Hello again!  We thought we’d give you an update on some of our upcoming beers, as well as our tap room schedule and plans through the holiday season.  Without further adieu:

Beer Schedule.  Here is a rough schedule of beers we plan to release in the next few months and an approximate time frame.

Innovation Series: Nelson Kolsch (non-sour version) should be out on Tuesday 11/24; Balnamoon, a 7.6% ABV scotch ale brewed with orange peel, will be out on Black Friday 11/27; and Imperial Stout 1.0, which clocks in at 8.7% ABV, which should be out around December 3rd.

Vanilla Oatmeal Stout: our popular winter seasonal, brewed with roasted barley, a massive amount of oatmeal, and a subtle touch of Mexican vanilla, should be out right around December 1st, both at the tap room, and around area bars and restaurants.

Fresh Baked is a spiced brown ale with toasted oats, cinnamon and vanilla we made in collaboration with our friends at Wegmans, to celebrate the opening of their Pub on Transit Road.  The pub will open on 12/8, and we’ll also be tapping it on the brewery that day.  We’ll have a special tasting at The Pub on 12/11 if you want to meet the brewers and find out about the recipe!

Our brewers with the Wegmans team for Fresh Baked brew day

The Tower is our 11.9% ABV American Barleywine that we brew to commemorate the ball drop on New Year’s Eve at the Electric Tower (see details on our NYE plans below!)  A rich, toffee malt backbone melds with dank grapefruit rind and subtle alcohol notes to yield this complex, smooth sipper.  Available right before Christmas for those who want to give the gift of Barleywine this holiday season.  Barleywine! (Barleywine vine courtesy of CBW)

The Tower. (photo courtesy of Joe Cascio Photography)

Last Blacksmith Smoked Black IPA: last springs seasonal will be a late winter seasonal this year.  This beer balances bright orange hop flavor with smooth smoked malts.  Complex yet still drinkable.  This beer should be out right after January 1st.

Galaxy Red India Red Ale.  Apparently, a few of you have been waiting for this beer to be re-released?  We are due to get a large shipment of these rare New Zealand hops next year.  Praise Lord Lupulin!  Expect to see this beer back at the brewery, and around Buffalo bars and restaurants, around early February.

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Galaxy Teaser.  Yeah.  We're mean.

Tap Room Schedule.  Here’s what we have planned.

For Thanksgiving week:

Tuesday 11/24: normal hours, 3pm – 10pm.  Innovation Series (non-sour) Nelson Kolsch will be available this day.

Wednesday 11/25: open noon to midnight!  Food service begins at 3pm.  Did you know our newest, freshest batch of Deep Cut double IPA is on?  Drink responsibly people.  Oh hey, did you also know beer goes great at the dinner table on turkey day?  Oh, and did you know we also happen to sell growlers of said beer for at home enjoyment?  True story!

To be consumed before, during, and after Thanksgiving dinner.  Have a nice nap!

Thursday 11/26: we’ll be closed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of us are enjoying a post Turkey Trot Low Bridge from within the tap room…

Friday 11/27: open noon to midnight for Fall Black Friday.  Oh yeah, that’s what it’s called now.  The kitchen will be open from noon to midnight as well.  Innovation Series: Balnamoon Scotch Ale should be available this day as well.

Fall Black Friday!  Contain yourselves, people!

Saturday 11/28 and Sunday 11/29: Normal hours.  Noon to midnight and noon to 8pm respectively.  Saturday is Small Business Saturday – as a (small) way of showing our customer appreciation, we’ll be discounting all merchandise by 10% this day.  Get your holiday shopping done early folks!

For Christmas week: 

Tuesday 12/22: open noon to 10pm.  Food service begins at 3pm.  

Wednesday 12/23: open noon to midnight.  Food service begins at 3pm.  

Thursday 12/24 (Xmas Eve): open noon to 6pm.

Friday 12/25: Closed.  Keep the change, ya filthy animal!

Saturday 12/26 and Sunday 12/27: Normal hours.  Noon to midnight and noon to 8pm respectively.

Thursday December 31st. New Year’s Eve!

This is the information many of you have been waiting for.  The ball drops off of the Electric Tower, which is right in front of our brewery.  This is the second largest NYE celebration in the country, making our little brewery one of the best places in the U.S. to celebrate New Year’s Eve.  Here’s what we have planned:

First, we will not be taking reservations on this day, but we will have some special things coming your way.  If you’re interested in joining us for New Year’s Eve, get here early to stake your claim at the bar, at an upstairs table, or in front of the fireplace.  

We’ll be open at noon with our normal menu until 3pm.  A 3pm, we’ll have a special menu offered until 10pm.  The menu is still to be announced, but should include some more upscale food options/entrees and some fun food as well.  Stay tuned on the specifics of this menu which will be announced in December.  

Then, beginning at 10pm, we are offering a package of two drink tickets, a buffet of various appetizers, and a limited edition New Year’s Eve tasting glass that you can use for a ceremonious toast of The Tower barleywine at midnight.  We’ll be open until 2am that night as well.  Price is $25 in advance, $35 at the door.  Link to pre-register/pay is here

If you decide to come after 10pm and not participate in the package, that’s ok, but we won’t be serving food.  We hope you join us either way.

Should be a busy holiday season, with lots of great beer.  Celebrate it, Buffalo!  Cheers!