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The Week Ahead…

With Buffalo Beer Week kicking off, our fall issue launch party, and of course, Ballpark Brew Bash, we’re in for a busy week of beer events…

Wednesday, September 23rd – Pizza Plant: Allagash Night – Starting at 5:00 PM, stop down to Pizza Plant for a tasting of rare Allagash treats. A lengthy list of featured beers will include such favorites as Victoria, Confluence, Midnight Brett, Golden Brett, a James Bean amongst others. These are truly spectacular beers from Allagash, making a great mid-week event.

Thursday, September 24th – Mister Goodbar: Bands and Brews – Get $1 off all NYS brewed pints, and live music from Child of Folly beginning at 9:00 PM.

Thursday, September 24th – Big Ditch Brewing: Buffalo Beer Week Preview – 6:00 PM start, with a local brewery shuffleboard tournament.

Thursday, September 24th – Aurora Brew Works: Founders Tap Takeover – Featured beers include Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, Mosaic Promise, KBS, and CBS just to name a few.

Thursday, September 24th – Fat Bob’s Smokehouse: Hamburg Brewing Tasting – From 7:00 to 8:30 stopped down to get your BBQ fix, and sample some beers from Hamburg Brewing.

Thursday, September 24th – Murphy Brown’s: Praire Bomb! – Clarence’s newest spot for craft beer will be featuring the beloved imperial stout, Prairie Bomb!

Friday, September 25th – WNY Craft Beer Magazine Fall Issue Launch Happy Hour – Start off Buffalo Beer Week with a bang, by celebrating with us as we toast the launch of the fall issue of WNY Craft Beer Magazine at Big Ditch Brewing. The “Happy Hour” runs from 5:30 to 7:30; we’ll hope to see you there!

Friday, September 25th – Macgregors: Founders Vintage Rare Tapping – Some aged kegs of Imperial Stout and Devil Dancer will be tapped, along with a keg of KBS.

Saturday, September 26th – Consumers Ballpark Brew Bash – One of WNY’s premier beer events every year, the Ballpark Brew Bash runs from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for general admission, and 4:00 to 8:00 for VIP. General admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased at any Consumers Beverages location.

For a more detailed listing of more Buffalo Beer Week events check out buffalobeerweek.com, and stay tuned to wnycraftbeer.com for a breakdown of top events.

Have a great week everyone!

Around the Craft Beer World

T.G.I.F. and Go Bills! Here’s some beer news.

Craft beer boom takes hold in Southern Ontario
The entire Buffalo Niagara region is behind craft beer

6 great places for craft beer
Take a closer look at 6 bars/restaurants across WNY

Southern Tier brews Buffalo sports beer
“Fans of both franchises should be prepared to drink lots of it”

Don’t let us tell you how to pour a beer
The classic pour, the gentle pour, the angry pour

What’s the difference between porter and stout?
All stouts are types of porter, but not all porters are stouts

Is the craft beer explosion creating a market bubble?
A potential burst in our bubble

Fall Issue Release Happy Hour: 9/25 @ Big Ditch

With the fall issue of WNY Craft Beer Magazine being printed, we’re ready to celebrate our 6th issue hitting the streets within the next week. Won’t you join us on Friday, September 25th at Big Ditch Brewing Company? Celebrate Buffalo Beer Week, with WNY’s exclusive craft beer magazine, as the happy hour party will run from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. See ya there!

The Week Ahead…

Short holiday week with a weekend loaded with Oktoberfests and the Bills home opener. Life is good in WNY…

Saturday, September 12th – Flying Bison Bisonfest – From 12:00 to 4:00 PM, the Flying Bison brewery will transform into a German beer hall. The featured taps will of course include Bisonfest and Oak Aged Bisonator Doppelebock. A $30 pre-sale ticket gets you a Bisonfest take-home mug, 3 beer tokens, choice of one German entree and side from 716 Club House, and German music from The Frankfurters. Tickets will be $35 at the door.

Saturday, September 12th – Hamburg Oktoberfest – Taking place in Memorial Park in the village of Hamburg, this Oktoberfest celebration is free of charge, and runs from 3:00 to 11:00 PM. German music and dancing fills the stage, while authentic German beer and food churns out of the beer tents. One of the area’s largest Oktoberfest gatherings is always a great time.

Have a great week everyone! Prost! Go Bills!

Buffalo Football Projections

The following is a look at a feature from our upcoming fall issue of WNY Craft Beer Magazine. We had a handful of WNY brewery owners and some of our magazine staff project Buffalo’s upcoming season game by game, as well as answer some other Bills related questions. Enjoy, and GO BILLS!


The anticipation at the start of the football season is always high. With a clean slate, and all teams equal at 0-0, optimism pervades the minds of Buffalo sports fans. Maybe, just maybe, this is our year.

That optimistic outlook is greater than any point in the last decade and a half, as the team appears to be built for greatness, except that one important player that we’ve lacked since Jimbo hung up the cleats after the ’96 campaign. With a beloved new head coach, an All-Pro running back, and a defense that could be the best in the entire league, this squad might just need a few bounces to go their way to land a home playoff game in Orchard Park for the first time in nearly 20 years.

With our hopes for the 2015 season high, we asked some area brewery owners, as well as some of our WNY Craft Beer Magazine staff to make their predictions for the upcoming season, and tossed in a few other Buffalo football questions to ponder. Here are some of their responses…

Matt Kahn, Big Ditch Brewing Company

Bills Record: 10-6 with Buffalo starting out 0-3, but finishing strong by winning their last five games
What Buffalo football player, coach, or owner of all time would you want to share a beer with?: Bruce Smith
When the Bills finally win a Super Bowl, what will you be drinking?: I’ve got a five year old bottle of Dogfish Head 120 Minute I might pop

John Russo, Hamburg Brewing Company

Bills Record: 10-6 with a big 4-0 start including wins over Indy, New England, and Miami, but tough road losses to Tennessee and the Jets
Favorite Tailgating Beer: Hamburg Small Town
What Buffalo football player, coach, or owner of all time would you want to share a beer with?: Ralph Wilson
When the Bills finally win a Super Bowl, what will you be drinking?: Glenlivet 18

Tim Herzog, Flying Bison Brewing

Bills Record: 12-4 with two losses to New England, but a road record of 7-1 would be music to most Buffalo fans’ ears
Favorite Tailgating Beer: Flying Bison Aviator Red
What Buffalo football player, coach, or owner of all time would you want to share a beer with?: Al Bemiller
When the Bills finally win a Super Bowl, what will you be drinking?: Flying Bison Buffalo IPA

Jeff Ware, Resurgence Brewing

Bills Record: 12-4 including two opening wins, followed by a loss in Miami, and losses to Philadelphia and Dallas in December
Favorite Tailgating Beer: Resurgence Autumn Saison
What Buffalo football player, coach, or owner of all time would you want to share a beer with?: Jim Kelly
When the Bills finally win a Super Bowl, what will you be drinking?: ALL of the drinks (including Resurgence IPA, my favorite)

Michael Farrell, WNY Craft Beer Magazine Features Writer

Bills Record: 10-6 with Buffalo starting out a strong 6-2, but then losing three straight on the road to the Jets, New England, and Kansas City
Favorite Tailgating Beer: Smuttynose Old Brown Dog
What Buffalo football player, coach, or owner of all time would you want to share a beer with?: Flip Johnson
When the Bills finally win a Super Bowl, what will you be drinking?: A glass of my own tears

David Leyh, WNY Craft Beer Magazine Homebrew Writer

Record: 9-7 with a home opener win over Indianapolis, followed by two straight losses to division rivals New England and Miami and a 3-4 finish to the season keeps Buffalo under 10 wins
Favorite Tailgating Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
What Buffalo football player, coach, or owner of all time would you want to share a beer with?:
Scott Norwood
When the Bills finally win a Super Bowl, what will you be drinking?: A fresh can of Heady Topper

Sud Muffin, WNY Craft Beer Magazine Publisher

Bills Record: 9-7 after a big 6-2 start to the year, but tough losses in the second half of the year to the Jets, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Dallas
Favorite Tailgating Beer: Southern Tier One Buffalo
What Buffalo football player, coach, or owner of all time would you want to share a beer with?: Jack Kemp
When the Bills finally win a Super Bowl, what will you be drinking?: Maine Beer Company Another One

Beer Puma, WNY Craft Beer Ops/Sales Manager

Bills Record: 14-2 from the eternal optimist, with an unblemished record at the Ralph, and road losses to Philly and New England
Favorite Tailgating Beer: Southern Tier Harvest
What Buffalo football player, coach, or owner of all time would you want to share a beer with?: Kent Hull
When the Bills finally win a Super Bowl, what will your celebration drink be? Heady Topper