The bar: Armor Inn Tap Room
Bar breakdown: Located on the edge of Hamburg and on a key postgame escape route from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the bar has made its name on live blues, award-winning barbecue and Wednesday night line dancing. Interwoven between these attributes is its craft beer capacity. With 36 taps of both local and nationally lauded draft selections, the tapped outpost has become a destination for both residents, visitors and those arriving by Harley to hang for a taste of the latest available brew.
The beer: Founders Breakfast Stout
Beer breakdown: Brewed for those who’ve been looking to fuse their coffee and beer consumption into one frothy serving, this potent stout ($8 per) is perfect for those who want a dark, chocolate-tinged selection to savor throughout the upcoming winter months. And for those keen on brand loyalty, pitching money toward the brewers responsible for year-round favorite All-Day IPA makes perfect sense. But note: Please take your time with each. With an ABV of 8.3 percent, these pints sneak up on you (both pre- and post-line dancing).
Take a sip next to: one of the Armor Inn’s many photos of blues greats like B.B. King, saxophonist “Blue” Lou Marini or Matt “Guitar” Murphy.
Raise a toast to: bar owner JC Seneca, whose current iteration of the Armor Inn resurrected the one-time thriving Abbott Road restaurant corner from years of stalled construction and neglect.
When to go: Monday through Sunday for lunch and dinner; Wednesday through Sunday night for live music and dancing; or for its annual Brewfest, with dozens of craft brewers on hand, and now scheduled for April 17, 2016. Put it on your calendar.
More information at: armorinn.com, (716) 202-1315.
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