Buffalo Brewfest 2008

This past Saturday, I joined some of my colleagues and bosses at the annual Buffalo Brewfest, held this year at HSBC Arena, where our beloved Sabres take the ice during winter months. This year was my first in attending the Brewfest, which was over 3000 strong. I could barely believe my eyes, gazing down on all of the attendees from the 2nd level.

Buffalo Brewfest 2008

And the brews? There were more than I could possibly count. One thing I truly love about Buffalo is that we really love good beer. My personal favorite experience at the fest was that I finally got the chance to taste cask ale, brought to the table by Harpoon Brewery. I’ve been wanting to try it since I conversed about it with our resident draft beer guru, Pete. The ale poured a golden red color, with a rich, tan head. The complexity of flavors was brought out by keeping the ale at a higher temperature than your regular, run-of-the-mill brews. Truly an experience I’ll not soon forget.

Buffalo certainly does love its beer, but the love goes both ways; here’s a list of all of the breweries that graced us with their presence:

A Beer Lover’s Paradise Longtrail Brewing
Alternative Brews Middle Ages Brewing
Bard’s Tale Beer Company Ommegang
Brooklyn Brewery Otter Creek
Buffalo Brewpub Pizza Plant
Cozumel Grill Rohrbach Brewing
Custom Brewcrafters Roosterfish Brewing Company
Diageo Imports Saranac
Ellicotville Brewing Southern Tier Brewing
Erie Brewing Company Spaten
Flying Bison Stawski Imports
Great Lakes Brewing Steel Drums Restaurant
High Falls Brewing Ulrich’s Tavern
Harpoon Brewery Victory
Ithaca Beer Co. Wolaver’s
Lake Placid Brewery Yuengling

With all the Brewfest proceeds going to benefit the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, there’s not much you can’t love. Do yourself a favor, if you haven’t visited already, and swing by the Buffalo Brewfest next year. I’ll see you there!



  • Deron August 26, 2008 @ 11:10am

    Dave told me this event was a total abortion. The only reason we didn’t come out for it was cash flow. We worked the Rochester one the weekend before and it also was really crowded and there was the usual lack of organization.

  • Hannah August 26, 2008 @ 11:27am

    For real! Deron, when I looked out and down at the crowd below, visions of cows in a pen swirled ’round in my brain. It was absolutely unreal how many people attended. Lines were long, but at least lots went to charity!

  • Pete August 26, 2008 @ 12:43pm

    Hannah, Mr. GoodBar has a cask every Friday. You should check it out if you are interested in trying more cask ale.

  • Hannah August 26, 2008 @ 12:45pm

    Pete – thanks for your suggestion. As we’ve discussed, I gave up on Goodbar long before even graduating college, but at your recommendations, will soon have to give it another go.

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