25 Beers You Need to Try This Summer

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Photo courtesy of Ellicottville Brewing

It’s finally summertime here in WNY, and you know what that means…it’s time to try all of the best ice-cold summer beers! Although our summer plans may be looking different from what we expected, we can still have plenty of fun enjoying Buffalo’s best beer all within the comfort of our home. 

In WNY, all of our local breweries have been working extra hard to bring us delicious, refreshing beers all summer long. So start creating your summer beer bucket list, and start sipping! 

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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Belt Line Brewing Company 

545 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14204 

(716) 402-1756 

WEBSITE

1.Double Jusey | Sour-Fruited | 7.1% ABV

If you’re looking for a new tart, fruity, and insanely refreshing beer, Double Jusey is the beer for you. It has intense flavors of all your favorite summer fruits like blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. And we can’t forget to talk about the beautiful berry color it has. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Belt Line Brewery

 

summer beer: A beer with citra
A Beer With Citra / Photo courtesy of Brewed and Bottled Craft Beer Shop

2. A Beer With Citra | IPA- New England | 7.5% ABV

A Beer With Citra is a part of Belt Line’s “A Beer With…” collection. This Double Dry Hopped IPA is creamy, juicy, and packed with just the right amount of hops. With Citra Hops, Centennial, and El Dorado, this is the perfect day-drinking beer. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Premier Gourmet, Belt Line Brewery, Wegmans, Dash’s Markets.

 

Big Ditch Brewing Company 

55 E. Huron St, Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 854-5050

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3. Pina Colada Milkshake | IPA- Milkshake | 7.5% ABV

If you like Pina Coladas (and getting caught in the rain), then you NEED to try this beer. Hopped with Galaxy and Cashmere, this hoppy IPA is brewed with oats and lactose, then carefully blended with fresh pineapple and coconut. As if you needed any more convincing to try this Pina Colada Milkshake IPA, it’s also our co-founder and director of storytelling, Emily’s favorite summer beers! 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Big Ditch Brewing Company

 

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Peach Waves / Photo courtesy of Buffalo Beer League

4. Peach Waves | IPA- Sour | 7.2% ABV 

Who doesn’t crave a juicy Georgia peach during the summer?! Peach Waves is a sour IPA brewed with malted oats, milk sugar, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 hops. Oh yeah, and we can’t forget about the peaches! 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Premier Gourmet, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Wegmans. 

 

Buffalo Brewing Company 

314 Myrtle Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204 

(716) 868-2218

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5. 1890 Loganberry Ale | Fruit Beer | 6% ABV 

What if we told you that you could have Buffalo’s favorite pop (definitely not soda) but in a beer?  Just in time for grilling season, the 1890 Loganberry Ale by Buffalo Brewing features the classic loganberry flavor we know and love, with just the right touch of sweetness. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Buffalo Brewing Company – called, nothing

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Community Beer Works 

520 7th St, Buffalo, NY 14201 

(716) 759-4677 

WEBSITE

6. Citrus Frank | American Pale Ale | 4.6% ABV

You may already be familiar with CBW’s true Frank Pale Ale, but now it has a twist. This small-batch release of Citrus Frank is infused with fresh grapefruit and dry-hopped with Lemondrop and Citra. Trust us; Frank will become a close friend this summer. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Community Beer Works 

 

summer beer: that passion fruit IPA
That Passion Fruit IPA / Photo courtesy of Community Beer Works

7. That Passion Fruit | IPA | 4.9% ABV

It must be THAT time of the year. That Passion Fruit IPA is out once again for a small batch release. Start your summer off by sipping on this tropical passion fruit-filled beer. Trust us; you will not regret it. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Community Beer Works 

 

Ellicottville Brewing Company 

28 Monroe St, Ellicottville, NY 14731

(716) 699-2537

WEBSITE

8. Pineapple Upside Down Shake | Hazy Pineapple IPA | 6.7% ABV

Hold up, wait a minute. It’s the NEW Pineapple Upside Down Shake IPA from EBC! And you need it in your hands now. This IPA is a combination of smooth and hazy flavors like fresh pineapple and tangy cherry. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Consumer’s Beverages, Wegmans, Ellicottville Brewing Company. 

 

summer beer: Chilanga
Chilanga! / Photo courtesy of Ellicottville Brewing Company

9. Chilanga! | Fruity & Floral Mexican-Inspired Ale | 5.5% ABV 

This beer actually comes to you all of the way from Mexico City. Ellicottville Brewing Company partnered with Falling Piano Brewing to create the masterpiece that is Chilanga! This rosy-hued, crisp ale has hues of fragrant Hibiscus Flower and subtle tastes of naturally sweet Blue Agave Nectar. And that’s not even the best part, and it’s combined with EBC’s well-loved Blueberry flavor. This beer is brewed with all-natural flavors and insanely delicious. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Ellicottville Brewing Company, Premier Gourmet, Consumers Beverages, Wegmans, Tops Friendly Markets, Dash’s Market. 

 

10. Blueberry Maple Pancake| Wheat Ale | 7% ABV 

This beer is just too good, and we can’t stop sharing it with you. This beer is light, fruity, and packed with locally-made maple syrup from Spragues Maple Farms. When this beer first released, you may have remembered its bold can, but now we’re excited to share that you can enjoy this beer right out of the bottle. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Ellicottville Brewing Company, Wegmans, Dash’s Market. 

 

Flying Bison Brewing Co. 

840 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210

(716) 873-1557

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11. Buffaloha | American Pale Wheat | 5.5% ABV 

Say aloha to the Buffaloha beer from Flying Bison. It’s the perfect summer ale with slight hints of passion fruit flavor. However, we will warn you. Once you start sipping on these beers, you won’t be able to stop. Yes, they’re that addicting. 

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Froth Brewing Co. 

700 Military Rd, Buffalo, NY 14216 

(716) 783-8060 

WEBSITE

summer beer: liquid lollipop
Liquid Lollipop / Photo courtesy of Froth Brewing Co.

12. Liquid Lollipop | Sour-Fruited | 4.2% ABV 

Everyone has been trying to get their hands on Froth Brewing Co.’s Liquid Lollipop, and now the demand is even higher this summer. It’s fruity, tart, and addictive. This sour is full of bursting flavors like passionfruit, raspberry, and apricot. We promise you need to try this sweet treat this summer. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Froth Brewing Company.

 

Hamburg Brewing Co. 

6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075

(716) 649-3249 

WEBSITE

13. Berry Berry Sneaky | Fruited Sour Ale with Lactose 

This sneaky beer is filled with Blackberry, Blueberry, Boysenberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Lactose. Every sweet summer berry that you can imagine has been crammed into this can to give you a delicious summer flavor. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Premier Gourmet, Lexington Co-Op, Wegmans, Consumer’s Beverage. 

 

14. Just Saying Vol. 4 “Oh Boy!” | IPA – New England | 7.5% ABV 

Oh Boy! Is the fourth installment in the “Just Saying” series. This IPA has Saber hops with Mango, Papaya, and Pineapple notes and aromas. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Hamburg Brewing Co. 

 

New York Beer Project

6933 S Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094

(716) 743-6927 

WEBSITE

summer beer: orange sherbert
Orange Sherbert / Photo courtesy of NYBP

15. Orange Sherbert | Milkshake IPA | 6.7% ABV 

Like your favorite frosty desert, this milkshake IPA will taste like you are sipping on some orange sherbet. Brewed with Vanilla Beans, Orange, and Lactose, it’s the perfect boozy way to end a long day in the sun.

WHERE TO FIND IT: New York Beer Project. 

 

16. Cerveza | Mexican Lager | 5.2 % ABV 

If you’re craving some island time, make sure you crack open Cerveza this summer. It’ll feel just like an escape to paradise. This Mexican Lager is brewed with fresh lime and lime zest!

WHERE TO FIND IT: New York Beer Project 

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Pressure Drop Brewing 

65 Vandalia St, Buffalo, NY 14204

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17. Soda Jerk | Cherry Limeade Sour Ale | 4.5% ABV 

If you’re a cherry fanatic, you’ll absolutely fall in love with Soda Jerk from Pressure Drop Brewing. Located in Buffalo’s Old First Ward, Pressure Drop brings West Coast-inspired beer to the 716. Soda Jerk is made with zesty limes and sweet cherries.  

WHERE TO FIND IT: Pressure Drop Brewing

 

Resurgence Brewing Company

1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213 

(716) 381-9868

55 Chicago St, Buffalo, NY 14204

(716) 768-6018 

WEBSITE

summer beer: pina colada
Piña Colada Sour / Photo courtesy of Resurgence Brewing Co.

18. Pina Colada Sour | Fruited Sour | 5% ABV 

With its addicting Pineapple and Coconut flavors, it’s no surprise that this beer should be on your radar. The Pina Colada Sour was the winner of the Resurgence summer Kegs and Egg’s best beer! With that said, now you have to try it. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Resurgence Brewing Company. 

 

19. Fruit Pursuit | Sour-Fruited | 6.5% ABV 

Let your taste buds sail away with delicious flavors of Papaya, Tangerine, Banana, Passion Fruit, and Guava! Fruit Pursuit is perfect for poolside sipping with your pals!

WHERE TO FIND IT: Resurgence Brewing Company. 

 

20. S’more Than Friends | Imperial S’more Stout | 9.5% ABV  

S’more Than Friends will be your new campfire companion this summer. Brewed with Coconut and infused into a vibrant Imperial Stout, this beer is perfect for late-night sipping around the fire. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Resurgence Brewing Company. 

 

Rusty Nickel Brewing 

4350 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY 14224

(716) 608-6155

WEBSITE

summer beer: Fuzzy Navel
Fuzzy Navel / Photo courtesy of Rusty Nickel Brewing Company

21. Fuzzy Navel | American Wheat | 4.2% ABV 

Brewed with fresh orange zest and juicy white peaches, this beer is very light, and a great thirst quencher. Fuzzy Navel is slightly hazy, while still a very light and refreshing summer beer. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Rusty Nickel Brewing

 

22. Bucket Brigade | Strawberry Lemonade Wheat | 4.5% ABV

There’s nothing quite like a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. Bucket Brigade is the final beer in Rusty Nickel’s “First in, Last Out” series. This beer is dedicated to the men and women who serve our communities as firefighters. A portion of this beer will be donated to Vigilant Fire Dept. and Buffalo Fire Department Engine 1- Ladder 2. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Rusty Nickel Brewing. 

 

Thin Man Brewing 

492 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 923-4100

166 Chander Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

(716) 393-4353

WEBSITE

23. Bliss | IPA-Double | 8% ABV 

Well, they don’t call it Bliss for nothing! With a hazy, light gold body, you can experience full tastes of ripe citrus, mango and melon. It’s the perfect edition to your next date night! 

 

42 North Brewing 

25 Pine St, East Aurora, NY 14052

(716) 805-7500

WEBSITE

summer beer: Major Hoops
Major Hoops / Photo courtesy of 42 North Brewing Company

24. Major Hoops | Double IPA |  9% ABV

With only 20 IBU you are guaranteed to taste tons of tropical flavors in your first sip. This triple dry-hopped contains hops of Farbro, Azacca, and Citra. This beer is extremely juicy and great to sip on for a summer afternoon. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Consumer’s Beverages, 42 North Brewing

 

12 Gates Brewing Company

80 Earhard Dr, Williamsville, NY 14221

(716) 906-6600

WEBSITE

25. FLO-Mingo | Sour-Fruited | 5% ABV 

Bright pink and packed with cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and pomegranate flavors. This fruited kettle sour ale is part of 12 Gate’s Lawn Ornament Series. 

WHERE TO FIND IT: Wegmans, Consumer’s Beverages, 12 Gates Brewing 

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