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WNY IPA Day at Marcy Casino: Photo Review

On a dreary and unseasonably cold day, a collection of Western New York’s finest IPAs brightened the palate at Marcy Casino. The comfortably-attended event organized by Mike Shatzel featured India Pale Ale style beers from each of 12 local breweries.

IPA Fest Poster
Poster promo for WNY IPA Day at Marcy Casino.


There were many delicious IPAs on tap, but here’s a list of my top 5 standout beers:

(1) Woodcock Brothers: XPA 6.0 (6.5%). The best of the hoppy lot. Flavor-filled and overflowing with citrus notes, this beer is made with Citra, Mosaic and Azacca hops. It is available in 16-oz cans at the brewery but is selling fast (don’t worry, I heard they are making more).

Andrew Pentheros and Alyssa Candino serve XPA 6.0 from Woodcock Brothers.


(2) Big Ditch: Deep Cut (8.5%). The greatness of this beer is easy to overlook because everyone already knows and expects this beer to be top notch. Deep Cut is intricately layered with citrus, tropical punch and wild berry flavor. After numerous iterations and tweaks, Big Ditch has ‘bullseyed’ the flavor on this award-winning beer.

Big Ditch
From left to right: Matt Kahn (Big Ditch), Brendon Van Allen (Community Beer Works) and Jason Crossett (New York Beer Project).


(3) Southern Tier: Pub Ale Research Batch IPA V2 (6%). This IPA was turning heads and palates and stood out among the many IPAs on tap. Mosaic and Equinox were used to dry-hop this beer in pellet and whole leaf form. Marked by tremendous flavor and balance, let’s hope this beer makes it’s way on tap again soon.

ST group
Southern Tier’s Dave Giczkowski (left) pours an IPA for patrons.


(4) New York Beer Project: Behold! The Galaxy on the Horizon (8.3%). This IPL was brewed with Galaxy, Horizon, Falconer’s Flight 7 C’s and Apollo hop pellets and whole-cone Chinook hops. The dry hops were added during the slow temperature drop and lagering phase which allowed for the beer to condition properly while at the same time uptake the aromatic oils from the hops. This beer offers a clean malt profile to allow the citrus, fruity hop character to really shine.

New York Beer Project’s Jason Crossett and Kevin Pawlaczyk.


(5) Community Beer Works: Yuz Not That IPA (5%). This beer is made with yuzu, an East Asia citrus fruit. “Yuz” brings vibrant and bright tropical notes without an overwhelming bitterness.

Community Beers Works’ Brendon Van Allen and Andrew Hardin.


Here are some of the other breweries and beers that attended:


12 Gates
12 Gates brewer Scott Shuler.


Rusty Nickel head brewer Dave Johnson.


4 Mile
Jaye Beattie from Four Mile Brewing.


42 North
42 North’s Justine Powers poured an impressive five beers.


Flying Bison’s Vincent Somogyi poured freshly bottled Hoppy Hour Hero moe-saic IPA.


Resurgence Brewing’s Layne Kaspryzk and Lizz Schumer poured Surge Light and CitMo IPA.


Old First Ward Brewing’s Bill and Bryan Kirchmyer brought Not A Pale Ale and Hopster.


Here are some other photos from the event:

42 North Taps
A trifecta of IPA deliciousness from 42 North.


Thin Man
Mike Shatzel and Rudybob Watkins will be opening Thin Man Brewery soon.


12 Gates brewer Scott Shuler pours an Oak-Aged Under the Southern Cross IPA.


Group Photo
From left to right: Bryan Kirchmyer (Old First Ward), Kevin Wise (Buffalo Beer Biochemist), Mike Shatzel (Thin Man), Dan Minner (Ellicottville), Brendon Van Allen (Community Beer Works), Matt Redpath (Woodcock Brothers) and Jaye Beattie (Four Mile) enjoy the scenic view at Marcy Casino.

About Buffalo Beer Biochemist

Buffalo Beer Biochemist
Born and raised in Western New York. Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Professor of Microbiology and Chemistry. And lover of beer.

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