As breweries nationwide are forced to shutter their taprooms as the global coronavirus pandemic spreads, beer producers have adapted the way they do business and have found creative ways to get their beer in the hands of thirsty consumers. Here in Western New York, curbside pickups, home delivery and to-go beer sales have become our new normal. Here are eight examples of what our beer scene is doing to stay alive.
Buffalo Brewing Company
314 Myrtle Ave. (868-2218)
Buffalo Brewing is open for pickup and also has a drive-thru beer store. It is not accepting cash. If using the drive-thru, honk twice for staff to come out to you. The brewery door will be propped open so you don’t have to touch anything other than your beer and credit card. New beers are being canned daily; check Facebook for availability.
Community Beer Works
520 7th St. (759-4677)
Daily curbside beer pickup available from 3 to 8 p.m. Available to-go beer includes six-packs of That IPA, The Whale or Let’s Go Pils for $8.99. Free six-pack of Whale when you fill a case. You can also grab 16-ounce four-packs at regular price. Visit Facebook for daily specials. Delivery available with a $50 minimum order ($10 delivery fee); visit communitybeerworks.com.
Hamburg Brewing Company
6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg (649-3249)
Takeout and free delivery available. Call or go online for the menu. Prepay online to ensure no physical contact, and then call when you arrive for pickup and the brewery staff will bring it out. Delivery area is being expanded daily; check Facebook for availability.
Resurgence Brewing Company
55 Chicago St. (768-6018)
Resurgence is offering hands-free curbside pickup at its Chicago Street location. Order and pay for your beer online with Hop Mule, head down to the brewery, pull up to the curb and your order will be brought to your car. Visit Facebook for specials.
Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.
4350 Seneca St., West Seneca (608-6155)
Stay home and have Rusty Nickel beer delivered to your door. Order beer (crowlers/kegs) via phone or email (Katie@rustynickelbrewing.com). Crowlers are three for $19 or $8.50 for imperials. Deliveries available on Fridays and Saturdays within a 10-mile radius of the brewery ($3 fee, $15 minimum).
Steelbound Brewery & Restaurant of Springville
243 W. Main St., Springville (794-3555)
Takeout and delivery of beer and spirits available within 5 miles of the brewery. Find a full menu of available beer, and place your order online.
West Shore Brewing Company
10995 Main St., Clarence (998-3752)
West Shore Brewing is making deliveries Sunday through Thursday to the greater Buffalo area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and check online for delivery availability. Orders (over $45) must be placed the day before. Orders of more than $30 or orders of three crowlers or more come with a gift certificate for $5 to use in the taproom when it reopens. Orders of $50 or more will get an additional $10 gift certificate.
Many other area breweries remain open for beer-buying needs. Here are a few:
- New York Beer Project has half-price crowlers and growler fills.
- Flying Bison is offering BOGO-50% off six-packs.