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The Buffalocal Blog

We're talking local beer from Western New York.
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Every beer lover has a picture in their mind that when conjured, immediately makes their mouth start to salivate. You know the one. A perfectly poured glass filled with your favorite craft brew.  A 1” head billowing to the brim and tantalizing you with aromas that make you want another before you even start the...
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The Buffalo craft beer scene is filled with a veritable rainbow of styles from straw-colored pilsners to black stouts. In the cooler months, Buffalonians tend to reach for darker, maltier beers.  The porters and stouts that occupy this darker end of the scale have a lot of similarities, but when it comes down to it,...
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  Way Back at the Beginning Buffalo’s beer history is a long and exciting story that goes all the way back to 1805. Over two centuries ago, William Hodge opened Cold Spring Tavern, Buffalo’s first establishment specifically for drinking. In 1811, Joseph Webb opened Buffalo’s first brewery-tavern in Black Rock, but it burned down during...
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When we ask people if they like craft beer, we often get responses that sound something like, “I’m not really into IPAs”. While IPAs are indeed, all the hype right now, they certainly aren’t the only style of craft beer out there. In fact, there are a LOT of fantastic beers being produced right here...
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When most Buffalonians think about pairing their craft beer, they probably only do so in terms of how well their favorite Buffalocal brew will match up with their preferred style of chicken wings. This is no surprise, as these food items are basically considered dietary staples to like 98% of WNYers. However, if you’ve never...
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Water is Water, Right? Wrong! Beer is pretty simple when it comes to ingredients as there are typically only four: grain, hops, yeast and water. Since beer is made up of around 95% water, it’s not surprising that different regional water sources and their varying chemical makeup, would create differing attributes in the resulting beer....
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Barley + Hops + Yeast + Water = Beer  While having the right ingredients is an integral part of brewing beer, the actual process is a bit more complex. Read on to learn more about how beer is made: Malting  Once the grains (usually barley or wheat) have been harvested, they go through a process...
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A traditional shandy is simply a beer mixed with a non-alcoholic drink, typically lemonade or juice, and is often enjoyed as a summertime favorite. But with the wide array of craft beer styles and flavors now being produced year-round, people are getting a lot more creative and mixing up delicious shandies that are perfect for...
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Buffalocal breweries are not only creating some of the best craft beers Buffalo has ever seen, but they are also helping the environment while doing so.  Flying Bison Brewing Company buys as many of their ingredients from local farms and suppliers whenever possible, rather than from big corporate farms. This not only supports local farmers,...