Buffalo, NY is once again in the midst of Beer Week. Until June 26, Buffalonians will be celebrating craft beer, thanks to the many different brewers and events planned. With many local businesses featuring microbrewery beers, from double IPAs to beer pairing dinners, anyone who has a taste for a cold one in the summer heat will be a beerologist by the end of the week.
Brewing is not new to the Queen City. It was one of Buffalo’s leading industries until Prohibition when brewers either adapted by selling soda (pop), malt products or closed their doors for good. Many survived Prohibition only to return to business and find their equipment antiquated and in much need of updates.
The organizers of Buffalo Beer Week (BBW) hope to resurrect this once booming industry. With the can-do attitude of Western New Yorkers, combined with an appreciation for quality, craft, tradition and passion, they are optimistic.
“BBW is advancing the cause of embeering Buffalo,” said Ethan Cox of Community Beer Works. “We have beer history, a beer thirsty population and we need to grow the number of home brewers and craft beer enthusiasts.”
Fat Bob’s Smokehouse (41 Virginia Pl.) in Allentown was host to a BBW event. They focused on pouring German Bock (a strong lager) beer and paired it with their famous macaroni & cheese and baby back ribs. This imperial lager is traditionally a breakfast beer, and patrons could tell.
“A combination of smoke, tobacco and some maple,” said Ed Beck, originally of Rochester, NY. “It tastes like the area.
Julia Lavarnway of Buffalo, NY agreed. “It would be perfect with smoked Gouda.”
For a complete schedule and for more information about BBW, log onto http://buffalobeerweek.com/