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Postby TwoPint » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:21 am

TwoPint wrote:
Kish84 wrote:Anyone know what the closest area to the Consumers Craft Brew Stand is at Coca Cola Field. Or would it just be easier to buy tickets there and ask to be seated closer to that area?

Last year it was at street level, a little on the first base side of home. I'm guessing that section 108 would be closest. Last year I was in 109 and it wasn't all that far to walk.

It looks like the location has changed. The Bisons website says: "The Consumers Craft Brew Corner features beer from Flying Bison brewery and other great-tasting craft brews. It is located across from the Swan. gate." That would put it in the area of section 105. You can always e-mail them at info@bisons.com to confirm.
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Postby icemachine » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:44 am

Dragging this thread up from the dead

Heading down to Buffalo tomorrow and again Sunday/Monday to catch the Habs-Sabres and wait for the wife to return. Anything new going on in Buffalo and any special releases to keep an eye out for?
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Postby ercousin » Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:08 pm

icemachine wrote:Dragging this thread up from the dead

Heading down to Buffalo tomorrow and again Sunday/Monday to catch the Habs-Sabres and wait for the wife to return. Anything new going on in Buffalo and any special releases to keep an eye out for?


Premier just got 120 minute.
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Postby rudolf » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:30 am

icemachine wrote:Dragging this thread up from the dead

Heading down to Buffalo tomorrow and again Sunday/Monday to catch the Habs-Sabres and wait for the wife to return. Anything new going on in Buffalo and any special releases to keep an eye out for?


We (Community Beer Works) are open 'til 7 tonight.

Gene McCarthy's/Old First Ward brewing is now open @ 73 Hamburg Street

Hamburg brewing company's beers should be around town.

probably some other stuff.
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Postby icemachine » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:26 pm

Thanks for the info Eric and Rudy

Had to get back to the GTA today so just made a quick stop at Consumers, but will be spending much of Sunday and Monday looking for and drinking these
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Postby TwoPint » Wed May 21, 2014 8:07 am

This was the craft lineup at the Bisons ballpark yesterday:

Aviator Red
Rusty Chain
Brooklyn Cuvée La Boîte
Brooklyn Pennant Ale
Brooklyn Sarachi Ace
Hamburg IPA
Hamburg OMS Oatmeal Stout
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
Saranac Wild Hops Pils
Ithaca Flower Power
Founders Pale Ale

All were $7US for 16oz.
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Postby rudolf » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:30 am

Quick updates for any travelers:

- Pizza Plant on Main Street (The location closer to the City of Buffalo) recently closed as they lost their lease. The location @ 7770 Transit Road is still open.

- Community Beer Works (hey, thats me) will be operating a brewery in the new Hydraulic Hearth restaurant @ 716 Swan Street. Soft launch of the restaurant is this weekend (11/7) so hopefully they'll be serving food shortly. We haven't started producing beer there *yet* but I'd be surprised if beer produced on site wasn't flowing by the end of 2014

- Flying Bison has moved! Their new location @ 840 Seneca Street opens 11/8/14. I haven't been in there yet but there is a proper tasting room/bar area.

- We'll have 3 or 4 more breweries in 2015 as well as a bunch of new craft beer spots. I'll be sure to post here when they open up!
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Postby rudolf » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:32 am

And also, I don't know if it has flown under the radar, but check out Gene McCarthy's/Old First Ward Brewing @ 73 Hamburg Street. Small brewpub not far from the hockey arena that is making solid to great beer. Their "Not A Pale Ale" Pale Ale is freaking killer.
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Postby Kish84 » Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:35 am

Any updates on the properties Mike Shatzel acquired on Allen Street??
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Postby El Pinguino » Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:32 am

Dont know about those updates, but I'd check out Resurgence brewing http://www.resurgencebrewing.com/

Oddly I think we have a 2nd Buffalo topic on here that has more information...they should probably be merged?
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Postby sprague11 » Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:48 pm

Too bad about the main st location of pizza plant. I remember enjoying more than a few pints there back before i was married. Still, the transit location is the place to go.
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Postby hopdevil » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:58 pm

For those staying at an airport hotel, or shopping on Transit Rd, here is an update on all things beer on the 1-mile stretch of Transit Rd, starting at Main St and going north.

Most are familiar with the Buffalo Brew Pub , Main & Transit.
http://www.buffalobrewpub.com
Great selection these days, incl Bourbon Cty recently.

Kitty corner to the intersection ( south end of Eastern Hills Mall ) are:

Brennan's Bowery Bar http://www.brennansbowery.com/home
This is a cozy Irish Pub, same owner as Cole's, with a number of good craft taps.

Tully's: good sports bar with good food. This location has a number of good craft taps.

For Chicken Wing fans, heading north along Transit, you have Anchor Bar and Duff's locations ( opposite sides of the road )
This Anchor Bar has 3 or 4 good craft selections.

Further north, on your left just past the Sheridan Dr interchange, is:
Pizza Plant http://www.pizzaplant.com Always good.

A few yds further, same side, is Santora's Pizza http://www.santoraspizza.com
More craft taps than any of the others. A big place, lots of TVs.

Note: 1 hr wait at both of the 2 above on a Saturday night at dinner time.

For purchases, there is a Premier Wines & Spirits on the same side of Transit Rd as the above 2, a little further.
For beer, Consumer's Beverages on the same side just past Klein.
Also for beer, Wegman's is on Sheridan Dr, between Transit and I290.
Wegman's have started using a beer cooler, in addition to the stuff they have on shelves.
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Postby atomeyes » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:14 am

came back last night after going to three different Shatzel-owned bars.

the new one is ABV (Allen Burger Venture) on Elmwood and Allen, just on the edge of up-and-coming Allentown.
last night was opening night. kitchen's not opening for a week.
it's a really pretty spot. more refined than BM or Coles, but a smaller tap list. really worth checking out if you're in Buffalo for 1-2 days.

For those looking for good beer to bring back: Shelton Brothers started shipping into buffalo again. not sure what the issue was, but they stopped for a long time. not sure what US beer that affects, but you're slowly seeing some more European beer coming in (the Struise Black Damnation series, a few Cuvee Delphinee bottles, some occasional bottles of Fantome)
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Postby El Pinguino » Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:04 pm

Spent a few days in Buffalo about a week ago, hanging out with their media/tourism team. Got some nice insights into a city I rarely ever spend more than 24 hours in. Allentown is slowly changing, but pretty far from up and coming I'd say. It's a nice unpolished kind of mix of old stalwarts and a few trendy bars. Cantina Loco was decent for food...not a beer spot though.

The place to check out that is up and coming right now is Larkin Square. Down near where the new Flying Bison brewery location opened up. Aside from Flying Bison, there is Hydraulic Hearth - http://www.hydraulichearth.com/cocktails/ and some interesting plans for future development in this previously "dead" area.

Larkin Square is especially worth checking out on a Tuesday when 30 food trucks show up, lots of fun. I would not be surprised to see more beer industry showing up in this area.

Buffalo Riverworks is also the start of a potential interesting change to another part of town that has been dead industrial buildings up to now.

Other spots I checked out downtown were The Lodge (decent, small beer selection) and stopped in for some BBQ at Dinosaur (opened in November). Also hit (716) Food and Sport in the HarborCentre. It's pretty much Real Sports Bar in Toronto (with massive TV screen, and "theatre" viewing) but has a better beer selection. perfect spot for a drink or two if heading over for a sports game.

One knock on Allentown is a total lack of parking, can be worse than the little Elmwood strip. Conversely Larkin Square is wide open and Hertel, out near the one VBM location has potential too. There have been some big investments in Buffalo recently, I'm very curious to see how things will progress in the next couple of years.
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Postby atomeyes » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:53 am

El Pinguino wrote:\

One knock on Allentown is a total lack of parking, can be worse than the little Elmwood strip. Conversely Larkin Square is wide open and Hertel, out near the one VBM location has potential too. There have been some big investments in Buffalo recently, I'm very curious to see how things will progress in the next couple of years.


i've never had an issue parking. free street partking on Sat-Sun in Elmwood, plus the side streets are all fine to park on.

Buffalonians are incredibly optimistic about the direction their city's moving. like, huge sense by them that it's hugely on the upswing. no clue what's driving their economy or if we're just seeing a correction after a century of decline (just like Winnipeg). but when you look at being able to buy a beautiful home in Elmwood for $350000 and being stumbling distance from BM and Coles, it makes you think.

Buffalo's a blue collar town. no idea why there aren't more micros simply due to civic pride and an abundance of huge spaces for cheap. Calgary, Buffalo, Winnipeg, Detroit. 4 cities that i'd open a microbrewery in.

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