>> The clouds were dark purples and blues and the wind whipped around as we parked at Gratwick Waterfront Park in North Tonawanda, Buffalo. It threatened to rain. This, however, did not stop the beer and wine enthusiasts and those excited by the prospect of hearing Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and Lord Huron perform!
The park was lined with tents, which formed on three sides a huge open-sided rectangle, the stage completed the fourth side. Each tent for a different brewery, cidery, or winery. When you checked in after entering the park they handed you a tastefully-designed glass that said Brews and Wines on the Water, with a rad little graphic of a beer and a wine glass cheers-ing! I was ready to try some ciders! I went by MackJac Cider, where I tried both Empire Red and Black Currant Passion. Empire Red tasted like liquefied candy apples and it was downright DELICIOUS! The Black Currant Passion tasted like a handful of a mix of berries, and chill! Next, I made my way over to the OSB ciderworks tent, which is where I tried a chili pepper cider! Let me tell you, MAN was that eye-watering! I love all things spicy but this was on another level. The afterburn reminded me of ghost pepper chips. I still can’t decide whether I liked it or not but I’m sure glad I tried it!
People were milling from tent to tent - drinking, dancing, laughing, and besotting all their troubles. After
wandering around I stopped to take in the view of the waterfront. The waves rippling, wind blowing fiercely, and the rain was DEFINITELY coming. The threatening weather did not st