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Cirque de Bière Pairs Craft Brews with Interesting Foods

By Eva Potter

Don’t miss this weekend of merry making enhanced by quality handcrafted brews and regional wines, as well as cider tastings and gourmet food pairings as the annual Beer and Wine Festival and Brew Master’s Dinner take over the Holiday Valley Lodge on Nov. 7–8.

The weekend kicks off with the Friday, Nov. 7 Brew Master’s Dinner with a Cirque de Bière them. The evening will feature combinations of nationally recognized craft beers paired with seasonally focused cuisine. The brewers will be on hand to discuss each beer with you and explain the pairing decisions. Chefs will create locally sourced dishes you’re sure to love, especially if you are adventurous and enjoy tasting interesting foods.

Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s marketing director, said, “Almost everything on the menu has beer as an ingredient, even the dessert.”

The night begins with hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. and food stations will open at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Brew Master’s Dinner are $65, with a limited supply still available. To purchase, visit www.holidayvalley.com/brewfest.

Unusual dishes featuring wild game and venison are presented at food stations, including wild game sausages finished with blueberries, potato pancakes, autumn chowder and beer floats.

And get ready for some surprises, hinted Eshbaugh.

“The ‘god of beer’ will perform a traditional tapping of the keg just as the diners enter the dining room. The ‘ringleader’ will introduce each station and entertain the diners through the evening,” she said.

Make your memories permanent with a visit to an out-of-the-ordinary photo booth set up for the event.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, head back to the Lodge for the Beer and Wine Festival running 3:30–7:30 p.m. The festival is hosted by Holiday Valley, Ellicottville Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewery.

Sample 100-plus handcrafted beers from more than 30 of the best New York State and American craft breweries, including Resurgence, Big Ditch, Erie Brewing, Southern Tier, Ellicottville Brewing, John Harvard’s, Brooklyn Brewery, Voodoo Brewery, Victory Brewing, North American Breweries, Boston Beer Co., Hamburg Brewing Co., Empire Brewing Company, Shock Top/Goose Island, Three Heads Brewing, Sly Fox, Great Lakes Brewing, North Country Brewing, DG Yuengling, Son Brewery, Ithaca, Rohrbachs Brewing, Ommegang, Saranac Brewery, Consumers Beverage featuring Flying Monkey’s Smashbomb Atomic IPA and craft brews from Sanzo.

Indulge in tastings of Vermont Hard Cider, DeMunck’s Hard Cider, Original Sin Cider, McKenzie Hard Cider and Black Bird Hard Cider. And try wines from local and regional wineries such as Winery of EVL, Heron Hill Winery, Black Willow Winery, Merritt Estate Winery, Niagara Winery, Glenora Wine Cellars, Vendiff Vineyard, Victoriaberg Vineyard, Casa Larga, Montezuma, Spring Lake, Willow Creek and many more.

Live music by Big Leg Emma and Smack Dab infuse energy into this fun-filled weekend.

Tickets for Saturday’s Beer and Wine Festival are $50 pre-sale (through Oct. 31), and $60 starting Nov. 1. Ticket includes a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited 3 oz. samples of wine, beer and hard cider, and a $5 food voucher.

Food items include French fries, pizza, burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, pork sandwiches, smoked ribs, smoked turkey legs, deli sandwiches, cookies, brownies and more.

To purchase, visit www.holidayvalley.com/brewfest and at Wegmans stores.

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