2017 Buffalo Beer Holiday Shopping Guide

Let’s face it – us beer drinkers are pretty damn easy to shop for when it comes to filling the space the space under the Christmas tree. But beer shopping can be a bit basic. And no one wants to be basic (unless you do, which is cool too). If you want to look beyond buying a bottle and dropping it in a bottle bag (tissue paper optional), then this list is for you. But don’t get us wrong, bottles of beer for Christmas are perfectly fine too. They’re pretty damn cool actually.

But…if you’re looking for a great deal and want to be the toast of your holiday party, then peruse this collection of deals to wow the craft beer fan in your life. And perhaps the best part of this list is that everything is local.

Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational: The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Invitational returns on February 17 and for 2018 it has a new location at New York Beer Project. This event is very limited and tickets go fast, so get yours now. And they make for the perfect stocking stuffer. Click the link to purchase!

12 Gates Brewing: Official 12 Gates Brewing Christmas ornament. Why not showcase your love of local beer on your Christmas tree? Available in the 12 Gates taproom. Shatterproof and cat-friendly! $7. Grab & Go Gift Bag: 32oz growler + gift certificate for fill & 2 pint glasses. $20.

42 North Brewing: Vagabond Society Membership. Branded Vagabond Society Teku glass, access to quarterly barrel house bottle release and tasting parties, four complimentary special release barrel-aged beers annually, special Happy Hour prices, weekly Secret Tap beers. $250. Annual membership renewal fee of $150 after.

Big Ditch Brewing: Growler gift packs: $25 gift card, 64oz. growler and two Teku glasses for $50.

Ellicottville Brewing: Buy $100 in Gift Cards, Get a Free Tour + Tasting for Two certificate ($30 value). Shop 1-$100 GC, 2-$50 GC, or 4-$25 GC and receive a free tour & tasting for two certificate. Gift cards are redeemable at any EBC location: EBC Ellicottville, EBC West Fredonia, EBOC Bemus Point.

Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing: Gift cards. Good at all Mazza locations on wine, spirits, beer, or gear at Five & 20 in Westfield. Call their main location in North East at 1-800-796-9463 to have a gift card shipped as a gift or pick one up at any Mazza location.

Gene McCarthy’s / Old First Ward Brewing: Prepaid draft and growler cards (draft cards include a logo pint glass and growler cards include a 64 oz. empty growler). Mug Club Membership: Receive a 19oz. ceramic mug with personalized name and number, unlimited pours for the same price, every 10th pour free, annual party, shirt and sticker. $100. Beer School tuition. $25 per class gets you 3 rounds of samplings of a different style beer each class, food pairings and of course… education on the monthly style by the Beer Messiah. Class is in session the third Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

Resurgence Brewing: Holiday packs featuring 22oz. bottle of Imperial Sponge Candy Stout, an exclusive RBC pint glass, and bag of Watson’s Sponge Candy.

Rusty Nickel Brewing: Mug Club Membership. Includes $0.50 off every pint, 2 free birthday beers, 1/2 off a single growler fill, 10% off merch, complimentary RNBC Mug Club t-shirt, complimentary VIP to any RNBC VIP event, invitation to all beer release events with a complimentary beer, charity beer pouring opportunities & access to WNY beer scene events, annual Mug Club Party ticket. $99.New York Beer Project: The Hoppy Package Gift Set: NYBP crowler will free fill, 2 logo pilsner glasses, crowler loyalty card. $19.99. Mug Club VIP Package: NYBP Mug Club membership, 2 logo pilsner glasses, Mug Club membership t-shirt. $75.

Southern Tier Brewing: 12 Days of Christmas. Starting December 9 (50% off sale items), Southern Tier is running a different sale most days through Dec. 24.

Brian Campbell is a co-founder/Brand Manager of the BNBA’s enthusiast arm, Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at buffalobeerleague@aol.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague) and www.buffalobeerleague.com.  

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