14 Special Beer Events For Shelton Brothers’ The Festival

This weekend, the world of beer is converging in Buffalo for Shelton Brothers’ “The Festival”. While 90 of the best breweries from the US and around the world will be pouring samples in the Buffalo Central Terminal (GA tickets for Friday’s session still available), many of Buffalo’s talented local brewers are rolling out the red carpet for beer enthusiasts visiting our crafty city.

Starting early this week, several events around the region are celebrating local brews and our visiting brewers through tap takeovers, special releases and good parties. Check below for details on each event, and follow the Buffalo Beer Events and Buffalo Beer Geeks groups on Facebook for more info and chatter about The Festival. Cheers!

Wednesday, October 2

• Allen Burger Venture, 175 Allen St, Buffalo
Tap Takeover by Bluejacket Brewery & Mean Sardine Brewery: Join Bluejacket Brewery, hailing from Washington DC, and Mean Sardine Brewery, all the way from Ericeira, Portugal, as they tap their own pilsners, sours, IPAs, and stouts right here in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood.

• Aurora Brew Works, 191 Main St, East Aurora
Tap Takeover by Bluejacket Brewery: Washington DC’s Bluejacket Brewery makes its way down to the beautiful Village of East Aurora to share their wide array of beers, including blonde ales, weissbiers, stouts and more, with you.

• Froth Brewing Co., 700 Military Rd, Buffalo
Rice Krispie Treat Beer (and more) Release Party: A remix on their Mounds Bar stout, this new release is conditioned over Rice Krispie Treats for a bit of dessert with your beer. Froth will also be tapping two more new beers that have yet to be announced.

Thursday, October 3

• Big Ditch Brewing Company, 55 E. Huron St, Buffalo
Festival Eve Barrel Aged Beers Release Party: Featuring the release of 5 beers – bourbon barrel aged The Tower barleywine, tart cherry barrel Beautiful River saison, dry hopped barrel aged Beautiful River saison, bourbon barrel aged Towpath imperial stout, Lock IPA #7.

Colter Bay, 561 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
Other Half & Friends Take Over Colter Bay- Day One, 11:30am-11:30pm: Guests of The Festival, Other Half Brewing (Brooklyn, New York) is joined by Homes Brewery (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Trillium Brewing Company (Boston, Massachusetts), The Veil Brewing Company (Richmond, Virginia), and WeldWerks Brewing Company (Greeley, Colorado).

Moor Pat, 78 E. Spring St, Williamsville
Bellwoods Takes Over Moor Pat, 4pm-7pm: The Canadians invade Moor Pat as the famous Bellwoods Brewery takes over 19 taps at this beer haven in Williamsville. Click on the event name for a full list of beers.

• Premier Gourmet, 3904 Maple Rd, Amherst
Shelton Brothers Tasting & Bottle Release, 5pm-7pm: Taste the beers of Pohjala Brewery from Estonia, Brouwerij Brasserie de Ranke from Belgium, Coniston/Ridgeway from the United Kingdom, and Drie Fonteinen from Belgium and take a bottle or two home with you.

Resurgence Brewing Company, 55 Chicago St, Buffalo
Buffalo Food and Beer Special: Check out their brand new brewery space and sample a bit of Buffalo in each sip and bite when you order Resurgence’s fresh carved Beef on Weck sandwich, six wings, and a flight of beers – all for $23.

Friday, October 4

NEW:

• Allen Burger Venture, 175 Allen St, Buffalo
Tap Takeover by Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.: Join Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. from Gilbert, Arizona, as they tap their own goses, witbiers, double-IPAs, and more, right here in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood.

• Aurora Brew Works, 191 Main St, East Aurora
Shelton Brothers [rough] Draft Lineup: Sip beers and brews from thirteen of The Festival’s international guests like Baird (Izu-shi, Japan), La Sirene (Melbourne, Australia), Naparbier (Noain, Spain), and Trois Dames (Sainte-Croix, Switzerland).

Colter Bay, 561 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
Other Half & Friends Take Over Colter Bay- Day Two, 11:30am-11:30pm: Guests of The Festival, Other Half Brewing (Brooklyn, New York) is joined by Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill (Monterey, California), Cellarmaker Brewing Company (San Francisco, California), De Garde Brewing (Tillamook, Oregon), and Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas).

Thin Man Brewery Elmwood, 492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
The Festival Unofficial After Party, 10pm-1am: Continue your night of good beer drinking at Thin Man’s original brewery in the Elmwood Village with a free live performance by Buffalo band, Gravy. The kitchen will also keep you fed with their $5 late-night menu.

RECURRING:

• Big Ditch Brewing Company, 55 E. Huron St, Buffalo
Festival Eve Barrel Aged Beers Release Party: Featuring the release of 5 beers – bourbon barrel aged The Tower barleywine, tart cherry barrel Beautiful River saison, dry hopped barrel aged Beautiful River saison, bourbon barrel aged Towpath imperial stout, Lock IPA #7.

Resurgence Brewing Company, 55 Chicago St, Buffalo
Buffalo Food and Beer Special: Check out their brand new brewery space and sample a bit of Buffalo in each sip and bite when you order Resurgence’s fresh carved Beef on Weck sandwich, six wings, and a flight of beers – all for $23.

Saturday, October 5

NEW:

Colter Bay, 561 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
Other Half & Friends Take Over Colter Bay- Day Three, 11:30am-11:30pm: Guests of The Festival, Other Half Brewing (Brooklyn, New York) is joined by 3 Sons Brewing Co. (Dania Beach, Florida), Civil Society Brewing (Jupiter, Florida), Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida), and J. Wakefield Brewing (Miami, Florida).

RECURRING:

• Aurora Brew Works, 191 Main St, East Aurora
Shelton Brothers [rough] Draft Lineup: Sip beers and brews from thirteen of The Festival’s international guests like Baird (Izu-shi, Japan), La Sirene (Melbourne, Australia), Naparbier (Noain, Spain), and Trois Dames (Sainte-Croix, Switzerland).

• Big Ditch Brewing Company, 55 E. Huron St, Buffalo
Festival Eve Barrel Aged Beers Release Party: Featuring the release of 5 beers – bourbon barrel aged The Tower barleywine, tart cherry barrel Beautiful River saison, dry hopped barrel aged Beautiful River saison, bourbon barrel aged Towpath imperial stout, Lock IPA #7.

Resurgence Brewing Company, 55 Chicago St, Buffalo
Buffalo Food and Beer Special: Check out their brand new brewery space and sample a bit of Buffalo in each sip and bite when you order Resurgence’s fresh carved Beef on Weck sandwich, six wings, and a flight of beers – all for $23.

Sunday, October 6

NEW:

Thin Man Breweries, 492 Elmwood Ave & 166 Chandler St, Buffalo
Bills Sundays, 12pm-4pm: Cheer on the Bills during a special edition of their recurring Bills Sundays events. Enjoy Tappo pizza, wings and Thin Man’s own Bills-inspired brew – Pills Mafia.

The Terrace at Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Pkwy Buffalo
Cider Fest 2!, 12pm-4pm: Kick off the fall cider season by tapping into fresh-made beverages from 1911, BlackBird Cider Works, Blackman Cider, Blue Toad Hard Cider, Cider Creek Hard Cider, Embark Craft Ciderworks, and Nine Pin Cider.

RECURRING:

• Aurora Brew Works, 191 Main St, East Aurora
Shelton Brothers [rough] Draft Lineup: Sip beers and brews from thirteen of The Festival’s international guests like Baird (Izu-shi, Japan), La Sirene (Melbourne, Australia), Naparbier (Noain, Spain), and Trois Dames (Sainte-Croix, Switzerland).

• Big Ditch Brewing Company, 55 E. Huron St, Buffalo
Festival Eve Barrel Aged Beers Release Party: Featuring the release of 5 beers – bourbon barrel aged The Tower barleywine, tart cherry barrel Beautiful River saison, dry hopped barrel aged Beautiful River saison, bourbon barrel aged Towpath imperial stout, Lock IPA #7.

Resurgence Brewing Company, 55 Chicago St, Buffalo
Buffalo Food and Beer Special: Check out their brand new brewery space and sample a bit of Buffalo in each sip and bite when you order Resurgence’s fresh carved Beef on Weck sandwich, six wings, and a flight of beers – all for $23.