It won’t be long before Buffalo’s beer halls are packed to the rafters. Once summer (and fall) give way to more frigid temperatures, everyone begins to huddle for warmth.
Until then, though, the preferred locale for quaffing summer suds is wherever one can be outside. Thankfully, Buffalo bars and breweries have caught on.
One must-visit destination lies in the scenic town of Lewiston at Brickyard Brewing. A gorgeous drive to one of the region’s most beautiful areas could easily end with some artisan pizza, great chicken wings and Brickyard Brewing’s sensational beers. The covered patio area features its own bar and a lengthy list of summer flavors.
Brickyard’s Sand Dock Shandy trumps any of the nationally distributed offerings, and the beer/fruit combination makes for a fantastic summer beer. Do you like American Music? Be sure to try American Music Take 4 in the open air. Light and fruity, AMT4 is another great summer offering.
[Read more: Brickyard unveils Mario's Brother, inspired by lemon Italian ice]
Flying Bison Brewing Company is an essential component of the city’s craft beer history. One of the pioneers of craft beer in the area, Flying Bison has also played a big hand in one of Buffalo’s best outdoor venues in Larkinville.
Whether you’re there for Food Truck Tuesday or Wednesday’s Live at Larkin concert series, Flying Bison is ever-present, with the production brewery mere blocks away. Crisp seasonal beers like Bisonberry Kolsch are served alongside traditional brews such as Rusty Chain, Larkinville Lager and Buffalo Kolsch 716. Favorites are available to enjoy both at the live music events and outdoors at the brewery.
Another brewery that helped introduce the city to craft beer, Community Beer Works, has just opened an expansive location on 7th Street that features beer, food, and most importantly, outdoor digs to enjoy both. With custom bag-toss boards and other such backyard games, a gathering at the freshest site for fresh beer is the definition of Buffalo summer.
CBW is still playing hard to the summer crowd, offering five beers at or below 5.1 percent – Amazing Larry cream ale, Rutherford B. Haze, Rhubarbford B. Haze, That IPA session IPA and Planet Smashers Berliner Weiss. Planet Smashers is a fantastic and tart treat to beat the summer heat.
When John Domres opened Buffalo Brewing Company two short years ago, his two-barrel system and backyard hop garden was a humble beginning for a facility that would double production in less than 24 months.
With a new five-barrel system and an adjacent gravel patio, BBC has outgrown expectations for certain. Domres newest recipes show a maturity in his brewing style as he has branched off European favorites like the 1865 Maibock and the 1976 Grodziskie. The latter is a summer crush that must be experienced while hunkered down in one of BBC’s Adirondack chairs.
A biergarten list would be woefully incomplete if it were to omit Resurgence Brewing. In an old storage facility on Niagara Street sits a not-so-hidden wonder, mere meters from the mighty river. The hall-style innards of Resurgence belie one of Buffalo’s best outdoor drinking areas.
Benches, tables, comfortable chairs and even a fire pit provide ample space to enjoy some unique brews and the company of friends and strangers alike.
Resurgence is perpetually changing its taplist. Sour beer lovers will enjoy the Plum Gose. Seasonal saisons are a favorite, and the hibiscus guava nails the taste of summer. For the adventurous palate, Kottbusser is a distinct peak into Bavarian traditions.
[Read more about Resurgence's beer operations and taproom, from 2017]