I write the Buffalo Beer Buzz column (which publishes weekly here and over at Step Out Buffalo), but this was one week where even that article wasn’t big enough to encompass all of the great beer releases that our breweries have planned for us. And what better time than a holiday week to have an overabundance of great local beer releases?
Whether your 4th of July party is happening on the 4th or this coming weekend, a number of breweries around the area have designs for some delicious liquid to fill your coolers and make sure you stay hydrated all week long.
Big Ditch Brewing Passionfruit Hayburner IPA / Canvass IPA / Deep Cut Double IPA
Address: 55 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 854-5050
First released at their third anniversary party last year, Big Ditch have released Passionfruit Hayburner in cans, as well as fresh cans of Lock IPA #5: Canvass and Deep Cut DIPA, as well as Gateway IPA on draft. Passionfruit Hayburner features hundreds of pounds of passionfruit infused into the beer after fermentation to add an even more intense tropical kick to normal Hayburner. 16 oz. 4-packs for $14.99 (no limits). Gateway IPA is draft only.
Brickyard Brewing Company American Music: Take Five
Address: 436 Center St, Lewiston, NY 14092
Phone: (716) 754-7227
Brickyard’s American Music is a New England IPA / Farmhouse Saison hybrid. The current batch (Take Five) was brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Lemondrop hops. It’s true to its roots as a farmhouse ale, while bordering on being juicy and crushable. This one is on draft now and is available in crowlers.
Buffalo Brewing Company 1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA
Address: 314 Myrtle Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone: (716) 868-2218
Buffalo Brewing Company will hold their first ever can release, 1932 Galaxy Oat Cream IPA on July 6 at 1pm. A variant of their popular 1893 Mosaic Oat Cream IPA, 1932 is brewed exclusively with Galaxy hops, lactose and oats, clocking in at 7% ABV. The wife of Owner/Brewer John Domres, Heather, designed the beer’s unique can art, to mimic the peak of Buffalo City Hall. Available in 16oz. 4-pack cans ($16) with approximately 30 cases available.
Hamburg Brewing Juice Box Boy DDH IPA
Address: 6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075
Phone: (716) 649-3249
Hamburg Brewing have brought back Juice Box Boy DDH IPA, in cans this time ($12.99 per 4-pack 16oz. cans). This milkshake-style IPA features Palisade, Denali, Simcoe, Centennial & Strata hops as well as mango, tangerine and passionfruit purees, along with vanilla and lactose. For this batch, Hamburg tweaked the recipe with the addition of vanilla, more hops, and more fruit. Cans available at select retail accounts as well.
Pressure Drop Brewing / Stoneyard Brewing Struggle Bus Double IPA
Address: 65 Vandalia St, Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone: (716) 848-9942
A West Coast Double IPA collab with Rochester’s Stoneyard Brewing, Struggle Bus is equal parts fruity and dank. This one is available now at Brewed & Bottled in Lewiston, Village Beer Merchant and will be at the brewery and Consumer’s Beverages locations this weekend.
Resurgence Brewing Company Pineapple Grapefruit Pilsner
Address: 55 Chicago St, Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone: (716) 768-6018
This draft only release will be available at Resurgence’s first ever Backyard Brew-BBQ. The second beer ever brewed at their new Chicago Street home in the Old First Ward, Pineapple Grapefruit Pilsner is a fruited version of their Bridge Pilsner. That just sounds refreshing.
Thin Man Brewery Bliss Double IPA
Address: 492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 923-4100
Thin Man has finally canned Bliss DIPA, one of their first launch beers and one of their best overall beers. Bliss pours hazy, light gold with a fluffy white head. Dank pine in the nose with ripe citrus, mango, and melon. Available at both of Thin Man’s locations at Elmwood and Chandler.
Woodcock Brothers Brewing Red, White & Blue Fireworks Trio
Address: 908 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Phone: (716) 260-1284
Woodcock Brothers are tapping a triumvirate of patriotic red, white and blue themed beers at their Wurlitzer location in North Tonawanda on July 4 (11:30am). For the occasion, they will be tapping Red Fireworks Strawberry/Raspberry Kolsch, brewed and conditioned on strawberries and raspberries, Blue Fireworks Blueberry Kolsch, brewed and conditioned on dozens of pounds of blueberries, and Sparkling Sky Double IPA, brewed with Cascade and Denali hops. All three will be available for crowler fills.
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 for Step Out Buffalo. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague) and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).