2016 theme is one of celebrating diversity and inclusiveness under the 'Big Tent of Buffalo Beer'
The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association unveiled the various events and activities for the seventh annual "Buffalo Beer Week," which will be held from Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 2.
"Let's face it: Beer brings people together. So, our theme this year is one of celebrating diversity and inclusiveness," said Willard Brooks, president of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. "Western New York now has over 20 locally owned and operated breweries, including in almost every area in the City of Buffalo. Beer is once again a full-fledged industry in Western New York and New York state, creating jobs and inspiring tourism. The revitalization of local beer making has become a 'Big Tent' in bringing people from all walks of life together."
"Buffalo Beer Week is a celebration of the booming craft beer industry that is providing jobs and encouraging community pride in our region," said Sam Hoyt, regional president of Empire State Development Corp. "Gov. Cuomo has made growing this industry a big priority in his agenda for upstate NY, and he is encouraged by the rapid growth we have seen in recent years."
"In terms of this year's theme of diversity and inclusiveness, you're speaking my language on many levels," said Kelly Krupsi, co-owner of the New York Beer Project in the Town of Lockport. "I am so very proud to speak on behalf of women in the craft world. The original brewers were always women who were charged with maintaining the supply of food and beer in the household, so now it's so empowering to see more and more amazing women leading this amazing craft culture."
"Women create and sell beer, but clearly they also drink it, too. In fact, women 21-34 years of age are drinking craft beer at a rate above the national average, consuming roughly 15 percent of total market share," said Christina Vair, one of the founding members of the Buffalo Beer Goddesses. "As we consider ways to welcome all with interest to the table, to join us under the 'Big Tent' and celebrate tradition, we have the opportunity to retread a well-worn path into the future."
Among the featured events that will take place during the 2015 Buffalo Beer Week:
•Pre-launch event with second annual "Brewers Shuffleboard Tournament" on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Big Ditch Brewing Co.: Eleven local breweries square off on the shuffleboard table. This event will also feature the debut of Wise PA, brewed for late beer blogger Kevin Wise, and the result of the largest beer collaboration in Buffalo history. Sales of the memorial beer will take place at local breweries. All proceeds will benefit the Wise family.
•Official kickoff event: The debut event will take place as usual at the Adam Mickiewicz Library at 612 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo. It will feature craft beer on tap provided by 15 Western New York breweries. There will be live music, and proceeds will go to the Torn Space Theatre.
•"FemALE beer release: At 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, the Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. in West Seneca will debut the breweries' first all-female brewed beer: "Estrogen Ale." Proceeds will be dedicated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, for breast cancer awareness.
•The Goddesses fourth anniversary party: The Buffalo Beer Goddesses will conduct the group's fourth anniversary party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Mr. Goodbar on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. The group will raise funds for its Cicerone Scholarship Fund for Women, which will formally launch this fall.
•"1st annual" Meatball Street Brawl: On Sunday, Oct. 2, 15 local restaurants will compete to earn the title "Meatball Champ." The event will feature a wide variety of craft beers created to enhance the unique flavors sure to be part of the meatball tasting experience. The event will take place at Osteria 166, at 166 Franklin St., Buffalo.
•"Casks for a Cause!": Over a dozen specialty-made casks made by Western New York brewers will be unveiled during an event that will support Evergreen Health. The event will take place at the Lockhouse Distillery, 41 Columbia St., Buffalo, at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.
•Ballpark Brew Bash: From 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Coca-Cola Field, the Ballpark Brew Bash, sponsored by Consumers Beverages, will feature dozens of breweries from across the globe. Tickets are available at all 17 Consumer's Beverages locations, the Buffalo Bisons ticket office and online at www.tickets.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. For more details, visit www.ballparkbrewbash.com.
For more information about the all the events taking place during Buffalo Beer Week, visit http://www.buffalobeerweek.com/events-3/.
Buffalo Beer Week promotes Buffalo's growing craft beer culture by putting on a 10-day celebration in Erie and Niagara counties that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of the regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for Buffalo's breweries, restaurants, pubs and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. Visit www.buffalobeerweek.com for more information.
The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association exists to unify the Buffalo Niagara craft beer community in order to increase regional sales of craft beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness, consumer education, and to monitor and assure a thriving craft beer and brewing industry within the Buffalo Niagara Region. For more information about the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, including membership, visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org.