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Sullivan’s Brewing Company Presents: “The History of Brewing Beer”

Master Brewer Ian Hamilton to visit Buffalo from Kilkenny, Ireland for event at Tewksbury Lodge

Today Sullivan’s Brewing Company announced “The History of Brewing Beer,” an event and discussion to be held at the Tewksbury Lodge on February 25th. Sullivan’s Brewing Company is a brewery based in Kilkenny, Ireland with more than 300 years of legendary tradition.

“Sullivan’s Brewing Company officially debuted in the United States in December 2016, and it was because of a commitment to Buffalo’s renaissance that this city was selected as our first U.S. market,” said Master Brewer Ian Hamilton. “It is a pleasure to visit once again to discuss the history of brewing with the beer-loving people of Buffalo.”

Sullivan’s cites liquid credentials and its master brewer as key facets of its brand. The brewing team is led by the world-class master brewer Ian Hamilton, who prides himself on craftsmanship, quality, innovation and perfecting each recipe with creative and satisfying twists. Hamilton will be joined by lead investor Michael Meade for a formal presentation of the history of brewing, following by a question and answer period.

Ian Hamilton has 35 years of brewery and packaging experience in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Africa. He is experienced in production of world-class lagers ales and stouts. Hamilton is widely considered to be one of Ireland’s most experienced technical brewers.

Michael Meade is a Buffalo native and managing director at Citi Bank. Meade completed a historic renovation of the Stella Lowry House in downtown Buffalo, has invested in a number of local enterprises and is lead investor of Sullivan’s Brewing Company.

To Recap:
WHERE: Tewksbury Lodge
249 Ohio Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

WHEN: Saturday, February 25
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to register by calling (716) 840-2866. A limited food menu will be available.

Join us for a Fundraising Party for the “Old Neighborhood” Parade


The Valley Community Association will formally announce their selections for the Grand Marshal and Parade Dedications for the 24th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by Sullivan’s Brewing Company at our Fundraiser Party on Friday, February 24th, 2017. The party will be held at the Valley Center located at 93 Leddy Street, Buffalo, near the junction of South Park Avenue and Elk Street from 7pm-11pm. The cost is just $20 per person and includes admission, draft beer, and pop. Canned beer and wine will also be available for sale. Tickets will be available at the door.

Sing Along Pub Music

Entertainment at the Fundraiser Party will be provided by lively Irish band “Emerald Isle”. “Emerald Isle” is a trio of musicians from Western New York who specialize in sing-along, clap-along Irish pub music and rousing nautical songs and sea chanties. They mix their music with humor provided mostly by the band’s bass player, Rich Schaefer. The other members of the band are Chris and Mark Panfil and between them they play, guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, penny whistle, harmonicas, banjos, and bodhran.

This Year’s Grand Marshal

The 2017 “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal is Mark J. F. Schroeder and he will lead the parade through the historic streets of the Valley and Old First Ward neighborhoods, retracing portions of the original 1913 parade route. As a New York State Assemblyman, Mark was influential in developing both Buffalo River Fest Park and Mutual Riverfront Park, both of which have helped transform the neighborhood and propel its renaissance.

In Remembrance

This year the parade will be dedicated in memory of three very special people who passed away this past year that were part of the “Old Neighborhood” – Ann Higgins and John Yuskiw, longtime Valley Community Association volunteers, and Jim Keane, a former City of Buffalo Councilman who was responsible for securing funds for infrastructure projects throughout the Valley neighborhood and was a longtime supporter of the agency and the parade.

The 24th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by Sullivan’s Brewing Company is scheduled for Saturday, March 11th and will kick off at 12 Noon. New groups are welcome to march and can obtain registration forms by calling Lori at 823-4707 ext. 4. Following the parade there will be grand Irish Hooley at the Valley Center with live Irish music by “Poor Ould Goat” as well as food and refreshments.

For more information about any of the Valley’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, call Lori at 716-823-4707 ext.4. Also make sure to “like” the Valley Community Center on Facebook and follow the organization on Twitter @VCAssociation.

UPDATE! The Old Neighborhood Parade INFO!

Find out everything you need to know about this year’s “Old Neighborhood” St. Paddy’s Day!

The Valley Community Association’s signature event – the 24th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade – will kick off on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 12 Noon from the Valley Community Center.

The Route

The Valley Community Association Old Neighborhood St Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Saturday March 11, 2017 at noon. We will kickoff from the Valley Center on Leddy Street, continue on South Park, left onto Smith, left onto Elk, over South Park bridge, left onto Hamburg St, right onto SOUTH Street and finish at Louisiana. After parade parties will be at both the Tewksbury Restaurant and the Valley Community Center. Shuttles will transport patrons to and from these two sites thru 3 pm.

Over 100 marching units are anticipated to participate this year, making the “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade just as large as the downtown edition!! Marching contingents will include marching bands, floats, social clubs, classic cars, Irish dancers, family clans, fire and police departments, and much more!!

Add Your Float to the Parade

New groups are welcome to march and registration forms will be available after February 1st, 2017 by calling 716-823-4707 ext.4. Previous parade participants will receive registration forms in the mail at the end of January.

The Hooley

Immediately following the parade is the traditional grand Irish “Hooley” featuring live music as well as plenty of food and drink. The “Hooley” runs from 1pm-5:30pm at the Valley Community Center, located at 93 Leddy Street, Buffalo, New York.

The Hooley serves as a fundraiser for the Valley Community Association’s services and programs, which include affordable child care that is nurturing, educational, and stimulating for children ages 6 weeks and up; academic, social, and recreational programming for school age youth; programs and services for senior citizens that promote socialization and wellness; family support services including a food and clothing pantry, resume preparation, job search assistance, and help navigating the human service system; community events such as the Buffalo River Fest and the “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and neighborhood beautification projects such as the Buffalo River Fest Park, Mutual Riverfront Park, and Valley Nature Park & Habitat Trail.

For more information regarding any of the Valley Community Association’s St. Patrick’s Day activities contact Lori at 716-823-4707 ext. 4.