225 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, outerharborbuffalo.com
The Outer Harbor will officially open Memorial Day weekend, ushering in a summer sure to be filled with plenty of cold pints of local craft beer. Daily activities at Wilkeson Point will include bike, kayak, paddle-board, and water bike rentals, as well as the Consumer’s Beverages Concession and Beer Garden (opening May 26, 2pm), which will be open daily—yes, every day this summer, 11am-8pm. Outer Harbor is also the home of the third annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, which takes place June 18, 3-7pm. The festival features over 40 breweries, including 20 local breweries, as well as local chefs and food trucks. Tickets can be purchased at BuffaloBrewersFestival.com.
FULL CIRCLE FEST
May 21, 2pm-6pm, 42 North Brewing Co., 25 Pine St, East Aurora, 42northbrewing.com
42 North Brewing will hold the inaugural Full Circle Fest on Saturday, May 21st, 2-6pm, which celebrates sustainability and collaboration within the craft brewing industry. A roasted pig raised from the spent grains of the brewery will be available, as will beer from Community Beer Works, Old First Ward Brewing, 12 Gates, New York Beer Project, Ellicottville Brewing and more while live music from Ron Davis & David Wasik fills the East Aurora taproom. Tickets ($30, on sale at Eventbrite.com and 42 North) include a brewery tour, 8-5oz samples, a souvenir tasting glass & pig roast.
BREWERY OMMEGANG AWARD
656 County Highway 33 Cooperstown, ommegang.com
Congratulations are in order for Cooperstown, New York institution Brewery Ommegang, who were named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-size brewing companies at the 2016 World Beer Cup. They also took home three individual beer awards; a gold medal for Rosetta in the Belgian-style fruit beer category, a bronze for Three Philosophers in the Belgian-style dubbel and quadrupel category and a bronze for Gnomegang in the Belgian-style tripel category. “To win a single award at the World Beer Cup is quite an achievement, but to win three along with the Champion Mid-Size Brewery Award leaves us a bit speechless,” said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart.
NEW BELGIUM BREWING
Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing have made their long awaited debut in the Buffalo-Niagara region, bringing with them a number of their highly sought after flagship offerings, such as Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Heavy Melon Watermelon Lime Ale, and Citradelic Tangerine IPA. Even the La Folie Sour Brown Ale has been spotted at launch events, going on all this week, at Pizza Plant Canalside, ABV, and World of Beer. Two gluten-reduced beers, Glutiny Golden Ale and Glutiny Pale Ale, are also available. Stop into any Consumer’s Beverages location, Premier Gourmet, Village Beer Merchant and Aurora Brew Works to stock your fridge today.