In this week’s show Pete talks with comedian and HBO talk show host Bill Maher, who’s performing at Shea’s Performing Arts Center this weekend. Maher talks about his roots in standup comedy, and the politically correct culture we live in. We also have a ticket give away to his show! Also in the show Cindy Batista talks about her project to bring a hospitality house to families with loved ones staying at Mercy Hospital, Willard Brooks talks about the Buffalo craft beer bubble, and Artvoice BOOM Winners, Uncle Ben’s Remedy is in our music spotlight.
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.