Beer Fest Meets Outer Harbor
What could be better than a bunch of Buffalo’s best craft brewers getting together on the waterfront for a giant beer festival? Right – not much. Don’t worry, there will be food too. Saturday June 18th the Buffalo Brewers Festival finds a new home at the Outer Harbor which is, in our humble opinion, absolutely fantastic.
The current forecast is Sunny and 80 with a slight breeze and a strong chance of fun. We’re not licensed meteorologists so there’s an actual chance this is accurate. 😉
What to Expect
Sure, the Brewers Fest is about beer, but it’s also a celebration of Buffalo. Local farmers, chefs, and food trucks will also be showing off their talents. For example, The Whole Hog food truck will be roasting a T-Meadow Hog (yippee!), Oshun will be serving seafood, Gourm Asian Bistro will be doing their thing, and The Cheesy Chick and Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs will be joining the festivities among others. Plus there will be vendors selling really cool beer stuff, the BNBA’s Buffalo Beer League, WNY Brews podcast, and other local media will be on hand to add to the fun. In additional to the Meet the Brewers Tent (more on that in a minute), new this year will be special feature tents including a NYS Cider Tent, a Farm to Pint tent, and an Ontario Beer Tent tent. The full beer list can be found at buffalobrewersfestival.com!
Sure, it’s all fun and games, but let’s not forget about the main event – the beer. First and foremost all your local favs like 12 Gates, Big Ditch, CBW, Hamburg, Resurgence, Flying Bison etc. will be there. (See full list below!)
Meet the Brewers Cheese Pairing
This year there will be a single Meet the Brewers session, an interactive taste experience with five local brewers paired with the cheeses of Vermont Farmstead. Local cheese purveyor Michelle Stevens, of Buffalo Cheese Traders along with the cheesemakers from Vermont Farmstead will present a collaborative cheese & beer pairing between the brewers and the cheesemaker. From what we’ve heard, this is gearing up to be a mind bending taste sensation that will convince even the most dubious of beer drinkers that beer pairs great with everything – duh. You DO NOT want to miss this.
The Ticket Sitch
There are various types of tickets available including Brewer’s Fest General Admission Ticket ($40, includes ALL beer tastings from over 40 breweries from 4-7pm); Brewer’s Fest Ticket (Early Admission) ($49, includes all beer tastings from over 40 breweries from 3-7pm); and Designated Driver Ticket ($15, available at gate, valid 3-7pm, ticket price includes admission to the event and a free bottle of water. Tasting glasses are not provided to designated drivers).
Tickets can be purchased at online at buffalobrewersfestival.com or at Aurora Brew Works, Consumers Beverages, Kegworks, and Premier Gourmet.
Come on out and support local brewers and have a blast at the Outer Harbor. Hurry – tickets are going fast. For more information check out buffalobrewersfestival.com.
Who Will be There?
Local Breweries: 12 Gates, 42 North, Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing, Flying Bison, Four Mile, Old First Ward, Gordon Biersch, Hamburg Brewing Company, New York Beer Project, Pan Am Grill & Brewery, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Resurgence, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., Southern Tier Brewing Company, Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company.
Guest Brewers: Guest brews from Smuttynose, Abandon Brewing, Victory, Ommegang, and Ithaca Beer Company.
Buffalo Brewers Festival Details
When: Saturday June 18th
Where: Outer Harbor
Time: 4pm – 7pm
General Admission: $40
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