Surely you’ve heard. Resurgence Brewing Company on Niagara Street is now open for business. When a new brewery opens around here it’s hard not to notice. The thing is, it’s not all hype. They really are that cool. This point was proved early on in the Buffalo brewery boom with the opening of Hamburg Brewing Company less than a year ago. Buffalonians have proved time and time again, we love food, but we certainly don’t need it if there’s enough good beer. Therefore, these new breweries, heavy on the beer, light on the snacks, are at the top of everyone’s Buffalo bucket list.
The anticipation of Resurgence Brewing Co.’s opening was killing me. Mostly because I’ve heard the beers “Loganberry Wit” and “Sponge Candy Stout” thrown around for months. If you’re a true Western New Yorker, you’ll understand the obsession. Great marketing on their part. I’m happy to report that their beers lived up to the suspense – especially the Loganberry and Sponge Candy. They were the stars of the group. We tasted all seven of the options on the day of their soft opening. (Don’t worry there were four of us. Does that make it better?)
- Session IPA, 5.5%
- Resurgence IPA 7%
- Bridge Kolsch, 4%
- Loganberry Wit, 5.5%
- Sponge Candy Stout, %6
- Summer Wit, 5.5%
- Summer Saison, 5.3%
My favorite was the Loganberry Wit, a bright pink beer like I’ve never seen, at six bucks a pop. It makes for a delightful looking flight ($8)! I suggest you get foursome and include the Loganberry Wit. The stout ($6.50) was delicious as well, rich and dare I say a tad chocolatey? The two summers ($5) tasted pretty similar, both good but simple. (Remember I’m no beer expert.) The IPA lovers in the group thoroughly enjoyed the Resurgence IPA, a darker, heavier brew with a lot of flavor, $6.50. You can also get “wine” for $8. But don’t.
The space is perfect. I’m trilled with the German style space they’ve created. It seems like the raw architectural elements they had to work with played to their advantage. The roof is an odd design, allowing a good deal of sunlight to pour over the brewing section and some of the tables. It maintains a warehouse feel, while bringing the outdoors in by the large glass garage door and unique ceiling windows.
When you arrive, enter through the side of the building just to the left of the large Resurgence Brewing Sign on the brick building. You’ll pass the awesome beer garden, complete with fire pit, strung lights and community tables. Head past the long, low standing wooden tables to the lengthy bar for a beer. The night we visited, the only snack they offered was soft pretzel sticks with hot mustard – we got two. They were good! Before the soft opening, I spoke with Jeff Ware, one of two brewers at Resurgence about what to expect. One of the things he mentioned was plans to serve light fare such as shared dip and chips, meat and cheese platters, and of course hot pretzels. They will also allow people to bring in take out from other local places, just like Aurora Brew Works. At some point, they hope to incorporate food trucks into the mix. Needless to say, I love everything about this.
Among the tables you’ll find giant Jenga games ready to topple, made from what looks like a few boards of wood. Why didn’t I think of that? The tables are sprinkled with trivia games, held in repurposed light socket fixtures. Cool! Resurgence is written all over this place. Head over to Niagara Street as soon as possible! Western New Yorkers are going to love everything about this place.
Resurgence Brewing Company
1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213
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