Buffalo Beer Buzz: Navigating Our Beer Scene Amidst the Coronavirus Outbreak

Beer, Drink, Food & Drink, Things to Do


Written by Brian Campbell

Published on March 18, 2020

Coronavirus and its effect on the Beer Scene

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Buffalo has an impeccable beer scene. When we think we’ve seen it all, we are reminded that Buffalo goes beyond the typical beer with some mega creations and collaborations. Each week we round up the biggest news and events, all happening in the beer community. While the beer scene is currently making adjustments due to COVID-19, we still have plenty to share in this weeks Buffalo Beer Buzz:



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Buffalocal brands are distributed throughout Western New York by Try-It Distributing, the premier beer distributor serving the city since 1928. You can find Buffalocal brands at your local grocery stores, neighborhood bottle shops, convenience stores, the stadium, the arena, the ballpark, restaurants, pubs, and music venues.




Governor Andrew Cuomo Orders Bars, Breweries, Restaurants & More to Close

Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that all bars, breweries and restaurants in New York State be closed effective immediately in order to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus / COVID-19. The closings also include gyms, casinos and movie theaters, while essential businesses like supermarkets and gas stations will be able to stay open. Breweries will be able to remain open [for now] for to-go sales of cans and bottles, as well as crowler and growler fills. In order to see when and if your favorite local brewery will be open for to-go beer sales, check their social media pages.


Have Beer Delivered to Your Door By Aurora Brew Works and Fattey Beer Co.

With breweries, bars and restaurants closed across the state, Aurora Brew Works and Fattey Beer Co. want to make sure your pint glasses remain full with new delivery services. For ABW, pick from 650+ options from the inventory and fill out the order form (at least $75 worth of product). They’ll call you when payment is needed and arrange delivery within a 20 mile radius of East Aurora. For Fattey’s, order via shopify and you’ll be contacted via text.  Valid for Amherst, Aurora, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Elma, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Orchard Park, Tonawanda and West Seneca.


Barker’s In The Mix Brewing to Launch Crowler Delivery Service

While Barker, NY’s In the Mix Brewing and Creamery will close as part of the ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, you can still stock your fridge with their beer and you can get it delivered. Pickups will be available this week with free delivery for orders of over $30 within 10 miles of the brewery ($75+ within Niagara or Erie County (Saturday delivery only). Beers available include Double IPA #1 & #2, Maple Espresso Brown Ale, Cupid’s Brew Pastry Stout and Illemonati Sour (Blackberry Sage). They will also be open for orders Wednesday-Sunday from 4-7pm.


42 North Sets Up Beer Drive-Thru, Partners with Local Restaurants

If you need fresh beer and don’t want to get out of your car, head down to 42 North Brewing. The brewery has launched 42GO, a drive-thru beer store which will allow customers to safely purchase beer without leaving their vehicles. “It’s critical that local breweries and businesses band together to make it through these challenging times,” Owner John Cimperman says. “Hopefully, even small efforts like these can help keep businesses going and their associates employed. If anyone can get through this, the ‘City of Good Neighbors’ can.” 42N are also partnering with East Aurora restaurants – take out customers will receive a $1 offer coupon for 4/6 pack and $5 off a case.

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Written by <a href="" 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, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).
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