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Buffalo Beer Week starts tomorrow with tasting of brewed-for-the-occasion beers

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

The fourth edition of Buffalo Beer Week, starting tomorrow, offers a vast array of events that should give any lover of craft brews opportunities to enjoy something new.

It kicks off with a “Brewed in Buffalo” release party at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Ave., 847-0839) where local breweries like Flying Bison, Community Beer Works, Pearl Street Brewery and Big Ditch will be tapping brews concocted for the occasion. You can buy pints.* There will also be a complimentary light buffet of Polish eats. That’s 7 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday comes the Ballpark Brewbash, with a selection of craft brewers from across the country in attendance pouring their products. It’s from 4 to 8 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field. Tickets are $35 and up.

“Beer Hunter,” a documentary film exploring the world of influential beer and whiskey journalist, Michael Jackson, will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday in the Pan American Grill and Brewery (391 Washington St., 856-0062).

On Saturday, the Buffalo Beer Geek Festival aims to present “unique, high-quality beers of the finest and rarest variety.” There are two sessions, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Sessions are $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

The week also includes restaurants with beer pairing menus, like Dick & Jenny’s on Grand Island (tonight, Sept. 19), Medici House, East Aurora (Sept. 23),  and on Sept. 25 at Shango Bistro; Gordon Biersch, Cheektowaga; and August Bistro, Hamburg.

Check out the complete schedule of events and tastings at For the freshest #BuffaloBeerWeek info, including updates and specials, tune in to @bflobeerweek - that's the tag to tap.

*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this item said the commemorative beers at "Brewed in Buffalo" were a free tasting.




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