The first ever Buffalo Brewer’s Festival, featuring more than 30 New York State Brewers and approximately 70 different craft beers, will be held at Canalside, onSaturday, July 19, from 3 to 10 p.m.  The event is hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) in partnership with Canalside, and features live music by national headlining artist J.J. Grey & Mofro and Tumbleweed Wanderers, as well as regional favorites Big Leg Emma, Steam Donkeys and Pine Fever.

New York’s craft beverage and agriculture industries have both experienced incredible growth under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership and greatly benefited from the groundbreaking initiatives created at the State’s first-ever Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit in 2012.

Breweries featured at the event include Adirondack, Barrier Brewing Co., Birdland Brewing Co., Blackbird Cider, Brooklyn Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., CB Craft Brewers, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co, Flying Bison Brewing Co., Galaxy, Gordon Biersch, Grimm, Hamburg Brewing Company, Horseheads, Ithaca, Keuka, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, New Buffalo Brewing Co., Old First Ward, Ommegang, Pan Am Grill & Brewery, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Resurgence, Ringside Beer, Roc, Rogers Beer, Rohrbach, Saranac, Shmaltz, Single Cut Beersmiths, Southern Tier Brewing Co., Spider Bite Beer Co., St Lawerence, Three Heads Brewing, and Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company.

“Our festival is truly like no other,” said Willard Brooks, chairperson of the BNBA.  “We’ve assembled New York State’s top brewers, farmers and food artisans for a day-long celebration of the burgeoning craft beer scene.  If you love locally-produced craft beer, great tasting food and live music on the Buffalo waterfront, then you won’t want to miss this event.”

Another highlight of the festival will be the “Meet-the-Brewer” Tent that features special brewer-led beer pairings with cheese, charcuterie and chocolate. for more information.

“The Buffalo Brewer’s Festival at Canalside brings our brewing heritage and culture full circle to Buffalo’s inspirational waterfront,” said John Russo, founder of Hamburg Brewing Company.  “It is a consumer-engaging event that celebrates what we Buffalonians enjoy most…FUN!”

There are four different tickets for purchase available at as follows: 

Best of Buffalo – VIP Ticket – $75 each
Includes EARLY ENTRY – Includes ALL beer tastings from 30+ New York State Breweries from 3 to 7 p.m. Live music by regional and national bands from 3 to 10 p.m.  VIPs also are allowed access to the VIP Tent with a private menu featuring a whole-roasted T-Meadow heritage hog and an array of locally crafted sides all expertly prepared and presented by Chef Jeff Cooke of Osteria 166.

Tier 1 – Brewer’s Fest Ticket – $40 each
Includes ALL beer tastings from 30+ New York State Breweries from 3 to 7 p.m. Live music by regional and national bands from 3 to 10 p.m.

Tier 2 – Music Lovers Ticket – $15
The Music Lovers Ticket is for customers who just want to come for the headlining bands on the main stage from 7 to 10 p.m. (performances by J.J. Grey & Mofro and Tumbleweed Wanders). This ticket will not scan until 7 p.m. and will prevent anyone from entering the venue until that time. Please note this ticket does NOT include the beer tastings.

Tier 3 – Designated Driver GA Ticket – $20
Designated Driver admission is valid from 3 to 10 p.m. Ticket price includes admission to the event and a free bottle of water. Tasting glasses are not provided to Designated Drivers.

Meet the Brewer Tickets:  The Meet the Brewer ticket is an optional $5 ticket that gives the ticket holder access to one of two Meet the Brewer sessions from 3:30 to 4: 30 p.m. or from 5 to 6 p.m.