6 Buffalo Beer Briefs to Know This Week: Mar. 15

Beer, Drink, Food & Drink


Written by Brian Campbell

Published on March 16, 2022

Each week we round up the best and biggest Buffalo beer news, releases, and events happening in Buffalo and Western New York. Here’s what’s trending:

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1. Pressure Drop Brewing to Open New Elmwood Taproom This Week

Pressure Drop Brewing is opening a new taproom (1672 Elmwood Avenue) in the former Nye Park Tavern / Papa Jake’s. The new location, which will be in addition to their brewing facility in the Old First Ward, will serve Pressure Drop beers on tap, along with NYS liquor, wine and cider and will offer a menu of shareable plates, i.e. sliders and loaded fries, as well as brunch on the weekend. Pressure Drop Brewing on Elmwood will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3p-10p, Fridays, 2p-10p, Saturdays, 11a-11p, and Sundays, 11a-7p, starting on March 16.

2. Labatt Brew House to Open March 17 for NCAA Tournament

For the first time in two years, the Labatt Brew House will open on Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 19 from 11am to 7pm. The Brew House will be closed Friday and Sunday. They will open with 3 new beers – Mango Guava Sour, Hazy IPA and Chocolate Stout, along with Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light on tap and Labatt Blue Light Seltzer in cans. They plan to be open for major events moving forward. An updated calendar can be found here. The 3,000-square-foot brewery and tasting room consists of a 10-barrel, four-vessel brew house with 11 fermenters.


3. Fenian Ale Returns to Flying Bison in Cans, On Cask

On March 19 (1pm), Flying Bison’s Fenian Ale, a collaboration with Sullivan’s Brewing in Kilkenny, Ireland, returns to the brewery, both in cans and on cask. The deep golden American Pale Ale is brewed with malted Irish barley as a tribute to the Buffalo Fenians Gaelic Athletic Association. Live music will be provided by Cairde, who will be playing a blend of Celtic and folk music with traditional Irish instruments. Limited cans of Blackbird Oatmeal Stout and Aviator Irish Red will also be available.

4. 42 North Brewing to Release Resolve, a Beer to Benefit Ukraine

42 North Brewing and 2085 Brewery in Ukraine have launched a collaborative beer and are calling on breweries across the globe to brew a beer and donate its proceeds to support the Ukrainian people. The beer, Resolve, will donate proceeds to the Global Empowerment Mission, which is providing aid to both the fighters and families that remain in Ukraine, as well as the refugees that have fled to neighboring Poland. 42 North’s version of Resolve will be released on April 2.


5.&6. Rusty Nickel Brewing to Release 6 Beers This Week 

This is a busy week for West Seneca’s Rusty Nickel Brewing, who will release six beers. In honor of Pi Day (March 14) and their seven year anniversary, the brewery has released a mixed 4-pack of fruited wheat ales called the “Bake Shop Series,” brewed in collaboration with Eileen’s Bakery (West Seneca), which features Peach Cobbler, Mixed Berry Pie, Banana Cream Pie and Key Lime Pie. These beers are available on tap and as a mixed 4-pack with one of each can.

For St. Patrick’s Day, Rusty Nickel will welcome back Irish Slammer Imperial Sweet Stout, their CollaBEERation 1.5 brew, which features smooth and creamy notes of Irish cream and chocolate, and on March 19, the brewery will release Rustifico Mexican Lager, a crisp lager with low bitterness, brewed with pale malts and flaked corn, along with new-age noble hop relatives.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brian Campbell</a>

Written by Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).
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