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.
1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213- (716) 768-6018
55 Chicago Street, Buffalo, Ny 14204- (716) 768-6018
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!
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.
492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222- (716) 923-4100
166 Chandler Street, Buffalo, NY 14207- (716) 393-4353
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.
55 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203- (716) 854-5050
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.
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
28 Monroe St, Ellicottville, NY 14731- (716) 699-2537
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.
6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg. NY 14075- (716) 649-3249
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.
700 Military Rd, Buffalo, NY – (716) 783-8060
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.
545 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14204- (716) 402-1756
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
4350 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224- (716) 608-6155
36 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14203- (716) 608-6155
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.)