Grand Opening Entertainment

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7 sins Brewery orders you to come to and “live a little” at our Grand Opening pig roast. Sensory Winery & Art Gallery will host the bash, Saturday, July 16 from 5 – 9 p.m.

In addition to swilling the sinful craft brews and chowing down on pork, you can catch some live local music.

To start, Chris and Joylene from Erie will perform at 5 p.m. This power pop duo has performed at our co-sponsored Open Mic nights at Sensory. They hail from Erie via Baltimore and offer a melodramatic yet hopeful vibe. They are just getting started on the Erie scene – check them out as part of their former band The Honest Mistakes. The Honest Mistakes have cut four records so it is no mistake 7 Sins has found a winner to kick off the evening.Chris & Joylene

The Mulligans headline the evening, bringing down the house at 7. They are a locally renowned Celtic rock band (also known as an Irish drinking band…. right on) playing mostly in Erie and throughout PA and WNY. The band is made up of three pranksters – singer and guitarist Jon Nolan; Joe Nolan, Jon’s brother, plays upright bass and also sings; and, Brian Strobel is on drums and harmonies. I have no doubt these guys aren’t afraid to be a little sinful and partake in a few of our 7 Sins crafts…



Grand Opening

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Here is your chance to be a little sinful – and I don’t mean going to Vegas to play the slots! I’m talking about a bash to celebrate 7 Sins Brewery craft beers respectfully named for the seven sins.

Our peeps at Sensory Winery & Art Gallery are co-hosting our Grand Opening, Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 5 – 9 p.m. There will be beer specials on all our crafts. You may also meet the Beer Demon, Bear, who keeps our brews tasting so sinfully good.

There will be a pig roast and live music to keep the party going – headlining the stage are The Mulligans from Erie at 7 p.m. The opening act will be Chris and Joylene a budding Erie duo who formerly performed with the Honest Mistakes in Baltimore.

As far as brews go, we will have an amber ale, blood orange ale, brown ale, cherry wheat and stout all on tap. So wrong, yet so right. See you on the 16th.

Local talent showcased at Open Mic nights

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Local talent is showcased at Open Mic nights co-hosted by 7 Sins Brewery and Sensory Winery & Art Gallery. Here is a snippet of what you could hear monthly, every third Thursday, at Sensory from musicians, Chris and Joylene and Linda Lewis. In addition to listening to the music, observe interviews with the artists introducing themselves and talking about why Sensory’s space is so unique and inviting.


If you are interested in performing, please contact Sensory’s manager, Fergie. Performers get a drink on the house, a welcoming crowd along with a professional and inspiring host, Jim Cuneo. Check out previous blogs on Open Mic.

And remember while attending the event, it is ok to be a little sinful and indulge in the beers on tap. Right now we are featuring 5 of the 7 sins, including Envy – an Amber Ale of which some say is the best craft amber around! Also on tap are Gluttony – a roasted, smoky American Stout with a hint of rye; and Greed – an American Brown that has a low hop profile, with a slightly sweet roasted caramel flavor throughout and a hint of chocolate in the finish. Lust is a typical (and delicious) wheat infused with a mild sweet cherry while Wrath, is an IPA created with a smooth malty backbone and a crisp orange hop flavor, placing it in a league of its own.

Sinful indeed.

Pint of beer with background image of an envious woman

7 Sins Brewery and Sensory Winery & Art Gallery Fired Up for Summer

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Envy, an amber ale has arrived – it sounds cruel but is certain to hit the spot upon sunset, after a long hot summer day. In honor of the unofficial kick-off of summer and Memorial Day, 7 Sins Brewery offers a growler special at Sensory Winery & Art Gallery, Friday through Sunday – get a $6 discount on the 64-ounce growler for any beer style (including Envy, Greed, Wrath, Gluttony and Lust). No doubt, your friends will be envious when you tell them you were the first to try the distinctly crafted 7 Sins amber ale, Envy!Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 12.11.08 PM

Sensory Winery & Art Gallery is a proud sponsor of the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail this weekend.  When you come visit Sensory you can sip on one of our tantalizing cult wines and view the current show, A Natural World in Three Perspectives. John Ballard, Christine French and Carrie Tredo make up the talented trio displaying 3D driftwood assemblages, sculpture, artist enhanced prints, collage, mosaic beach glass panels and mixed media pieces.

Sensory  offers extended summer hours starting in June – doors will be open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And most exciting, the outdoor space will be enhanced – a beer garden also opens in June! The garden space will have seating and a fire pit for all to enjoy. Select 7 Sins Brewery pint specials will be offered to celebrate the expansion from 5 – 9 Saturdays.

Ahhhh, I cannot wait to sit back, contemplate the big sky, catch the boom of the bullfrogs, get a drag of the smoky fire and swill a cold and tasty craft – Sensory Winery & Art Gallery and 7 Sins Brewery sure know how to engage all your senses.

7 Sins Brewery Secrets to Brewing

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In case you care, here’s how Bear, the beer demon, creates our bad-ass brews. To start, he has taken his original recipes and modified them to be brewed on a larger scale. Running grain through the grist mill kicks of the process. It is here that the mill cracks the grain.

The milled grain then goes into the mash tun for an hour or so where the grain and water mysteriously meld to make the sinful mash. What really happens is: first, warm water is added to extract sugar; next, water is pulled out from the bottom of the mash tun and put back on top to make a cleaner beer; last, fresh water is poured on top, filtering the grain bed and picking up the sugars headed toward the boil kettle. The liquid sugar becomes the wort (that’s wort, not wart!).


The next step is to run the wort into the boil kettle – don’t worry the kettle is only for beer-making and not warlock brew. Hops are added in this step of the process, all in all taking about 60 – 90 minutes. The wort is then sent to the Fermentor where yeast is added. The fermentation process is when the beer is crafted from the wort and the alcohol content is calibrated. A hydrometer is used to gauge how much how much soluble sugar is in the wort, the yeast is added accordingly and the beer is made. After fermentation the hydrometer is used again to calculate the potency.

By the way, it is the variety of grain and hops and type of yeast that determines what style of beer is concocted. The temperature at fermentation contributes to the definition and nuances of the beer styles as well. And for some of the 7 Sins brews, the addition of natural flavors infuses an extra kick.

From the Fermentor, the brews go to the brite tank for a couple of days where it is carbonated and then kegged using CO2. 7 Sins Beer is kegged in stainless steel and stays below 38 degrees for maximum sinfulness – I mean freshness!


Each batch yields about 7 barrels of sinfulness – yeah-ah.

7 Sins Brewery Unleashes Its First Four Crafts.

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Looking for a brew that will satisfy your demons? 7 Sins is on fire, tirelessly perfecting their brews and pounding the streets. Four beer styles are kegged and tapped AND sales to restaurants, bars and pubs throughout WNY just started!

Let us brush you up on four of the 7 sins:

Gluttony is an American Stout – and that means it is back alley black. Gluttony stays true to its name, overindulgent – thick, rich and full – formulated with 10 unique grains and 5 distinct hops. Gluttony punches like a roasted, smoky stout with a hint of rye making it a perfect brew to finish your day.


Greed – an insatiable desire to acquire more than one needs… our American brown ale will have you craving more. Greed keeps a low hop profile with a slightly sweet, roasted brown and a mild caramel flavor throughout. It has a hint of chocolate in the finish which shouts, gimme one more pint, now!

Lust is our devilish cherry wheat– as it should be, it is a traditional wheat, infused with a mild sweet cherry. This brew lavishes the lips and is perfect for the hot summer days we all lust for.


Wrath, to be overcome with anger – 7 Sins Wrath is an IPA, but don’t be fooled, it’s not your typical MMO fighter pale ale. True to an IPA, brewed with strong hops, a bit bitter and with significant alcohol content, Wrath was also created with a smooth malty backbone and a crisp orange hop flavor, placing it in a league of its own. Swill this brew with your favorite cigar and experience a 7 Sins anticipated prize-winner.

Give us a holler if you’d like to have 7 Sins on tap at your favorite haunt. Or slug a pint and claim your very own growler at Sensory Winery and Art Gallery in Ripley.

National Beer Day 2016

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7 Sins Beer hallows National Beer Day. A day to savor Lust. A day to chug Greed. A day to imbibe in Wrath. These wickedly crafted brews are on tap at Sensory Winery in Ripley. Each style of beer was incomparably crafted by Bear, head beer demon.

Wrath is featured today. Wrath is an IPA, but do not be fooled, it’s not your typical MMO fighter pale ale. True to an IPA, brewed with strong hops, a bit bitter and with significant alcohol content, Wrath was also created with a smooth malty backbone and a crisp orange hop flavor, placing it in a league of its own. Swill this brew with your favorite cigar and experience a 7 Sins anticipated prize-winner.


Americans celebrate April 7, 2016 as National Beer Day. On this day eighty-three years ago President Franklin Roosevelt ended Prohibition signing a law that allowed Americans to brew and sell beer. Beer drinkers were jubilant as they could now purchase a cold one for the first time in thirteen years.

Beer is the rage – it is the most popular alcoholic libation and the third most common beverage of choice across the world, second to water and tea.

Raise a sinful glass with us… to FDR! (Do remember to drink responsibly.)

Meet the 7 Sins Beer Demon

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From homebrew to craft-brew, by virtue of Alaska, 7 Sins Brewery beer demon, Bear, is stoked to be back home.

Seven is Bear’s lucky digit – he had been brewing beer at home – for his own hedonism – for just about 7 years when he stumbled upon Ripley’s 7 Sins in its embryonic stage. Instead of a formal interrogation, Bear crashed the beerhouse located behind Quincy Cellars and offered to do some homework for the crew. The gig became palpable when he arrived two days later with an encrypted thesis of methods and off the chain recipes in hand.

In Bear’s past life, he stood houses, hauled lumber and was a carpenter in places like sub-arctic Anchorage and Erie, Jamestown, Vermont and Ripley – but through studying, trial and error and copious nipping, he now brews a brutally wicked beer. He started honing his beer trade in Anchorage where beer is mighty expensive and in an effort to save a few bucks, decided to try brewing his own – after two tries and a twist or two, Bear had created his own method, making many cronies in a hurry.

Bear has taken his skills to 7 Sins and despite the sinful essence of the beer, he and the team create their concoctions using only pure ingredients and a process that reveres the craft of beer making. Bear stands strongly behind selecting primo hops and grains and using real flavoring vs. garbage (chemically fabricated ingredients and flavors). To top it off, 7 Sins doesn’t believe in a house yeast and proceeds with employing the tailor-made yeast per style of beer.

Come raise some Cain with the gang and experience your own 7 Sins immorality. Straightaway it is sold at Sensory Winery and Art Gallery – both pints and growlers of the regrettable craft are available. Local shows, restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs in WNY and NW PA are on deck.



Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Green. Green rivers. Green beer. Green shamrocks. Green midgets.

Irish. Irish pubs. Irish drinking songs. Irish poems. Irish soda bread. Irish dancers. Irish Ale. Irish parades. Irish stew. Luck of the Irish.

Party on. Pot of gold. Road races. Jigs. Kilts. Corned beef and cabbage. Stout.

These things come to mind when we think of St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish holiday where we all are Irish for a day. St. Patrick’s Day started in Ireland to celebrate the Irish Saint – Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick is honored for being the first to bring Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century.

Americans have embraced this celebration and throw one of the biggest parties of the year. It was the original Irish immigrants in Savannah, Georgia who really got the party started while the new wave of Irish immigrants (due to the potato famine) brought new life to the New York City parade (first one was in 1762) in the mid-1800s in an attempt to gain political clout. Today over 100 cities have parades (and parties) to whoop it up on St. Patty’s Day.

Old First Ward Shamrock Run, south Buffalo, March 12, 2016 photo cred to the Buffalo News

Old First Ward Shamrock Run, south Buffalo, March 12, 2016 photo cred to the Buffalo News

You can find many stories online that list the cities with the best shindigs. The author tends to agree with many, as a willing participant over the years. Favorites include, Savannah, Georgia with over 300,000 people, vendors, musicians and performers flooding the streets of this historic city, it rivals Mardi Gras. Sunny skies, live oak trees adorned with Spanish moss, warm fresh air and Spring Breakers definitely are benefits of this month-long street party. Good times. Columbia, South Carolina also puts on quite a bash with college kids rocking to live music in the streets. Both cities do not have open container laws so carrying your Red Solo cup with green beer is welcomed.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Allentown along with the south Buffalo Shamrock Run road race will not disappoint. Buffalo is ranked as one of the top places to spend St. Patrick’s Day. If you want to see some crazy Irish jigging to the snarl of bagpipes, the young ladies in full Irish garb and tight bouncy curls are enchanting – and there are 100s of them, aged 2 – 25 everywhere you go! Like Niagara Falls, drinks, songs and stories will gush while socializing on the streets with your friends in Allentown or the tent after your run – and with Global warming you may not need your beanie like the old days. You can still make it to the parade this year – it’s Sunday, March 20.

Finally, props to Chicago for dying the river green. Sick. We hear Erie, Boston and New York know how to celebrate on this day as well…

A Chicagoan Facebook friend of ours grabbed this shot over the weekend - legit.

A Chicagoan Facebook friend of ours grabbed this shot over the weekend – legit.

We brewers also welcome this day as many Americans associate Irish beers (or any beer, really) with St. Patrick’s day. It is a day to try a stout, ale or, again, any beer as long it is green.

7 Sins has three brews on tap – one is Greed, our American brown ale that is perfect for St. Patrick’s day and will have you craving more. It keeps a low hop profile with a slightly sweet, roasted brown, mild caramel taste – with a hint of a chocolate in the finish. Just one more pint, now!

Come to Sensory Winery and Art Gallery to check out our brews and take home a Growler too. Sensory Winery is on Route 20, about a mile from the Pennsylvania border in Ripley, Ny.


“Greed” Our American Brown Ale



May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields and,

Until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand

7 Sins Brewery co-presents Open Mic with Sensory Winery and Art Gallery

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The Open Mic gave beer drinkers a chance to tempt their tastebuds on 7 Sins beer. Check out the video.

It was a first-time event, from 7 – 10 p.m., Thursday, February 25. Jim Cuneo of Ripley was the emcee. While beer and wine poured, a half dozen musicians showed up with their best guitar, harmonica, drumming and vocal skills.

Adam kicked off the night singing and playing original music on guitar and harmonica.

Local favorite, Joe Nolan of the Mulligan’s went solo. Joe played acoustic guitar and led Irish drinking songs – I don’t know about you, but I cannot think of anything better than having a pint and a sing-along on a Thursday night.

Steve Spears, owner of Dunkirk Homebrew, sang a few tunes accompanied by his friend Matt on a homemade, one-man drum – pretty dope.

James Paolello, jammed on his guitar, absorbing the crowd. He later teamed up with Jim Cuneo, on harmonica and keyboard.

One guest summed it up – “the first Open mic night at Sensory Winery was awesome from the acoustic guitar guy (Adam) with the cool boots to the home-made one-man drum set-up (Matt)…it was all good. and can u do Led Zep at open mic? oh hell we did (James Paolello jammed). hope to see you next time.”

If you haven’t been to Sensory, you are missing out. It is becoming a space for hanging in RL (real life) with many shows on the docket. Next up is another Open Mic, not to mention the current art show by Casey Brink.

The open mic is Thursday, March 10 from 7-10. All acts are welcome – musicians, comedians, poets, free-thinkers — pick your poison. Performers get a free pint (or glass of wine).

Speaking of pint, Greed, an American Brown Ale; Wrath, an IPA; and, Lust Cherry Wheat are all on tap. And we now have growlers, so you will never run out of good beer – peace out, rabbit.