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New: Housemade Seltzers & West Coast-Scandi Vibes at Twin Petrels

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on December 21, 2022
Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels

The original Resurgence Brewing location on Niagara Street ushered in a wave of brewery-restaurant openings, and sadly, in 2021, Resurgence closed that original location.

As the brewery turns a page to its more polished operation in the Old First Ward, Twin Petrels Seltzer Co. is turning the page on Niagara Street — giving the old Resurgence home a massive refresh.


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Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels
Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels
Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels
Twin Petrels / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo

“Resurgence is a great brewery and there are just so many great breweries in Buffalo,” says Twin Petrels co-owner Katrina Piechowicz. “But we’re definitely providing a different experience than what’s at a local brewery.”

When Resurgence opened their Old First Ward location, they told us a lot of people had complained about the industrial look and feel of the original location. If that was you, you’ll be happy to know there’s no industrial brewing or distilling operation happening in the Twin Petrels tasting room. Instead, there’s plenty of seating and a minimalist interior design motif.

Katrina says the idea is to create a space that vibes with the clean, bubbly nature of hard seltzer.

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Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels
Twin Petrels / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo
Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels
Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels

“We wanted something that was lighter and more airy,” she says. “So we took a lot of design cues from places we like out in Brooklyn and added some Scandinavian and West Coast elements to it.”

She adds, “Minimalist design was still a ton of work.”

In the current soft opening phase, Twin Petrels’ main focus is seltzer cocktails. From-scratch syrups and other ingredients are added to a flavorless alcoholic seltzer to create drinks in the Collins family of cocktails. The Loma Aroma seltzer cocktail ($10) we tried was made with grapefruit, agave, jalapeno and lime. We found it had bright citrus and the vegetal flavor of jalapeño without heat, which tastes better than it sounds. One cocktail menu highlight that we didn’t try was the NOLA Fizz ($10), made with pomegranate, hibiscus, lemon, cream, orange flower water and egg white. If you’re not in the mood for seltzer, you can still get beer at this location. You can even get the Resurgence classic, Cosmic Truth IPA.


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Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels
Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels
Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels
Twin Petrels / Photo courtesy of Twin Petrels

The food menu offers a number of light bites that are meant to pair with the lightness of the seltzer cocktails. There is beet carpaccio ($10), tilapia nachos ($14), sliders ($16), veggie tacos ($12) and two kinds of pizza ($14 each).

The new seltzer is just the latest addition to this growing corridor of shops, bars and restaurants in the 1200 block of Niagara Street. Katrina says businesses on the street are forming a small community, with everyone supporting each other.

“Every year, the neighborhood just gets better and better,” she says. “So much work has been put into it, with the new bike lane and everything. It’s really beautiful and a lot of businesses are coming in. I’ve had only positive experiences so far.”

Hours at time of publishing (Subject to change): Thursday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. – CLOSE, Saturday 12 p.m. – CLOSE, Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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1250 Niagara Street Suite 400 Buffalo, NY 14213 • $$$$$

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/brett-smith/" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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