This Friday and Saturday (that’s starting tomorrow, at least if you’re reading this Thursday) is the Buffalo Cask Festival. It’s one of Rudy’s favorite events, and as such we always try to make it special.
It’s hosted jointly by Cole’s and Mister Goodbar, with each place getting one 10 gallon cask from us. As it was last year, we won’t actually know which cask goes where most likely until the day of. Check our Twitter feed for more information! What are your choices? Well, how about these:
Espresso Whale: Yes, we have once again taken our brown ale and added in some Sumatran espresso from Blue Mountain Coffee. If you think The Whale has natural coffee notes (and it does), wait until you try it with espresso!
Oh Snap!: I walked into the brewery last week and something smelled awesome. It turns out I was smelling ginger, which was added along with (extra fancy!) cinnamon to make a ginger snap stout.
These are both very limited: 10 gallons of each, one to Cole’s and one to Goodbar. How limited? I’m working retail tomorrow and will be stopping in beforehand because otherwise I won’t get any!
Also tomorrow: a tasting at the Hertel Village Beer Merchant. We’ve been to Consumer’s and Premier recently. Did you think we’d forgotten about the VBM? No, never!
CBW Intern Extraordinaire, Mister Bob Turley will be serving up samples and smiles (if he is not smiling please let us know immediately and he will be duly punished).
The Bringer of Nuclear Fire
Coming soon to a stout near you
It’s an exciting week for beer events. The cask festival will have barely ended when on Tuesday we launch the Bringer of Nuclear Fire! Starting at 7, the Risk Legacy group will be in attendance to sip the beer we made together. It’s an imperial milk stout with ancho and chipotle peppers: in moderation, of course, there more for the flavor and a subtle, smokey heat than to give you an overt burning sensation.
If Risk is your thing, we’re also going to be playing the final game in our campaign! Yes, it’s taken a whopping nine months, but we’ll be playing the fifteenth game. There will be lots of great beer, a wonderful crowd of people and gratuitous swearing when Alex keeps rolling 1s. Why would you not be there?
Hello, dear reader. Is it still Thursday? If so, what are you doing? Stop reading this and go back to stuffing your face with your family.
There. Didn’t you have a good time with them? Now we can get on with the news.
Deals, deals, deals
Chances are, you’re reading this on Black Friday (which I tell my son is when we send all the bad girls and boys to The Wall). We don’t have doorbusters, we don’t have deep deep discounts, but we do have some sales that will last you until Christmas. Gift baskets! Buy one for the beer lover in your life (this includes you). You get a discount, they get a nifty wicker basket! Plus: for each basket over $30 you buy you get entered into a drawing to win a prepaid growler card ($100 value). I mean, you’re basically losing money by not buying them.
Basket of fun
We’ve also got the Great Keg Sale of 2013 going on: sixtels (1/6 bbl kegs, 5.16 gallons) are $80 ($10 off). You can choose from Frank, The Whale, De Maas and Stout Affective Disorder (IPAs are, as always, sadly off limits). If we have a keg available you can grab it at retail, but if there’s something in particular you’ve got your eye on you should send us an email: we can hold it for you on whatever date you’d like. There’s also a refundable $30 deposit, and we have taps available for rental as well.
Beer, beer, beer
The ceaseless parade of beer marches onward!
There is still some Singularity (Centennial) and Heatrays available at the brewery. I tapped the final retail sixtel of Heatrays last night, so if you’d like some to go with turkey sandwiches or what have you then you might want to come in Friday.
Stout Affective Disorder, being our winter seasonal, will be around well into 2014. But don’t you think it’s a stout kind of day?
Here’s the news you’ve been waiting for, though: The Double IPA will be returning on December 9! It will go out to bars then and be available at retail that week. We’re only making one batch of this a month, so you don’t want to sleep on this.
And then there’s Singularity. Since we use the same malt bill in each batch, changing only the hops, the real insight comes when you can taste different versions close enough together to remember their characteristics. As such, before Singularity (Centennial) is even gone we’re announcing Singularity (Falconer’s Flight). Look for it before Christmas.
The return of Turkeythulhu!
The second week of December is shaping up to be very exciting. In addition to the return of The Double IPA, Tuesday the 10th is the launch of the Bringer of Nuclear Fire at Sterling Place! You’ll be able to get some of our imperial milk stout with chili peppers and, if you’re so inclined, cheer the player of your choosing on to victory as we play the final game of Risk Legacy.
If you simply can’t wait that long to see my smiling face, I’ll be staffing a tasting at Premier Gourmet this Saturday! Stop in between 1 and 3 to try some beer.
This Saturday, 11/16, is the Craft New York Beer Fest in Syracuse. We’ll be one of the 24 NYS breweries in attendance, bringing The Whale and The IPA.
Tickets are $40, $50 at the door (with $15 for designated drivers), so if you’re from parts east or don’t mind driving then you should most definitely come down!
Then: Some bad news
The Double IPA, after taking Buffalo by storm, has retired to The Double IPA Cave to take a nap.
Yes, we are all out of it for right now, though you might still be able to find some at bars. But: do not despair! Although it was conceived as a one-off, as soon as Rudy tasted the finished product he knew he wanted to make it again.
It’s going to be brewed once a month, because that is unfortunately all we can manage with the hops we have. So: it’s gone now. But: It will be back before Christmas!
Expect a “Yes, Virginia” reference on the blog in about a month.
But wait: fun & excitement!
Sure, we’re out of one beer. But what if I told you that next week we would have two new ones for you to try?
Too bad. I’m not going to say that.
We’re going to have three.
Okay, this is actually a picture of The Double IPA. But I can’t take pictures of beer that doesn’t exist yet!
First up is the second installment in our Singularity series: Singularity (Centennial). Brewed using the same malt bill as Singularity (Columbus), this beer features only Centennial hops. Centennials: learn them, love them, drink them.
Then we’re going to be debuting our winter seasonal: Stout Affective Disorder. It’s a Light American Lager! Nah, I’m just joshin’. It’s a stout. Clocking in at 5.4%, it will be hitting the town early next week. So it will most certainly be at retail next week, and depending on the bars you might see it on tap elsewhere before that.
Finally, next Thursday will herald the return of Heatrays. Well, last year you knew it as Funkrays, but this year our American Barleywine has dropped the Brettanomyces yeast. We’d like to make it a Thanksgiving tradition, so come pick up a half growler to pair with your turkey! (Of course, next week you can get a half growler to try, and then the next week you can get it for Thanksgiving. But more on that next section.) It’s going to be available in half growlers only, because it’s a dang barleywine! You can get a fill for $9.
Oh, just one more thing. We don’t have a final date yet, but you might want to keep some days in early December open. The Bringer of Nuclear Fire, our Imperial Milk Stout with ancho and chipotle chilis, is going to be making its debut at Sterling Place. Not just that: we’re going to play the final game in our Risk Legacy campaign with a live studio audience. Come cheer me on! Or someone else, I guess, but you’re reading my blog so saying “Go Kahn!” is kind of a jerk move, don’t you think? I should have details for you next week.
Finally: Come say hi
As always, you can come in today or tomorrow from 3-7 and Saturday from 11-4. We also have a few tastings coming up: next Saturday (11/23) Rudy will be at the Sheridan Consumer’s from 1-4. The next week (11/30) I’ll be at Premier Gourmet from 1-3.
We aren’t going to be open on Thanksgiving. Hopefully that’s neither shocking nor disappointing. But: we will be open 3-7 the day before (11/27) for all your pre-Thanksgiving needs.
This isn’t strictly a CBW event, but if you’re a homebrewer and/or like beer and roller girls then you should check out the Buffalo Beer & Beards Competition on 12/7. It’s a homebrew competition (entries due 11/27, and we’re a dropoff point!), beard competition (judged by the Rochester Beardsmen) and holiday party hosted by the Queen City Roller Girls!
We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who’s brought in cans and other nonperishable goods for the Black Rock/Riverside Emergency Food Pantry. The can drive is still ongoing!
Until November 15 (that’s next Friday) if you bring in two cans or other items to donate we’ll take $1 off your purchase. You get beer, someone else gets food.
But which beer to get?
Well, that’s up to you. We’ll have our four regulars: Frank, The Whale, De Maas, The IPA. Last week, however, it was the new challenger that stole the show.
The setup at Consumers last weekend
The Double IPA.
A 9% behemoth, balancing the sweetness from all that malt against liberal amounts of piney bitterness. A beer so good Rudy took one sip and switched it from one-off beer to something we’d make once a month. You owe it to yourself to at least come and try it.
Our shiny new retail hours
And don’t forget, dear reader, that when you can come and try The Double IPA, or any of our beer, has recently changed! We were kept busy last Saturday so it’s fairly obvious that people have gotten the memo. But just in case, here are our updated hours:
Or, if you prefer, Consumers
I quite enjoyed myself last Saturday at the Consumer’s in Orchard Park. You might think that standing for three hours and pouring beer for people would get old, but I’ve discovered that I quite like it! Besides, I left with some Bell’s and Ithaca’s Box of Hops, and more on those soon in My Embeered Life.
If you missed it last week, or if Orchard Park is simply too far away from you, this Saturday we’ll be at the Transit Rd location from 1-4! Meet Rudy, our brewer, and taste some of his wares. We won’t have all of our beers available, just the ones they currently have on tap. For me that was Frank and The IPA: I suspect it will be similar this weekend.
If this one doesn’t work for you either, well, you’re just being difficult on purpose, aren’t you? How about these dates:
The big news this week is our newest beer: The Double IPA. Like its cousin The IPA we thought it best to be simple. Declarative. It tells you what it is and, pleasantries taken care of, lets you get down to the business of enjoying it.
It was conceived of as a one-off, a celebration of a brewing milestone, but upon tasting it Rudy knew he had something special. We’ll be producing it monthly, using local hops grown by Bob Johnson and pelletized at Whipple Brothers Hop Farm in subsequent batches.
Want to try it right now? Well, you maybe already got your chance at the Blue Monk third anniversary party on Tuesday. It’s also available for growler fills at the brewery (though its higher gravity comes with a slightly higher price: $16/$9 for 64/32 ounce fills).
Alex repping the last day at Bidwell
Don’t forget that you can come get this new beer from us on Saturdays! Our time at Bidwell has ended (and judging by last week’s frigid wind it was just in time).
We’re now open on Saturdays for all your growler filling needs. From 11-4 you can come, try some samples, take a look around and take home a growler of the freshest beer you can get.
Fridays are also slightly different, as we now close at 7. Please don’t try to come at 7:45! You will be disappointed and I will feel bad for having made you waste a trip. That’s not good for anyone.
So, our revised hours are:
The food drive for the Black Rock/Riverside Emergency Food Pantry is now in its third week. Until the 15th you can bring in nonperishable food items to the brewery and help those in need. Bring in two cans or similar items and we’ll give you a dollar off your purchase!
Too many “paired” puns to choose just one
This Sunday is the Prepaired beer and food dinner at Bistro Europa! $75 gets you five courses, each paired with a great beer. One of these beers? A special batch from us only available at the event: Dubbel Nutz, a Belgian style dubbel made with four pounds of handmade acorn flour.
The other breweries? Oh, just Breckenridge, Westmalle, Abita and Sixpoint. There will be music by DJ Cutler and a presentation during each course by Drew Hardin.
If you’re interested — and you should be — you can email Drew for more information at BePrepairedBFLO@gmail.com and call Europa for tickets at (716) 884-1100.
Maestro, I say taste on!
We’re approaching another glut of tastings. Come out to some great beer stores, chat with one of us, maybe get a growler to take home. We understand that not everyone can make it to 15 Lafayette during our retail hours (though you really should try to if you can, because it’s spiffy). So, in addition to hours at CBW HQ we’ll have other options for you most Saturdays this month: