Let’s roll up our sleeves and get right down to it, shall we? Tomorrow marks the start of Buffalo Beer Week.
The beer you can expect
In A Van
In A Van, an 8.75% double Belgian IPA brewed in collaboration with Flying Bison, is the logical followup (prequel?) to last year’s Down By The River. Pouring a slightly cloudy gold, it has aromas of bubblegum, pine, ripe stone fruit and melon. Melon, stone fruit and pine dominate the flavor with notes of honey and bubblegum.
Singularity is a series dedicated to exploring the intricacies of the hop. Each batch is brewed with the same grain bill and yeast and one variety of humulus lupulus. Hopping rates are adjusted to provide the same level of bitterness across all beers in this series. Come explore with us as we jump from new world to old and discover the flavors grown halfway across the planet & in our own back yard.
Barrel aged Whale with cherries
We’ve taken The Whale and aged it in rye barrels from Finger Lakes Distilling. We did something similar last year (it was a whiskey barrel that time, and without cherries) for the VIP room at the Ballpark Brew Bash. Here’s the cool thing about taking the “Community” aspect to heart: one day at the Bidwell farmer’s market Singer Farms stopped by and said “We have a lot of cherries. You should make a beer with them.”
So we did. It’s delicious.
Our first foray into sour beer, Mister Superfantastisch is a Berliner Weisse, light and tart and refreshing. Standing at a mere 3.5% abv it won’t knock you over, something not often seen in the beer world these days (he says with a self referential eye towards In A Van above).
Remember that McCollum Orchards hop picking party earlier in the month that I wouldn’t shut up about? Well, it yielded hops. Yet again we took some of these fresh “wet” Centennial hops (as in, they haven’t been dried) and used them in Frank, our pale ale. It is about the freshest tasting beer can get.
Another Beer Week reprise: we got together with Pearl St, the nascent Big Ditch and one Mister Willard Brooks for another batch of the highly hopped Lord Lupulin IPA.
The events you can find them at
Thursdays and Fridays we’re going to have:
- Wet Frank
- The Whale
- The IPA
- De Maas
- Dark Maas
- In A Van
- Rutherford B. Haze
- Mister Superfantastisch (maybe)
Now, remember that Saturdays at the Bidwell farmer’s market we only have four taps. We’ll be using up to nine of our ten taps at the brewery! We haven’t settled on the final Bidwell list yet, but it will probably be along the lines of Rutherford, Wet Frank, The IPA and In A Van.
Also at the brewery: new glasses! Our way-better-than-a-shaker-pint willi beecher style glasses aren’t going anywhere, but we’ve added some Munique style goblets. Pick yours up today (no, really, retail today 3-7!) for $9.
Date: Friday 9/20
Location: Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle
Beer: In A Van, Lord Lupulin
Ballpark Brew Bash
Date: Saturday 9/21
Location: Coca Cola Field
Beer: In A Van, The Whale, Barrel Aged Whale with Cherries (VIP room)
The Wake of Rutherford B. Haze
Date: Tuesday 9/24
Location: Sterling Place
Beer: Rutherford B. Haze (the final kegs), Singularity, Frank, The Whale, De Maas, The IPA
Suicidal Saucies Buffalo Beer Week Celebration
Date: Wednesday 9/25
Location: Mister Goodbar
Beer: Lord Lupulin, $1 off standard Goodbar offerings
More information: Facebook!
Beer Geek Festival
Date: Saturday 9/28
Time: 1-4, 6-9
Location: Artisan Kitchens & Baths
Beer: Cherry Whale, Mister Superfantastisch
Black Rock Kitchen & Bar IPA Pairing
Date: All week
Time: Any time
Location: Black Rock Kitchen & Bar
Beer: The IPA, paired with cheese filled donuts. It works. Trust us.