We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Buffalo has an impeccable beer scene. When we think we’ve seen it all, we are reminded that Buffalo goes beyond the typical beer with some mega creations and collaborations. Each week we round up the biggest news and events, all happening in the beer community. While the beer scene is currently making adjustments due to COVID-19, we still have plenty to share in this weeks Buffalo Beer Buzz:
Orchard Park’s First Line Brewing to Open This Weekend
First Line Brewing, located at 4906 S. Buffalo St. in Orchard Park, will hold their official grand opening on August 22 (12-10pm) and August 23 (12-9pm). Seating is first come, first serve due to current COVID-19 regulations and masks are required for entry. They will offer limited bar seating and inside and outside tables as well. They will also have food. They are announcing their launch beers on their Facebook each day leading up to their grand opening and have announced Sergeant Hops New England IPA and Alpha Bravo Citrus IPA thus far. Stay tuned for more details.
Hydraulic Hearth Releases First-Ever Two Beers in Cans
Hydraulic Hearth, a restaurant featuring brick oven pizzas, craft cocktails, and an in-house brewery operated by Community Beer Works in Larkin, has released their first-ever canned beer, Dreizehn Pilsner and Ein Bier Bitte Hefeweizen. Dreizehn, German for “thirteen,” is a German-style pilsner with a sweet malty body and a smooth finish, and Ein Bier Bitte, German for “a beer please,” is one of only a few, if any, packaged hefeweizens in Western New York. 16oz. 4-packs are $12.99 and are available at Hydraulic Hearth.
New York Beer Project Plans Two Releases Over Next Two Weeks
Over the next few weeks, the taps at New York Beer Project are going to be busy with the releases of FANdemonium Dry-Hopped Pilsner on August 21 (5pm) and Grasshopper Pie Porter on August 26 (5pm). FANdemonium, a crushable and easy-drinking pils, is a love letter to Western New York sports teams, the fans that cheer those teams on, and the beer that fuels them. Grasshopper Pie Porter, the latest NYBP’s x Perry’s Ice Cream mash-up, is brewed with chocolate malt and fresh mint leaves, and flavored with brownie and Madagascar vanilla. Both beers will be available in-house and to-go.
Community Beer Works Taproom to Temporarily Close for Renovations, Improvements
Community Beer Works have announced plans to temporarily close their taproom for renovations and improvements in an effort to offer “a responsible, socially distant, and comfortable indoor experience.” They also plan to revamp their service model and give the taproom a makeover with help from Art & Creative Director Rob Neiler (Genesee Brew House, Schlafly Brewing). CBW’s taproom and beer patio will close starting September 7.
Work Begins at Big Ditch Brewing’s New Transit Road Facility
Construction is underway at Big Ditch’s new $47 million, 105,000 square foot facility at 6700 Transit Road. Big Ditch President Matt Kahn said that while the shutdown caused a few delays in approvals and construction, they didn’t lose much time. After securing town approval, crews have begun the process of the demolition of the old Clarion Hotel, which will be the site of the new brewery and taproom.