The craft beer scene is growing. Home brewing is at an all-time high, new breweries are popping up all over the United States, and new apps like Untappd and Next Glass are going up to try and grow people’s love of hops. Two years ago, I couldn’t tell you the difference between a stout and a lager. Now, I have favorite styles, flavors, and breweries.
The scene in Buffalo is growing as well. Always known as a “sports town with a drinking problem,” The Queen City has new destinations strictly popular for its beer.
So when Buffalo on Tap came to the Buffalo Convention Center in January 2015, it was quite the hit.
Featuring over 75 breweries and plenty of other vendors offering their products to plenty of potential new fans, it was exciting from the moment I entered to when I left 3 hours later.
Here are some of the beers I tried, from local and non-local companies:
Flying Bison Brewing Company – MacBison Scotch Ale
One of Buffalo’s oldest breweries, Flying Bison is a staple in Western New York beer. They just moved locations to a warehouse near downtown Buffalo and the building matches the quality of their product: top class. The Scotch Ale is one of them. Strong and full of rich flavor.
Resurgence Brewing Company – Sponge Candy Stout
A newer brewery that opened on Niagara Street about a year ago, Resurgence has crafted the names of their products to match the vibe of the town they’re made in. The “Sponge Candy Stout” is a sweet stout with a hint of chocolate that is just fantastic.
Big Ditch Brewing Company – Vanilla Oatmeal Stout
I have not yet had the chance to visit the Big Ditch brewery yet, but that will definitely be changing very soon. They have a very good variety of products, and the Vanilla Oatmeal Stout is one of the beers I hadn’t tried yet. The vanilla flavor combined with the richness of the stout makes it something I’ll definitely try again.
Three Heads Brewing – Buffalo Soul Jah
Having just been kegged that week, the new one from Three Heads Brewing dropped my jaw. I’m a huge fan of their stuff and you can add this one to the beers I love by them. It’s a double red ale with the 3HB hoppy taste. It was, in my opinion, the best beer I tried there. Love it!
Brewery Ommegang – Rare Vos
Yes, Ommegang has some amazing stuff outside of the Game Of Thrones beers. And the Rare Vos is one of them. The Belgian pale ale has a rich, fruity flavor with a heavy beer taste. Also, I had a chance to talk with their rep there and he gave me a GREAT preview of what is to come in 2015 (get excited).
Founders Brewing Company – Rubaeus
Founders has everything from very popular IPAs to arguably the best beer in the world (Kentucky Breakfast Stout). But in case you didn’t know, their fruit beers are outstanding. The Rubaeus has a great raspberry flavor that is sweet and full of deliciousness. Even my girlfriend, who doesn’t like beer, likes it!
21st Amendment Brewery – Blah, Blah, Blah IPA; Brew Free! Or Die IPA
21st Amendment Brewery from San Francisco, CA is a popular one amongst my friends and I can understand why. Both of the beers that I tried were fantastic. The Blah, Blah, Blah was a red ale that quenched the pallet. The Brew Free! Or Die had plenty of hoppiness to it and was good to the last drop.
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Chocolate Manifesto
The dessert beer to end all dessert beers. The 10% ABV triple chocolate stout was very rich and sweet (and packs quite a kick). I started the festival off with this one so needless to say the rest of the time was fantastic.
The craft beer scene, especially in Buffalo, is growing more and more by the day. Events like Buffalo On Tap show that. I am very excited to see (and taste) what is to come.
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