September 19, 2011

2011 Beer and Wine Festival in Ellicottville, NY

Break out your lederhosen and bier steins for the 8th annual Beer and Wine Festival at Holiday Valley Resort. The festival is a two day event on November 11 and 12, 2011. The beer tasting dinner is held on Friday November 11, and has limited tickets. The Beer and Wine tasting event is on Saturday November 12, and allows ticket holders will be able to sample a variety of hand-crafted beers from over 30 of the best New York State and American craft breweries and wines from New York, Southern Ontario and Ellicottville vintners.. The event is held ad the Yodeler Lodge at Holiday Valley resort and hosted by Holiday Valley Resort, the Ellicottville Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewery. There is live entertainment throughout the Saturday night event, which includes the Yodeler Lodge and a tent beer garden on the outside patio. An event menu of food is also available inside the lodge in the cafe areas.


Friday November 11, 2011 - Beer Tasting Dinner
The ever popular Beer Tasting Dinner will take place on Friday, Nov. 11 upstairs in the Clubhouse Chalet at Holiday Valley Resort. Tickets are $50 inclusive and are limited, so call for a reservation at 716-699-2345.

Saturday November 12, 2011 3:30pm to 7:30 pm. - Beer and Wine Tasting Event
The Beer and Wine tasting event at Holiday Valley Resort is a great way to sample from over 30 beers or wines. Pre-sale tickets for the Beer and Wine Festival are $40 and are available at the Inn at Holiday Valley, the Ellicottville Brewing Company, Consumers Beverages and Wegmans. Print at home tickets will also be available. Tickets may be available at the door for $47, but it is wise to pre-purchase because ticket sales are limited. The ticket includes a $5 food voucher!

Saturday November 12, 2011 at 2:30 - VIP Event
The VIP events starts at 2:30 in the brewers loft in the Yodeler Lodge. VIP's will enjoy a sensuous display of hors d'oeuvres to pair with the beers, a special VIP glass and a free Beer and Wine Festival poster. The European Cheese company, Habs Kassel will be sampling a wide variety of well aged cheddar, brie and hard cheeses and Sorrento Cheese will be debuting their new fine cheese selection. A fine wines selection will also be available in the VIP area.

The VIP Pass will be back again in 2011! This pass, limited to only 100 people, entitles you to a 2 hour exclusive tasting area and more. Click here for details.

2011 Beer and Wine Festival Website: Holiday Valley Resort Event - Beer and Wine Festival


The 2011 festival is no exception, there are fantastic brewers on site. The brewery stands in the beer garden are: Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Great Lakes, Erie Brewing, Saranac, Southern Tier, Ellicottville Brewing, John Harvard's, Ithaca, Roerhbac, Woodchuck, Custom Beer Crafters, Butter Nutts, Original Sin Cider, Harpoon, Voodoo, Smutty Nose, Long Trail, Hebrew and Otter many more!

Wineries include several of New York's award winners like Miles and Fulkerson plus Heron Hill, Fox Run, Merritt and the Winery of Ellicottville.


The breweries will have some of their hand crafted beers listed below at the festival. Most of the breweries at the festival are summarized in our review. Not all of their beers and ales will be availabe at the festival. See what the breweries have to offer and get a flavor or their style, creativity and award winning tastes!

The Sierra Nevada Brewing company was established in 1980  in Chico, California. Sierra Nevada commitment to quality remains the same, based on the ideals of the founder Ken Grossman. Premium ingredients and time-honored brewing techniques make Sierra Nevada ales and lagers truly exceptional beers.They distribute their beers nationwide, through local liquor stores to large retailers.The brewery is known for its Pale ale, which was gold medal winner at the following festivals: 

Great American Beer Festival (American Pale Ale: 1995, 1994, 1993; Classic English Pale Ale: 1992; Pale Ale: 1990, 1989, 1987).

Their other beers have also won awards at numerous festivals. They are listed on the company website. The following is a list of beers and ales that they brew:

Year-round -  Pale ale, Porter, Stout, Kellerweiss and Torpedo (big IPA).

Seasonal - Glissade (golden bach), Summerfest (crisp lager), Tumbler (autumn brown ale) and Celebration ale (fresh hop ale).

Their beers are full of flavor and still are brewed on site in Chico California. They have an additional list of limited selection brews available on their website.

The Magic Hat brewery was founded in South Burlington, Vermont. They pledge to brew world class beers, as defined by their standards of quality, drink ability, and supported by their customer's purchases. Their beer is distributed across the United States through local liquor stores to national retailers. Their current beer selection is the following beers:

Year-round - #9 (ale with unusual palate), Circus Boy (unfiltered Hefeweizen), Humble Patience (Irish style red), Ravell (Porter)  and Single Chair Ale (golden beer)

Seasonal - Hex (German Ale), Wacko (malty summer beer), Vinyl (amber lager), Howl (black lager), Demo (black IPA), Blind Faith (IPA)  and hiPA (full of hops) and Encore (IPA).

They also brew their list of "reclusive rarities" which appear from time to time. Check out their website for the additional styles.



The Great Lakes Brewery was founded in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Patrick and Danial Conway started a new era in brewing beer in Cleveland, after the last of 30 breweries (since 1870) closed in the early 1980s. The brewery was the first micro-brewery in the state of Ohio. They are committed to crafting fresh, flavorful, high-quality beer and food for the enjoyment of their customers. Their beer is sold in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan,  Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin through local liquor stores and national retailers. They brew beers and ales year round, including season beers. Their beers have won at the World Beer Championships and other events. Dortmunder won the GOLD Medal at the World Beer Championships in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. That is why it is Dortmunder Gold!

The following is a list of their beers and ales:

Year-round - Burning River Pale Ale, Commodore Perry IPA, Dortmunder Gold Lager, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, The Wright Pils (Brewery store exclusve).

Seasonal - Conway's Irish Ale, The Doppelrock (malty doppelbock), Holy Moses White Ale, Lake Erie Monster (unfiltered IPA), Oktoberfest, Nosferatu (hopped imperial red ale), Christmas Ale (a honey ale  and spiced with ginger and cinnamon) and Blackout Stout.

All of their beers and ales are hand crafted and have great flavor. The Christmas Ale goes fast during the winter holidays and can be hard to find. It is a must try for any beer connoisseur.

The Erie Brewing company was founded in 1993 as Hoppers Brew Pub and developed into a full micro-brewery in 1999. The brewery is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. They strive to create quality, handcrafted beers with respect for tradition and admiration for innovation, whilst informing consumers and elevating their tastes and level of distinction. Their beer is sold in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia through local liquor stores and national retailers. They have won medals at the Great American Beer festival and more. The following is list of their beers:

Year-round - Railbender Ale (Scottish style ale), Mad Anthony's APA (American pale ale), Presque Isle Pislner (with American and German hops) and Misery Bay IPA (medium malt, explosive hops).

Seasonal - Heritage ALT (old style German dark ale),Golden Fleece Maibock (German maibock style), Derailed (cherry inspired cream ale), Fallenbock (Oktoberfest lager), Drake's Crude (Oatmeal stout) and Ol' Red Cease and Desist (wee heavy ale). 

The Saranac is brewed at the Matt Brewing company, which was founded in 1888. The brewery is located in Utica, New York and has been founded by a German immigrant named F.X. Matt. The brewery is still a family business and proudly continues the tradition of making fine ales and beers. Their beers are sold in across the U.S in liquor stores and national retailers.  The following is a list of their beers under the SARANAC name:

Year-round - Pale Ale (English pale ale), IPA, Adirondack Lager (classic German lager), Black Forest (Bavarian black beer) and Black and Tan (Irish stout and amber lager blend)

Seasonal - Summer Ale, Belgian White, Hefeweizen (unfiltered wheat beer), Pale Pale Ale, Kolsch (golden blond ale), Pomegranate Wheat, Summer Brew (lemonade and beer), Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest, Irish Red Ale and many more.

There are seasonal beers that they brew from time to time, so check out the additional beers and ales on their website.


The Southern Tier brewing company is located in Lakewood, New York. Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen "Skip" Yahn started the brewery in 2002 with the vision of reviving the practice of small batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. The hand crafted ales are now available in more than half of the United States, as well as parts of Australia, Denmark, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Ontario, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom. The brewery has won awards at the 2007 Tap New York Beer Festival and their Extraordinary Ale won a silver award amongst other Pale Ales at Singapore's Beerfest Asia 2010. The specialize in IPAs. Their following is list of their beers and ales:

Year-round - IPA, Phin and Matt's (classic American style pale ale), porter, raspberry wheat beer, 422 pale wheat ale, 2xipa and pale

Seasonal - Hop sun (summer wheat), Harvest (English style extra special bitter), Old man winter (old ale), Chautuaqua brew (ale), Unearthly (imperial IPA), Hoppe imperial extra pale ale, Big red (IPA), Iniquity (imperial black ale), Gemini (imperial blended ale), Oak aged unearthly (imperial India pale ale), Back Burner (imperial barley wine style ale), Farmer's tan (imperial pale lager), Heavy Weizen (Imperial unfiltered wheat), Pumking Imperial (pumpkin ale) and many more.


The Ellicottville Brewing company was established in 1995 in Ellicottville, New York. The brewery was founded by some folks that wanted to start a family business and the inspiration was conceived after a ski trip to Vail, Colorado. There are two locations; one in Ellicottville, NY and the second in Fredonia, NY (opened in 2005). The brewery now brews a full lineup of hand crafted beers and ales to please any palate. They have received 3 World Beer Championship awards. Their beer is available in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through various distributors, local retailers and the the breweries. Their selections of beer includes the following:

Year-round - EBC Pale Ale (Copper pale ale), Blueberry Wheat (Golden Wheat), Nut Brown, EVL Amber, Toasted Lager (light lager),  Black Jack Oatmeal Stout and Pantius Droppus (Imperial Pale Ale - 10.6 ABV and 95 IBU).

Seasonal - Summer Hefe (German style wheat), Mowmasters Ultra Pale Ale (Belgian cara malts), Octoberfest Lager, EVL Blizzard (Winter ale), ESB (Golden British ale), Winter Witte (Belgian-American Witte), Hop Bomb (77 IBU), Black and Blue (Blueberry Brew), Hopicity (Local hops from reclaimed NY farms), German Stein Beer (Old world technique- caramelized malts), Chocolate Cherry Bomb (Imperial Stout), Hey Guy Rye Pale Ale (Rye malts), Raspberry Beret (Blonde Ale), Bourbon Barrel Imperial, Catt County Couve (Blonde Ale) and 16.


Johh Harvard's Brewhouse has locations in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. One of the locations is in Ellicottville, NY at Holiday Valley Resort. At John Harvard’s Brew House makes a range of beers full of aroma and flavor. They brew pale golden light lagers, copper colored ales, malty brown beers, and coal black stout; and will usually have 8 to 10 beers at their restaurants. They won 2 medals at the 2009 World Beer Championships and numerous awards in other competitions. Some of the ales are brewed on site at their restaurants. According to John Harvard's Brewhouse, some of the recipes were William Shakespeare's and were brought to America in 1637 by John Harvard. Their beers and ales are only available at their restaurants, so visit their website for more locations.


Dan Mitchell founded the Ithaca Beer Company in 1995 to exemplify "the spirit of the finger lakes." The company is located in Ithaca, New York in the heart of the finger lakes region. The brewing system was purchased from a beer pub that closed in Austin, Texas. Through a lot of work and dedication, their beers have been finely crafted. In 2008, they won 2 awards at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. Their beef is sold at local stores and retailers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. They brew the following beers:

Year-round - Apricot Wheat, CascaZilla (Red hoppy ale), Flower power (India pale ale), Nut Brown and a Pale ale

Seasonal - Cold Frong (Belgian style amber), Gorges (Smoked porter), Ground Break (American style saison), Partly Sunny (Spiced wheat ale),

In addition to crafted beers, they brew an Execlsior line including a Brute, LeBleu, White Gold and Old Habit and more.


Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle founded Harpoon Brewery in 1986 in Boston. They always work hard at two things:  brewing great beer and welcoming customers to their breweries.  They have created a style to provide customers with fresh, fun and interesting choices.  They have their own interpretation on how utilize numerous brewing traditions to make their style of beers. They opened a second brewery in Windsor, Vermont. Their beers are available in national retailers and local beverage stores across the United States. The following beers are available:
Year-round - Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Munich Dark, Harpoon Belgian Pale ale, Harpoon cider, Leviathan Imperial IPA, UFO Hefeweizen and UFO White.  
Seasonal - Celtic Ale (Irish Red ale), Summer Beer (Kolsch Style) , UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen, Bohemian Pilsner, Octoberfest, UFO Pumpkin, UFO Pale ale, Greatful Harvest Ultra Cranberry Ale, Winter Warmer (spiced dark copper ale) and Chocolate Stout.

Smuttynose was founded in 1994 by the folks who started the Northampton and Portsmouth Breweries. The brewery is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.Their company is named for Smuttynose Island, the third largest of the nine islands that comprise the Isles of Shoals, a small, rocky archipelago that lies seven miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. They brew excellent craft beers and ales that are winning awards in competitions. Their beer is sold through retailers and beverage stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. The following beers are available:

Year round - Shoals Pale Ale, Old Brown Dog Ale, Finest Kind IPA, Star Island Single (Abbey style ale), Robust Porter and Big A IPA.

Seasonal - Smuttynose Summer Weizen, Smuttynose Pumpkin and Smuttynose Winter ale.

They also have a Smuttynose BIG BEER series, which includes a Baltic porter, Barleywine ale, Farmhouse ale, Gravitation (Belgian Quad), Homunculus (Belgian style golden ale), Imperial stout, Maibock, Really Old Brown Dog ale, Scotch ale, S'Muttonator and Wheat Wine ale.

The Shmaltz brewing company was founded in 1996 and is the makers of Hebrew and Coney Island craft lagers. The brewery was founded in San Francisco and now has a brewery in New York. They brew fine craft ales and beers. The following beers are available:

Year-round - the Genesis ale, Messiah Bold, Origin Pomegranate ale, Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A., R.I.P.A on Rye, the Rejewvenator and Jewbilation.

This festival is a great opportunity to sample many craft beers and ales. Not all of the breweries' beers and ales will be available at the festival, but enough to get a feel of the breweries style and hand crafted flavor. Make a weekend trip and enjoy the Beer and Wine festival and the town of Ellicottville, New York. Weekend lodging packages are available at Holiday Valley Rental Management properties and Holiday Valley Resort, with free shuttle to the event and downtown for Holiday Valley guests (see Holiday Valley Resort website for details).

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