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2012-08-02 / Local News

Buffalo’s brewing history highlighted by cemetery tours


The United German and French Cemetery on Pine Ridge Heritage Boulevard in Cheektowaga will be the site of tours offered to explore the brewing history of Buffalo. 
Photo by Ryan BartholomewPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The United German and French Cemetery on Pine Ridge Heritage Boulevard in Cheektowaga will be the site of tours offered to explore the brewing history of Buffalo. Photo by Ryan BartholomewPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Naked Buffalo Tours and Mount Calvary Cemetery Group have joined forces to create a series of tours that highlight the cemetery’s historic significance in the brewing industry.

The first tours on Aug. 18 and Sept. 29 at Mount Calvary’s United German & French Cemetery and Buffalo Cemetery in Cheektowaga are billed as the Brewer Tours and will highlight Buffalo’s notable brewers and brewing industry. Each will include a beer tasting.

Mike Rizzo, founder of Naked Buffalo, first approached Mount Calvary about the tours, saying he learned of the cemetery’s great history through research on other topics.

Jeff Reed, Mount Calvary’s executive vice president, liked the idea.

“Cemeteries tell the story of a community’s history,” says Reed. “Every person has had an impact on those around them shaping the foundation of what we are today. We’re fortunate to have a wide variety of intriguing people buried here who have interesting stories to pass along through these informative tours.”

The Brewer Tour is a two-part tour. The first tour will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. It is a walking tour featuring those who were instrumental in Buffalo’s brewing trade and will provide narration of both the people and the breweries. The tour takes place in United German and French Cemetery on Pine Ridge Heritage Boulevard in Cheektowaga. At the tour’s conclusion, local brewer Community Beer Works will host a brew sampling at the Pine Lawn Chapel on Harlem Road.

Brewer Tour Part 2 takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Buffalo Cemetery also on Pine Ridge Heritage Boulevard. The tours cover various people involved in Buffalo’s brewing past and present. Another local brewery will be on hand for a sampling after the second tour.

Both tours are expected to last about 90 minutes and cost $10 per person. Reservations are required, and there is a limit of 40 people. Reservations can be made by calling 299-8687 or online at www.nakedbuffalo.com.

More events are planned for 2013.

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