Niagara Gazette

February 19, 2013

Brews, food and music at the Art of Beer Friday

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Several micro-breweries from downtown Buffalo are bringing tastes of their newest creations to The Art of Beer, being held Friday at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center. 

The Pan-American Grille & Brewery located at the newly renovate Lafayette Hotel, which is the newest brewery in Buffalo's growing brewery district, will be featuring samples of City of Light German Lager

Another new addition to the seventh-annual event, is a nano-brewery in the district called Community Beer Works, which will feature three of their locally brewed beers, including Whale Brown Ale, Frank American Pale Ale, and Soft Bulletin Dark Saison.

A third new participant, CB Brewing Company, from Honeoye Falls, will be bringing Caged Alpha M IPA, Mac Bubba Scotch Ale; and Red Rhino Imperial Red Lager.

The event, held annually as a fundraiser for the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, will feature 20 vendors offering samples of beer and food, as well as live entertainment throughout the evening.

"This is our biggest fundraiser and quite frankly our only major fundraiser," said Bob Drozdowski, director of operations and marketing at the NACC. "So, we count on the public to support us. We traditionally have between 500 and 600 people."

Among the vendors are: Flying Bison Brewery, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery,  Alternative Brews, Custom Brew Crafters, Certo Bros Distributing, Consumers Beverages, Try-It Distributing, The Brickyard Pub, Lewiston Village Pub, Applewood Estates Catering, Lindt Chocolate Shop, Yvonne's Bakery & Cafe, Pi Pastry Shop, Tim Hortons, Mr. Goodbar, NF Conference Center, and Tim Horton's.

Live music will be provided by The Bravuras, The Lakeside Blues Band and Jim Jeckovich. A home brew demonstration by Niagara Association of Home Brewers will also be on display, along with other beer related memorabilia.  

The admission ticket includes both beer and food tasting throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased at the NACC, located at 1201 Pine Ave. in Niagara Falls at Niagara Tradition Home Brewing Supplies located at 1296 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda. Attendees must be 21 years-old or older. There is free parking in a large parking lot just across the street from the NACC. 

For more information please call the NACC at 282-7530 or Niagara Tradition at 877-8767.

The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center is a multi-arts center located in the former Niagara Falls High School. Founded in 2001, the NACC was once slated for demolition but is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to over 70 artists, a ballet school, two theaters and recording studios.

IF YOU GO • WHAT: The Art of Beer -- with beer and food vendors, music and more • WHERE: The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. • WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday • MORE INFO: Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.thenacc.org