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Buffalo craft beer brewer offers A-B product buyback

Buffalo, NY is known for Buffalo Wings, extremely cold winters and a football team named for a Wild West character. But, after this week’s announcement by Community Beer Works (CBW), it might be known for its distaste for mega-produced beer. 

In a “just say no” moment, CBW’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Smith said, “We just want it off our streets.”

Saturday, May 21, Buffalo residents can bring any Anheuser-Busch brew for a no-questions-asked buy back. 

Read more about the event in the press release below. 


Buffalo, NY – Community Beer Works (CBW), Buffalo’s finest purveyor of fermented barley-byproduct, has announced a no-questions-asked Anheuser Busch Beer Buyback this Saturday, May 21.

“We don’t care where the Anheuser Busch product came from or how you acquired it. You don’t even have to pretend someone left it in your fridge after a party.” said CBW’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Smith. “We just want it off our streets.”

Smith went on to describe the urgency of the situation. “It’s clear that Unintended Consumption of Anheuser Busch (UCAB) can have possible negative side effects. In our anecdotal experience, we’ve seen far too many friends suffer from loss of taste enjoyment and paroxysms of patriotism. And while an allergic reaction is not likely nor am I even remotely qualified to say if it’s possible; if you experience one, you should seek immediate medical attention.”

Residents of Buffalo and Western New York are urged to drop off unopened cans and bottles of Budweiser, Bud Light, “beer”-a-ritas, hell, anything made by Anheuser Busch. CBW asks you bring them to the brewery located at 15 Lafayette Ave this Saturday between 12-8PM for disposal.

Smith said, “We recommend that you transport these cans and bottles in the trunk of your car for your own safety. Your surrender of the beer can be anonymous, or you can step up to the bar for a reward of $1 per beer (with a maximum of $2 per person) to be taken off the price of a glass of beer at our retail location. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for ten free growler fills at the brewery.”

The beer will be disposed of in a safe, controlled manner, following section XIII of the Rituale Romanum. “Well, not really”, said Community Beer Works Beer Celebrity and Sales Manager Brandon Van Vallen, “You know what’s American? Collecting all this beer and then blowing it up on the Fourth of July. While drinking good beer and making our streets beer safe for our kids.”

Ethan Cox, CBW President said, “I don’t really need to say anything more than what’s been said, they just like when I say things.”

“People want beer. We understand that,” Smith said. “We just want you to make good choices when you’re drinking it.”

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Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


Beer mug can call a cab after a night out

epintAs the popularity of craft beer continues to escalate, it was inevitable that technological advances in how to drink beer would make their way in to the collective beer consumption scene. Enter the ePint, a geewiz beer mug that boasts LED lights, a bluetooth connection and the ability to signal your barkeep that your mug is empty. The mug is the creation of Xtreme Tech a Los Angeles, California based tech company that is raising money via Kickstarter to put the vessel into production.

Among the many features of the mug beyond just holding beer are Internet connectivity, the ability to sense when it is empty, the ability to light up when your favorite sports team scores and built in drinking games. Most of the fun of the mug comes from the built in, interactive LED lights that pulse and change color depending on what the mug is signaling.

“The ePint is hospitable enough to know when you need a refill,” says the company’s promotional video. “And responsible enough to contact a cab when the party’s over.”

Powered by a smartphone app, the mug can even keep track of the number of drinks its owner has had and call a cab at the end of the evening. The app is really the brain of the system. From it, users can set scoring alerts, keep track of the number of drinks consumed, suggest how much water of exercise is needed to counteract beer drunk and control drinking games.

The device comes with a rechargeable battery that, according to the company, “…will last longer than you do at a party.”

The ePint is available to pre-order via Kickstarter from $30.

The gadget is expected to ship in April, if the company meets its $50,000 goal.

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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Fiz Brewery Management game now available for iOS and Android

photo-littleFor all those who ever dreamt of starting their own brewery, Bit By Bit Studios has developed a new iOS and Android game app called Fiz that provides the experience. The new app, available in both the Android Store and iTunes, takes players from a small garage brewing operation to a world-renowned brewing operation.

The game was the brainstorm of Sean Sanders. The idea came to him while he was attending a beer festival where he fantasized about being behind a booth serving his own brew. So, after quitting his job at a studio, Sanders began development of the game in July 0f 2013. A few months later Kelly O’Donnell joined the project as artist. The duo launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the Android and iOS versions on Feb 8, 2013, which successfully funded March 11, 2013. After months of development and a few setbacks, the game released December 12, 2013.

The game boasts a host of features including:

  • No waiting or in-app purchases. Play for minutes or hours at a time.
  • 20+ Hours of gameplay in a single play-through.
  • 70+ Recipes to discover.
  • 20+ Employees to hire.
  • 60+ Randomly selected Events and Competitions.
  • 25+ Marketplaces to research and master.
  • “New Game +” mode and randomized content for multiple play-throughs.

The game starts out with the player naming their brewing company and choosing from a host of several characters both male and female. Next, the game takes the player through a tutorial to acquaint them with the game controls and tasks including creating a recipe, assigning jobs and craft points that improve beer output. Mastery of the game requires careful management of many attributes.

Bit By Bit Studios is an American independent game studio focusing on tools and mobile game development. The company was founded by Sanders in June 2012. That month, BXB released its first product: Virtual Controls Suite – a set of customizable control components for touch screen devices, available on the Unity Asset Store and via Bit By Bit Studios’ website. As of January 1 2013, Virtual Controls Suite has sold over 200 copies in 6 months and has appeared several times on the Top 10 Paid and Top 10 Grossing list for the Scripting category in the Unity Asset Store.

The game costs $1.99 to download in the app stores and the company promises to keep players abreast of new developments on an every-other-month basis.

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Posted by on December 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


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The Meaning of Memorial Day

English: Armored Forces Memorial on the south ...

English: Armored Forces Memorial on the south side of Memorial Drive at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you fir up your barbecue pits and pop open the cold brews this holiday weekend, please talke a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. Memorial Day is a time to think about and thank those who have served our nation so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have. It is also a time to revere the memories of those who have served and died protecting our liberties.

The website describes the first official observance of the holiday, “Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery

Since 1868 th holiday has grown to mean the unofficial start of summer. But, there are those who still understand the true meaning of Memorial Day. There are those who still go to the military cemetaries and plant flags, those who shake the hands of military members, look them in the eye and thank them for thier sacrifices and service.

Will you be one of those people?

As you are relaxing with friends and family this weekend, take a moment to speak aloud your gratitude. Let your children know that the day does not only mean a day at the beach, Let them know the importance of our military’s service and encourage them to ask questions. Be a good example of citizneship to our next generation.



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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Brew Crew University – Coming Soon

Beer is the universal beverage of good times. It is also steeped in history and tradition. For instance; do you know the origins of stout beers? It goes back over 400 years! The story of how these inky-black brews came to be is discussed in the history section of Brew Crew University courses.

Brew Crew University is an exciting new beer education program geared towards the service industry, beer novices, and beer enthusiasts. For centuries beer has played second fiddle to wine, yet the history of this beverage outdates wine! Our programs take the mystery out of beer and introduce students to the limitless possibilities of truly great beer.

Details and course descriptions are comng soon. Watch for announcements here and on the Springfield Brew Crew website at:


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Amber Waves: Oh bartender, there’s chocolate in my beer |

Great article from Roger Bull about some equally great beers! If chocolate is your thing, you’ll want to read this!

Amber Waves: Oh bartender, there’s chocolate in my beer |

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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized


Portland, OR, Part Deux

Drunken Traveler here, again.

As soon as I could get off work, I zipped across the Willamette River and to the City Center.
I met up with my Concierge and discussed the evening’s worth of beer consumption.
On his advice I walked a few blocks to a pub called Rock Bottom (

A bit on the commercial side. After a little while I found out that this is a chain, that was disappointing. A micro-brew house, for those of you who don’t know, is really designed to brew their own beer for sale within their own establishment. A craft brew is usually made for sale to other pubs and distributors. There are always exceptions to the rules. So please don’t send me any emails explaining it different.

Shivering from the cold Oregonian air, I stumble in to warm, dark hostess area. At first glance it appeared to be like most any mid-priced eatery comparable to Chili’s, TGI Fridays, or Bennigan’s — if they still exist.

Then I sit at the bar and notice the windows behind the bar exposing 10 or so large stainless steel tanks of the nectar.

A beer menu is handed to and, with little time to think, the bar tender asks what I want. With ten beers to choose from, I opted for the Beer Tasters Sampler. Six, four ounce glasses of their brews were placed in front of me. From light to dark, I received: Swan Island, Volksweizen Wheat, Velvet Pale Ale, Sunny Day IPA, Oregonic Amber, and American Stout.

The Swan Island was way too sweet, hoppy and too floral. But, it did sip well with a clean finish.

Volksweizen Wheat, very clean and smooth. It claims to have orange and coriander in but, but I found no hints of either. None the less it was very good brew. I ended up ordering a pint with my dinner.

Velvet Pale Ale, I don’t even know what to say about this one, barely any flavor at all. As far as I know they could have poured me a glass of Bud Select 55.

Sunny Day IPA, good flavor, nice bitterness, and slight hop tastes and smooth drinking, but never stood out as unique. So, I will say, it’s just a typical IPA. If it was warmed up to about 42 degrees Fahrenheit, I would bet this Ale would change character and kick ass.

Oregonic Amber, much lighter carrying the caramel tones, but not overdone. I would call this a nut brown anywhere else.

American Stout. The first thing that hit me was coffee.
Why do brew masters have to resort to using coffee to make a stout darker? I honestly believe by using proper chocolate malts and properly matched hops, yeasts, and grains a much smoother and better tasting beer could be produced. Once you start adding things other than the sacred 4 ingredients water, grain, yeast, and hops I start getting defensive about my beer.

Next, I was handed a 4 ounce glass of cask aged IPA, from an English pull and pump style dispenser. It really mellowed a lot with the lack of carbonation and a slightly warmer serving temperature; a very nice surprise. So, I was right, a slight change in temperature and age smoothed the beer and made a huge difference.

To sum it up; I was disappointed that I ended up at a restaurant chain. I enjoyed most of the brew but, most I will ever order again. Others, IF I ever end up in a Rock Bottom, I might order a pint or two.

This joint is within walking distance of my hotel, so I may end up there again. I’ll have to try out a few others while I’m here before making any rash decision when there are so many other great beer options.

Time for an aspirin.


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