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Erik Wollschlager


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As Buffalo’s beer palate matures, the idea of the dive bar appears to follow a similar curve. Such is the case with Gene’s Junkyard Bar and Grill in Tonawanda. The unassuming façade sits just off of Young Street on the beautiful twists and turns of the waterfront. A sign that looks as though it predates the millennium is the only indication that a bar resides within. …

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The Buffalo spirits community has more accolades to celebrate after Tommyrotter Distillery announced its Cask Strength Bourbon-Barrel Gin received the coveted Chairman’s Trophy at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. The Seneca Street distillery submitted three spirits to the competition, and each scored well. The award-winning gin scored a 95, and its counterparts, Tommyrotte…

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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 pla…

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Our Flagship Beer series, which spotlights the staple brews coming from each of the area's bastion of beer makers, continues with a look at these six offerings from city-based breweries. Old First Ward - Not a Pale Ale 73 Hamburg St. An ode to a street sign outside of Gene McCarthy’s, "Nada," as it is lovingly referred to by regulars, is a refreshing and crisp sessi…

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Our Flagship Beer series continues with a look at four more offerings that have put local breweries on the map. Southern Tier Brewing Company - Eight Days a Week Though one of the newer offerings from Southern Tier Brewing, Eight Days a Week is a loving tribute to the Beatle’s hit song about insatiable thirst. This newfound standard is the perfect beer to slake tha…

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The growing Hertel district is defined by its diversity. Dive bars sidle alongside craft beer pubs; ethnic restaurants neighbor on both sides. The Little Club fits in neatly between. A wine bar in a beer town, The Little Club makes a concerted effort to abandon pretense. It does so quite successfully. The decor is equal parts modern and urbane - the bar’s metallic curve…

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“A lot of people don’t have a lot of things in common right now. The coolest thing is that we have beer in common.” The opening moments of the documentary "Beers of Joy," written and directed by David Swift and Scott Owen, serve as a reminder that unity is just a pint away. The film follows the journey of four people as they seek to expand their experiences of beer, red…

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Bowling alleys. The last bastion of antiquity. Pitchers of domestics poured into plastic cups as pins fall in cacophonous crashes. Relics of ages past mingle with the heavy scent of anti-fungal spray. There are certain expectations stepping into a bowling center but those expectations are mercilessly dashed like a late frame 7-10 split at the Tonawanda Bowling Center. …

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Buffalo’s booming beer industry has dug a huge foothold in the local market. One of the best things about the region’s breweries is the innovative and delicious brews that continue to flow from taps, cans and bottles in a perpetual river of creativity. Because there are so many options, and brewmasters are constantly churning out original takes on traditional styles and…

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Winter in Buffalo means two things: the air is cold and the rinks are hopping. It’s hockey season, so thousands of families across the region are on the constant move running from practice to games to tournaments and back again. KeyBank Center is filled to the brim on a regular basis, and the crowds spill over into the neighboring HarborCenter for action from the surgi…

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Four years after a soft opening on Thanksgiving week, the idea behind Moor Pat hasn’t changed: search endlessly to acquire some of the world's best craft beer, and offer it to the fine, thirsty folks of Western New York. Moor Pat was Williamsville’s first craft beer bar, and it is among the premier destinations for must-have beer in the area. Connor O'Brien was working …

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One of the most defining characteristics of Buffalo is its neighborhood bars. Dingy dives are nestled deep among the houses that approach a century in age. The oak tops are scarred from decades of supporting bottles and cans and glasses and elbows - cradling heads, and many, mostly unmentionable, things. Rare is it that one of these bastions of the Queen City’s rich Rust …

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The astounding growth of downtown Buffalo and the waterfront area has grabbed the lion’s share of the attention from both local and national outlets. The deeper story is the improvements that have been made throughout the city, and North Buffalo is no exception. The KO Bar & Grill at the corner of Delaware and Tioga is a shining example of a reinvigorated neighborho…

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Most Buffalo-area residents experience a little bit of end-of-summer denial this time of year. Despite our best efforts, there is no stopping autumn. The Bills and the Sabres are back and the temperatures are falling. Patio weather has wound down and we’re heading inside to sit elbow-to-elbow at our favorite pubs. The Jake, located on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, is one …

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Though the national conversation about Buffalo food revolves around pizza and wings (and there's no question that Buffalo is the place for these delights), one of the area's best-kept secrets is that it has some very good barbecue joints. There are a growing number of very good barbecue restaurants popping up around the area to join smokehouses like Smokin’ Little Dine…