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Crafts and Corks

Crafts and Corks

A six-week ultimate tasting session for lovers of beer and wine.

Whether your palette loves pilsner or pinot noir, you will walk away an educated consumer and server of all things hops and vine.  Hosted at Buffalo State, each six week program features tastings, light fare and materials.  You will also be fully prepared to take industry recognized credentials to certify your new found skills! 

Take our Beer Lovers or Wine Lovers classes, or register for both at a discounted rate!

Beer Lovers:                                                                                                                             

We’re covering beer history and the brewing process, lager vs ale, German, Belgium, UK and American brewing styles; glassware and food pairings, as well as taste and service. Experience a complete tasting tour of beer from traditional to today. Taught by Tim Herzog from Flying Bison, and Craig Altobello, Certified Cicerone® from Magic Bear Beer Cellar, as well as special guests. Testing for Cicerone® Certified Beer Server is included.

Learn more about Cicerone® Certified Beer Server here: Certified Beer Server - First Level Cicerone® Certification | Cicerone® Certification Program

CLASS DATES: New dates will be announced in the upcoming weeks!

Instructors: Craig Altobello, Tim Herzog                                                                                                                        

Wine Lovers:                                                                                                                             

We’re covering everything from grape to glass!  Learn about the fundamentals of tasting, serving, and assessing wine. Successfully navigate a wine store, a wine menu, and even pair wine for at home cuisine. Each week, we will cover an international wine varietal, along with the history, viticulture, and styles of these grapes and their homelands. In addition, current topics involving wine trends, environmental changes, and this ever-changing industry will be discussed. Taught by Kate Little, Level 3 WSET Award Recipient. Participants will receive a voucher to attend a review and test for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines.

Learn more about the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines here: WSET Level 1 Award in Wines at WSET School London | Wine & Spirit Education Trust (

CLASS DATES: New dates will be  announced in the upcoming weeks!

Instructor: Kate Little                


Crafts and Corks Combo: 

Instructors: Craig Altobello, Tim Herzog, and Kate Little           

There is a discount code for these events available to Buffalo State Alumni. Please call our office at 716-878-5907 for details.






Craig Altobello is a teacher at heart. He holds a Masters Degree in Math Education, and has over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry from dishwasher to Director of Operations. After a six-year run as a high school math teacher, a pivot towards the passion in hospitality led to a shift from teaching in high schools to training at Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls, NY. Finding success as the training and bar manager, Craig was recruited to help open and design the beverage program for (716) Food & Sport for Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE). After a successful opening, Craig was promoted to General Manager before relocating to NJ where he then took over as General Manager for Joe’s Crab Shack.

Knowing that WNY was definitely “home,” Craig returned and was welcomed back to PSE as Director of Business Operations and ultimately Director of Operations, overseeing all full-service operations.

With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting early 2020, yet another pivot took place where Craig followed his passion of craft beer and became a Certified Cicerone® and now owns & operates Magic Bear Beer Cellar - a craft beer store and tasting bar with a focus on the elevation & education of beer.  


Tim Herzog is an award-winning brewer with over 40 years of experience and is licensed as a Certified Beer Judge. It had been Tim's dream to revamp the once-flourishing beer industry in Buffalo and with the opening of his own Flying Bison Brewing Company, the first stand-alone brewery in the city since Iroquois Brewing closed its doors in 1972, that dream was finally realized.

Tim grew up in Rochester, New York and found early on that he did not like the taste of American beer. Rather, he was inspired by the traditional beers of Ireland and Germany and began homebrewing in an attempt to brew recipes more to his liking. He studied brewing at the famed Siebel Institute and the American Brewers Guild and went on to intern with three breweries in California, Oregon, and Ontario. After years of practice, and the encouragement of his wife and family, Tim turned his hobby into a livelihood and Flying Bison Brewing Company was born. The name was chosen to pay homage to Buffalo's history of aviation manufacturing.

Tim's beers include a range of German, English, and American hops in order to achieve the desired style and flavor profile of each of his distinctive, incredibly flavorful brews.


Kate Little has over 25 years of experience in the Wine and Spirits Industry. She has worked for some of the largest distributors in New York, including Colony Liquor & Wine and Empire Merchants North. She regularly monitors industry trends and presents new products to her clients. Having had an extensive background in the hospitality industry, she works with restaurants on building their wine and spirit selections. Over the years she has facilitated various educational events for customers, staff, and the public, including tastings, wine dinners, and seminars.

Kate holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in French Literature and Spanish. She earned certification from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust of London, Level 2 Wine & Spirits, and completed the prestigious Level 3 Wine exams.

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