If you’re in the market for a Bills Season tailgating beer (if you’re in Western New York, you most certainly are), a few local breweries have you covered with a variety of Buffalo Bills-themed brews available. Read on for these 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.
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 many beer fridges. 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.”
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.”
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.
5. Tailgate Time IPA & The Herd Crushable Lager x Ellicottville Brewing Company
What better way to spend a tailgate than tipping back a can of Tailgate Time from EBC. This beer is described as a bright aromatic American IPA with notes of apricot, lemon rind, and hearty hops. At only 5.0% ABV, this drink is super smooth and juicy for a full day of tailgating. The Herd Crushable Lager is your typical pale lager with light and subtle notes of caramel, citrus, vanilla, and malt. EBC recommends this pairing with all your game day munchies.
6. Gameday x New York Beer Project
This Gameday Belgian Wit is made for rooting for your favorite sports team which in this case should be the Buffalo Bills! With a 5.4% ABV, this beer offers medium light body due to its malt, wheat, and orange peel base and flavors.
7. Where Else Would You Rather Beer? x 42 North Brewing Company
This is a great question: Where Else Would You Rather Beer? than at a Bills Game. This crushable beer is a light, crisp and refreshing Kolsch featuring Nelson Sauvin hops.
8. A Little Bit Lager Now & A Lotta Bit Lager Now x Hamburg Brewing Company
A Little Bit Lager Now is a citra lager with 6.0% ABV offering a balance of citrus and pineapple hop flavors. For more of a kick, go for the A Lotta Bit Lager Now with 8.0% ABV for that extra hops and an amped up ABV.
9. Pancho’s Legacy Lager x 12 Gates Brewing Company
As the name entails, this light, crispy lager was made in memory of Bills Superfan Ezra Castro, aka Pancho Billa. At 4.8% ABV this beer is a tailgate favorite. Proceeds from this beer will be donated in Ezra’s name to local charities.
10. Buffalo Bohemian x Belt Line Brewery
Buffalo Bohemian is a Czech-Style pilsner made with local cascade hops and organic corn. Back for the full Bills season, Belt Line has a fresh batch of cans to-go for your next Bills party.
11. Number 17 IPA x Brickyard Brewing Company
Who better to name a beer after than our very own number 17, Josh Allen! This West Coast IPA at 6.5% ABV is brewed with Simcoe, El Dorado, NY-grown Chinook, and Simcoe Cryo hops. Brickyard describes it as West Coast style, with a Buffalo heart – just like JA. Number 17 on the field, number 1 in our hearts. Available on draft and in 4 pack cans to-go.
12. Tailgate Brew x Windy Brew
Made in collaboration with the boys from Tailgate Beers, Windy Brew describes this beer as a crisp, clean, crusher that will surely have you screaming the shout song.
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This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.