13 Local Beers to Absolutely Warm You Up This Winter

beers to keep you warm / Big Ditch
Big Ditch Chocolate Cream Porter / Photo courtesy of Big Ditch

It’s January which means it’s one of the coldest times of the year in Buffalo, but we’re totally ready for it because it also happens to be winter beer season. From smooth porters, dark stouts, crisp IPAs, and light ales, your local breweries have handcrafted the perfect beers to keep you warm and toasty all winter long.

Reminder: Keep in mind that some of these beers are veterans, while some are new releases. Since these local breweries like to offer a variety of different beers and are constantly changing their draft list, it may be worth a call before making the hike out to one of these locations.

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beers to keep you warm / Resurgence Brewing
Sponge Candy Stout / Photo courtesy of Resurgence Brewing

Resurgence Brewing Company

1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213- (716) 768-6018

55 Chicago Street, Buffalo, Ny 14204- (716) 768-6018

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1. Sponge Candy Stout

Ok picture this, sponge candy, but make it beer. No, I’m not kidding there is actually a beer that is made with Buffalo’s perfect crispy sweets. This dark stout is made from the excess sponge candy cuttings from Watson’s Chocolate. Talk about the perfect treat!

WHERE TO FIND IT: Premier Gourmet, Resurgence Brewing Co., World of Beer, Buffalo Brew Pub.

2. Caramel Coffee Crunch Porter

We dare you to try and say this name, three times fast. This mouth-watering porter has hints of caramel, coffee, and toffee, talk about a triple threat.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Resurgence Brewing Co.

 

beers to keep you warm / Thin Man Brewery
Sticky Toffee Stout / Photo courtesy of Thin Man

Thin Man Brewery 

492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222- (716) 923-4100

166 Chandler Street, Buffalo, NY 14207- (716) 393-4353

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3. Sticky Toffee Stout- American Imperial/Double

This hearty stout is heavy, sweet and has powerful notes of maple and toffee. Be warned, this stout is extremely powerful with an 11.8% ABV.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Thin Man Brewery, Brennan’s Bowery Bar & Restaurant.

4. Winter’s Cinn- Cider

Don’t worry winter cider lovers, we didn’t forget about you. The Winter’s Cinn is filled with cinnamon, spice, and everything nice (literally). This cider has hints of pear, plum, and banana. With subtle notes of clove and vanilla.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Thin Man Brewery, Lenox Grill, Matinee

 

beers to keep you warm / Big Ditch
Fresh Baked Winter Ale / Photo courtesy of Big Ditch

Big Ditch Brewing Company

55 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203- (716) 854-5050

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5. Chocolate Cream Porter

There is nothing more comforting than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. And if hot chocolate were a beer, the Chocolate Cream Porter would be it. This beer is brewed with Dutch cocoa powder, milk, sugar, and vanilla. This chocolaty dream makes for the perfect dessert beer.

WHERE TO FIND IT:  Premier Gourmet, Matinee, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Bottle Rocket Beer Reserve, Jazzboline, Wegmans, Consumer’s Beverages, Mister Goodbar.

6. Fresh Baked Winter Ale

On a lighter note, ales also make some of the best winter beers. Fresh baked is practically like a warm and toasty oatmeal cookie, but of course, in beer form…umm yumm! This beer is brewed with chocolate and English brown malts, and oats that have been oven toasted within the brewery.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Big Ditch Brewing Company

7. Vanilla Oatmeal Stout

Grab this beer while you can! Vanilla Oatmeal Stout is one of Big Ditch’s popular winter seasonal beers. This specialty beer is handcrafted using roasted barley, oatmeal, and a precise amount of Grade A Mexican vanilla beans (fancy).

WHERE TO FIND IT: Big Ditch Brewing Company

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beers to keep you warm / Ellicottville Brewing
Orange Chocolate Blonde Ale / Photo courtesy of Ellicottville Brewing Company

Ellicottville Brewing Company 

28 Monroe St, Ellicottville, NY 14731- (716) 699-2537

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8. Lloyd’s Christmas Holiday Ale

Lloyd’s Christmas is a holiday brown ale brewed with ground ginger, fig, and spices. It’s the perfect holiday beer to cozy up by the fire with.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Ellicottville Brewing Company, Bourbon and Burger Co.

9. EBC Orange Chocolate Blonde Ale

It’s back and better than ever! If you don’t recall, EBC released a canned version of this beer a few months ago, and now you can enjoy their second batch of this rich blonde ale during the winter months. The Orange Chocolate blonde ale is brewed with Platter’s Chocolate Factory milk chocolate and zesty orange citrus. Even if you’re not an Orange-Chocolate fan, we highly recommend testing this locally-loved beer.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Premier Gourmet, Tonawanda Bowling Center, Matinee, Holidays Sports Bar and Volleyball, Amherst Pizza and Ale House, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Anchor Bar, Wegmans, Back Alley Bar and Grill, Mooney’s Sports Bar and Grill.

 

beers to keep you warm / Hamburg Brewing
Frosty the IPA / Photo courtesy of Hamburg Brewing

Hamburg Brewing Company 

6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg. NY 14075- (716) 649-3249

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10. Frosty the IPA

With flavors of Passion fruit, Blueberry, Grapefruit, and notes of Pine, this IPA will be sure to make you a ‘jolly happy soul.’ This golden brew has hops of Mossaic, Cascade, Meridian.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Forty Thieves Kitchen and Bar, Santora’s Pizza, Say Cheese! Pizza Company, Tavern at Windsor Park, Doc Sullivan’s, The Irishman Pub and Eatery, Nine29, Macs on Hertel, Mooney’s Sports Bar and Grill, Anchor Bar, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, Osteria 166, Mister Goodbar, Stixx Sports Bar.

 

beers to keep you warm / Froth Brewing Co.
Chocolate Stout / Photo courtesy of Froth Brewing Co.

Froth Brewing Co. 

700 Military Rd, Buffalo, NY – (716) 783-8060

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11. Chocolate Fountain Chocolate Stout

Everyone loves to indulge in some chocolate, especially during the holiday season. Although we see that chocolate beers are a trend this year, this one stands out from the rest. It is brewed with toasted coconut, as well as, UK toasted grains and chocolate malt. Enjoy a 5oz draft for only $4.00, or gift a crowler for only $16.00.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Froth Brewing Co.

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beers to keep you warm / Belt line brewing
Belgian Salted Chocolate / Photo courtesy of Belt-Line Brewery

Belt-Line Brewery

545 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14204- (716) 402-1756

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12. Belgian Salted Chocolate

This Belgian Strong Dark Ale is medium bodied, and is made with Fair Trade International Belgian Dark Chocolate and Seneca Sea Salt Company salt. The dark chocolate beer is the second beer in their farm-to-tap series.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Belt-Line Brewery

beers to keep you warm / Rusty Nickel
Chai Tea Milk Stout / Photo courtesy of Rusty Nickel Brewing

Rusty Nickel Brewing

4350 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224- (716) 608-6155

36 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14203- (716) 608-6155

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13. Chai Tea Milk Stout

Everyone’s favorite winter beverage is now turned into a milky sweet stout. Rusty Nickel transformed their standard milk stout recipe and fermented it with a cold tolerant lager yeast instead of their normal ale yeast. This beer is smooth, spicy and light, just like your favorite chai tea latte.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Rusty Nickel Brewing (Broadway St.)

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