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5 Epic Buffalo Bills-Themed Beers by Local Breweries

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Written by Brian Campbell

Published on September 10, 2021

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If you’re in the market for a truly proper Bills tailgating beer (if you’re in Western New York, you most certainly are), a few local breweries have you covered with five Buffalo Bills-themed brews available in cans.

And better yet, beyond the wonderment of themed, fresh, locally brewed, easy drinkers, is that when you partake in these beverages, you’ll be doing your part to give back! Read on for five must-try Bills-themed beers this football season.

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1. Pills Mafia x Thin Man Brewery

This 4.9% German Pilsner was made for tailgating and/or watching the Buffalo Bills from the confines of your couch. Peter Cahlstadt designed the can art, which features images of the late Pancho Billa, famed streaker Tristan Lambright, and a member of the Bills Mafia plunging through a table.

Pills Mafia is another Bills-themed lager that has become a core brand, and another one that can be found normally at an attractive price point. It’s clean, crisp, and easy drinking, and yet another staple lager you’d find in my beer fridge. 

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2. Let’s Go Pils x Community Beer Works

A good beer with an even better name, Let’s Go Pils has become a flagship of CBW’s lineup, and a staple in this writer’s beer fridge. It’s crisp and clean, just as a proper crispy boy should be, and can be found at a tasty price point everywhere great beer is sold. Make sure you have at least one six pack for this weekend.

“The pilsner style is a more delicate beer,” CBW Co-Owner Chris Smith says. “It takes quality brewers to make quality beer. I judge a lot of breweries based on the quality of their pilsners. It’s about us trying to find a space in the pilsner market for ourselves with a high-quality beer that’s approachable for the people.”

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3. Make Me Wanna Stout x Big Ditch Brewing

Big Ditch also cans their own Bills-themed brew, Make Me Wanna Stout, a coffee and cream stout brewed with Revolution coffee beans from Public Espresso. If you want something darker while the Bills begin their playoff push, reach for Big Ditch’s Make Me Wanna Stout, a coffee and cream stout brewed with Revolution coffee beans from Public Espresso. Look for a light roast and a creamy body.

Big Ditch Owner Matt Kahn says that the beer should provide a pick-me-up for beer drinkers at their next tailgate.

“The idea of drinking a coffee beer on mornings before Bills games sort of made sense to us – sort of a pregame boost, if you will – and with the amount of coffee in this beer, it definitely achieves that goal,” Kahn says. “We just thought this was a cool name and would appeal to (dark) beer drinkers, coffee drinkers, and Bills fans alike.”

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4. Table Smasher Honey Kolsch x 12 Gates Brewing

At 4.5%, 12 Gates Brewing Table Smasher, brewed with local honey from Bee County in Darien, provides everything you need to get through your tailgate. It’s light and easy drinking with just the right ABV for day drinking. In other words, my review of this beer my first time drinking it consisted of one word, “crushable.”  Get it in cans, on draft, and crowlers to go from 12 Gates or check the shelves of local craft beer retailers.

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5. Circle the Wagons IPA & Pilsner x Resurgence Brewing 

Resurgence “Circle the Wagons” mixed pack features two Buffalo-style IPAs and two pilsners. Get’ em in time for your next tailgate party! The aptly titled Playoff Pilsner is a light, bready pilsner with Tettnanger, Columbus, and Falconer hops, with a classic balance between sweet and bitter. At 4.4%, it’s easy to enjoy a few while you cheer on the Bills for another win. Go Bills!

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This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/b-campbell/" 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 brian@buffalobeerleague.com, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).

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