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Our Beer Styles

Buffalocal's mission is to ensure that consumers are getting the freshest local beers—and Buffalo's local breweries strive to provide every style of beer possible to the community.
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Borderland IPA - American IPA - 42 North - Buffalocal
White Oak Borderland IPA - American IPA - 42 North - Buffalocal
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IPA - Resurgence Brewing - Buffalocal
IPA - Southern Tier Brewing - Buffalocal
Allentown Ale - Steelbound Brewery - Buffalocal

India Pale Ale (IPA)

A type of light-colored beer similar to bitter, typically with a higher than average alcohol and hop content.

West Coast Style IPA | 12 Gates | 6.7%

Landing Strip | 12 Gates | 6.1%

Borderland IPA | 42 North | 6.8%

White Oak Borderland IPA | 42 North | 6.8%

Interrobang | Community Beer Works | 7.2%

Ellicottville IPA | Ellicottville | 6.0%

All America City IPA | Flying Bison | 6.7%

716 IPA | Flying Bison | 6.4%

Buffalust | Flying Bison | 6.6%

Louie | Hamburg | 6.9%

Frosty the IPA | Hamburg | 5.5%

No Lux | Hamburg | 8.0%

Destination IPA | New York Beer Project | 6.8%

Sticky Trees | Pressure Drop | 6.5%

Sticky Icky | Pressure Drop | 6.0%

Resurgence IPA | Resurgence | 7.2%

Southern Tier IPA | Southern Tier | 7.0%

Allentown Ale | Steelbound | 6.0%

Hermetic IPA - 12 Gates Brewing - Buffalocal
Buzz the Tower New England IPA - 12 Gates Brewing - Buffalocal
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Hayburner - American IPA - Big Ditch - Buffalocal
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Citmo IPA with Citra and Mosaic Hops - Resurgence Brewing - Buffalocal
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Nu Juice Juicy IPA - Southern Tier Brewing - Buffalocal
Lake Shore Fog Hazy Juicy IPA - Southern Tier Brewing - Buffalocal
Sponge Bomb New England IPA - Steelbound Brewery - Buffalocal
Green Flyer IPA - West Shore Brewing - Buffalocal

New England Style IPA

An American IPA that features an intense, tropical fruit centric, hop aroma and flavor, heavily dry hopped to the point of being hazy and has a fuller body, smoother flavour, and less perceived bitterness than typical IPAs.

Hermetic IPA | 12 Gates | 6.1%

Buzz The Tower | 12 Gates | 7.0%

‘Murica Emoji | 12 Gates | 7.4%

Hayburner | Big Ditch | 7.2%

Bang a ‘Uey | Community Beer Works | 7.0%

Foggy | Ellicottville | 6.3%

Juice Caboose | Flying Bison | 7.5%

Thundersnow | Flying Bison | 7.7%

Citmo | Resurgence | 6.5%

The Surge | Resurgence | 6.5%

Nu Juice | Southern Tier | 6.0%

Lake Shore Fog | Southern Tier | 6.5%

Sponge Bomb | Steelbound | 6.0%

Green Flyer | West Shore | 6.3%

Day Trekker IPA - Session IPA - 42 North - Buffalocal
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Cosmic Truth Session IPA - Resurgence Brewing - Buffalocal
Live Session Pale Ale - Southern Tier Brewing - Buffalocal

Session IPA

Combines the hoppiness of an IPA with the lower alcohol content of a session beer.

Day Trekker IPA | 42 North | 4.9%

Gateway IPA | Big Ditch | 4.4%

That IPA | Community Beer Works | 4.9%

Cosmic Truth Session IPA | Resurgence | 4.3%

Live Session | Southern Tier | 5.5%

Anastasis New England Double IPA - 12 Gates Brewing - Buffalocal
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Deep Cut Double IPA - Big Ditch Brewing - Buffalocal
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2XIPA Double IPA - Southern Tier Brewing - Buffalocal
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Imperial IPA

These usually use double or even triple the typical amount of hops, but also add more malts to balance. The resulting beer has huge hoppy highs and deep malty depths with a high ABV to match.

Anastasis | 12 Gates | 8.0%

Dragonship | 42 North | 8.0%

Deep Cut | Big Ditch | 8.2%

Thick & Sticky | Community Beer Works | 8.7%

Sabre’s Edge | Pearl Street Brewery | 8.0%

Head in the Clouds | Resurgence | 8.4%

2XIPA | Southern Tier | 8.2%

Rust Belt DIPA | West Shore | 8.1%

Coffee Porter - American Porter - 12 Gates - Buffalocal
Asylum Porter - Robust Porter - American IPA - 42 North - Buffalocal
Chocolate Cream Porter - Big Ditch Brewing - Buffalocal
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Black Rock 1812 Porter - Steelbound Brewery - Buffalocal
King Edward Porter - West Shore Brewing - Buffalocal

Porter

A dark, almost black, fruity-dry, top fermenting style ale that is brewed with a combination of roasted malt to impart flavour, colour and aroma. For sheer versatility, porters are hard to beat, offering sturdiness on the one hand, drinkablility on the other. They can be the epitome of balance, or a dark, bitter beer for hop lovers.

Coffee Porter | 12 Gates | 5.8%

Asylum Robust Porter | 42 North | 6.8%

Chocolate Cream Porter | Big Ditch | 7.0%

Hard Day’s Night Porter | New York Beer Project | 5.6%

Buckstar Coffee Cream Porter | Pressure Drop | 5.2%

Peter B. Porter Peanut Butter Porter | Resurgence | 5.5%

Coconut Porter | Resurgence | 7.0%

Black Rock 1812 Porter | Steelbound | 6.5%

King Edward Porter | West Shore | 5.0%

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Make Me Wanna Stout Coffee and Cream Stout - Big Ditch Brewing - Buffalocal
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2XStout Double Milk Stout - Southern Tier Brewing - Buffalocal
Imperial Bavarian Cream Donut Stout - West Shore Brewing - Buffalocal

Stout

Not as sweet to the taste, features a rich, creamy head and is flavoured and coloured by barley. Stouts often use a portion of unmalted roasted barley to develop a dark, slightly astringent, coffee-like character. Many great stouts are complex and low in alcohol, with beautiful roundness and a touch of roastiness. The dry versions are appetizing and quenching; the sweeter styles are silky and well rounded, perfect for an evening of food and drink.

Make Me Wanna Stout | Big Ditch | 5.2%

Chocolate Cherry Bomb | Ellicottville | 8.2%

Southtown Stout | Hamburg | 4.5%

OMS | Hamburg | 5.3%

DBL DBL | Hamburg | 8.0%

Street Brawler Oatmeal Stout | Pearl Street Brewery | 5.4%

Blackalicious Imperial Stout | Pressure Drop | 11.0%

Sponge Candy Stout | Resurgence | 10.0%

2XSTOUT | Southern Tier | 7.5%

Imperial Bavarian Cream Donut | West Shore | 8.7%

Red Lion Amber Ale - 12 Gates Brewing - Buffalocal
Oatmeal Cookie - English Brown Ale - 42 North - Buffalocal
Cinnamon Apple Amber Ale - Big Ditch Brewing - Buffalocal
The Whale Brown Ale - Community Beer Works - Buffalocal
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Old Man Winter Winter Ale - Southern Tier Brewing - Buffalocal

Ale

Fuller-bodied with nuances of fruit or spice and a pleasantly hoppy finish, generally robust and complex with a variety of fruit and malt aromas, ales come in many varieties.

Red Lion Amber Ale | 12 Gates | 5.0%

Oatmeal Cookie | 42 North | 5.8%

Cinnamon Apple Amber Ale | Big Ditch | 6.5%

The Whale Brown Ale | Community Beer Works | 5.9%

Pumpkinville Latte | Ellicottville | 6.5%

Ski Bum | Ellicottville | 6.0%

The Irish Aviator Red Ale | Flying Bison | 5.3%

Irish Red | Hamburg | 4.8%

NY Amber Ale | New York Beer Project | 5.5%

Dublin the Funn Irish Ale | New York Beer Project | 6.8%

Trainwreck Amber Ale | Pearl Street Brewery | 4.5%

Irish Breakfast Ale | Resurgence | 6.0%

Vanilla Cappuccino | Resurgence | 7.0%

Old Man Winter | Southern Tier | 7.5%

Table Smasher - Honey Kölsch - 12 Gates - Buffalocal
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Low Bridge - Golden Ale - Big Ditch - Buffalocal
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8 Days a Week Blonde Ale - Southern Tier Brewing - Buffalocal

Blonde / Golden

Blonde ales are very pale in colour and tend to be clear, crisp, and dry, with low-to-medium bitterness and aroma from hops and some sweetness from malt. Golden ales are straw coloured with a slight hint of citrus and vanilla.

Table Smasher | 12 Gates | 4.5%

Yoga Pants Blonde Ale | 12 Gates | 4.5%

Westphalia Kolsch | 42 North | 4.9%

Low Bridge Golden Ale | Big Ditch | 4.8%

Blackberry Kolsch | Ellicottville | 5.2%

Coldspresso | Ellicottville | 7.0%

Orange Chocolate Blonde Ale | Ellicottville | 7.1%

716 Buffalo Kolsch | Flying Bison | 5.2%

Paula’s Holy Cannoli! | Flying Bison | 8.0%

Blue Eyed Blueberry Blonde Ale | Pearl Street Brewery | 4.2%

Citra Screamer California Golden Cream Ale | Pressure Drop | 4.9%

8 Days A Week | Southern Tier | 4.8%

Craftsman Lager - German-style Helles Bock - 42 North - Buffalocal
Illumination Pilsner - Bohemian Pilsner - 42 North - Buffalocal
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Bridge Pilsner - Resurgence Brewing - Buffalocal
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Lager / Pilsner

Crisp and refreshing with a smooth finish from longer aging, lagers are the world's most popular beer. A lager, which can range from sweet to bitter and pale to black, is usually used to describe bottom-fermented brews of Dutch, German, and Czech styles. Most, however, are a pale to medium colour, have high carbonation, and a medium to high hop flavour.

Craftsman Lager | 42 North | 4.8%

Illumination Pilsner | 42 North | 5.9%

Let’s Go Pils | Community Beer Works | 4.4%

Fall Festival | Ellicottville | 5.6%

Rusty Chain Vienna Style Lager | Flying Bison | 5.2%

Polonia Pils | Flying Bison | 4.8%

Blizzard Bock Dark Lager | Flying Bison | 6.7%

Lake View Lager | Hamburg | 5.2%

Oktoberfest | Hamburg | 5.7%

Lockport Lager | New York Beer Project | 4.9%

Bridge Pilsner | Resurgence | 4.4%

Fruited Pils | Resurgence | 4.5%

Oktoberfest | Resurgence | 5.0%

Ice Boom Bock | Resurgence | 7.0%

Winter Doppelbock | Steelbound | 8.5%

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Blueberry Pomegranate Wheat - American Wheat Ale - 12 Gates - Buffalocal
Cherry Vanilla Wheat Ale - 12 Gates Brewing - Buffalocal
Elderberry Wheat Ale - 12 Gates Brewing - Buffalocal
Wallonia Wit - Belgian Wit - 42 North - Buffalocal
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Wheat

Light and easy to drink with very little aftertaste. Wheat provides a soft character to beer and is sometimes hazy or cloudy with a touch of spice notes.

Apricot Wheat | 12 Gates | 4.8%

Blueberry Pomegranate Wheat | 12 Gates | 4.8%

Cherry Vanilla Wheat | 12 Gates | 4.8%

Elderberry Wheat | 12 Gates | 4.8%

Wallonia Wit | 42 North | 5.4%

Blueberry Wheat | Ellicottville | 4.8%

Blood Orange Hefeweizen | Ellicottville | 4.6%

Game Day Wit | New York Beer Project | 5.4%

Buckleberry Wheat | New York Beer Project | 5.6%

Strummer Belgian Golden Ale | Pressure Drop | 6.0%

Loganberry Wit | Resurgence | 4.2%

Flo-Mingo - Fruited Kettle Sour - 12 Gates - Buffalocal
Resting Peach Face American Sour - 12 Gates Brewing - Buffalocal
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Halt Who Gose There - Sour Gose - 42 North - Buffalocal
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Berry Vision - Sour Fruit Beer - Big Ditch - Buffalocal
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Goes with Mixed Berry Sour Ale - Community Beer Works - Buffalocal
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Blood Orange Saison - Resurgence Brewing - Buffalocal
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Sour / Saison

Sours are tart-tasting, made with wild bacteria and yeast, and come in a wide range of styles and can run the gamut from mouth-puckeringly sour to barnyard funky to fruity and light. Saison is a pale ale that is highly carbonated, fruity, spicy, and falls under the farmhouse ale designation, which has a bit of a funky flavor, kind of like wet hay or earth.

Flo-Mingo | 12 Gates | 5.0%

Resting Peach Face | 12 Gates | 4.4%

Gose To Show | 42 North | 5.2%

Halt! Who Gose There? | 42 North | 5.5%

Island Sour Farmhouse | 42 North | 4.6%

Berry Vision Sour | Big Ditch | 5.4%

House Party | Community Beer Works | 6.3%

Gose With Mixed Berry | Community Beer Works | 4.4%

Gose With Cranberry & Orange | Community Beer Works | 4.4%

There’s Something About Cherry | Ellicottville | 6.2%

Oops! All Berries | Ellicottville | 6.0%

Blackberry Gose | Hamburg | 3.8%

Berry, Berry Sneaky! | Hamburg | 7.2%

Blood Orange Saison | Resurgence | 5.5%

Berry Badrinath | Resurgence | 3.5%

Premium Draft Semi Sweet Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Estate Reserve Semi Dry Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Semi Sweet Oak Aged Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Dry Oak Aged Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Red Barn Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Extra Dry Classic Wood Aged Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Lakeside Loganberry Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Ghost Lantern Spiced Hard Cider with Ghost Pepper - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Buffalo Bluegrass Kentucky Barrel Aged Hard Cider - Bottles - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Chandler Street Cherry Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
New England Style Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Winter Solstice Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal
Christmas Semi Sweet Hard Cider - Black Bird Cider Works - Buffalocal

Hard Cider

An unfermented drink made by crushing fruit, typically apples.

Premium Draft Semi-Sweet | BlackBird Cider Works | 6.5%

Estate Reserve Semi-Dry | BlackBird Cider Works | 6.9%

Semi-Sweet Oak Aged | BlackBird Cider Works | 6.2%

Dry Oak Aged | BlackBird Cider Works | 6.7%

Red Barn Wild Fermented | BlackBird Cider Works | 4.8%

Extra Dry Classic Wood Aged | BlackBird Cider Works | 6.6%

Lakeside Loganberry | BlackBird Cider Works | 6.6%

Ghost Lantern | BlackBird Cider Works | 5.9%

Winter Solstice | BlackBird Cider Works | 7.6%

Christmas Cider | BlackBird Cider Works | 6.5%

Buffalo Bluegrass Kentucky Barrel Aged | BlackBird Cider Works | 8.0%

Chandler Street Cherry | BlackBird Cider Works | 7.3%

New England Style | BlackBird Cider Works | 9.9%