Buffalo Beer Buzz

by / May. 4, 2016 3am EST

 Big Ditch TAP NY Award 
55 E Huron St, Buffalo, bigditchbrewing.com

Congratulations are in order for Big Ditch Brewing Company, who won the F. X. Matt Memorial Cup for Best Craft Brewery in New York State at the TAP NY craft beer festival in Hunter, New York, this past weekend. “We are extremely humbled and grateful to win this award,” said Matt Kahn, president of Big Ditch Brewing Company. “While our staff has worked very hard for this, the accomplishment wouldn’t be possible without the outstanding support we’ve received from the local community.” In addition to the prestigious award, Big Ditch also won a Silver Medal in the Strong IPA category for their Deep Cut DIPA.

 Woodcock Brother’s XPA 
638 Lake St, Wilson, woodcockbrothersbrewery.com

Woodcock Brothers Brewery’s XPA 6.0 is now available to purchase in four-packs pf 16-ounce cans. XPA 6.0, Woodcock’s second canned beer following their Niagara Lager, can be purchased at their Wilson brewery ($11.99 per four-pack, $71.94 per case, one-case limit). Woodcock’s XPA is a super hoppy IPA with a constantly changing hop bill; this new version is brewed with Mosaic, Citra, and Azacca hops. According to the brewery, XPA 6.0 is “very much an ‘east coast’ style IPA that is vibrantly packed with citrusy, herbal flavors, has a moderate bitterness and a very light malt profile.”

 12 Gates Brewing Grand Opening Party 
June 4 @ 12pm -11pm, 80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville, 12gatesbrewing.com

Though they opened their doors more than six months ago, 12 Gates Brewing (80 Earhart Drive) will officially celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, June 4. The event will feature live music all day as well as lawn games, contests, and more. Tickets are $10 and include entrance to the event, a limited edition Grand Opening beer mug with free fill. Also, VIP Admission is $20 and includes entrance, Grand Opening beer mug with free fill, plus a commemorative grand opening shirt and your first-in-line access to purchase a 22-ounce bottle of a limited edition beer. Tickets can be purchased at 12gatesbrewing.com

 Buffalo Brewing Co. 
314 Myrtle Ave, Buffalo, buffalo-brewing-company.com

With ingredients arriving and brewing operations set to commence shortly, work is progressing at Buffalo Brewing Company (314 Myrtle Avenue) in advance of their expected late May opening. Plans call for a Vienna lager, IPA, American pale ale, porter, and pilsner to start, with seasonal varietals featuring different herbs and fruits to follow. “Though small and mainly focused on production with the slogan, ‘Good Neighbors, Great Beer!,’ everyone is welcome and encouraged to stop into the intimate tasting room for a sample, growler fill or keg purchase,” said Buffalo Brewing Company’s John Domres, Jr. For more information, stay tuned to Buffalo-Brewing-Company.com.

The Public’s weekly beer column is a collaboration with the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.