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Seven beers that use primarily local ingredients

Localvore beer drinkers who want to soak up what “local” means can consider the following possibilities during Buffalo Beer Week:

Wet Buffalo 

  • Style: American pale ale.
  • Brewery: Rusty Nickel, 4350 Seneca St., West Seneca.
  • Local ingredients: 99 percent from the state with Queen City Malts grains from Rochester, and hops from Alfredson's Hop Farm in Hamburg and Haunted Hops in the Finger Lakes.
  • ABV: About 5.25 percent.
  • When/where available: Seasonal, single batch will be released Sept. 14 and only be available in the taproom.
  • Taste profile: A crushable, medium bodied APA made with whole-cone Cascade hops that lend refreshing, grassy flavor and mild bitterness. The profile is balanced by the bready, malt backbone that gives this beer its amber color.

Woodcock Brothers brews at least one wet hopped IPA each year.

Chinook wet hop series

  • Style: IPA in which hop cones are added after the beer boil.
  • Brewery: Woodcock Brothers, 638 Lake St., Wilson.
  • Local ingredients: 90 percent Chinook hops from Niagara County, 60 percent Vienna malt from Niagara Malt.
  • ABV: 5.8 percent.
  • When/where it is available: In the taproom starting Sept. 8.
  • Taste profile: Citrus notes will lighten the bitterness in this and another seasonal beer to be available during Buffalo Beer Week, the Copper Wet Hop IPA.

Harvest Fest

  • Style: German Marzen Oktoberfest.
  • Brewery: Windy Brew, 733 Route 20A, Strykersville.
  • Local ingredients: 90 percent grains from Sheldon Grain Company turned into Vienna, Munich and Pale malts at Niagara Malt; 100 percent hops from Hunter’s Valley Hops in Aurora.
  • ABV: 5.5 percent.
  • When/where it is available: In taproom and in taverns across region.
  • Taste profile: This beer is brewed in spring and cold-storage aged. It has a bright golden and copper hue, and is lightly toasted with a medium body and crisp, clean taste.

Try the most local of local beers this Buffalo Beer Week

New York Beer Project will release a vanilla oatmeal stout Sept. 20.

Vanilla Oatmeal Muffin Stout

  • Style: Oatmeal stout.
  • Brewery: New York Beer Project, 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport.
  • Local ingredients: 58 percent malts from Niagara Malt and New York Craft Malt, 100 percent Chinook hops from Vertical Vines in Town of Lockport.
  • ABV: 5 percent.
  • When/where it is available: Special release in-house at 5 p.m. Sept. 20.
  • Taste profile: Silky smooth chocolate and espresso coffee flavor with a warm earthy oat sweetness. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee and oatmeal.


  • Style: American pale ale.
  • Brewery: Community Beer Works, 520 7th St.
  • Local ingredients: 20 percent Pilsner malt from Niagara Malt.
  • ABV: 4.6 percent.
  • When/where it is available: Year-round in taproom and other taverns and retailers in region.
  • Taste profile: Mellow malt base showcases Zeus, Centennial and Zythos hops against a light, grainy sweetness. This beer has pine notes and a touch of citrus.

Double X-ING

  • Style: Imperial IPA.
  • Brewery: Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, 8398 W. Main St., Westfield.
  • Local ingredients: 55 percent Pale Ale malt from 1886 Malt House outside Syracuse; 60 percent Cascade and Cluster hops from Hanover Hops.
  • ABV: 7.5 percent.
  • When/where it is available: Year-round in tasting room, regional taprooms and Western New York Wegmans.
  • Taste profile: Strong malt backbone with balanced bitterness. The Torpedo-style dry hop gives this imperial IPA notes of pineapple, citrus, and fresh cut grass.

Buffalo Beer Week schedule highlights

Interlocking IPA No. 3 will be a featured brew during Buffalo Beer Week. About half of its ingredients come from Western New York.

Interlocking IPA No. 3

  • Style: IPA.
  • Brewery: West Shore Brewing Company, 10995 Main St., Clarence Hollow.
  • Local ingredients: About 50 percent. Base malt comes from New York Craft Malt in Town of Batavia; hops include Centennial and Chinook varieties grown at Vertical Vines in Town of Lockport.
  • ABV: 5.5 percent.
  • When/where it is available: Seasonal beer available in the taproom.
  • Taste profile: Citrus, pine and resin flavors common in pale ales.
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