Our Flagship Beer series continues with a look at six more offerings that have put local breweries on the map. This time, we focus on flagships for warmer weather.
Buffalo RiverWorks - Rejuvenator IPA
Once a gray and crumbling wasteland, the fallen industrial region just outside of downtown Buffalo has developed into a destination in its own right. RiverWorks has played a big role in that, with its brightly painted grain silos standing tall on the landscape. Rejuvenator is a bright and citrusy NEIPA, perfect to cool off after pickleball or to sip riverside.
Big Ditch Brewing Company - Hayburner IPA
Perhaps one of the most recognizable names in Buffalo beer, Hayburner crosses the lips of the thirstiest, and most discerning craft beer lovers. The aromatic, award-winning ale is as delicious in cans as it is fresh from taps all over Western New York. Soft and tropical, Hayburner is the perfect pair for just about anything you’ll be serving this spring and summer.
Community Beer Works - The Whale
CBW and The Whale have been "embeering" Buffalo for seven years. The roasted malts give The Whale a nice, full coffee flavor that sweetens to chocolate. This fine frothy favorite is available in the cutest cans on the shelf, and always available in the brewery’s West Side taproom.
Hotel Lafayette - Terminator IPA
Named for Buffalo's infamous developer Rocco Termini, Terminator is a quality take on a west coast IPA. With a mix of Pacific Northwest and New Zealand hops, this flagship is pleasantly bitter and surprisingly smooth for its seven percent ABV. Terminator is available at the in-house bar at the popular banquet destination, and can be taken home in growlers.
Sato Brewpub - Urban Samurai
A Japanese restaurant that specializes in Belgian beer? Fantastic. Urban Samurai? Equally fantastic. This marriage of a Wit with mosaic, citra and amarillo hops is a refreshing, citrusy take on the white IPA style. Easy drinking and a little lower in ABV than its contemporaries, Urban Samurai is one of the area’s unique flagship beers
Gordon Biersch - Golden Export
For some, a traditional lager lacks some of the hop-punch of contemporary IPAs. Helles lagers are a great, somewhat more bitter, response, boasting a hefty load of Hallertau hops. Golden Export is on the lighter end of the style - crisp and refreshing, it’s an excellent choice as the temperatures begin to rise. Enjoy in-house, on the GB patio, or grab a growler to have on your own porch.
Other entries in the Flagship Beers series: