapple Buffalo Kolsch, Community Beer Works #squashgoals, Swiftwater English Pale Ale with Jasmine Flowers, Jack’s Abby Red Tape with Cranberries, Thin Man/Gun Hill 100% Brett New England IPA with Peach & Pineapple and Roc Brewing Ugly Sweater Winter Warmer, among others. Tickets are also on sale for Goodbar’s VIP Local Brewers Night, November 30, for $25. More info here!


Santas of Swig Fundraiser Brews Up Homebrew for a Good Cause

The 3rd Annual Santas of Swig Fundraiser, presented by the Sultans of Swig Homebrew Club and Santas of Swig, which seeks to raise money for the Matt Urban Hope Center, takes place December 2 (1pm) at Buffalo Iron Works. A $20 donation buys samples of over 20 beers made by area homebrewers. Vote for your favorite and the winner gets their beer brewed at Pearl Street. Baskets from local breweries will be raffled off (donations of new, unwrapped toys gets you $10 in tickets). Tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. More info here!



Kick Off Your Thanksgiving Holiday at West Shore Brewing

If you need plans for Thanksgiving eve, look no further than the Pre Gobble Bash at West Shore Brewing, which goes down November 22 at 5pm. The party will feature live music from Tim Britt (6-9pm), food from Babz BBQ (5pm) and drink specials all night long. West Shore will also tap their new Coffee Infused Oatmeal Stout, which is brewed with locally sourced dark roast coffee beans from Goodrich Coffee and Tea, located up the road from the brewery. West Shore will also have a Citra IPA, English Pale Ale, Wet Hopped Pale Ale and Oatmeal Stout on tap. More info here!


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About Taste NY

This article was created in partnership with Taste NY, an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at a variety of venues throughout the State and at large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair and the Barclays Tournament at Bethpage State Park.

Over the last three years, the Taste NY initiative has seen steady growth and recognition. The program reported sales of $4.5 million in 2015 and nearly tripled those figures to more than $13.1 million in 2016. Today, New York products sold under Taste NY branding are available in more than 60 locations throughout the State as well as the New York State Office of Trade and Tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For more information about Taste NY, please visit www.taste.ny.gov. Connect with Taste NY through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.




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