The art of beer

The glasses won’t be this full – but there’ll be plenty to go around

The Buffalo Brewfest at the Central Terminal was such a huge success in September that organizers are talking about doing two days this year. In the meantime, if you like the idea of drinking good beer and eating good food to help a group save a community treasure, you might want to go to Niagara Falls the night of March 8. (No Sabres game that night.)

Drink beer from Flying Bison and other breweries, and take home the glass. The food offerings will include Michael’s on Pine Avenue – maybe “beans and greens”? (Oh pleaseohplease.)

The evening will also feature the premiere of a short film on the history of brewing in Buffalo, and live music by homebrewing rockers Twigz.

It’s all a benefit for the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, a classic former high school building that has been saved and turned into studios, classrooms and perfomance space for arts and culture.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. More details below.

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Place: The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (the former Niagara Falls High School), 1201 Pine Ave, Niagara Falls. (Maps.)

Cost: $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Admission includes beer samples, food samples, film admission, a souvenir logo tasting glass and free parking. Tickets are available at the NACC; on the NACC website via Paypal; at Niagara Tradition Homebrewing Supplies, 1296 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda; and Flying Bison Brewery, 491 Ontario St., Buffalo. You must be 21 to attend.

Sponsors and participants include: Flying Bison Brewery, Buffalo Brew Pub, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Alternative Brews, Pizza Plant, Consumer Beverage, Certo Brothers Distributing, Bada Bean Coffee, Michael’s Restaurant, Madeline’s Catering, Goodfellas, DiCamillos Bakery, Riccardo’s, Great Lakes Brewing News, One Stop Printing, Niagara Tradition.

All proceeds will benefit the NACC, a multi-arts center with 70 artists’ studios, dance and music schools, two theaters and a recording studio.  This former high school was slated for demolition but, through the hard work of hundreds of citizen volunteers, the building was saved in 2001 and is undergoing a major renaissance.  The building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was counted as one of “Seven to Save” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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