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Buffalo Beer Week

Beer, beer, and more beer.

This Sunday (June 19) marks the start of Buffalo Beer Week, an eight-day celebration of Buffalo and Niagara craft beers. Restaurants, pubs, and beer vendors around the city will host a variety of tastings and pairing dinners to showcase breweries from around the region.

The organizers of Beer Week explain that the event “promotes local pubs, historical awareness of craft brewing history, and most importantly promotes growth in the industry and the return to our rich brewing roots in America.”

On Sunday alone there will be four different beer-related events: Half-price specials at Pearl Street Grill; a tasting of products from Brooklyn-based 12% Imports at Blue Monk; a WNY release of a limited India Pale Ale, Hop Stash, at Cole’s; and an IPA tasting at Pizza Plant. There will also be a tour of Buffalo’s breweries and brewing history on Saturday (June 25), which will include brunch, tastings, and a happy hour at Ulrich’s.

Buffalo is following Philadelphia, which held the country’s first beer week in 2008. Since then, dozens of other cities have also begun beer weeks, with some holding hundreds of events over the course of only a few days. Although it is a new event, Buffalo Beer Week promises to be an important first step toward a rich regional brewing culture.

For a full list of events and participants, visit or send questions to

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-ian carlino