BrewFest Plans Poured Out

June 22, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM EDT

By WKBW News


BrewFest Plans Poured Out

June 22, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY–( release) Just hours before the start of the 2012 NHL Draft, officials from Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center held a “draft” of their own – tapping a ceremonial keg and formally announcing details for the 2012 Buffalo BrewFest. The annual event, now in it’s 11th year, is scheduled for Friday, August 10th from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at the First Niagara Center.

Joseph Cozzo, president and CEO for Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, made the announcement. Craft Beer Exchange at APlus is the presenting sponsor for the event. Savarino Companies, Flying Bison, and Abbey Mecca & Company, are supporting event sponsors. All proceed from the event go to support the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, a not-for-profit organization providing comprehensive diagnostic and treatment programs for children and adults with speech-language and hearing disabilities.

“In 2011 we welcomed our largest crowd for the Buffalo BrewFest.” commented Mr. Cozzo. “The event sold-out and we saw representation from more brewers than ever. For 2012, we added 50% more space to the event footprint and increased the number of brewers and craft beers on tap.”

“This will make this year’s event even better than last year, and we expect it will again sell out quickly.” added Cozzo.

This year’s Buffalo BrewFest will feature as many as 150 special craft brews from around the world. Brewers will be set up across the two floors of the First Niagara Center and outside in the Plaza area. Food will be available from a menu specially prepared by Delaware North’s Sports Service for the event featuring beer-inspired items.

A maximum of 5000 tickets can be sold for the event. Tickets to the event are $30 in advance and $35 day of the event. Admission price includes a souvenir sampling glass and 20 tickets to taste and enjoy craft brews from as many as 150 brewers.

Online ticket sales for 2012 Buffalo BrewFest begins Friday, June 22nd by going to and Retail ticket sales begin on Monday July 2 at all Western New York locations of Craft Beer Exchange exclusively at APlus stores.

Parking at the event is free and attendees must be 21 or older – proper ID is required with ticket for admission.

All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center. Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, a not-for-profit organization, is a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center for children and adults with speech-language and hearing problems. The Center employs more than 300 staff members, including full and part time licensed Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Teachers and Teacher Aides.