- Eat & Drink
Buffalo’s rich industrial past is soaked in beer. In 1919, on the eve of Prohibition, Buffalo was home to twenty-nine breweries and featured more than 8,000 drinking establishments. But it wasn’t until the end of the 20th century that brewing returned to the city with the opening of Flying Bison Brewing Company and Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. Today, the Buffalo area has more than 35 craft breweries and five distilleries, including Community Beer Works, Hamburg Brewing Company, Resurgence Brewing Company, Big Ditch Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Lakeward Spirits and Tommyrotter Distillery.
Want to ride your bike to each brewery in Buffalo? Have we got the itinerary planned out for you!
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12 Gates Brewing Company will be serving up the finest, most unique, micro brewed beers in western New York.[post_slug] => 12-gates-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
East Aurora has its own craft brewery campus. From the taproom, brewery and beer garden to the Airbnb brewery themed rooms available for an overnight stay, 42 North offers an experience like nowhere else in Western New York. The taproom of 42 North is adorned with bricks and wood from throughout the region, including the historic Richardson Olmsted Campus. The taproom allows guests to experience the fruits of our labors while looking over the brewery production floor.
Whether you are a regular or a first-time visitor, you will feel at home. Hangout. Play. But, most importantly, raise a cheer with a friend, a neighbor, or a new acquaintance. It’s the community living room. Right here on the 42nd parallel.[post_slug] => 42-north-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Medina NY-based SteamPunk Cider and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery have opened a new bar within The Barrel Factory in the Old First Ward. Bar Cultivar has a heavy focus on terroir-driven ciders, while also offering a variety of beer, wine and cider-based cocktails.[post_slug] => bar-cultivar [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
From the lates 1800s to the end of the first World War, Buffalo’s Belt Line made moving around Buffalo a welcome part of everyday life. Working dutifully hard as both a freight and commuter rail service, the line had 19 commuter stations supporting nearly two dozen trains per day. A trip cost 5 cents, a beer not much more.
This earnest, hardworking spirit will live on at Belt Line Brewery & Kitchen – one cold, hand-crafted beer at a time.[post_slug] => belt-line-brewery-kitchen [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Big Ditch Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery located in downtown Buffalo, NY. We are dedicated to providing quality, delicious, innovative and drinkable craft beers to Western New York and beyond.[post_slug] => big-ditch-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Big Inlet Brewing’s goal is provide the highest quality craft beer available in a farm-oriented, family-friendly environment. Once an actual working farm, it has been fully converted into a small batch microbrewery with farm-related décor. It includes a brewing floor and tasting/gathering room, and a planned outside bier garten and eventual pond, surrounded by a peaceful, natural setting.[post_slug] => big-inlet-brewing [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
You’ll be excited to arrive at this facility, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. In the tasting room the friendly, knowledgeable staff will serve you pints of fresh made orchard to glass cider and/or guide you through a cider tasting; offering anecdotes and suggesting food pairings for our hard ciders.
Bring a picnic and eat inside or out or schedule a private orchard tour (must be scheduled ahead of time). They’re approximately one hour from both downtown Buffalo and Rochester, but no matter where you’re from, it’s worth the trip.[post_slug] => blackbird-cider-works [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Tin ceilings, rough-hewn hemlock walls and beetle kill pine behind the first-floor bar set off the ambiance. Six brewery standards, as well as rotating seasonal beers and lots of small batches from a Sabco Brew Magic pilot system in the brewhouse will be available.[post_slug] => brickyard-brewing-co [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Located in an 1800’s blacksmith shop in Williamsville, New York, BriteSmith Brewing takes its name from the subset of Blacksmiths known as “Brite Smiths”. Just as the “Brite Smiths” specialized in tin and pewter to perfect the shine and finish of metals, BriteSmith Brewing specializes in delivering perfectly polished pints. And while there are nods to the past throughout the brewery from the towering stainless-steel “Brite” tanks above the bar to the wood-fired Neopolitan pizza, BriteSmith is crafting the perfect brewpub experience.[post_slug] => britesmith-brewing [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Located on Buffalo’s East Side in close proximity to downtown, Buffalo Brewing Company is a “nanobrewery.” Growing hops right on site, Buffalo Brewing Company is the epitome of craft beer.
They plan to implement a core beer and seasonal beer program to utilize their nano brewing size to brew as many different beers as possible, while maintaining stability with the core beer program.[post_slug] => buffalo-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
New York State’s oldest Brewpub, since 1986, with 34 taps pouring fresh pub beer along with a huge selection of draft and bottled beer. Homemade “pub grub” menu is available daily.[post_slug] => buffalo-brewpub [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Located in the historic and newly renovated Linde Air Building, the Buffalo Cider Hall provides the visitor with a rustic experience. The interior theme celebrates Buffalo’s connection with agriculture and the transportation of agricultural products. The roomy cider hall features over 30 ciders and beers on tap with a focus on local and New York State products.
Outside is a spacious patio area situated around the smokestack, replete with fire pits in a park like setting that will include bocce ball courts, allowing guests to enjoy their cider outside. The production area will focus on limited edition and barrel aged ciders.[post_slug] => buffalo-cider-hall-blackbird-cider-works [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Buffalo Distilling Company is a New York State Farm Distillery with roots dating back to 1883 and is now Buffalo’s first Bourbon distillery. Located in the Larkinville neighborhood of Buffalo, NY, they use local corn, rye, wheat, barley and apples to craft their spirits – grain & juice to glass.
They are proud to create the finest hand-crafted, small-batch Bourbon, Apple Brandy, and Vodka in perfect harmony with Western New York’s rich agricultural heritage.
Tasting Room NOW OPEN Wednesdays 4pm-11pm and Thursday through Saturdays from 12pm – 11pm.[post_slug] => buffalo-distilling-co [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
An oasis within the industrial landscape that once defined the city, Buffalo RiverWorks might best be known as the place with the massive grain elevators painted to resemble a six-pack of beer visible from cruising altitude. But RiverWorks, in a relatively short period of time, has become much, much more . One of Buffalo’s remarkable examples of adaptive reuse, RiverWorks is constructed in the footprint and ruins of the former GLF grain silos, a reminder of Buffalo’s strong industrial heritage. This brewery, restaurant, sports, leisure, adventure and entertainment complex has become a one-of-a-kind destination along Buffalo’s waterfront.
The question isn’t what can you do at Buffalo RiverWorks, it’s what CAN’T you do. If you’re scoping out a breezy place to relax along the Buffalo River, the RiverWorks brewery and beer garden are calling your name. Looking to get on the water? Rent a kayak, stand up paddleboard and hop on the Buffalo CycleBoat or Buffalo Tiki Tour. Seeking heart-pumping adventure? Put your rock climbing skills to the test as you scale the sheer walls of the grain silos. Catch a action-packed roller derby bout, jam out to a concert or enjoy one of the events happening nearly every weekend at RiverWorks.
This brewery, restaurant, sports, leisure, adventure and entertainment complex has become a one-of-a-kind destination along Buffalo’s waterfront featuring fun throughout summer and winter including ziplining, rock climbing, roller derby, ice skating, curling and more![post_slug] => buffalo-riverworks [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Makers of the renowned 999 Broadway Red wine! Home of delicious wines and hard ciders produced in-house with local grapes and fruits. A selection of local NYS cheeses is always featured at the winery. Tasting room, gallery and sales center is located at the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal in the heart of the Clinton/Bailey food district. An urban winery and ciderhouse under one roof.[post_slug] => chateau-buffalo [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Community Beer Works has been brewing quality beer in Buffalo, NY since 2012. They’re passionate about beer and devoted to supporting the communities that connect us.
The founders of CBW all have roots in Buffalo and they want the brewery to be an integral part of our city and the neighborhood. They donate the spent grain to local farms, disposing of it in an ecologically friendly, mutually beneficial manner.
Their goal is to foster a sense of community and place.
Embeer Buffalo: The Slogan of Community Beer Works
Their motto. Their battle cry. Their goal is not only to succeed as a brewery, but to better the beer culture of Buffalo. Our city loves beer, and has the potential to be one of the premiere beer destinations in the country. Help make that happen. Embeer Buffalo![post_slug] => community-beer-works [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
East Aurora Brewery is a “Licensed Farm Brewery”, with a hyper-local status in East Aurora, NY. We make superior quality beer and cider on premise, which is locally grown, sourced, and brewed in the historic town of East Aurora.
Whether it’s a solo escape, friendly hang, or a Pub Crawl gang, E.A.B. welcomes you. They hope you come enjoy the fruits of their labor; responsibly.
Cheers![post_slug] => east-aurora-brewery [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
The first commercial brewery in Batavia in nearly 100yrs. They offer a selection of house brews along with other New York State produced beers, spirits, and wines. A full dining menu, large brew hall, beautiful bar, and great place to make new friends![post_slug] => eli-fish-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
To date, EBC is considered one of the finest craft brewers in Western New York, and has received no less than THREE International World Beer Championship Awards.[post_slug] => ellicottville-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Five and 20 Spirits & Brewing is a WNY grain-to-glass distillery and craft brewery. Producing quality, small batch craft-distilled spirits and unfiltered craft beers.[post_slug] => five-20-spirits-brewing [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Flying Bison Brewing Company is a brewery located at Larkin Square, and the first stand alone brewery to operate in the city proper since Iroquois Brewing closed its doors in 1972.
An award-winning brewer with over 20 years experience, owner Tim Herzog made a strong commitment from the inception of this company as merely an idea to establish Flying Bison Brewing Company in the City of Buffalo and foster the return of what was once a flourishing industry. It’s this commitment that has carried the way for the brewery to become what it is today.
Please enjoy all Flying Bison beers responsibly.[post_slug] => flying-bison-brew-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Four Mile Brewing was born out of the desire for a high quality, low cost, local beer. A product the people of the area could be proud to call their own.[post_slug] => four-mile-brewing [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
In addition to the welcoming ambiance and good food, Froth Brewing Co. is true tank to tap allowing them to provide the freshest product to customers.[post_slug] => froth-brewing-co [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Nestled among grain elevators, multi-family homes and a network of railroad tracks in Buffalo’s First Ward. McCarthy’s is still a favorite of workers at the nearby mills, firefighters, police and politicians. In recent years, a fine selection of craft and regional beers have been featured on tap. In fact, Old First Ward Brewing Company is now brewing over 25 beers! Known for its beef on weck, corned beef and cabbage, and fish fry.
*One of 12 locations on the Buffalo Wing Trail*[post_slug] => gene-mccarthysold-first-ward-brewing-co [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
The Hamburg Brewing Company is dedicated to crafting great beers. We are determined to further enhance the history and ever-growing beer culture found in the Western New York area by letting our fresh, high quality products speak for themselves.
Hamburg Brewing Company has the perfect tranquil setting to consume and enjoy wonderful beers.[post_slug] => hamburg-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
At Hartman’s Distilling Company, they are turning back the clock to an age when summer days were long, sunsets were never long enough, and family and friends gathered on the porch were all we seemed to need.
They believe memories are best reclaimed in the presence of fine spirits and that nothing compels you to step back, slow down, and glory in community and togetherness like a quality spirit or craft cocktail in good company.[post_slug] => hartmans-distilling-co [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
The Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant and Brewery, located in the historic Larkin District, is a happy hour, dinner, and brunch destination. Our menu is focused on brick oven pizzas and shareable starters, complimented by beers brewed in house by Community Beer Works.[post_slug] => hydraulic-hearth [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
In the Mix Brewing & Creamery is the first brewery in New York to specialize in adult craft beer frozen custards. This high quality and decadent treat is truly unique to anything in the area. Not into desserts? They also offer our own line of craft beer, cocktails, local wines, as well as artisan burgers.[post_slug] => in-the-mix-brewing-creamery [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Jamestown Brewing Company is a brewpub and restaurant like nothing else in Jamestown. JBCo features craft beers, wine and mead paired with farm-to-table food sourced directly from local farmers. Each beer is steeped in tradition, derived from historic styles and brewed to be enjoyed by all. Put simply, this is beer as it was meant to be.[post_slug] => jamestown-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Lushly decorated with original 1900’s decor, the Lafayette Brewing Company is a restaurant brewery with seating for 300-plus with a new mezzanine-level bar evoking the rich history of the former Lafayette Tap Room. Above the Lafayette are The Greenhouse and The Courtyard, two beautiful wood and brick, sky-lit banquet rooms-the perfect venue for weddings, meetings, celebrations or events. Open for lunch and dinner[post_slug] => lafayette-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Join them for the inauguration of Lakeward Spirits’ new COCKTAIL MENU, available NOW at the craft distillery!
You can enjoy the craft cocktails along with Lakeward Spirits’ new “Wild Gin” and with Lakeward’s signature, all-grain “Grain Canyon Vodka”, “Inland Sea Rum” (WNY’s first authentic rum), and “Evergreen Gin” at the craft distillery’s TASTING ROOM & STORE.
The tasting room has a bar and lounge area constructed with reclaimed wood and other materials, plus a 2-level outdoor patio, and a separate four-season upstairs terrace. Craft cocktails, craft beer from Pressure Drop Brewing made onsite, NYS wine & hard cider, kombucha made onsite, gifts, and gift certificates are available.
Food is also NOW available in the Tasting Room from the NEW restaurant, Buffalo’s Best Cucina, located onsite as well!
Buffalo’s largest craft distillery, featuring sustainable practices, spirit production from scratch, & Made-In-USA equipment, also has TOURS available daily!
Happy Hour on Thurs./Fri./Sat. at 5 to 6 PM with $5 craft cocktails! Banquets and receptions can be arranged in the upstairs Event Center.
Lakeward Spirits: the creation of quality spirits to accompany your daily adventures. The responsible use of natural resources, and continued stewardship over our local watershed. Investment in the local community, to keep the neighborhood, region, and country strong. The process gives customers a deep understanding and taste of their local agricultural systems. They love the flavor of NYS grains, and so will you!
Lakeward Spirits is located at The Barrel Factory, the landmark, newly-restored, 115-year-old factory in Buffalo’s Old First Ward. In the shadow of Buffalo’s historic grain elevators along the legendary Buffalo River.
#lookLakeward[post_slug] => lakeward-spirits [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Lilly Belle Meads is a farm meadery with a tasting room and special events held regularly.
Lilly Belle Meads is all about the honey bee. They are beekeepers and couldn’t bring you any of their meads without them. The most common question is “What is Mead?” At our tasting room we are all about education and ensuring a great experience with this ancient beverage that we strive to make modern and enjoyable.
Whether you’re a beer or a wine drinker, there is almost certainly a mead here for you. Stop in soon![post_slug] => lilly-belle-meads [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Live Edge Brewing Company is a taproom located off the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario. They offer a great brewing experience with unique craft beers and a creative menu. The atmosphere is warm, rustic and family friendly.[post_slug] => live-edge-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Lockhouse Distillery is the first distillery to open in Buffalo, New York since Prohibition. Marking a return to the aesthetics and values that made Buffalo great, Lockhouse is dedicated to crafting fine artisinal spirits with a focus on high quality production and local ingredients.[post_slug] => lockhouse-distillery-bar [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Brewery with attached gastropub, tap room, beer garden, outdoor deck by the water and private event space overlooking the brewery.[post_slug] => new-york-beer-project [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
A fun, historic brewpub, featuring signature beers and award-winning entrees. A favorite spot for watching sports games or listening to live music, Pearl Street offers multiple levels of indoor bars and outdoor patios. A great place to gather before events at KeyBank Center.[post_slug] => pearl-street-grill-brewery [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Pressure Drop Brewing, located in The Barrel Factory, is a new Western New York brewery. They offer a wide variety of beer, brewed in Buffalo, NY, with a West coast inspiration! Enjoy their beer in the Lakeward Spirits Tasting Room at The Barrel Factory in Buffalo’s legendary Old First Ward![post_slug] => pressure-drop-brewing [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
A 70-year brewing drought has come to an end in the Tonawandas. Inspired by Prosper Peuquet—the region’s legendary brewmaster of the late 1800s and early 1900s—Prosper Brewing has returned the tradition of brewing to the area.[post_slug] => prosper-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
“What is Mead?“ Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices or hops. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage is derived from honey. It may be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling; dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.
Queen City Meadery is committed to creating high quality and great tasting beverages that can be part of anyone’s lifestyle. They are on a mission to reinvent the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage![post_slug] => queen-city-meadery [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Resurgence Brewing Company brews high-quality craft beer to be enjoyed in our taproom, beer garden or at home. Buffalo has always been a beer town, and has a strong brewing past They are a part of bringing local pride in brewing back to the city.[post_slug] => resurgence-at-the-cooperage [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Resurgence Brewing Company is a brewery & beer garden located on the West Side of Buffalo. Their goal is to bring a memorable “beer experience” to the drinkers of the greater Buffalo region, whether at home, in a favorite bar, or at the brewery.[post_slug] => resurgence-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Rusty Nickel specializes in making handcrafted, full flavored beers that are designed to be a unique experience for anyone, not just beer lovers. Each recipe is crafted by head brewer Dave Johnson, who has over 25 years of home-brewing experience. Dave is a certified beer judge and past winner of many competitions for both beer and cider.[post_slug] => rusty-nickel-36-broadway [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Rusty Nickel Brewing Company – brewed just a little different. There’s beer, cider, wine and spirits as well as N.A. Craft Soda, apparel, dog treats, glassware, finger foods and a full menu from the Ebenezer Ale House. Featuring a beautiful beer garden, rustic tasting room and one-of-a-kind craft beers, you’ll love what they have to offer![post_slug] => rusty-nickel-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Sato Brewpub is unique in that they are using Japanese ingredients like yuzu, togarashi, and soba buckwheat from our kitchen in combination with local ingredients like hops grown in Niagara county to compliment our Japanese Izakaya dishes. Izakaya are casual Japanese gastropubs meant to be a place of socializing over small-plates and beer and sake.[post_slug] => sato-brewpub [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Our mission is to provide our customers with consistently fresh, clean, American craft ales and lagers that stand on their own merit.[post_slug] => southern-tier-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
The whole idea started when they began brewing in 2015. The goal of crafting a sense of home, and making friends feel comfortable has been a source of pride for Bursee’s. It’s allowed them to connect Buffalo and Ellicottville to bring you Steelbound.
A beacon of cuisine, craft beer and spirits, with an amazing customer service experience. The carefully chosen menu features local purveyors which creates a fresh and seasonal snap shot of all the truly amazing tastes Western New York has to offer.[post_slug] => steelbound-brewery-distillery [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Crafted for Buffalo, The Draft Room at The Labatt Brew House offers fresh craft beer paired with seasonal fare located in a renovated warehouse in the Cobblestone District. The Labatt House is a five story building that also has luxury apartments. A great place to go before an event or game at KeyBank Center.[post_slug] => labatt-house [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Thin Man is the result of many people putting their heads together to make something new and different. With upscale food and experimental brews, Thin Man is the Elmwood Village’s first brewery.[post_slug] => thin-man-brewery [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Thin Man Brewery is famous for award-winning beer, delicious food & great parties! The expansion brewery is located at 166 Chandler Street, part of the historic manufacturing corridor in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood, nestled behind Elmwood Avenue, off Grote Street. Their neighbors include Black Bird Cider Hall, Barrel & Brine, and Nye Park Tavern. Book with them and be on the forefront of this trailblazing hot spot!
They love hosting private parties, school reunions, wedding receptions, birthday parties, and company holiday gatherings, and are now booking for 2019 and 2020. Please call or visit their website for more information.[post_slug] => thin-man-brewery-loft-at-chandler-street [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
Tommyrotter Distillery is a craft distillery based in the Hydraulics District of Buffalo, NY. You can taste and purchase our Spirits in our tasting room.[post_slug] => tommyrotter-distillery [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
West Shore Brewing is named after the railroad which brought the owner’s great-grandfather to the area almost one-hundred years ago. At West Shore Brewing they want to earn your business and patronage, one beer at a time. Using influences from not only Buffalo, but the region as a whole, they want to operate the business a little differently and hope you will enjoy the ride.
Please check the website for days and hours of operation.[post_slug] => west-shore-brewing-company [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
A family run business with a passion and love for beer. They started out with a beer kit as a gift, turned that into buying a kettle and going to a full grain brewing hobby. Then it was time to share with others. The dream was to give people a home brewing experience and that has become a reality! New York State now allows patrons to come in use the equipment, supplies, and recipes to brew their own beer.
Take the trip to visit our great tap room, or make an appointment to come brew your own!
The Tap Room has beers on tap; from a light ale, seasonal brews, to many styles of IPA’s. They offer flights, pints, and growlers, and 16 ounce cans to go. If you are looking for a 1/2 and 1/6 keg they offer them for sale by request and deposit.[post_slug] => windy-brew [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
One crazy idea. Two brothers and their wives. One old cold storage building in a historic town. And a lot of good beer. This pretty much sums up who Woodcock Brewing Brothers are. They work hard to bring you great beer, great food and a great time. They were the first brewery in Niagara County to make their beer on site and serve it there too.[post_slug] => woodcock-brothers-brewery [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
One crazy idea. Two brothers and their wives. One old cold storage building in a historic town. And a lot of good beer. This pretty much sums up who Woodcock Brewing Brothers are. They work hard to bring you great beer, great food and a great time. They were the first brewery in Niagara County to make their beer on site and serve it there too.[post_slug] => woodcock-brothers-brewery-wurlitzer [show_infowindow] => 1 [html] =>
80 Earhart Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221
25 Pine Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
65 Vandalia Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
545 Swan Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
55 East Huron Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
6169 Elm Flats Road
Mayville, NY 14757
8503 Lower Lake Road
Barker, NY 14012
436 Center Street
Lewiston, NY 14092
5611 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
314 Myrtle Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
6861 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
155 Chandler Street
Buffalo, NY 14207