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Brew: Grand opening, tastings, and $25 gift card giveaway

Even though Brew has been open for a bit, tomorrow is their grand opening and they’ve got some events planned. Mayor Kathy Sheehan will be present (with the novelty scissors) for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm. Afterward Stumptown Coffee Roasters will be holding a public cupping and tasting from 2:30 to 5, and after that Shmaltz Brewing Company will be holding a tasting until 8. This is an awesome way to get familiar with what Brew sells and try some new things all at once.

I did a Q+A with Josh Cotrona and August Rosa, the two guys behind Brew, and you can check out below. Also below you can enter to win a $25 gift card to Brew. Stop by tomorrow, find what you like and maybe you’ll have $25 to spend there early next week when I pick a winner.


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Wolff’s Biergarten Oktoberfest: Ticket Giveaway

This Saturday, September 27th is the annual North Albany Oktoberfest, put on by Wolff’s Biergarten. Oktoberfest runs from 11am-7pm and is a street festival with all sorts of activities throughout the day, German food and of course, beer.

This year’s Oktoberfest will include a tug-of-war, a dachshund race, Miss Oktoberfest pageant, three legged race, a bratwurst toss, keg toss, stein holding competition and my favorite, a yodeling contest.

If you’re not the contest type, regular admission tickets are available for purchase online and you get a free stein and quick entry just for buying presale tickets. VIP has already sold out.

Enter below and keep an eye out around noon on Friday as that’s when I’ll be selecting TWO winners! Each winner will get two tickets to Oktoberfest!

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Bobby Shmurda and the Twerk Team at the Armory

On October 10, 20-year-old Bobby Shmurda will be performing at the Armory, along side the Twerk Team.

The facebook event indicates that Bobby will be performing twice and that it won’t be set up like a traditional concert. And before the 10th, you ought to learn the Shmoney Dance.

Tickets are $30 and should be available via ticketfly soon, as well as the Armory box office.

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OktoBIRDfest

Next Saturday the Audubon Society of the Capital Region is hosting OktoBIRDfest, a fundraiser, at the Albany Pump Station/Albany Visitors Center.

Your donation gets you tastings from many breweries, distilleries, wineries and a cidery. There will also be raffles, live birds of prey (!!!), and much more.

Learn more about the event on the Audubon Society of the Capital Region’s website. You can save a little money by registering online in advance and enjoy some beers for the birds. Literally.

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Pop Place at Tricentennial Park

For a few more days, Tricentennial Park is hosting an array of vendors in pop up shops. Pop Place is a fun way shot showcase awesome local shops and artists in a fun way, while encouraging people to check out what downtown has to offer.

Tonight is the “Experience: Pop Place” event and will will feature Fort Orange General Store, Semi-Lux, Capital Creative, Desolation Road Studios, South End Pallet Works, All Day She Plays, and The Rise and Shine Company. There will be music from Bell’s Roar and Olivia Quillio and food from Druthers Brewery, Dali Mamma & Cider Belly Doughnuts.

Check the event page and head over tonight at 5pm.

Photo: Capitalize Albany/facebook

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Hannibal Buress at the Egg

One of my favorite comedians, Hannibal Buress just announced tour dates for the fall, and much to my surprise it includes Albany. Hannibal will be at the Egg on November 20 at 8pm. Tickets are $28 and are currently on sale.

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Wellington Hotel Annex to be imploded Saturday

UPDATE: This has been changed to Saturday from Thursday.

Jordan Carleo-Evangelist for the TU:

City officials have approved the plan by Columbia Development to implode the 11-story Wellington Annex on Thursday to make way for the new downtown convention center, the company announced Friday.

The explosive demolition by Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc. is scheduled for after the morning rush hour, Columbia said in a statement.

That building is a total eyesore. Sucks that it’s been neglected for so long, but at least it will have a pretty grand send-off. I’ll hopefully be on the Plaza to watch and record the implosion.

Photo: Boston Public Library/flickr