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The Buffalist: Sep 28 – Oct 4


“I always say, if you are homophobic, you better be positive you’re right. Because is it going to blow [that] all these kids are killing themselves, and … that in 20 years … you get to write a book about how wrong you were. They’re dead. So why don’t you have a soul-searching moment now? Go into your house, shut the door, and make sure you’re positive that you’re making kids feel like crap for no good goddamn reason.”

  WTF With Marc Maron -Todd Glass




 5.  Buffalo Beer Week: San Diego Burger and Tap Night @ Allen Burger Venture (Sep 29)i-can-has-cheezburger

Still haven’t been to ABV?  What the hell are you waiting for?  Allen Burger Venture has a bevy of unique burgers and beers with an awesome rock ambiance that keeps snootier types at bay.  With vinyl records on the wall, heavily tattooed bartenders and absurdly delicious burgers on the menu this dive will certainly continue to do very well on the Allen St. strip.  This week they’ll be holding a San Diego Burger and Tap night as a part of Buffalo Beer Week.  San Diego has some of the best beers in the country, and I’m pumped to see what sort of burger concoctions they come up with.  ABV is open M-W 11AM-Midnight, Th-Sat 11AM-2AM.

Owner Mike Shatzel must have big plans for Allen as he also purchased a few other buildings along the street for future projects.  It is a very exciting time for those who enjoy the edgier part of Buffalo that exists on Allen St.


4. Doug Benson @ Helium Comedy Club (Oct 4)

3. Todd Glass @ Helium Comedy Club (Oct 1-3)


What a week for comedy in Buffalo as stoner hero Doug Benson and one of America’s most insightful comedians Todd Glass will be coming to Helium.  Just watch the above video and you’ll get a great taste of what to expect from both comedians.  Both are podcast staples, with Benson running the always hilarious Doug Loves Movies  and Glass putting out The Todd Glass Show.  Todd Glass was also on one of my favorite podcast episodes ever, where he comes out as gay on WTF with Marc Maron and gives a lot of insight into what his experience has been like and reflections on life and society.  Benson will be here Sunday after the Bills game and Glass will be here from Thursday to Saturday, so don’t miss them.


2.  Allentown Fall Festival @ Allen St (Oct 3)


Allen St. will be closed off and filled with musicians, vendors, an artisan market and fun activities for children as the Allentown Art Festival kicks off for the second straight year.  The event starts at 11 and goes to around 7 with the band PA Line closing things out.  In addition to the festivities, there is a casual 25 mile bike ride to the Olmstead parks throughout the city that starts at 9 AM (sign up is here).  If you have never been on one of these rides I highly recommend it.  Buffalo is a great city to see on a bike and the weather looks to be pretty decent still.  Once you are done over there, you can just hop back on your bike and head over to…. 

1. Buffalo Porchfest (Oct 3)


 Ah yes my favorite event of the year.  If you haven’t been before, Porchfest is an absolute blast.  The premise is simple- a dozen or so residents in the West Side open up their porches and lawns to musicians and spectators and Buffalo Police look the other way when it comes to drinking in public.  Get your bike out of the garage one last time and spend the day going from site to site checking out some of the best music Buffalo has to offer.  For my money (okay it’s all free) I’ll be hanging out around the corner of Elmwood and Lafayette where the bands usually end up going the latest and the party seems to be the wildest.  Keep your eyes open for the official schedule later this week, I’ll post it on the Facebook page when it comes out. 

Other notable Events:  Cages @ Sugar City (Oct 2), Apocalypse of the Undead @ Central Terminal (Oct 3).

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well for Buffalo event updates.


It’s Not a Cash Mob, It’s a Beer Mob!

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An old-school neighborhood tavern is one of the things that makes Buffalo a special place. These corner pubs are important “third places” between work and home and serve as a hub for fun, collaboration, and community. In essence, they are the connective tissue of a neighborhood. Regular visitors stop in for a beer or two, maybe a fish fry and catch up with their friends and neighbors. Buffalo and other rust belt cities have them in spades and we want to make sure they stay alive.

So, in the spirit of embeering Buffalo and celebrating the importance of the neighborhood tavern, Community Beer Works (of which I am a part-owner) will be sponsoring monthly BeerMobs at classic Buffalo taverns and pubs.

The first of these Beer Mobs is tonight from 7-9PM at the Nortel Grill found at 732 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo.

We’ll put some beers on tap for one night (Frank and Batch 100 Schwartzbier) and ask you to come down and share a pint or choose another beer from Nortel’s cooler. Maybe grab a sandwich, play a few board games, or just hang out and tell some stories.

Come and celebrate a local tavern that makes Buffalo a special place. See you there!

The Daily Five – Holiday Beers

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I’d like to introduce a new AV Daily blog feature, “The Daily Five”.

Each day around noon, I’ll introduce a “Top 5” list from a local community subject matter expert for you to read, share, and discuss. We dabbled with it last week, but settled on a format which allows us to bring new and different voices to the blog each day.

Today is the 78th anniversary of the passage of the 21st amendment (aka Prohibition Repeal Day), and I couldn’t think of a better way to start this new feature than with a discussion about beer. As holiday party season kicks off, I thought we should help you appear distinguished and cultured by having one or several classic holiday beers available for your guests.

So, in order to make this list, I went to two of the leading beer experts in Buffalo, Ethan Cox (certified cicerone) and Rudy Watkins (Brewmaster) of the fledgling Community Beer Works Brewery on Lafayette Street in Buffalo.

When CBW’s president Ethan Cox and head brewer Bob “Rudy” Watkins get together to think about holiday beers, they don’t produce your typical list of spiced-up, thin-bodied, 4.5% “winter warmers” from krapht breweries like the staff writers at Maxim do; oh, hell no.

They think about blankets of snow, feet-up by the fireside, and late-night, contemplative beers. These aren’t the party beers- these are the after-party beers.

1. Quelque Chose | Unibroue | Montreal, Canada | 8% ABV | Blended, spiced ale

The name is French for “Something” and it’s true, this beer is something… else. First, it’s a blend of two beers: their own spiced brown ale, bringing clove and cinnamon to the party, and a cherry lambic, or kriek, for dark fruit complexity and a hint of sour tang. Better than that, it is a beer they intend to be served warm. Though it is delicious at the standard cellar temperature range as well, we like it best out of a crock-pot. Throw in some dried cherries and a cinnamon stick for extra cheer.

2. Old Foghorn | Anchor Brewing Co. | San Francisco, California | 8-10% ABV (varies) | Barleywine style ale

Anchor is in many ways the ground zero of American craft brewing, alongside Sierra Nevada. From reviving classic Steam Beer to inventing American IPA in Liberty Ale, and producing the first seasonal, holiday beer–which is not the one making this list, as it happens–they’ve been consummate craft pioneers. They also make Old Foghorn, the first American barleywine of this new era of craft brewing since 1975. This beer varies bit from year to year, and also ages quite well. But, it is always a chewy, malty-rich but still quite hoppy delight.

3. Aventinus | G. Schneider & Sohn | Kelheim, Germany | 8.2% ABV | Weizenbock

It’s easy to imagine that a weizenbock might be like a bock, but with wheat- and you’d be, well, sorta wrong about that. Sure, it’s got wheat in it, and in fact it’s really more another kind of weissbier or wheat ale than a bock–one of many types of lager–at all. However, as a dunkle or dark-weizen brewed to dopplebock strength, it somehow acquired that reference in the name. Like other German weizen beers, there’s a load of clove and banana in the nose in this deep mahogany brew topped with a thick, light tan head. The sip reveals those aromas as flavors joined with caramel, raisin, licorice & faint vanilla notes in a creamy, full-bodied beer.

4. St. Bernadus Christmas | Brouwerij St. Bernadus | Watou, Belgium | 10% ABV | Belgian Strong Dark, spiced

Clearly, we didn’t think “nothing with spices,” we just wanted them done right: orange peel and nutmeg melding perfectly with big malt-fruit flavors and deep Belgian abbey yeast complexity, all contained in a heady, unctuous liquid: this is a real “winter warmer,” though certainly not of the English type. Though technically not a Trappist beer, as it does not come from an actual monastery, the happy monk on the label has all kinds of reasons to smile when drinking this divine seasonal offering.

5. Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery | Brooklyn, NY |  10% ABV | Imperial Stout

This beer is justly famous as the beer that got Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn’s esteemed brewmaster, hired in 1994.  Pour this one into a snifter at 55 degrees, or “castle temperature,” grab a book and a seat by the fireside.  You’ll catch a whiff of the alcohol in the nose, alsongside a whole lot of roasted barley all coming off the deep tan head atop the beer.

These beers are available at your neighborhood good beer store, like Premier and/or Consumers or other outlets of similar ilk. Pick up a few and celebrate the holidays in style.

Embeer Buffalo!

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

Learn more about Buffalo’s breweries from Buffalo. For Real TV.

-ian carlino