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.
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|
|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|
|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!
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