It's no secret that Buffalo has amazing craft beer scene. With over ten local breweries in the area you will be hard pressed not to find at least one local beer that you like. In fact, the Buffalo Beer Zone is one of the most popular areas at Buffalo on Tap each year. With more sure signs of spring on the way that means a new wave of local beers and ones that are returning that are perfect for the season. Here is a beer from each local Buffalo brewery that you should be drinking right now!

  • Flying Bison

    Flying Bison

    840 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14210

    Bisonberry Kolsch is a German style Kolsch beer with fresh Blueberries and Blackberries in the beer.  Refreshing for the summer as the yard work and outdoor activities begin.  At 4.8% ABV, this beer will quench your thirst while giving you an aroma and flavor that is full of summer!


  • Big Ditch

    Big Ditch

    55 East Huron St. Buffalo, NY 14203

    Hayburner is Buffalo’s IPA!  This beer is perfect for any time of year, but it is exceptional in the Spring and Summer!  At 7.2% ABV, this beer is bold and citrusy with notes of orange, melon, and grapefruit!


  • 12 Gates

    12 Gates

    80 Earhart Drive Williamsville, NY 14221

    Cherry Vanilla Wheat is a 4.8% ABV fruit beer that is as easy drinking as the summer days are long.  An amazing aroma of fresh cherries and a taste profile that perfects an American style wheat beer with added flavors of fresh Cherries and a hint of vanilla.

  • 42 North

    42 North

    25 Pine Street East Aurora, NY 14052

    Illumination Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pils that uses only Czech Saaz hops and the best European malts available.  Crisp and refreshing yet very flavorful, this brew is 6.5% ABV and boasts a nice hop quality in the finish!

  • 5


    1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213

    Cosmic Truth is a thirst quenching Kolsch style brew with the bold tropical fruit flavors of Mosaic hops.  A truly unique beer, this beer is sessionable at 4.3% ABV and boasts flavors beyond your wildest dreams!

  • New York Beer Project

    New York Beer Project

    6933 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094

    Gameday Wit is a Belgian White style beer at 5.4% ABV that is brewed with a generous amount of white wheat, coriander, sweet orange peel and Saaz hops.  The perfect beer style in the perfect time of year! 


  • Ellicottville Brewing Co

    Ellicottville Brewing Co.

    28 Monroe St. Ellicottville, NY 14731

    Pantius Droppus is a full malty bodied  Imperial IPA with with a 10.6% ABV. It's brewed with loads-upon-loads of glorious flavor. Features a robust aroma and bitterness, with an infusion of orange zest to compliment its high alcohol and green hop additions. Finished with a dry hop process; Pours clear medium Amber.

  • Hamburg Brewing Company

    Hamburg Brewing Company

    6553 Boston State Rd. Hamburg, NY 14075

    Sweet Tang is a low/medium lager with grapefruit and has a 5.0% ABV. It's refreshing and it's aromatics penetrate your senses while a grapefruit tang escapes to a soft, but crisp finish. According to the brewery, it's suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and pairs well with any summer activity.

  • Southern Tier

    Southern Tier

    2072 Stoneman Circle, Lakewood, New York 14750

    Thick Mint is the newest member of their Blackwater series, a Imperial Stout with 10% ABV. Brewed with mint and chocolate it's a dead ringer for the cookie that inspired it. This is an ideal dessert beer that will leave you wanting seconds.

  • Woodcock Brothers

    Woodcock Brothers

    638 Lake Street Wilson, NY 14172

    Hoppycock IPA is and India Pale Ale with a 6.0% ABV. It has citrus flavor that balances with a malty backbone. You'll find this beer very drinkable and not overbearing!